Teaninich 1972

Overall rating
90.21/100
votes
97
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

€ 1161.67

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97 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Teaninich 1972

20 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.21 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. DimiIkon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: November 2022
    • Nose
      Floral and a great perfume. Freshly cut grass and sweetness of tangerine. Over time, some cooked vegetables appear.
    • Taste
      A fantastic sweetness of red fruits, oily and with nicely balanced oak. In the background a nice smoky tone. Then the spices come out with a nice saltiness and a little pepper. Peaches, vanilla and milk chocolate are here too, with a creaminess that's amazing.
    • Finish
      Long with spices and fine fruits. Mild citrus, almonds and nut.

  4. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: notes of citrus, some herbs, also light notes of bananas
    Taste: Close whisky before adding water. Strongly alcoholic and spicy in taste. And after adding a few drops of water, it opens nicely and shows the following notes of vanilla, herbs, citrus, light malt and bourboniness.
    Rating: 88 | 100. Quite bourbon finish with a hint of citrus. It is a difficult whisky to judge in my opinion. Notes very much hidden in taste. You should dose the water carefully when adding it so as not to pour it too much. This whisky takes time to taste

  5. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------88
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------90

  6. InbhirNis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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,

  12. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp. 
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    I had this full strength, no water and I am pleased I did, apart from the finish it was excellent. 
    • Nose
      Talcum powder, it smells a little fishy but in a very good way, something cooked from fresh, there is also some orange peel and sage herb. 
    • Taste
      Wow, this one takes your breath away, I think I need an inhaler ,when you swill it around your mouth it feels quite chalky, again in a good way. There is some lemon meringue and those flying saucer sweets you used to get in lucky bags. 
    • Finish
      The finish i thought fell a bit flat but it didn't spoil the overall experience. 

  17. BXpress scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    A little too harsh or a bad palate day for me. Good nose.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey. Smells slightly sour, in a sour apple juice kinda way which is very nice actually. Then more apples and pears, gets very fruity. Some hay and wax in the background. Cake dough. Raw Barley.
    • Taste
      Again sour with a big note of apple brandy. Kinda dusty after adding water (this one needs it big time). Very sugary. Vanilla, Creme brulee, lemon creme, hay. It's not creamy though, nor is it soft. Quite a harsh one even after 15(!) drops from a pippette.
    • Finish
      Very long. Prickly, alcoholic. Some honey, lemon and bitter wood.

  18. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Despite the 65% is very smooth, because here is a lot of extracts with a very good ratio! Direct hit!
    • Nose
      Slightly restrained, sherry, light smoke, candied orange, boat varnish and garden torch
    • Taste
      The most powerful whisky I've ever drank.
      The 65% (!) is absolutely pleasant.
      The oak presents itself nicely between the many spices, especially ginger, cinnamon and pepper.
      Next to them, orange marmalade and plum compote. Caramel.
    • Finish
      Long, soft and sweet: mainly caramel, few spices and fruits

  19. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  20. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Sweet with some fruit now, plum and orange,

    Palate - Very smooth and creamy but also a little drying, taste wise similar to neat, not much change.

    Finish - Still long and smooth.

    I had been after this particular Teaninich for a while and I am not disappointed, very good.

    One of the smoothest at such a high strength neat.
    • Nose
      Quite restrained for such a high strength. Sweet smoke, light sherry, garden bonfire, wood varnish, caramel, faint hints of orange.
    • Taste
      Smooth for 65% but spicy with it on ginger and a little aniseed. Oak is present but its in the background and does not detract from the profile. There are a few meaty notes, toffee, caramel and sweet porridge notes.
    • Finish
      Long, smooth and sweet on caramel.

  21. jankes scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. Sonett scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. zby0001 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

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