The colour is old gold and the texture shows no legs and very late small and sticky tears - the typical fat and oily Rare Malts profile. The nose offers a nicely balanced mix of toffee, grassy and herbal aromas, really nice and quite complex. The mouthfeel is hot and peppery (no wonder at 64,95% abv). The taste is very restricted due to the high alcohols as well, so it cries for a swimming exercise... Oh yes, with some water the dram opens up. The mouthfeel now is warming and coating (as the texture promised) but a little drying too (papers). The taste repeats the grassy-herbal profile from the nose surrounded by a barley sweetness and firm wooden structures. Again nicely balanced and truly complex. The finish is medium to long and chewable with some slight adstringent moments (papers again) that are not too disturbing. More water smoothes the dram further and makes it more sweeter. I like it that way the best so add a fair share of water. Neat I score it 3 to 4 points lower and with just a little water 2 points lower than now. This dram is really an excellent swimer!
Another very good Teaninich - a distillery that I earmarked for more tastings in the future. And I retasted it a week later and found it even a little better than the first time (91 poinrs) - but tonight I am in a very positive mood anyhow...PS: By the way, just a little hint how to visit these distilleries that are not open to the public. Simply go there on saturday afternoon or on sundays. There is usually one staff member present only that really enjoys a nice conversation - so I always plan a kind of questionnaire for that situation. In the case of Teaninich I started it with "What is the correct pronunciation of Teaninich?" Immediately the employee switched to a 'helping mode' and showed me the whole distillery afterwards. But pssst... do not tell this to the management!