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Teaninich 10 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

  • Teaninich 10 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

Teaninich 10 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

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  • SKU #: 9522
  • $98.99


Teaninich 10 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 2
  • SKU #: 9522
  • $98.99


Teaninich 10 Yr. Cadenhead Bottling Single Malt Scotch

This Scotch is quite light and pretty, as is to be expected without a mash tun. The nose shows honeysuckle, orange marmalade, banana foster, walnuts, almonds, and barley sugar. The palate shows barrel char, black pepper, vanilla, yellow apple, cereal grain, and lemon zest. Enjoy! D&M Tasting Notes

The story of Teaninich begins with the war hero Captain Hugh Munro of Clan Munro back from the battles on the continent. The details are quite grisly and worth their own read , but suffice it to say that the foundational loss of his sight at age 24 did not diminish the Blind Captain’s drive to better his lot as well as that of his tenants. After rebuilding his family’s castle, and establishing the town of Alness with long leases for craftsmen; Hugh decided to focus on providing both industry and a market for the grain produced on his family’s estate. The thinking of the day from a landlord’s perspective: “Distilleries provided a strong demand for local barley, and yielded high-quality animal feed and fertiliser as by-products of the distilling process.” So in 1817 Hugh Munro opened his distillery Teaninich with two stills that could produce 187 and 100 gallons. All was not smooth sailing at the start as there were a substantial amount of illicit distilleries in the immediate area. He stated to a Parliament Commission “that not one of the 20 public houses in the town of Tain [10 miles away] had ordered whisky from a licensed distillery during the previous 12 months” – the implication being that they sold only smuggled illicit whisky. The Excise Act that emerged a few years later in 1823 made legal distilling easier and cracked down on illicit operations. Teaninich Distillery prospered and became the largest source of industry on the estate. Hugh sold the family castle to his brother General John Munro when the latter returned from India, but remained in charge of the distillery till his death in 1846. John Munro took over ownership of the distillery after the death of his brother, and leased out the distillery as he was overseas focused on colonial administration in India. This state of affairs continued through the 1800s and early 1900s as successive Munro family members retained ownership while leaving the management of the distillery to others. In 1933 the distillery was sold to Distillers Company Limitedthe behemoth that today is Diageo.

Under Distillery Company Limited (DCL) the distillery was expanded in the 1970s, with another distillery of six new stills built alongside the original. In 1973 there was a new facility built for milling, mashing and fermentation, and in 1975 a dark grains plant was added. (This was for converting spent or used grains into cattle feed.) The whisky glut of the 1980s led to the mothballing of first the original distillery in 1984 then the new distillery in 1985. The new distillery resumed production in 1991, and is to this day a large component in Johnnie Walker Red. With a capacity of 9.8 million liters per year of distillate, Teaninich is a largely unheralded workhorse for blends. We think it produces quite a good dram on its own. A final note on the current distillery setup: since 2000 the distillery has utilized a mash filter press. They are in fact the only distillery in Scotland to do so as all other distilleries to our knowledge use mash tuns. This filter press means that the wort that emerges before fermentation and distillation is very light in color which in turns makes for a lighter end spirit. Michael Kennel, D&M

Hogsheads Cask Strength 55.1% ABV

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