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Overall rating
74.29/100
votes
89
Whiskybase ID
WB82378
Category
Blend
Bottler
Wm. Teacher & Sons Ltd. (WT&S)
Bottling serie
High In Peated Malt
Bottled
2016
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Barcode
5010093259006
Added on
14 may 2016 4:21 pm by Marko_I
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 15.13

4 × in wishlist

89 × member ratings

214 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Teacher's Highland Cream

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.29 points

  1. Funky_d scored this whisky 22 points Member Senior

    Awful!!!
    • Nose
      21 21
    • Taste
      20 20
    • Finish
      7 7

  2. Obynapewno scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    This is the one that tastes great with a mixer, for me it is a bomb for drinks. It leaves a slight smoky aftertaste

  3. TomHagen scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    It tastes different than a previously opened bottle. More alcoholic, less smoky, less pronounced.
    Tried the cocktail and great for me. Solo not special, but in a CUDO drink.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      73 73

  4. Armiil scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    I've noticed quite a lot of development each time I've opened this bottle. Maybe one of the best cheap whiskies out there?

    It seems like a lot of whiskies show their best side after the second or third opening and this is no exception. The nose is decently smoky but fruity, nutty as hell, cheesy, sweet tobacco, and yeasty..? Definitely yeasty. Some oaky bitterness in the aftertaste. No noticeable flaws in my opinion.

    Pleasant experience all around, even though the palette doesn't offer anything groundbreaking. 78 points.

  5. Noname_Drinker scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    This is the first "Lower end" whisky I have ever reviewed, so I expect nothing from it. Overall, it has an excellent price-to-money value (A single malt like whisky only for ~15 euros in my place). It's like drinking a cheap single malt whisky.

    I may not be able to rate this bottle fairly because almost all drams I tried before are better. However, I will only use it to mix with coke from now on.

    Edit after 2 months: I have thrown away the bottle for being too rubbish. I will not even mix it with coke. It smells like it's gone bad.
    • Nose
      20 20
      The first impression: Something that is rotten. Grain, alcohol, creamy, slight peaty, citrus and other light fruits. It wants you to have a "balanced" nosing, but turns out... It is unpleasant for me (Not because of the alcoholic note, but because of the imbalance among different brands in this bottle, no harmony).

      After adding some water and let it oxidizes for 10 mins, it is slightly better (Reduced alcoholic notes, more fruitiness).
    • Taste
      70 70
      Extremely smooth and plain (almost like drinking water!), but pleasant. Sweetness, honey, chocolate, creamy. Also, there is tiny bit of spicy and alcoholic notes at the back. However, this is much better than the nosing. For me, it is the budget version of the Highland Park 12.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Short. Notes: Grain, beer, walnut, creamy at the back. Nevertheless, the bitterness remains for a while (It's a shame. Else, I would rate the finish as 80)

  6. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    For me, this is the best low-priced blended whisky.
    Its taste is second only to JW black label, but it is also cheaper.
    Even when drank straight, he managed to deliver a taste beyond its value.
    Floral and smoky from bourbon barrels,
    There is no alcohol tingling after the mouth (which is really surprising!)
    Honey and malt aromas fill the mouth, and there is a qualified smoky finish.
    A blended whisky perfect for beginners and easy to buy.
    If my friends and I want a high ball, I can always go to a nearby store and buy a 200ml version, plus a few bottles of sparkling water, enough to enjoy the night.
    78 points for the sum of the taste and 3 points for the price factor for a total of 81 points.

  7. Wienter65 scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Standard progression, taste bit better than the nose. I pretty much like the sweetness and the texture.

  8. Travelller scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    65/100

  9. eNZzo scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      70 70

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Teacher's Highland Cream 'High in Peated Malt' (40%). Consumed Jan 2019. Aroma apple and oak, a little 'empty' grain. Taste is some burnt apple pie, nice level of smoke, subtle oak and grains, salty. Smooth and enjoyable. Aroma lets it down slightly. Really good for the price - I didn't adjust my score to take into account price but at £15 a litre in Duty Free there aren't that many better deals if your main consideration is volume vs price. 3.4/81

  11. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I called this H2H `The Dirty Dozen`, not in a derogatory way but because all 12 of these blends (latest versions) are all under £20 the actual price points here are £13-£20 UK sterling
    All these bottles are available either in supermarkets or on line and all, apart from the Highland Black have no age statement.

