While this Highland distillery celebrated its 200th anniversary last year, and opened a whole new stillhouse this year, Teaninich is still largely unknown. This has everything to do that this is one of Diageo’s workhorses that produces almost exclusively for the blending industry with Johnnie Walker Red Label as biggest customer. There are hardly any official bottlings. I will taste a vatting of two bourbon hogsheads, bottled at drinking strength by Cadenheads in their Small Batch series.
The nose is very fruity and fresh: pinapple, peach, baked apples and a lot of vanilla. Hint of lemon juice and liquorice. Something floral as well. Think dandelion. Spring in your glass. Nice without being grand.
The spring theme continues on the palate. But it certainly packs some punch, despite the drinking strength. Hefty spiciness shines through. Lovely, but very sweet at the same time.
Medium long finish that offers nothing new, but fades pleasantly.
A very quaffable, no frills single malt from a giant factory. Around 50 EUR.