Teaninich 17yo – Diageo Special Releases 2017

Teaninich 17 Feature

The fourth whisky to be explored from Diageo 2017 Special Releases is Teaninich, which this year is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Established in 1817 (in case you can’t do the maths) by ‘Blind’ Captain Hugh Munro, it went through a series of ownerships in the 1800s before being absorbed into the DCL stable in 1933. From there, things really picked up for Teaninich as it became an integral part in a number of Johnnie Walker expressions. In 1946 the stills were replaced with larger ones and in 1970, a second still house with six pot stills, so-called Teaninich A, was built. These ran in tandem with the original set, ‘Teaninich B’, until 1984, when the original stills fell silent. Something rather odd happened in 2000; the mash tun was removed and replaced with a mash filter, the only one of its kind in Scotland. Here, the mash is passed through 24 cloth filters three times, before moving on to the washback. The resultant wort is extremely clear and helps to give rise to Teaninich’s signature light, grassy, and floral new make character.

With only the 12yo Flora and Fauna bottling being the sole official release until now, and with there only being a few independent bottlings around, it’s no wonder this Special Release was met with more-eager-than-normal anticipation. Distilled in 1991 and matured in refill American oak barrels and hogsheads for 17 years, it’s bottled at a cask strength of 55.9% and available for £275.

Teaninich 17yo
1999 Vintage
Diageo Special Releases 2017
55.9% ABV
£275 here

Nose: Very floral to begin; fresh hay, Parma Violets, and some proper Turkish Delight. Then pears, crunchy green apples, sugary kids breakfast cereal and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.

Palate: Rather waxy and oily, great mouthfeel. White pepper, vanilla sponge, ginger, apple chews, orange blossom and lemon cheesecake.

Finish: Slightly drying, with hay, vanilla pods and sweet oak.

Overall: Quite a sprightly little thing this one. The mouthfeel is lovely and the light, creamy, floral nature of the whisky is delightful. It would fit right in as a pre-dinner aperitif, but only if you were entertaining very good friends, because at this price (£275 is A LOT for a 17yo) you don’t want to be dishing this out for any old Tom, Dick or Harry. Happy 200th birthday, Teaninich, here’s to the next 200 years. Tomorrow we head Eastwards to Speyside, and to Glen Elgin. See you there.



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