    I wanted the 11 NAS bottles to be tested against the Aldi whiskey, as I have heard decent comments about the Aldi whiskey and at £12.99 it was the cheapest here, the most expensive was the Bushmills Original. I was only originally going to do Scotch blends but thought in the interests of fair play to have a couple of Irish in the mix.

    RESULT , all bottles are 2021 releases

    1st - Highland Black Distiller’s Reserve 8 year 40% Aldi
    2nd - Grant’s Family Reserve 40%
    3rd-The Famous Grouse 40% (mini)
    4th- High Commissioner 40%
    5th-Bell’s Original 40%
    6th- Scottish Leader 40%
    7th - JW Red Label 40%
    8th- Teacher’s Highland Cream 40%
    9th -Jameson triple distilled 40%
    10th- Black Bottle 40% (mini)
    11th- Bushmills Original White label 40% OB
    12th- Dewar’s White Label 40%

    There were common threads through most of these whiskies, they were quite light, many had green apple notes, some had vanilla and many of them were much sweeter than a single malt which was to be expected.

    My palate is suited to blends, probably because they are generally sweeter but also because I am very sensitive to woody bitterness and sulphur, which you do not get with young blends.

    My scoring may surprise some but, on this site many punters seem to like to knock blends and give them low scores for the sake of it. In my view this is because it is seen as the right thing to do to show you are a single malt person, to show you are a knowledgeable drinker, which is bollocks of course.
    I see comments like bland, no taste, no finish and score likes 28, 32, 40 etc, which in my view are unfair and show that people are just following the well-trodden curve to bash cheap blends.

    I see many times in supermarkets, men of a certain age just walk up to the whiskey Isle and just go straight to the Bell’s, Teacher’s or Whyte Mackay, they know what they like and stick to it., they cannot all be wrong, they are looking for value in their budget, they have been drinking for many years, and know a good buy when they see it.

    In this tasting there was only one complete duffer with and that was the Dewar’s White Label, and the Bushmills original was better but I would not purchase either of these again. Sure none of them were big on depth of profile or multi layered, that is the whole point of a blend, an easy sipper.

    For what it is worth I would be happy to buy the top 9 bottles in this tasting again as a repeat purchase.

    This was a fun tasting, before I started I was expecting the Famous Grouse, Teacher’s and Bell’s to do ok and was also expecting the Aldi Highland Black to score high because it is meant to be good at its price point.

    I have been honest in my assessment, The Highland Black as £13 is great value, tastes nice and is a good daily sipper and deserved to be on top.
    The Famous Grouse and Grants were all good and substantiated why they are so well regarded. The High Commissioner pleasantly surprised me and is worth an honourable mention.
    If you do not like really sweet whiskey blends like this will not be for you especially the JW Red Label, which is syrupy sweet, similarly if you like your tongue ripped out by massive peat or swamped by old woody sherry, this sort of whiskey will not interest you.

    Finally, there is definitely a place for Scotch whiskey blends or Irish Whiskey and as prices for daily drinkers increase, whiskey like this may come into focus with some people more and more

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately my internet went down just as I was uploading a tasting note.
    This is ok and the peat is there with plenty of other flavours but the sum of the parts was a bit disappointing for me.
    On the nose and palate there are notes similar to Caol Ila or peated Ardmore, that I can remeber.

    This was the 10th of 12 in a H2H for blends under £20
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  14. Kilo1 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Pretty good blend for get-togethers.

