Teaninich 10yo F&F (OB)


dfd4fee8b212c100e10efb6efe77159aOne of the larger horses in Diageo’s stall but without much recognition. It’s Diageo’s policy to let every distillery have its own release, if not with a proper distillery label than as part of the Flora & Fauna range. Enter the Teaninich 10yo, a young Northern Highlander matured on ex-bourbon(?) casks. Had my first taste of this whisky well over a year ago, whilst browsing the wares of the local whisky specialist, but never bothered to write down my impressions. To put it simple, I was not too impressed.

In doing some research on this particular dram, I soon noticed that there is a wide variety of conflicting tasting notes, even the main whisky critics don’t seem able to reach a consensus. Attributable to batch inconsistency or just a whisky that is hard to qualify?

a 10yo entry in the Fauna & Flora range, matured in ex-bourbon casks, bottled at the appropriate 43% ABV.

Nose: dry and grassy in style but still relatively fresh in taste. Base aroma of olive oil, notes of cereal, lemon, a touch of pepper and light acrid smoke.

Mouth: a viscous body with a sharp palate. Some notes of laurel leaves, olive oil, orange zest and rice.

Finish: short I must admit. A touch of nutmeg, but mainly pepper, a bit nutty maybe: pecan?


The Verdict: ah heck, it wasn’t terrible, but mediocre and unremarkable at best. A lower dresser for blends that is a perfect example why not every distillery is suited for the production of commercially lucrative single malts..
Score: 78

Nose: 20

Taste: 18
Finish: 19 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house