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April 8, 2013


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Time to try more Teaninich, in sync with the news

I’m sure you’ve heard the news, Diageo are about to both expand the existing Teaninich Distillery and build another, larger one in the immediate neighbourhoods. A good excuse for us to do a little Teaninich verticale today… Although it’ll be more horizontal… nevermind…

Teaninich 28 yo 1983/2012 (49.1%, Duncan Taylor, Dimensions, cask #6719, 274 bottles)

Teaninich 28 yo 1983/2012 (49.1%, Duncan Taylor, Dimensions, cask #6719, 274 bottles) Three stars and a half Colour: straw. Nose: it’s a relatively earthy one, quite mineral too, with a lot of grass, apple peel and lemon zest (moderate). The cask has been very lazy because this smells very young. Not saying it isn’t nice of course. Keeps changing, becoming a little fruitier, mainly on greengages and not-too-ripe gooseberries, with growing whiffs of wood and coal smoke. Mouth: once again the profile is youngish, with pears, lemon drops and marshmallows, before a grassy bitterness starts to take over. Green pepper but also lime. All that is very green, agreed. Finish: quite long, still bitter and even more lemony. Comments: it’s a nervous and youthful one, to think that it’s almost 30 years of age. An interesting, zesty distillate nonetheless. SGP:571 - 83 points.

Teaninich 1982/2011 'Winter Spice' (44.4%, Wemyss Malts, hogshead, 201 bottles)

Teaninich 1982/2011 'Winter Spice' (44.4%, Wemyss Malts, hogshead, 201 bottles) Four stars A relatively low 'natural cask strength'. Colour: straw. Nose: very interesting to check what a more active wood can do. So we have more vanilla, as expected, but also more butter and green tea, then rather fresh almonds and walnuts plus a little mint and eucalyptus as well as fragrant flowers, roses, peonies... It’s a rather complex one that’s worthy of your time. Give it to it (as always, yes). Mouth: once again we’re not far from the 1983, only with more body, more roundness and, yes, more oak (vanilla, toasted pastries). It’s also a notch more ‘tertiary’ again, with a little cough syrup, green cardamom… Also green apples, dry cider, lemon balm. Finish: quite long, with touches of wormwood and even more lemon balm. Apple liqueur. Comments: all fine and pretty drinkable. Not tiring. SGP:551 - 85 points.

Teaninich 1982/2011 (50.5%, Liquid Sun, bourbon hogshead, 114 bottles)

Teaninich 1982/2011 (50.5%, Liquid Sun, bourbon hogshead, 114 bottles) Four stars Colour: white wine. Nose: almost the same whisky as the Wemyss. Maybe a little less walnuts? The higher strength does not change anything. Mouth: same comment, it’s only a notch bigger but that must be the higher strength. Pretty grassy and leafy. Finish: same, quite long. Comments: same. That was quick. SGP:551 – 85 points.

Teaninich 36 yo 1971/2007 (50%, Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, cask ref #3914, 122 bottles)

Teaninich 36 yo 1971/2007 (50%, Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, cask ref #3914, 122 bottles) Four stars Colour: dark gold. Nose: same territories yet again but this has more smoke and more coffee, and then wee metallic touches, maybe a few herbs such as sorrel or chives. The smokiness never stops growing and this nose is becoming quite wonderful. Also more orange cake, oriental pastries… (orange blossom and rosewater). Mouth: much more, say quirky, with this metallic side that became more obvious while the rest remains both smoky and orangey. More and more pepper too, it’s really becoming big. Slightly cardboardy as well. Finish: long, mainly on pepper and oranges, while the metallic notes (silver spoon) and the cardboard become even more obvious in the aftertaste. Having said that, they’re far from representing straight flaws, they’re even kind of enjoyable. Comments: no classic, on second thought there’s something that reminds me of marc de Bourgogne or from Jura (grapes, eh!) It’s a very smoky one as well. SGP:563 - 86 points.

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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