Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Wm. Teacher & Sons Ltd. (WT&S)
Bottling serie
Royal Highland De Luxe Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 (gradi)
750 ml
Bottle code
SC 972
Bottled for
I.L. Ruffino-Pontassieve
it Italy
Added on
02 apr 2015 6:07 pm by HJK

Average value

€ 114.69

5 × in wishlist

42 × member ratings

91 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Teacher's 12-year-old

18 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.03 points.

  1. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 81 points Shoplink Moderator

    Given the 93 points from Ralfy, my expectations monstrously surpassed reality. Maybe I was just lucky with a poorly stored bottle, it's hard to say, but after opening it smelled and tasted terrible. I had to fly it back and forth a few times and let it rest for a few weeks. Then it was better. Due to the 43% strength, it can withstand the addition of a surprisingly large amount of water. And then it tastes much better.

    At the same time, I have open Johnnie Walker Black Label's blend from about the same time, ie the 80's, and I must say that I like it significantly more than Teacher's 12yo.
    • Nose
      Very quiet to bland. Dusty hayloft, dried lemon zest, tea cakes and overripe, slightly rotten apple.

      After adding water: apple, perfume, cane sugar and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Sour-sweet with a slight hint of smoke and a slight bitterness. Slightly pungent. Ginger, honey, bitter caramel, flour (beaten) apple, tanned half of lemon juice and sour milk.

      After adding water: dark chocolate, cocoa (with milk), orange and plum.
    • Finish
      Astringent and slightly woody. Herbal bitterness and special acidity. Chamomile, lime juice, grapefruit, grape tassel, apple juice and mint.

      After adding water: unripe kiwifruit including peel, light waxyness, dried pear, blade of grass, citrus peel and cinnamon.

  2. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet and fruity, set. Pineapple, fruit compote, canned peaches, vanilla pudding and cake, rum, some musty wood, spicy, dusty cardboard, spicy notes. Gets better and better over time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      First sweet, then rough. Sweet-sour and woody-bitter, astringent. Citrus, sour cherry, cold ash, oak, some musty wood, baked cocoa, rum raisins, brittle. Not sweet anymore but quite complex. Unfortunately, it feels a bit thin in the mouth.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, bitter and spicy, lemony-tart, dark chocolate.

  3. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pear, reminds me a bit of a canned fruit mix, a bit of peach, beeswax candle, orange, minimal wood
    • Taste
      Apricot, honey, physalis, orange, much spicier than expected, wood

  4. Martinesk scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      light smoke, set sherry notes, subliminal heavy fruity sweetness. Maybe even a dark vanilla.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Creamy, almond butter, spiciness steps in and then brings sweetness with it. red fruity.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Decreases significantly. Green wood, bitter tart.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Felt more malt than grain. You can still guess the smoke he used to have. And a portion of sherry cask. Ashy cabbage, sweet citrus - canned tangerine, maybe even peach? Very tasty, just a little light-breasted.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Can be chewed, good texture. Sweet-sour, malty, then progressively more smoke.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Spicy, even slightly hot, still tart with herbaceous smoke trail and slightly sticky OBF bitterness (but in moderation).

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  7. toklian scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N21 P20 F20 B21

  8. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    21 20 20 21 82

    rich aroma, good taste and only the aftertaste was a little upsetting due to the grain, but overall it is a very good and tasty blend.

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Pre-1989 old bottle.

    Appearance: Medium amber-red-gold. Very oily and viscous.

    Nose: Old wet oak barrels, basement, cherry, sherry, rather intense raisins, vanilla, honey. Old, aged, big sherry. Cinnamon spice.

    Palate: Woody old barrel, raisins, cherries, cinnamon, pepper. Not so sweet, but huge, deep, dried fruits and tons of sherry. Cherry vanilla and toffee. Lots of barrel.

    Finish: Cinnamon and black pepper, dried cherries, raisins, heat. Long lasting, well integrated.

    With Water: Mellows everything, not as old seeming, lots of dried fruit. Not worth it really. So well integrated and mellow already.

    Overall: Maybe a bit oxidized, as the nose completely reminds me of my grandpa’s wine cellar, old musty barrels. But the flavor is huge dried cherries and raisins. Quite fabulous and in great condition. I am looking for more of this!

