Updated: Jan 21
Teacher’s Blended Scotch (1983/1985) - 43%
Context: At the time of this ‘80s bottling, Teacher’s Highland Cream had really found its marketplace groove - second best selling blended scotch in the UK and exported into 150 markets. This vintage would’ve been blended after the acquisition of Glendronach and construction of a new blending facility in Glasgow. The heart of the blend was always said to be some peated Ardmore and a higher than usual malt content. I’ve seen a lot of these out there at 40% ABV. This one has the slightly elevated proof.
Nose: It’s a bright nose that manages to also retain some depth. Lots of grain and orchard fruit. Decent depth. Light smoke.
Flavors: Apples. Pears. Light peat. Quick Oak. Finish leans tart and short.
Palate Structure: Full mouthfeel and a pleasant little ride across the palate. Not overly complex or dynamic, but there is some richness up front and solid clarity.
Alcohol Integration: Mostly dialed in. Finish gets a little angular and boozy.
You’d Dig This If You Like:
Compass Box (entry level)
Score: 5 (Acceptable) The complexity is low and the finish needs polish, but there's some really rich malt happening up front that I enjoy. Anyone who drinks current entry level blends would get a surefire quality bump if this was their daily driver.
10- Reevaluate My Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Wish I Was Drinking Something Else
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour