History Teaninich is a whisky distillery in Alness. It was founded and built in 1817 by Hugh Munro on his estate of Teaninich Castle. Despite an initial difficulty of procuring barley whisky owing to a high demand from illegal distilleries, by 1830 Teaninich produced 30 times more spirit than it did at its founding. At that point Munro sold the distillery to his younger brother Lieutenant-General John Munro. As an officer he spent most of his time in India, so he decided to rent the distillery out to Robert Pattison in 1850. The lease lasted to 1869 after which Munro leased it to John McGilchrist Ross. Ross relinquished the lease in 1895, and in 1898 Robert Innes Cameron took a stake in the distillery, and Munro and Cameron renovated and extended the distillery, investing £10,000 in to the renovations. In 1904 Cameron, who also owned stakes in Benrinnes, Linkwood and Tamdhu, took over the distillery completely. After Cameron died in 1933 the distillery was sold to Scottish Malt Distillers. The distillery suspended production between 1939 and 1946 due to barley shortages during World War II. In 1970 the distillery was greatly expanded, and an entire new building with six new stills was taken in operation. The four older stills remained in operation alongside the new stills. The old side of the distillery was then updated over the next decade. First, new installations for milling, mashing and fermentation were built in 1973, and in 1975 the distillery added a dark grains plant, which produces cattle feed from the draff. In 1984 the old side of the distillery was mothballed, and the new side followed the next year, temporarily ending production entirely. The new side of the distillery resumed production in 1991. The old side didn’t resume production, and was demolished in 1999. In 2000 a mash filter press was installed in the distillery, which is unique in Scottish malt whisky production; all other Scottish whisky distilleries use mash tuns. In April 2013 owner Diageo announced a new renovation of the distillery. They also announced a new distillery with 16 new stills will be placed next to the old distillery. The new distillery is planned to have a different name than Teaninich, and produce a separate whisky.

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Lady of the Glen
  • Teaninich 15 Years Old 2004 Ruby Port Finish (2020) - Teaninich 15 Years Old 2004 Ruby Port Finish whisky review: Another masterful finish here, I suspect the original cask had done wonders with vanilla-infusing this whisky, the sweetness is accentuated by strawberry from the port finish, definitely one for sweet-tooths. 83/100
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • SMWS 59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass SMWS 59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass (2014) - Teaninich 29 Years Old 1983 59.45 Teriyaki chicken with lemongrass (48.5%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 45 Bottles, 2014) 48.5% ABV, £85.50 for 70cl Score: 90/100 What they say: The initial nose is […]
That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • teaninich-10-year-old-that-boutiquey-whisky-company-whisky Teaninich 10 Years Old Batch 3 (2021) - A very sweet and dessert-like expression from Teaninich, still a touch spirity and feisty but this adds a little interest to the palate and to the overall enjoyment. 82/100
  • Teaninich+-+Batch+1+-+19+Year+Old+(That+Boutique-y+Whisky+Company) Teaninich 11 Years Old Batch 2 (2019) - Teaninich 11 Years Old Batch 2 Whisky Review: Very spirit driven, just the lightest hints of 3rd refill cask going on here after 11 years. Still great, the time has tamed the distillate and removed any metallic copper character but kept the barley and fruit. A raw Teaninich appreciable for its naked spirit quality.
  • Teaninich 19 Year Old Batch 1 That Boutique-Y Whisky Company Teaninich 19 Years Old Batch 1 (2021) - A super or juicy fruits expression, bright and lively some spice from the wood and touches of solventy/spirit nature but overall a very enjoyable and affordable aged Teaninich expression.