  11. Love street scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Drawn to this for my love of Ardmore, hope I’m not disappointed ?
    Nose Beautiful dry sherry, this is really great, no dissapoinment Just heightened expectation, could be something a lot older
    Arrival dry an sweet but a bit thin
    Development again dry slightly sweet but thin
    Finish dry stationary/envelope glue, with a bit of e150 added yand a little sweetness
    Good in some parts but not what I was hoping for, a little disapointing

  12. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  Old blends can be truly great and this one was recommended to me - so I am very curious.

    A perfect example of a delicious and well-crafted old blend that combines the best of different distillery and maturation profiles.  Very quaffable and recommended to anybody who wants to explore the "old style" of Scotch without spending tons of bucks on old collectible single malt bottlings...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose immediately offers this adorable old bottle flavour (OBF) besides lots of different fruits, spring flowers, herbs and spicy woods. A really nice composition and I could swear that some casks in this batch were much older than just 12 years (what was quite usual in earlier times when the warehouses were full of old stuff). This is a very complex and balanced nose that is recommended to everybody who wants to train his/her olfactory cells. I like it!
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is sweet on fruity and honey flavours with stronger spicy notes than the nose. It is chewable and balanced but not as complex as is the nose. Water is not needed unless you prefer a more herbal profile (water increases these flavours in particular).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a slight peppery feeling that is not unpleasant. The finish is of medium length and adds more spicy-herbal impressions. A tiny cardboardy feeling from older woods at the very end is the only (minor) flaw that I can find in this dram.

  13. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Rarely I had an old blend so fresh. Enthusiasm 4/5 Whiskey n ° 1433
    • Nose
      Old cellar (but it disappears), fresh fruit and vanilla. Caramel. Later, woody loosely smoked. Beautiful vivacity for this "old fashioned"
    • Taste
      We find the old cellar side, but there is a lot of fluidity to the touch, and the aromas are expressed in a very dynamic way!
    • Finish
      Fresh on the pear!

  14. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, dust, yellow and green fruits (lemon, apple), then a significant carbon return
    • Nose
      very creamy, pastry, and a grassy freshness a little minty.
    • Finish
      can be Glendronach and Ardmore in, anyway, a good blend, with lots of dust, mold, some exotic fruit that will delight the taste buds.

  15. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A true gem! Especially the nose and taste were absolutely stunning.
    • Nose
      A stunning old nose. I detect other notes as my predecessors: no caramel, but a beautiful fruity and waxy nose. Pineapple, melon, lemon, fruit cake, wax and polish, creamy vanilla custard, a hint of leather.
    • Taste
      Silky, creamy and very seductive. The fruity side is even more prominent, with ample melon and sweet grapefruit. There is also a layer of dried fruit. Further, cake, grass, mint, and pepper.
    • Finish
      Gets spicy and a bit drying, but that's OK. The fruity part is gone, and pepper, cinnamon, ginger and clove take over. Next to this, there is vanilla and grass.

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is good stuff and a lovely mouth feel, far too easy to drink but a 12 year quality blend for sure.

    Great buy by BXpress and after finishing this sample  my score goes up to 87P.
    • Nose
      Fudge, honey, hint of lemon & orange zest, caramel waffles, warm jam sponge cake
    • Taste
      Thick & creamy with vanilla custard, toffee, mango, and there is some grapefruit coming through.

      Gets more syrupy as you go on.
    • Finish
      Pleasantly sweet but a little short

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ralphy Mitchell scored a 1970`s bottle of this (I believe a little earlier than this one) at a whopping 93 points.

    That was his highest score for a blend about 18 months ago.

    Review 531

  19. BXpress scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Straight 90. Points would have been higher if the taste had  a little more power.

    A piece of history for 38 Euros (lol). Watch out for this one at auction.
    • Nose
      Immediately old school. Caramel, earth. Old shabby furniture. Slightly farmy with hay. Amazing note of Diesel/Propane (can't decide) which reminds me of a certain Glen Grant '65. Vanilla. Soft and harmonic. The blendish character is noticeable and works great. Leather, spices, pepper. Slightly medicinal too. I could write a novel.
    • Taste
      Same thing only with more caramel, more citrus. Still spicy, earthy, leathery. Again old furniture. Slightly thin though. The profile however remains great. Butter, coal, vanilla, wool. Some Toffe and mild honey, a little herbal.
    • Finish
      Very long and spicy, with some vanilla. Slightly herbal after taste.

  20. HJK did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    See review by Ralfy: https://youtu.be/jIpaKQ8pueg

    Blend mark 93


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