[Quick Review] Teaninich - 14 years old Fragrant Drops 53.8%

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A brand new indie bottler today with gorgeous bottle designs: Fragrant Drops. And first on the list, a Teaninich 14 years old (2008/2022) finished in a fresh Bordeaux barrique and bottled unchillfiltered, undiluted and uncoloured, at 53.8%

Distillery: Teaninich

Bottler: Fragrant Drops

Age: 14 years old

Distilled: 2008

Bottled: 2022

Cask: Ex-bourbon and Fresh Bordeaux Barrique finish

Abv: 53.8%

Unchillfiltered: Yes

Natural Colour: Yes

Nb of bottles: 287

Extra: Cask #900264

My tasting notes:

Nose: Malty first followed by fruity notes, raisin, overripe strawberries, raspberries, honey, a little orange peel and some fresh oak spice wrapped in caramelised/ slightly charred oak. There also a touch of minerality. A very inviting start!

Palate: Thick and chewy, oily too and slightly maritime as well with a hint of salt. There’s oak spice, vanilla, some earthy notes and some restricted bitterness. The fruit is present but quite concentrated with more strawberry and some blackberry. Tasty stuff but curious to add a few drops of water.

Finish: Warming and drying, oak spice, a little blackcurrant, vanilla, straw and fresh hazelnuts.

With water: The nose is fresher with more fruit, some lemon and some straw hints, and less malt and honey. The palate is fresher too with some melon added, and the finish gets more barley sugar becoming a little less spicy and drying.

I am not the biggest expert in Teaninich as I’ve only had 2 or 3 different expressions but I really like this one. I was actually expecting quite a fruit-forward dram but I got way more than I bargained for with this one, and I’m glad about it!

Slàinte all!

Thanks to George and Rachel for the sample!


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