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now I may not look like your average Whisky drinker but I must say that after vodka it is my spirit of choice. I think the reason for this would be that it was probably the first alcoholic drink that I ever tried seeing that mum and dad would often have a couple of straight whiskies of a night time and I would be allowed to have a small one mixed with coke when I reached my teenage years.
Of course I did often pinch a wee bit here and there when they weren't looking to take out on a night out down the seafront as young tearaways usually do (but I would never fill the bottle up with water so it was the same level as they would be sure to taste the watered down whisky more than they would notice a few shots missing).
Teachers whisky was one of the few whiskies that they would buy on a regular basis and for this reason when I see it of special offer now I tend to pick up a bottle (or two) just to keep my drinks cabinet stocked nicely.
The teachers whisky comes in a slightly different shaped bottle when compared to other spirits and it gives it a slight edge over its competitors as I could recognise the bottle without the label very easily. You can pick a bottle of it up in most supermarkets and smaller local shops although in local shops its hardly ever on offer and almost always more money than at the supermarket.
For a 70 cl bottle of the spirit you would be looking at paying out an average price of around £12 when not on offer but it will often be around the £9 price when on offer. It is one of the cheaper branded whiskies but one of the nicer ones in my opinion.
Teachers is a scotch whisky which has a lovely light golden colour to it and it smells very rich and perfect to mix with a little bot of diet coke. It isn't the best whisky to drink straight or on the rocks I feel and it is much more one of those that does need to be mixed. I would rather drink a Famous Grouse on the rocks as it has a nicer after taste as I find this can leave the mouth a little dry.
Teachers is a little different from most other whiskies because it is has a blend with a high malt content which is said to give it a richer taste which I can agree with slightly as the taste is really quite rich but I still personally find that it is not my favourite whisky to drink although for a whisky in this price range it is holding its own compared with others.
I think all in all it is a good whisky to be mixed with coke or the like and doesn't have the taste that is needed to be able to smoothly drink it straight. For this reason I feel that I will mark it down a single mark and give it a 4 out of 5 star rating and I would still recommend it especially for the price.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
We do like a drop af whisky in our household especially Capt Springtide. He says it is all my Dad´s fault because he first introduced him to whisky. When we first met a long, long, time ago he used to drink sherry. Now that is not a very macho drink, In my opinion, (sorry sherry drinkers, just joking) and we soon had him taking a drop of "The Water of Life" as if he was a true Scot and not a sasanach from Lancashire. Well the habit has stuck for the last 30 years and sometimes we llike to have a change and try a different brand. If we could afford it single malts would always be the first choice but that is for very special occasions only and the other week, in our local Morrisons´s I noticed that Teacher´s Highland Cream was on special offer so I picked up a bottle.
Top Marks for Me!
Over the Christmas holidays whilst I was cooking away Captain S wandered into the kitchen and said "Smell this." I was a bit wary as he is prone to jokes from time to time but I then saw he was brandishing the full bottle of Teacher´s Mmmh! lovely peaty oaky whisky smell!. That is about as fanciful as I get in my description, others might go on about caramel and oats and the suchlike but to me this just smelt like good whisky.
The taste is just as good, round and tasty with a definite hint of oak and a good kick to it. I had a good look at the bottle and it does not say much. William Teachers and Sons, Highland Cream. Blended Scotch Whisky, Glasgow ( My home city!) , Scotland. Established 1830. Not very exciting but, it also does say, rich full flavour 45%malt content! which could explain why it is so good. Malt whisky is made solely from malted barley whilst grain whisky is made from malted barley and unmalted barley and other grains. With a little research I discovered that Teacher's produce their own single malt called Ardmore which is the largest component of the 30 different single malts that make up the Highland Cream mix. The colour is also a lovely rich golden brown colour , just right for swirling around your glass and your taste buds.
Well I was immediately charged to get more in for over Christmas and New Year. I have just filched the bottle out of the kitchen to write this review before this evening sees it all disappear. it is certainly a very good value compromise between malt and grain whisky particularly if you can get it on special offer. I think it would be a shame to mix it with anything except water so that you can savour the taste, save the ginger ale for something not quite as good as this.
5 star value from me
A 70cl bottle will cost around 14.69pounds and is 40% proof.This will provide 28 units of alcohol.
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Sometimes I can go months without a whisky, but it is generally a drink I enjoy in the winter and somehow my family have got it into their heads that it is my favourite spirit so my stock tends to get replenished at this time of year. Mostly, they give me Bells whisky, but this year I received a 70cl bottle of Teacher's, a brand I have not drunk for quite a while, so it was interesting to open the bottle and reacquaint myself with the taste and flavour of the whisky.
Teachers Highland Cream is a blended Scotch Whisky and falls into the mid-range price bracket. I would say that being one of the older brands and not particularly well supported currently by advertising, sales volumes are smaller than some of the more popular brands. Yet I have noticed that this whisky, indeed quite a lot of whiskies enjoy impressive levels of distribution abroad.
My overall verdict on this whisky is that it is nothing special; you can tell it is more malty than grainy and it is eminently drinkable but for me it does not have any 'je ne sais quoi' to mark it out as being a whisky of distinction. For me therefore, this is a whisky I would drink with a mixer, whereas a single malt whisky would be somewhat wasted if mixed with anything other than another measure of the same!
Blended whiskies contain both malt and grain whiskies. The Teachers brand has a particularly high percentage which comes from malt rather than grain - 45% - this is what gives it the unique flavour that the manufacturer boasts, The manufacturer is Wm. Teacher & Sons of Glasgow.
There are 28 x 25ml measures, each equating to 1 x UK unit of alcohol in the 70cl bottle so if a man drinks a bottle of this in a week that is his full quota, according to the drink aware website. Teachers is distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland. More detail and information on Teachers Highland Cream is available from the Teachers Whisky website.
Teachers is a very competent blended whisky.
It is in the upper mid-price range: more expensive than Grants and Bells, but cheaper than Famous Grouse, and certainly cheaper than malt whiskys.
Its defining characteristic is its smoothness: perhaps that's why it's described as "Highland Cream" (which I think is a delightful description). It has a silky, slightly sticky viscosity which coats the mouth rather than washes through it.
However, for all it's velvety smoothness it has a fire to it as well. Teachers is not a peaty whisky, but it is certainly a malty one. you can really taste the barley.
I prefer to drink it on the rocks (with ice), but you could happily have this neat or indeed with a mixer (I like dry ginger ale). However, I would not recommend serving it with a twist of lemon as the flavours clash. Teachers is not zesty - it's rich. I love it!
Scottish blended whisky