Teacher’s is a well known brand and has been around for a very long time. I am bit late to the game when it comes to trying this one. I am quite impressed that 45% of this is composed of malts with Ardmore being the main component. So expect fruit and light smoke. Although the full recipe for blends are not disclosed, it helps to know which the main ones are. This helps when it comes to developing your palate and sense of taste.
Whisky: Teacher’s Highland Cream Blended Whisky, 40%
Nose: Grain, vanilla, butterscotch, forest fruits, smoke
Taste: Grain, burnt toast, honey, heather, peat
Finish: Honey and peat
Summary: Another one that offers good value for money in the current market. It reminds me of Famous Grouse but with more peat content. The notes of honey and heather and typical of the highland style and the vanilla is kept in check. I find that some blends can be too vanilla dominant and lacking in other flavours. This is what ruins the bottom shelf category in my opinion. The malt characteristics are finely balanced with the grain.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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