Teacher’s 50 whiskies
This article is about Teacher’s 50 Whiskey and it talks about the packaging, bottle and the taste and feel of the whiskey. The unboxing and review helps in knowing the product well as more and more information is shared which is important if you are a bartender or hold an interest in alcohol. So let’s get an overview on this alcohol.
Teacher’s 50 is an iconic malt Scotch blended whiskey from Glasgow. It is one of the best whiskeys from east Highland region of Scotland. Highland region is famous for its smoky and strong whiskeys. This whiskey is a blended 12 year aged whiskey. A blended whiskey is a whiskey which is a mixture of multiple whiskeys in an appropriate and consistent proportion maintaining the flavor and taste for years and years.
In 1823, the government was passing acts to reshape the alcohol industry. At the time, only a few distilleries were working efficiently while most them were operating illegally and making profits in the dark. During this time William Teacher’s used the upcoming laws to his advantage a set up one of the largest whiskey producing companies at that time. The whiskey is named ‘Teacher’s’ after its founder William Teachers.
William Teachers acquired the license to sell Teacher’s 50 in 1830. He started selling his whiskey in a small shop that was owned by his mother in law. Over the time he inaugurated 20 shops to sell his whiskey and the blend became a huge success. Teacher’s 50 had become a reliable and trusted brand.
It is a proportionated 50-50 mix with one half being malted barley whiskey and the other being grain whiskey. It is made with infusion of different whiskeys in a pre-decided ratio. The different flavors, taste and feel make it one of the best blends in the market and gives a unique experience. It is a mixture of 50 whiskeys from all over Scotland. Most of the output of the Ardmore distillery is used to produce the Teacher's brand. This distillery supplies the maximum single malt for this whiskey.
The whiskey ‘Teacher’s 50’ was launched to celebrate India’s 50th Independence Day and hence it is till date recognized with the ’50.’ The ‘12’ is an indication of the twelve years that the whiskey is aged for which means that out of all the whiskeys in the blend the youngest whiskey is twelve years old. The goodness of whiskey is determined by several factors namely color, smell, taste and finish. And Teacher’s gives a good experience in all aspects.
The box is black in color with gold detailing and contains information on all four faces. The box is made out of cardboard. The back of the box contains information about the company and the whiskey. It also contains the price of the whiskey- Rs.2500 for a 750ml volume content bottle subject to location which is a good enough price for a good scotch whiskey. The front of the box contains gold detailing and the name of the whiskey in white color with a distinguished font. It also has the ‘50’ in a gold detailing and then the logo of the company in gold and the volume content at the bottom of the box.
The bottle presents itself regally. The bottle is a regular bottle, not very exquisite with a fancy neck and a plastic screw on. It has a dark label with the name of the whiskey and the 50 with the volume content and aged years also on the label similar to the packaging box. The logo of the company is also etched on the bottle above the label.
The whiskey is a dark gold in color and looks absolutely beautiful and pleasing. The gold color is artificial and is added into the whiskey. The color used by code is E1SOA which is a caramel color that maintain the consistency of the drink.
The drink when smelled gives an essence of vanilla and a sugary smell enhances the experience. Some fruity notes also adorn the drink and evident smells of orange and green apple make it refreshing. The oak flavor also gives a distinct smell to the drink.
The taste is a little harsh on the palate and mellows down in a couple of moments. The after taste is a whole sherry flavored experience. It also has a little peaty and smoky flavor. As soon as the sweetness wears off the mouth feel becomes dry and harsh. It also has a little nutty feel and this makes the whole glass a unique experience.
The finish is a little spicy in nature. A pepper like flavor lasts long and stays in the palate for a long time. And the overall experience is an ultimate single malt drink. It can be taken with tandoori cooked food or spicy salads or even Chinese cuisine. It is one of the finest whiskeys from the region.
The whiskey ‘Teacher’s 50’ is for someone who wants to stand in the grey, a good go-between for those who want to venture into the world of Malt after having done with their share of blends. The Fifty stands right in the middle between the Highland Cream and the Origin and it does please. The spirit is harsh, but then again the entire Teacher’s siblings do tend to be just that; the only con to
me is the sherry that echoes all the way through right from the start till the finish. Again, not a downer since it does have variations in strengths at the various touch points. Moral of the story: This spirit might not be right at the top; but for the bling, it can certainly sing!
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