  15. Emperor69 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Category: Blended Scotch Whiskey
    Producer & Bottler: William Teacher and Sons (Beam Suntory UK)
    Series: Higland Cream - High in Peated Malt
    Alcohol composition: Ardmore et al.
    Strength: 40%
    Volume: 500 ml
    Bottling date: 08/16/2019
    Barrel Type: Oak Casks
    Age: from 3 years old (NAS)
    Filtration: present
    Dye: yes

    Nose: sweet-smoky with a slight acidity and almost complete absence of sharp ethanol hitting the nose. Peat, ash, nougat, salted caramel, dark honey, vanilla, malt, herbs, citrus fruits, apples, pears. With oxidation in the glass, the fruit side manifests itself more, and sweets and smoked meats fade into the background + a little fuseliness appears, so we do not delay wearing it and enjoy the contents.

    Taste: although body density is not enough, the whiskey is well balanced. Here you have a general vanilla-creamy consistency (soft and in no way sugary), and the bitterness of coals, black pepper and citrus zest, and the sweetness of nougat and fruits, and a little sea salt and ash at the end of the sip. Again, there is nothing extraordinary and deep in the taste, as well as a special development, so that it is about the same, both in the first sip and in the third. However, what do we need from a good younger age hood? Softness, unobtrusiveness and drinkability. And all this, we, in this case, I believe, are receiving in full.

    Aftertaste: very dry, which at times I don't really like. Not a bad duration for a blend, even closer to medium, but subtle, smudged (earth, ash, citrus zest, residual sweetness from nougat and fruit).

    Summary: So, the manufacturer assures us that in the composition of this blend more than 30% are malt alcohols, and a significant part of them is also fumigated with peat. Well, it really feels strong and plays a significant role in the recognition of this blend as one of the best among the blended whiskeys in the lower price segment. It will not be completely shameful to drink it even for an experienced whiskey lover and a common man in the street. According to the stories of friends who have been to Scotland, most of all there is local beer at home and in bars, but if you ask for whiskey, then first of all they will pour you this blend. Even on the Russian Internet I heard about such a conspiracy theory that, supposedly, whiskey is poured in a 0.5 capacity more delicious than in 0.7. I have nothing to say about this, but if you rely on memory, my Teechers really seemed to me more saturated than a bottle of 0.7 drunk about 3 years ago. But this is so yourself, you know)

  16. Svarttt scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    For a blend in the price range: Not an unpleasant nose, the peat comes in the taste, not unpleasant, but then comes the grain and a rather unpleasant intrusive alcohol
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      69 69

  17. Squinugie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  18. Karsa Orlong scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      74 74

  19. vmp scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Very nice for a cheap blend. Good proportion of malt clearly felt in the taste
    On the nose light peat smoke, sweet, oak and vanilla
    Malty and lightly peaty on the palate. Light sweetness.
    Good for casual drinking

  20. Squeble scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    A very good blend for the price
    • Nose
      77 77
      Vanilla, sweet, light smoke, very light fruitiness
    • Taste
      72 72
      Relatively simple and uncomplex. No annoying aromas and no alcohol. Harmony of sweetness and fruitiness.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Also very easy with a nice oak

  21. Wiz scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Of course nothing special. But for the price !!!
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  22. Goldenwhiskycave did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For his price it is not too bad, there is something in the nose but taste is too short
    • Nose
      Light smoke, orange Sweet
    • Taste
      Light alcohol stimulus, fleeting, little to say very flat
    • Finish
      Very short

  23. mer1973 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  24. Kontra scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      65 65

  25. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whiskey Tasting: Teacher's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8GN83SwSRo

  26. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    For its price, this whisky is quite good. Nothing spectacular, nothing to smell for hours, but still a solid dram. Far better then a Johnnie Walker Red Label.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      73 73

  27. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Smoky-sweet, tasty blend, has nothing unpleasant, for 10-12 € a bargain, you can also thoroughly enjoy as an "advanced" single-malt gourmets, without breaking a jag from the crown.
    • Nose
      sweet and (clear but moderate) smoky, malt, ash, some lemon, very slightly musty
    • Taste
      sweet, tasty, creamy, milk chocolate / nougat, some ashes
    • Finish
      medium, smoke, chocolate, some pepper

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