Teaninich 1976/2001 Hart Brothers
Teaninich is one of those big Diageo distilleries that produces mainly for blends. The only official bottling is a 12 year old for the Flora & Fauna-range. Teaninich does pop up fairly often as an independent bottling. Today I taste a an oldie from the seventies, bottled by the Hart Brothers at the beginning of this millennium.
Teaninich 1976/2001 (43%, Hart Brothers)
Nose: Slightly dusty. It has a sweet, caramel edge, which becomes more noticeable after a while. Some cardboard and a tiny hint of glue. Some fruit (white grapes, little bit of grapefruit). A hint of porridge. Fair amount of wood shavings.
Taste: There’s that caramel again. Sweet, but with a burned edge this time, which I don’t particularly care for. Cardamom, cumin. Certainly interesting. A pinch of pepper. Feint traces of stone fruits as well. Nectarine, peach.
Finish: Orchard fruits. Ends on a minty note. Fairly short.
A decent dram, but nothing to get too excited about. The burned off-note on the palate was too bad.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.