Since Serge rates it 93 (probably the highest score he gave for a Teaninich), I have high expectations on this rare bottle. I am lucky to have a share bottle of this when I buy the whisky.
Nose: on the dark side, rusty and fruity. Pineapple, linseed, vanilla, black currant, old forest wooden floor, leathery, tool shed, with a touch of honey sweetness. It is an interesting combination which I don’t find in many whisky but I like it a lot. Amazing stuff!
Taste: Really remarkable taste with a rich and multi-layered flavours. It carry similar profile as the nose suggests. The relatively low strength of alcohol content makes it very drinkable. I can identify grapefruit, overripe pears, mango, black tea, orange peel, herbal.
Finish: Medium to long. Again, tea, grass, waxy, with a slight hint of lemon.
Conclusion: A very very special Teaninich. Although I have high expectations before trying, and the sample size is in small quantity, it surprised me with its rich and interesting flavours. I also like the old classic label and Shinanoya a lot. I know the price has gone up a lot but definitely will grab another bottle if I have the chance!