Teaninich 6yo, 2013-2020, The Barreliers
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Bottling: The Barreliers
Cask type: Hogshead (#399, 295 btl.)
Colour: White wine.
Nose: First a malty sweetness on the nose, accompanied by fruits like yellow apples, citrus fruits (oranges, limes, grapefruit) and pear sorbet. Behind this creamy vanilla and a hint of oak spice. The alcohol is well integrated and in no way stands out.
Palate: Oily and sweet on the palate with strongly warming spices - ginger, allspice and some oak. Then again citrus fruits, such as orange, lime and slightly bitter grapefruit, accompanied by creamy vanilla.
Finish: The finish is of medium length and dries over time with citrus notes, creamy vanilla, some pepper and oak spice.
With water: After the addition of a splash of water, the Teaninich is much more lively on the nose with noticeable alcohol, vanilla, citrus and also a little more oaky notes. Still sweet on the palate with creamy vanilla, oranges, limes and less spices. All in all clearly less warming. The aftertaste is still medium long, oily, slightly dry with fruity-bitter notes of grapefruit.
Comments: A still young bottling with a high alcohol content from the Highlands, which gained wonderful citrus fruit aromas and creamy vanilla from the hogshead. Despite its youth this oily and sweet dram shows a distinct fruitiness, paired with a good load of warming spices carried by the alcohol, which can be controlled by adding some water.
I thank The Barreliers for the complimentary sample and the photograph!
Teaninich 5yo, 2012-2018, C&S Dram Collection
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Bottling: C&S Dram
Cask type: Sherry Butt (#711730, 618 btl.)
Nose: Fresh on the nose with yellow fruits, apricots and subtle pineapples. Sweet with vanilla and a significant alcoholic bite in the back.
Palate: Sweet and fruity on the palate accompanied by a strong alcoholic warmth. After this fades, fruit is coming through with apricots and peaches. Then sweet vanilla arrives, followed by a spicy mix of pepper, ginger and subtle oak.
Finish: The finish is medium long, tender sweet and warming, followed by slightly bitter notes of green hazelnuts and dry oak.
With water: A decent splash of water doesn't tame the alcoholic bite significantly. The fruit becomes more complex with a slightly waxy note in the back. Fruity, sweet and
creamy on the palate, followed by a warming spicy mix of black pepper and oak. The finish is rather short with bitter notes of green walnuts and more dry oak.
Comments: This pretty young Highlander from the C&S Dram Collection in cask strength shows notes of yellow fruits accompanied by a creamy vanilla sweetness and some bitter nutty tones. The high alcohol content of 60% abv is noticeable significantly. With the addition of water, the alcoholic pungency is partly tamed, in addition to the fruity notes, clearly dry oak aromas appear. For my taste, the Teaninich is still very young, which can be clearly felt on the nose and palate.
I thank Schlumberger Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the complimentary sample and the photograph!