The many positive reviews made me very curious about the Teapot Dram. I was very enthusiastic about the 21 and 25 series from Glengoyne. It is definitely different here, with almost 60% alcohol I will have to dilute with water. The Teapot Dram looks a lot in the glass with its dark walnut wood color with a red cast.
The intense sherry flavors pour out of the glass with a lot of fruit and sweetness. From the sherry profile, the teapot dram is very fruity and strong, the fruits move on the one hand in the area of dates, figs, raisins and a little plum jam, on the other hand there is also a pleasant freshness that reminds me of lime peel, oranges and some raspberry Ahoy shower reminds. This makes the whisky not really heavy, although there are many dark, sweet fruit flavors. Nut chocolate with a higher cocoa content is now added to the fruit. A very subtle dryness can be seen in the background, as you know it from cocoa powder. There are hints of leather and tobacco, but for me they only play minor supporting roles. When it comes to sweetness, I have to think of caramel, which was sprinkled with pepper when it was smelled for a long time. Overall, the whisky on the nose is really very good! No sulfur, wonderful fruitiness and sweetness, the spiciness and the tannins are wonderfully integrated. I would have liked a little more weight and depth, but so far I am very satisfied.
In the mouth, the Teapot Dram is incredibly powerful and although it slides creamily into the mouth, it completely messes up my taste buds. What intensity! I cannot concentrate on the individual flavors at all, but try to cope with this overwhelming power.
I dilute to about 52-54% alcohol. In the nose, the dryness of the cocoa powder decreases somewhat, which makes the fruitiness a little more dominant. The caramel sweetness is now supplemented by honey notes, which I find very great. Overall, the whisky is a little less interesting on the nose, but it is more pleasing and softer.
In the mouth, the Teapot Dram is still powerful, but is now pleasantly drinkable, even if a peppery sharpness covers the tongue. It's great how the dark fruits combine with the sweetness and spiciness and take up the mouth together. The whisky looks really creamy in the mouth, because the sweetness spreads like a syrup. A little dryness spreads, the dark cocoa reports again and brings its tart friends with it: a little leather and tobacco are noticeable, the peppery is supported by a sharpness of ginger, the tannins are clearly noticeable overall but at no time too dominant. This is the advantage when the sweetness and fruitiness are so strong, because this makes the tannins wonderfully integrated.
Intense, sweet, fruity, spicy and slightly tart ... the Glengoyne covers a wide range of tastes, great!
The finish is long with pepper, some ginger spice, hints of tobacco and leather and a very wonderful fruitiness, which with raisins and dates also ensure a pleasant sweetness. I often experience that whiskys lose their fruitiness and sweetness in the mouth and especially in the aftertaste for the most part. This is definitely not the case here. At all times, the tannins are wrapped in a veil of dried fruit and sweetness.
You can tell from the Teapot Dram overall that it lacks a bit of stamina. The whisky looks a bit impetuous and youthfully fresh. But still: delicious! A modern, intense sherry whisky that should make all lovers of this whisky direction very happy. Some complain about the price increase and I can understand the displeasure well. But in my eyes, the whisky is just worth the money.
I give 90/100 points.