Teaninich

Teaninich 29 Years Old 1983 59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass (48.5%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 45 Bottles, 2014)

Teaninich 29 Years Old 1983 – 59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass

48.5% ABV, £85.50 for 70cl

Score: 90/100

SMWS

What they say:

The initial nose is quite sharp, acidic and reminded some of light diesel aromas, others of opening a box of new leather boots. With time, give it time and you will be rewarded. Sweet caramelised onions, lemon meringue pie, foamy shrimps and in the background a smoky scent from Lapsang Souchong tea or apple and cherry pipe tobacco. That smokiness carries on in the taste, burnt caramel and chargrilled chicken breast coated in teriyaki marinade seasoned with a lemongrass and coconut sauce. With water it is all lemon next to fresh strawberries and coconut jelly. The taste lemon fondant fancies, prawn sesame toast with lemon curd but also salty like lemon over a fresh oyster.

Drinking tip: Behind the tent at a village fete

Date Distilled: 8 November 1983

Colour: Strong camomile tea

Age: 29 years

Flavour : Old & dignified

Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead

Whisky Region: Highland Northern

59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass

What I say:

Dram #1 from WOLS 14/5 Scotch Malt Whisky Society tasting hosted by Ryan McCafferty. From the Teaninich distillery (SMWS distillery #59).

Colour:

Full amber gold, viscous with medium/heavy tears

Nose:

Lime and lemon citrus, lemongrass, sweet honey, cereal wheat/rye-like, fruity tangerine, herbal lemon thyme & lemon verbena, oak wood, barley malt

Taste:

Initially sweet and honey-like, a sweet citric but not too acidic flavour develops similar to lemon cream or lemon custard, thick and oily in mouthfeel, this has a slightly savoury and sometimes bitter element like chicken with thyme & sorrel before sweetening again into barley sugars with the overriding lemon but also blackcurrant and apple notes

Finish:

Long, sweet, oak wood and barley sugar sweetness, with slightly spicy and herbal notes lingering (lemon and lemongrass heavy)

Overall:

A stunning aged dram that has some distinctly herbal notes but a refreshing sweet lemon zestiness that buoys it along nicely. This is one of those drams that reveals more and more subtle flavours and aroma’s. The occasional bitterness stops it becoming too sweet & sour, with a definite herbal and citric chicken/meaty element adding masses of body. Am exceptional example of aged single cask whisky from the Teaninich Distillery.

 

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