This mighty Teaninich 1973 was one of the festival bottlings for the Whisky Fair Takao in Taiwan and is bottled by independent bottler The Whisky Agency. And is no less than 43 years old.

Teaninich whisky is mainly produced for blends, such as Johnnie Walker. The only original bottling is a 12 year old which is bottled for Diageo’s Flora & Fauna range. But fortunately there are occasional releases from the independent bottlers.

This Teaninich has matured in a sherry butt and is bottled at 51,5% ABV. Only 90 bottles were available.

Teaninich 1973 tasting notes:

Nose: Kiwi, melons and a pinch of tobacco at first. Followed by a hint of citrus. Mangos. Later some wax and a little bit of coconut. Creme brulee. With water: green apples, green bananas, pineapple and a hint of pink grapefruit, nectarines. Even a bit of Turkish delight which gives it an extra layer of sweetness. Beautiful!!

Taste: Wood and spices. A hint of tobacco. This turns slowly into sweetness and fruitiness, a bit of vanilla, oranges too. Kiwi and pineapple. With water: Sweeter and milder. And with all the same fruits as above mentioned. My goodness I’m in love!

Finish: Medium long, with a bit of wood and some nice spices, a bit peppery. With water: Sweeter, softer, fruitier.

What a great Teaninich! A very complex dram with lots of layers. There’s a beautiful balance between the sweetness from fruit and the wood and spices. With water even better, although slightly less complex. Yeah you got to love this! I think I need another one. 😉