A couple of days ago, I spoke with a whisky buddy of mine, who named Teaninich as his favorite distillery. This was a first for me. Usually, people drop other names during such a conversation: The Macallan, Springbank, Bruichladdich or Tobermory, for example. But Teaninich … nah, that one is quite an unusual choice as someone’s most beloved whisky production site of all. Still, I was happy to see the proverbial laurels being given to such an obscure distillery for a change. It even inspired me. Cause when I purchased two bottles from the new Douglas Laing outturn the next day, I picked a 12-year-old Teaninich to complete my order (which also included a Balmenach of the same age). A good choice! Drawn from a refill hogshead, this single cask bottling is fruity, zesty, creamy and savory all together. It is exciting enough to give the whisky nerd in me something to brood over, but also easy-drinking enough to satisfy the casual drammer in me. Moreover, it marks the debut entry of Teaninich Distillery into my whisky shelf! To sum things up, I am very happy to call this bottle my own. So what about you? Any Teaninichs in your collection? Write a comment and let me know!
Eye: White wine spritzer.
Nose: A delicate fruit salad with a lot of icing sugar poured on top: chunky pineapple, half-ripe kiwi, crunchy peach, juicy lemon and green apple. Also, there is honeyed sponge cake, fresh saw dust and a blossoming field of spring flowers.
Palate: Pretty weighty with a full-bodied, milky texture. I taste more green apples and pears alongside clover, birch wood, rice pudding and liquid honey on toast. If given a little time, the whisky also develops a mouth-watering chocolate milk note.
Finish: Long in regard to the duration, savory in regard to the character. This single cask bottling from Teaninich has pureed apple and light oak as well as Bounty bars and jelly bananas in the aftertaste.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Highlands)
Age: 12 years
Cask: Refill hogshead
No. of bottles: 324
Alc. volume: 48.6 per cent
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~55.00 Euro
More info: http://www.douglaslaing.com/ (Bottler) ; http://www.bremerspirituosencontor.de/ (Importer)