Teaninich is one of the work horse distilleries of Diageo, situated in Alness where I happened to reside for a couple of days at the end of October. Didn’t go to the distillery though, since they don’t receive visitors and the schedule was pretty action-packed without all kind of extra-curricular outings.
I got my hands on a sample of this after trying one of Michiel Wigman’s earlier bottlings from the same bottling-year. That sat at a significantly lower ABV, although all the other specs were pretty much the same.
I always like to compare things, and even though it doesn’t seem like with a two year gap between reviews, the actual notes were not written that far apart… Something about going through the back-log of tasting notes when you’re trying to get over a massive cold…
Vanilla custard and crumbly pastry, thick and creamy. A bit of hay and dry leaves, quite autumnal. Very dry, behind all the richness.
It’s not too sharp on the arrival, and the richness helps a bit there too. Mostly focused on the vanilla crumble and custard. Baked apples with cinnamon, autumn leaves, some oak and dried coconut flakes too.
The finish is a bit sharper than expected, and does focus even more on the vanilla. Lots of custard, crumble pastry, pastry cream, that kind of stuff. The other notes barely show up.
A fairly straight forward bourbon cask matured whisky. Well made and good, but also a little bit generic. The bourbon cask gave the spirit a massive hit of vanilla and while it doesn’t make the whisky bad (at all) it does take away from the distillery character.
So, a good dram, but too much vanilla to really be noteworthy. It could just as well have been Glenmorangie or many of the other Scottish distilleries…
Misschien titel even corrigeren? Een 20 jaar oude 2019-2019 lijkt me niet te kloppen.