Founded in 1817, Teaninich was originally equipped with four stills. In 1970, a new distillery, which was christened "A Side" and equipped with six stills, was built just next to the old distillery, which was renamed "B Side", leading to the creation of the one of the most complex distilleries in Scotland. For 15 years, both units worked together, before B Side was eventually closed in 1984 and A Side in 1985. In 1991, only A Side was reopened, and in 1999 B side was demolished. A further 6 stills were added in 2014. With remarkable mentholated freshness, this venerable version has withstood the test of time without gaining a single wrinkle. Even better, it has wonderfully kept intact the luscious character of its youth whilst allowing its fruitiness to develop increased exoticism and maturity.
Colour: vibrant gold.
Profile: the refined first nose is malty, mentholated and ever so slightly smoky. Allowed to breathe, juicy pears, vanilla and aromatic plants (verbena) bring lots of freshness. Powerful, whilst maintaining the fruit from the nose, the attack is peaty and saline. The end of the palate is nobly spicy (cardamom). The elegant finish is rich (vanilla flan) and naturally malty. The peat and smoke have completely disappeared. The fruit has become increasingly exotic (passion fruit persimmon). The retronasal olfaction highlights the accomplished maturity of the palette of flavours.
The whisky was disgorged and bottled under my supervision in the Town of Pitlochry on 12th December 2018.Andrew W. Symington, Managing Director, Signatory Vintage