Review: Teaninich 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Flora and Fauna) / by Jason Hambrey

10 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Teaninich (Allness, Scotland)

Major player in blending – indeed, my interest in tasting Teaninich is because Compass Box uses them, I love Compass Box, and I want to understand why Mr. Glaser blends the way he does. Most of the whisky goes straight into blends, so bottlings are not easy to find. The aim of the distillery is to produce a green and oily profile for blending. Interestingly, they are the only scotch whisky distillery to use a mash filter instead of a mash tun.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Green tea, lemongrass – grassy indeed! It’s not malty, but the barley is firmly there and there is a good dose of earth in the nose too. Floral – daisies, hay – and some green pepper. Baking bread. Green…that is for sure.

The palate remains grassy, and is lightly sweet with the barley holding the central portion of the flavor – but not with malty or cereal aromas. Rather, that earthy and grainy “edge” of the barley, as we also see, in, say, Auchentoshan. Vanilla, cake batter. A clean, light earthy finish with light spices, nuts, and baking bread. This is fabulous for what it does. It’s still a bit untamed – perhaps the point – but I’d be interested to see this at another two years in oak to round things out a bit more.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $100.