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Teaninich 1972

Overall rating
90.24/100
votes
82
Whiskybase ID
WB1796
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1972
Bottled
1996
Stated Age
23 years old
Strength
64.95 % Vol.
Size
750 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281010885
Added on
07 May 2008 11:33 am
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1126.47

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82 × member ratings

150 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Teaninich 1972

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.24 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Teaninich is still a rather unknown and often overlooked distillery.  I had not so many drams of it but the few I had were not too bad.  So I am curious about this older bottling.

    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!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N- Fresh cut fig, dehydrated hawthorn and sticky nougat biscutti. Full and creamy that rounded out and 'caged' the beasty heat of 65% well. Plenty of power lurking, still fresh after all these years. Orange spreads, beehives, honey wax and get milky overtimes, strawberry milkshake with custard sugar? (93/23)

    P- Concentrated and melt in your mouth to unleash the abundance of wood, fruits, honey, spiciness develop as it should be that translate to leathers, peels, hot chocolate and more beehives and honey. Waxy and malty, hints of faints ozone and burnt gas developed. (91/22)

    F- Medium long, surprisingly smooth at neat. Fresh cut grass to waxy honey and loquat jelly, melting Harveys Grapefruit drops. Echoing, dry and chewy. (90/22)

    B/B- 91/22 Could be better if to ignored the puffs of burnt gas.

    Weighted Rate- 89pt, but will keep it at 90pt, +1 for an old malt.

    Cr-3, Fr-4, Fl-1, Pt-0, Ft-3, Sp-1, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-3
    • Nose
      N- Fresh cut fig, dehydrated hawthorn and sticky nougat biscutti. Full and creamy that rounded out and 'caged' the beasty heat of 65% well. Plenty of power lurking, still fresh after all these years. Orange spreads, beehives, honey wax and get milky overtimes, strawberry milkshake with custard sugar? (93/23)
    • Taste
      P- Concentrated and melt in your mouth to unleash the abundance of wood, fruits, honey, spiciness develop as it should be that translate to leathers, peels, hot chocolate and more beehives and honey. Waxy and malty, hints of faints ozone and burnt gas developed. (91/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, surprisingly smooth at neat. Fresh cut grass to waxy honey and loquat jelly, melting Harveys Grapefruit drops. Echoing, dry and chewy. (90/22)

      B/B- 91/22 Could be better if to ignored the puffs of burnt gas.

      Weighted Rate- 89pt, but will keep it at 90pt, +1 for an old malt.

      Cr-3, Fr-4, Fl-1, Pt-0, Ft-3, Sp-1, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-3

  3. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Bottle opened for 2 weeks, to remove the strong metallic alcohol nose when I first open the bottle. I would advise to add water gradually, and observe the changes each time you add water. A very complex malt that requires your patience, and you will be rewarded if you spent enough time with it.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Neat - you're walking in your over the top garden at your backyard in the morning, enjoying your favorite flowers and banzai. Suddenly a fresh cut lawn coming from your neighbor's yard. Some damped and earthy notes, some beeswax and honey, with a certain bitter Chinese traditional herbal soup. Complex and you can paint a picture out of the nose. With water - a lot more expressive, the notes above just being amplified straight away, with some hint of smoke, old and empty room smell, citrus fruits. A lot fresher as well. Added a little bit more water - now it becomes very Springbank-y, salty and briney, with lemon and mineral rocks. Lovely!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Neat - Oily and fatty arrival, coating your tongue entirely. More honey, and more herbs. Water is needed here, for me. With water - sweet raw honey, with toffee, fudge, warm milk in the morning, and some nice oakiness. With a little bit more water to it - yes the lemonade with a salty tang, with the minerals. It's touching 90. Water is your friend with this malt.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Citrus fruits, with some faint wood smoke, slightly bitter, coming from the wood, with almonds and other nuts, oily and pretty long and briney finish.

  4. InbhirNis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This one is special. The nose, especially unreduced, is a work of art. A wonderful evening in a glass.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Beautiful opening on dusty hay, with a fruity surge not far behind bringing plums and their stones. Vivid flower honey follows, confectionary sweetness with a waxy edge. Faint pipe smoke, pencil shavings, honeysuckle and dandelion, caramelised sugar. Water adds pepper, more florals and salted toffee. Lanolin and Ribena join the party later.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Thick, dense, mouthcoating, hugely powerful whilst maintaining balance and refinement. Bright, sweet oak. Really concentrated, so water is needed, and it draws out hazelnuts, waxy honey and more yellow flowers. Becomes increasingly creamy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long, clean, nutty and earthy, with lemon juice.

