Nose: fruity and quite shy. At 58.?% this one really needs water to open up. Tutti frutti with clear hints of dried apricot. With water: more fresh fruits. Also some slightly floral and medicinal notes. Need time to develop. The Imperial distillery profile is clearly there.
Mouth: bittersweet and quite explosive. Fruity, and overall quite in line with the nose.
Finish: long and fruity with hints of banana and spices.
I like Imperial a lot, but so far I prefer the bourbon matured ones, because somehow the nicer sides of the distillery character tend to stand out more.