Teaninich Flora & Fauna 10 Year
Teaninich // Highland, Scotland
Teaninich was founded in 1817 by Hugh Monro. Like many distilleries it changed hands a few times and was briefly mothballed. Today, it is owned by Diageo and one of the largest distilleries in Scotland. It primarily makes whisky for blends like Johnnie Walker. Teaninich is unusual because it is the only Scottish distillery to use a mash filter instead of a mash tun to turn its grist into wort. The Flora & Fauna bottling is the only official core release from this distillery.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"This requires some hunting and gathering, but the take-home makes it worthwhile. The heat is a bit prickly on the nose but wade through it. Beyond are Seville oranges, dried branches, raw hazelnuts, and dry sherry fruits. The palate is oily and initially bitter with tea leaves. The mid palate gains ground with nougat, orange zest, and menthol mint. The finish leads out of the woods to a smoldering fire by the sea. Everything is lightly proportioned but exotic like a fancy tasting menu."