Archive IMPERIAL 13 ans 1997

IMPERIAL 13 ans 1997 46%

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 15927

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : jaune doré à reflets verts.
  • Nose : ample, fin. Dans un premier temps, la menthe et la réglisse ont choisi la même couleur : le vert. Herbacé (paille) et crémeux (yaourt), il fait également preuve de minéralité (craie). Une pointe de caoutchouc et de goudron accentue cette sensation de profondeur. Il devient au fur et à mesure épicé (badiane) et mentholé.
  • Palate : à la fois vive et ronde. Le lait d’amande, les fruits mûrs (mirabelle, pêche) vont de concert avec des épices (poivre, muscade) et des fleurs capiteuses (jacinthe, muguet). Les zestes d’agrumes (citron, pamplemousse) sont ensuite enrobés par du curry. Pétillante, elle se prolonge sur des fruits juteux (raisin, prune).
  • Overall : onctueuse, gourmande. La noisette, la noix fraîche et la vanille-bourbon sont soutenues par une rafraîchissante amertume maltée et réglissée. Le miel d’acacia et la coriandre enrobent ses tannins avec douceur. Des notes de sous-bois (mousse, morille) précèdent une rétro olfaction anisée et médicinale (baume, arnica).
The brand

The brand

The Imperial distillery has a turbulent history. It has spent as much time closed as it has in operation. Founded in 1897, it first began distilling its whisky in the summer of 1898. Yet from 1899 to 1954, it was only in production for a total of eight years. It then very quickly fell into the hands of the Distillers Company Ltd, where the entirety of its production was used in blends, including Teachers, Long John and Ballantine’s. Once again mothballed between 1985 and 1989, and then again in 1998 to 2000, it is now permanently closed. Only one official version of its single malt was bottled, the Imperial 15 Year Old.


Founded in 2005 by Thierry Richard and Laurent Buob, this small retailer offers a selection of whiskies, champagnes and cognacs. Focused on drawing attention to small producers and unusual products, the different bottlings in the collection are never anything short of interesting. Whether it’s recently disgorged champagne, Grande Champagne cognac bottled without added colouring, or single grain whisky from a closed distillery, the informed amateur in search of rare and exceptional spirits will always find something to please them.


The line

Through the Closed Distilleries range, the smaller French bottler, La Part des Anges (‘The Angel’s Share’) endeavours to bring new life to grain and malt distilleries that have ceased to operate. Forming a collection of some of the rarest bottlings, all of these various single malts and single grains - both Scottish and Japanese - proudly display a year and are mostly bottled unchillfiltered at cask strength.

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