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18 May 2013

Teaninich 1973 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Teaninich

Very few casks of Teaninich hit the market as a single malt, most of it is blended into Johnnie Walker. We’ll compare this Teaninich 1973 by Malts of Scotland head-to-head with a sister cask that has just been bottled by The Whisky Agency (review coming up on Monday).

 

Teaninich 1973 Malts of ScotlandTeaninich 39 yo 1973
(41,8%, Malts of Scotland 2012, bourbon hogshead, MoS 13011, 198 btl.)

Nose: needs some airing, but folds open in a fruity way with a tropical twist. Banana, apple, kiwi, mango and sour berries. Nice sweet & sour balance. Also floral notes, with a faint potpourri edge. Hints of honey and spearmint. Toasted oak as well as pine forest in the background. Mouth: not a big attack but very juicy, with sweet and sour elements again. Banana, kiwi, peach and oranges. Mint and menthol give it a sort of freshly cooling effect. The oak has been turned up a notch, with a slight bitterness. Orange marmalade. Stops developing rather quickly. Finish: not too long, with citrus, oak and a discreet minty, metallic note.

Good stuff, no doubt. Whisky from the 1970’s is getting rare and expensive so it’s nice to see these kind of interesting releases. Around € 200.

Score: 89/100

Teaninich 1973 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-05-18

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