Review: Trader Joe’s Imperial 12 yr. oldAugust 5th, 2009
Some of you have asked if I could review more “affordable” whiskies, and not just the special new releases. Here’s one. (Thanks Ron, for sending the sample.)
Trader Joe’s (Distilled at Imperial), 12 year old, 40%, $30
A whisky very typical from this distillery, which has been silent since 1998. Rich and thick on the nose and palate, oozing vanilla, ripe malt, cotton candy, powdered sugar, new mown hay, and lemon tart. Cinnamon, evergreen, and a wisp of smoke round out the palate. An evolving whisky—starts out heavy and sweet, then turns clingingly dry. A fun, rare whisky for a reasonable price.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 80