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Hi, this is one of our (almost) daily tastings. Santé!

September 15, 2013


Two Teaninich at very low strength

Saved by the bell? We’re expecting some wobbly/shaky aromas and flavours, aren’t we…

Teaninich 29 yo 1989/2013 (41.2%, Whisky-Doris, hogshead, cask #7665, 39 bottles)

Teaninich 29 yo 1989/2013 (41.2%, Whisky-Doris, hogshead, cask #7665, 39 bottles) Four stars A funny bottling of a leaking cask, that’s why there are only 39 bottles. No cask sharing this time! Colour: dark gold. Nose: this is very interesting. I do not know whether this comes from the leaking cask or not, but there’s a lot of varnishy notes, nail polish remover (that would be acetone) and then wet wood, oak, barrels, carpenter’s workshop and such. And yet, there’s a kind of balance that’s been found, maybe because of the very nice notes of juicy ripe apricots and papayas. Crème de menthe. Much intriguing, spectacular and pleasant. Again, vive la difference ! Mouth: the unlikeness of this baby is to be found on the palate again, but this time it’s rather in the form of a smashing combination of pineapple and coconut, so there’s this ‘pina colada effect’ that we sometimes also find in new modern whiskies. Sure the straight oaky/varnishy part remains in the background, but it’s all for fun and our pleasure. Finish: not too long but with notes of bubblegum and liquorice allsorts. Whisky for kids? Much more cinnamon in the aftertaste. Comments: probably an oddity but an absolute thrill to be able to taste the effects of a leaking asks. That makes the whisky unbalanced but also very different, and that’s very cool for a hardcore whisky geek such as… you ;-). SGP:551 - 85 points (okay, technically a little less).

Teaninich 1973/2013 (41.8%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #MoS 13011, 198 bottles)

Teaninich 1973/2013 (41.8%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #MoS 13011, 198 bottles) Four stars and a half This time the strength is low because… The whisky’s old! Colour: gold. Nose: this is obviously much smother, rounder, fruitier, easier, mellower (that’ll do, S.!) There’s some acacia honey, maybe drops of banana liqueur, plums, more honey, sultanas aplenty, quinces, sweet white wine (say Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives?) All very easy, smooooth and enjoyable. A sin, it’s almost Chanel (where are the girls when you need them?) Mouth: yeah well, the oak’s a little loud again but it imparted some subtle vanilla tones, I mean various vanillas and soft spices, pralines, apricots and fresh coriander mix, orange salad with olive oil, honeydew, mead… It’s all a little fragile again, because of the low strength, but it’s appealing. Finish: quite long despite the low strength, with quite a lot of cinnamon, obviously (old malt, low strength), banana skin, oranges… Comments: miraculous at times, certainly fragile, and quite captivating. Not enough to be worth 90 in my book but we’re close. Time in your glass. SGP:451 - 88 points.

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