  5. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Very good whisky! very often over looked distillery.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I have decided to go with the route of not having any water, regardless of the multiple advises and reviews that have suggested water is my friend for this dram. As I am able to sit for several hours to wait and savour this dram, my review will be purely based off on the raw liquid without any external water to break down the bonds further.

    2 1/2 hours was put into this tasting profile.
    • Nose
      90 90
      As I pour the dram from the sample bottle, I am immediately caught out by the sharp distinct scent of lemon meringue pie. That burst of citrus, lemon and lime just escapes the glass even as I hold it below my chin. Grassy and floral scents develop, this takes a while to figure what is growing, will get back to that shortly.

      A herbal mixture of wolfberries, cinnamon sticks, tarragon, sage, oregano and mint encompasses the main profile of the nose.

      Haw flakes, a dried candy made out of hawthorn, a Chinese fruit, memories of this childhood snack shows up. Honey and beeswax show up to the party, followed by their friends of the forest, fern leaves, orchid, mint again, juniper berries - sappy, slightly bitter and refreshing.

      Post rain, in the morning, dew drops and scents of the forest. Faint oak scents with sherry, apricot, peach, nectarine, coconut, lemon tart once again. Similar profile to a Cragganmore, not a Convalmore IMHO as others have pointed out.

      Benrinnes like fruity and slightly metallic with herbaceous notes.

      On the nose, salty and oily profiles similarly to clynelish plus caol ila.
    • Taste
      91 91
      First thing that hits me is not the alcohol but that salty taste that numbs my tongue, it sure is spicy, bloody numb and spicy like eating mala hotpot. Szechuan peppers be messing my tastebuds up right the start.

      Grassy notes are definitely all around, which brings us to fruit produce of granny smith apples, pink lady apples, Asiatic pear, pomegranate, Japanese melon, lychee, feijoa fruit and something that stands out from the rest; cactus fruit (Prickly Pear).

      Time is our best friend, not water, give it time to develop and the flavours will expand over oxidation. As long as the ambient temperature in the room is in control and constant, the rate of expansion will be balanced.

      Fresh whipped cream, fruit tarts, yeast, sourdough bread, shredded rosemary, candied apple, a mixture of other herbaceous plants which I can identify but may take awhile.

      Hot cross buns, peach strudel topped off with almonds.

      Salty, very very salty, similar to a Talisker or a Bunnahabhain for the palate. Salted red bean buns here with a side of shishamo, weird combination in place.
    • Finish
      90 90
      White bread is constantly brought up in my mind, that fluffy white chinese bun (mantao) made from milled wheat flour.

      Dried apricot, figs, sandalwood, cardamom, cinnamon, almond, pecan nuts, chocolate, lemon again and everywhere.

      As complex as this may be, it is unfortunately not what I am looking for to heightened up the points. The flow of flavours do not progress smoothly after a little climb to downhill and so on, rather more on the erratic side and all over the place like atoms clashing about.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good swimmer, it has no problem with adding a lot of water.
    • Nose
      Papaya, dried apricot, dried fig, marzipan, coconut, apple, white chocolate, pear and a little banana. Water brins out some honey.
    • Taste
      Dried apricot, pear, peat, coconut, pepper, raisin, caramel and papaya. Water makes it honeyed, waxy even. And also that white chocolate again.
    • Finish
      Apricot, hazelnut, peat, apple and coconut,

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    You don't see a lot of Teaninichs on the market and this is one of those that may be worth it to get. Swims extremely well!!!! (ie you need to add water... LOTS OF WATER). I appreciate Rare Malts bottlings this at 64.95%. It allows nerdy folks like myself to experiment with water. It's like a journey. Taste best at less than 50% ABV for sure.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Not very exciting initially, nondescript... sorta like when you nose an average Millburn or Convalmore. Metallic, perhaps old copper coins. After adding LOTS of water though, the nose comes alive... It's like a salty, oily, Clynelish. Definite sherry in there. Also musty, which is always good in my book. Adding water is a MUST with this one.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Salty, oily, fat, tinge of green fruits (pears, apples, guava), a bit grassy, actually does pretty well without water but can be added liberally without detracting from its quality. 

      Second tasting: much more water added as compared to the first tasting, until probably around 48% ABV -- excellent... tamed the fire, more fruits, but still retains that salty, oiliness that makes this one so good. I changed the score from 89 to 90. 

      Also during second tasting, I added more water until it's probably 40-43%. Might even be better with this lower ABV.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Peppery without water (really???), but with water, it's still viscous, oily, and has a long finish.

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