Teaninich, 17 Year Old, 2017 Release, NV


£283.94 for 1x70cl
6 btls
£283.94 for 1x70cl
5 btls
Teaninich, 17 Year Old,  2017 Release

Easily enjoyable as an apéritif or with Oriental cuisines, this Teaninich also rewards more subtle exploration. On the surface straight forward and zesty, it combines grassy and citrus notes to great effect, while below a rich and also light sweetness provides a welcome introduction to its true complexity.

Appearance: Pale golden sunlight. Fine beading.

Nose: Approachable and gently drying. At first citrus-fruity and fragrant; pears in syrup, lychees, mandarins and lemon sherbet, with honey suckle and perfumed oak. Behind this there’s a spicier edge, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg then toffee apples, green grass or moss and pastry, with a late suggestion of almonds. After a few minutes, sweet notes dominate, with candy, vanilla toffee and creamy fudge balanced by a softly spicy background. Adding a little water brings up more soft fudge.

Body: Medium. Rich and smooth texture.

Palate: Unctuous and sweet,suggesting a fondant cream with a spicy edge. An initial burst of citrus is swept away by candied sweetness and a prickle of spice, before lemon cake, digestive biscuits and spiced porridge roll in. Notes of sharper oak then fade to reveal hints of wine gum and lemon zest. Water softens the candy sweetness; revealing more leafy notes, sweet and creamy toffee, and more orchard fruit;sweet apple and ripe pear.

Finish: Lengthy and warming with spicy oak-wood, a pinch of white pepper, lingering candied sweetness.

Contains Sulphites.

About Teaninich

A little-known Highland distillery of ancient origin, it was for a good portion of the 20th century the only distillery north of Inverness with electricity and telephones. Until 1960 electricity was produced by two water wheels fed by water from a dam. The wheels have gone, but Teaninich whisky is no less delicious. Captain Hugh Munro, whose family had long held the seat at Teaninich castle, founded one of the first legal distilleries in Ross-shire on his estate in 1817. That original building - along with part of the Munro’s castle! - has disappeared. But the whisky legacy of the great family has remained. Teaninich is just a mile from the Cromarty Firth, where porpoises sometimes play in the waters of the Atlantic. It’s a wild place, and Teaninich offers the ideal restorative after a day spent walking in the wind and spray. Earthy and fresh, this is a restrained Highland whisky, leafy and fresh. It makes no apologies for being accessible, quietly warming from the inside with its earthy, vegetal aromas.

Appellation: Highland

The Highlands are one of Scotland’s vast whisky regions, boasting a spectrum of styles from rich and textured to fragrantly floral, as befits an ever-changing landscape of coastline, moor and mountain.

To call Highland single malts diverse is an understatement: from the fertile east coast to the rugged west, this vast area boasts a rich variety of distillery styles. From light and grassy to heavily sherried – these are whiskies that refuse to be pigeonholed. Some of the most well-known Highland distilleries include Clynelish, Dalmore, Edradour, Glendronach, Oban and Old Pulteney.

Curiously, there are only three distilleries that are allowed to use the ‘Royal Epithet in their names and all are located in the Highlands: Royal Brackla, Glenury Royal (Now closed) and Royal Lochnagar.