Another interesting addition to the Signatory Un-Chillfiltered, this time around it is a bottling of Teaninich, a little known Diageo distillery.
This Highland distillery uses a hammer mill and mash filter, which removes the need for a mash tun, one of the only distilleries in Scotland set up in this manner. The lack of mash tun means that Teaninich’s wort is almost completely clear, and the spirit is oily, grassy, fragrant and precise. Nearly all of this distillery’s spirit goes into the various Diageo blends.
Signatory’s 2007 vintage is matured in two Hogsheads (numbers 702719 and the pleasingly numbered 702720). This aging process has given the whisky a restrained oak influence, ensuring that the natural qualities of the spirit shines through.
This dram serves up grassy notes of cereal, lemon grass and green malt, with more exotic flavours of pineapple, coconut and mango, and some slight vanilla with a little oak.
Teaninich 10 is bottled at 46% ABV, without chill filtration or colouration, as always with this Signatory series.
With just a few bottles available, this is a rare chance to taste an interesting whisky.