Teachers Highland Cream
13th Sep 2014
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Tasting Notes by markjedi1
Teacher's Highland Cream is considered to be a rather common blend – it is pretty cheap – but so far I had only tried the 1988 version. Time to try a modern version as well, a bottling from 2014. If I am not mistaken, Ardmore and GlenDronach are among the more important components of this blend.
The nose is rife with malt and citrus fruit. Some sugared citrus peel, hints of apricots, a touch of heather and a trace of smoke, albeit discrete. I also get a hint of nuts. All in all, this is quite a pleasant if indeed somewhat simple nose.
It is oily on the palate, but rather sharp despite the low ABV. Fiery, peppery attack with a hint of peat and heather. The sweetness tends to go towards pure sugar. Liquorice kicks in. The fruit is yellow. The nuts are somewhat dubdued. It is, however, quite a light drink.
The finish can hardly be called long, but it is not exactly short either. A nice smokiness drowns out the rather unpleasant sweetness.
A fairly simple blend, but probably a good mixer because of the trace of smoke – the only part of this whisky that gives it some character.