Mackillop’s Choice Imperial Tasting Notes

Posted: May 18, 2013 in Imperial, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Mackillop’s Choice Imperial 1990 (22 year old) 57.9%

Bourbon Cask 11972/ Dist: Dec 1990 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A luscious and honeyed nose which displays a lovely, crisp minerality too with grassy overtones. Light manuka honey with hints of white fruit. With time some gentle mature oak arrives. Wonderfully fragrant.

The palate is intense and quite grassy with some earthy manuka honey and light syrup. Very stony/ mineraly on the middle with some piquant/ cleansing alcohol. However the juicy honey, straw and mature oak linger.

With water a beautiful liquid orange note appears along with some delightfully gentle spices and toffee drizzled molten vanilla. Still luscious, deep and evocative. The palate is now a little linear but displays some lovely crystallised citrus fruit. Still quite honeyed with a light walnutty, coffee finish.

Mackillops Choice Imperial 1990 (24 year old?) 58.4%

Bourbon Cask 11974/ Tasted: May 2014

A very flinty nose with a touch of gun flint, brittle honey, dark malt, vibrant citrus, waxy orange and botanicals. The botanical notes develop into an almost herbal-peat character aided by a slight menthol/ camphor note. With time the American oak comes through with thick clotted cream notes.

The palate opens with brittle, edgy honey and barley with hints of straw, Satsuma and orange. Wow! This is seriously juicy! Again quite herbal and almost peated with quite a malty middle. Long, succulent, mature honey finish with a balancing oak note.


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