Summer malts: Imperial – Tony Koehl Series

Rating: 80-100 out of 10

Some malts really do the trick for me in warm weather. Imperial is one of those distilleries that never fails, with its light and elegant character. This Tony Koehl Series really fits the profile. Lots of fresh fruit and subtle, delicate, floral notes (without overdoing it).

The nose is crisp as a springday. Fruity, as one would expect. Very fruity, actually: applejuice, apples, apricot and peach. There are also distinct notes of tart/sour fruitjuices along the lines of grapejuice. In the background there’s a very delicate floral note: heather or lavendar: laundry in the sun. The bourbon-maturation gives it quite a bit of the vanilla-sweetness, but it’s not overpowering. The taste is a bit waxy, sour and sweet, and quite candy-ish, with quite a hot and drying finish with more bitter notes.

Overall a very nice and whisky. Crisp, light, and treacherously drinkable. Similar to the Signatory Imperials, which IMHO offer better value for money.


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