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Product of: United Kingdom
A blend of at least 35 Scotch single malts, Teacher’s is noted for its high malt content of over 45% with The Glendronach and heavily peated Ardmore historically particularly associated with the blend.
William Teacher, made famous by his whisky, worked in the cotton mill of the Clyde until he married into the MacDonald family, who owned a grocery shop on the outskirts of Glasgow. William’s involvement in the business led him to licence part of the premises for consumption of Scotch and to launch a chain of 18 ‘dram shops’ in Glasgow where men only could go for a dram but were subjected to various rules including no smoking and no 'rounds'.
William Teacher’s sons started blending a whisky for their own shops and demand led to the creation of the now famous ‘Teacher’s Highland Cream’ brand in 1884. (The established 1830 date on the bottle refers to when Wm Teacher & Sons Ltd was established.)
Interestingly Teacher's claims to be the first whisky to use a ‘self opening’ bottle (without the use of a corkscrew) in the 1910s and to have invented the jigger cap in the 1960s.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 23/12/2012
Clear, light bright golden.
Malty grain with vanilla, butterscotch and nubuck leathery apple juice. Faint perfumed floral aromas.
Pronounced smoky peat, malty nubuck leather and tobacco leaf with light cinnamon and nutmeg spice.
Persistent malty, lightly smoky finish. Fabulous value for money.