Single malt whisky - tasting notes

08 May 2014

Imperial 1995 (SV #50147 for Asta Morris)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Imperial

Beside the nog! gin, Asta Morris also has a new whisky coming up: an Imperial 1995 sourced from the Signatory stocks.



Imperial 1995 - Signatory Vintage for Asta MorrisImperial 18 yo 1995 (52,4%, Signatory Vintage for Asta Morris 2014, bourbon cask #50147)

Nose: nice entrance on aromatic orange peel, which unfolds towards tangerines and lime. Apples, mint. After a while also hints of marzipan and vanilla. Some honey. After some time it adds marshmallows and waxy notes as a bonus to an already convincing nose. Mouth: while you could say the nose showed a rather generic bourbonny Speyside profile, this definitely takes it up a notch. Sweet and rounded, with a slightly tropical side and plenty of fruit liqueurs. Coconut and pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Tinned apricots. These waxy notes again and a few gingery touches. Cinnamon. Maybe a chalky note. Lovely, and it goes down way too easily. Finish: medium long, still fruity with some green oak and a hint of fruit tea.


Simply a very good Imperial and certainly the best 1995 I’ve had so far. On the palate this is really 90+ material. If only the nose were a little less predictable. One of my favourite Asta Morris releases so far – recommended. Arriving in stores over the next few weeks. Around € 100.

Score: 89/100

Imperial 1995 (SV #50147 for Asta Morris) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-05-08
  • Dirt

    Hi Ruben

    Great review, as always, could you tell me where I can buy this bottle, I can’t seem to find it, but don’t have much experience with online shops either.

    Many thanks!

  • Jeroen TBD

    We (the shops) expect the bottles to arrive one of these days. According to my info the bottling of the cask at Signatory HQ got “some” delay so no info on the exact release day yet.



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