SAMAROLI IMPERIAL 1998

SAMAROLI IMPERIAL 1998

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SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
DISTILLED IN 1998 AT IMPERIAL DISTILLERY
BOTTLED IN SCOTLAND IN 2023
FROM SELECTED CASK NO. 100898

 

Empires…our Europe. The Ereb born out of the thrust of the Phoenicians and other Middle Eastern peoples towards the west, somewhere between the Urals and the Atlantic. Here there has always been a vocation to build empires. And perhaps, from the Crusades onwards, to conquer the world - or at least what was known of it.

Don’t imagine that this is a simple whisky. Here we have an imperial spirit. Spending visions, resources and energy in order to follow a dream, those who live as dreamers are not always unwise. Perhaps it is dreams who elevate man to his true measure and beyond.

For the Europeans in the 13th century, conquering the Holy Land through a holy journey, the Transit, was a belief. Our will of wishing to reach perfection is just the same. This is our crusade. Even at a cost of slightly unexpected testing, a little like the fourth Crusade, which set off to conquer Jerusalem and then ended up by taking Constantinople…

What a pretty nose: a mountain white, mineral and fruity. It greets us with clout, the persistence of a bubbling still. Rich, piquant, and precisely… elegant, regal, imperial.

To the palate, verbose in the direction of sensations which would enchant a crowd if it were a preacher.  Sweet, opulent: a culinary explosion… Yeasts, sugars, flours, marzipan and candied fruit.


Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium,

Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlischer, Dein Heiligtum!


Joy, beautiful divine spark, daughter of the Elisei, we enter fearfully and

tremble, celestial, in your temple...

From Friedrich Schiller 's Ode to Joy, used as text in the last part of the Ninth of Beethoven, which later became the European Anthem