Another fine and easy-to-drink Teaninich but to be honest: I prefer the Cadenhead bottling from last night because it was more impressive in the nose and offered a better mouthfeel and finish (through a fatter oiliness). Nonetheless this is a pretty excellent selection of casks to present the typical Teaninich malt profile without too much wood influence, hence a good dram to try if you want to get better acquainted with this rather unknown distillery.
The colour is pale gold and the texture shows medium tears with slow legs. The nose offers a comparable profile to the Cadenhead with subtle grassy and herbal aromas in a shy fruity and spicy wooden setting. After some time of breathing delicate mocha and chocolatey aromas join in but this nose is by far not as impressive as the Cadenhead's was.
The taste is very delicate and layered on fine honey, chocolatey and spicy flavours - I really like that! It is not the most complex one but it shows delicious flavours in a perfectly balanced setting without any flaw. Water releases more aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate but somehow the dram looses its subtle delicateness this way. I like the neat dram better.
The dram arrives warming in the mouth without any distracting moment but the coating effect and chewability is much lesser than with the Cadenhead's. The finish is of medium length and adds an interesting saltiness with a minor drying-astringent ending.