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one of the whiskies I remember my father having in his cabinet, and I'm
surprised to realise that I have never tasted it before. The bottle I remember
must have been from the seventies and had the large plastic gold cap that
looked like you could use either as a measure or for drinking out of. I still
think this is a great look for this whisky, and much better than the current
bottle. Trawling the Internet for information I learned a little about the
Teacher took advantage of the new "Excise Act" in 1830 and began
selling his blended scotch, taking out a licence to sell wines and spirits and
expanded into 'dram shops'. (These were basic public houses selling reliable
spirits, with rules against buying rounds and having loud conversations, drunks
and rowdies were quickly removed). Within twenty years he was the largest
licence holder in Glasgow.
time his sons, Adam and William Jr had joined the family business and following
the example of others they moved into wholesaling, providing special blends for
specific customers. William died in 1876 leaving his two sons in control.
these blends became very popular, so they concentrated their energies on
producing and marketing it as Teacher's Highland Cream and so it was first
registered in 1884.
The bottle I remember, and prefer!
to guarantee stocks of malt whisky they opened the Ardmore distillery in 1898
and by 1903 the brand was being exported to America.
also acquired the Glendronach distillery in 1957, to meet the growing demand
for blended scotch. Teacher's Highland Cream is still made in Glasgow, but now
owned by American company Beam Inc.
proudly states that over 45% of the blend consists of single malts, with
Ardmore still being the main single malt in the blend, although it is reported
to use over 30 different single malt whiskies.
So what did I think?
An almost tawny gold (regulated with caramel)
soft sweetness initially which is quickly followed by a slightly bitter grain,
toffee, fruit and malt, even a fresh 'rolling tobacco' note, the faintest whisp
of smoke too.
Smooth creamy texture, milky almost. Definitely living up to it's Highland
Toffee and barley sugar balanced with a very light peatiness which is very
pleasant there is a white pepper kick at the end too.
Fades gently with some peppery smoke.
to say I have overlooked this whisky in the past, and it is purely by chance
that I have been sampling this whisky after 'finding' it in a good friends
drinks cabinet, untouched. This is a very good blended whisky, it isn't
fantastic stuff that will blow your socks off, but it is very good value and very