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Teacher's Highland Cream

Along with Bell's, Famous Grouse and Johnnie Walker Red this is one of the ubiquitous scotch blends in the UK, easy to find in almost any pub or supermarket.  I remember it being the standard scotch in my father's drink cabinet in the 1970's and therefore quite possibly the first scotch I ever drank but one I had not revisited since I really started drinking whisky in 2009.  As anyone who has read my posts knows I am not biased against blends, in fact some of my best friends are blends, but I  feel blends usually work best when they are sweet, subtle and sophisticated, playing off and even highlighting the grain whisky component.  If I want a smoky, beefy, malt whisky I will order one and this expression falls into the same trap (for me) as Johnnie Walker Black and other "bold" blends of trying to be a single malt and overpowering the grain, but lacks the depth or complexity to pull it off.  The nose is slightly floral, heather honey, malty and grassy with a hint of acrid woodsmoke.  The taste is a little sharp (nice word for harsh) at first which gives way to lemon zest and some sweet toffee, some nice flavours but lacks a little body and balance.  The finish has some more honey, but lots of pepper spice and more woodsmoke.   

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Blend
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No

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