Insider knowledge: Teacher's Highland Cream whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Teacher's Highland Cream whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
The nose is fruity and well malted with gentle sweetness. Some smoke and a touch of honey. The mouth feel is quite big with a supple maltiness and the vaguest whisper of muted peat. The finish is well fruited with toffee, malt and a faint hint of smoke.
As a regular teachers drinker I completely agree with the inconsistency comments, one thing I've noticed, however, is that the small bottles always seem to be of better quality?? Just a coincidence ??
19th February 2014
I've had 1 bottle and after a few drams just had to exept that it was awfull. Blended it with Ginger Ale so I didn's have to throw it away.
The start was fine, but the aftertaste was just kind of bitter in a very unpleasant way. And very strongly so. I can imagine synthetic oil tastes like this. Guess I had a (very) bad bottle. Will give it another try to see if it was just bad luck. But I will buy a bottle of Ginger Ale with it just to be sure....
12th February 2014
AS others have said, I've had different experiences with different bottles of the same brand. That said, Teachers was my gateway whisky. Before Teachers I had no use for Whiskys and was more of a cognac/brandy man. The great bottle of Teachers I had made me change my mind and start drinking whiskys.
13th January 2014
Yes, as some reviews have mentioned it varies a lot from bottle to bottle. Some bottles are EXCELLENT. Some are closer to what you would expect for the budget blend price.
5th January 2014
As a relative newcomer to whisky I've tried quite a few budget blends as well as a few single malts and out of what I've tried blend wise (bells, grouse, white&mackays, grants etc) I think this has the most exciting and satisfying taste, a bit of smoke and Pete and generally a very nice whisky to drink neat.
28th December 2013
good for the price
24th December 2013
Not the best smell but the taste is quite good and for the price it is even better. Like the slightly peated flavor and full mouthfeel. You can tell it's young but it deserves a try. I drink it neat and enjoy every sip.
Best of the value blends. You can pick up a bottle of this for £13 most weeks in one of the supermarkets.
23rd November 2013
beautiful peat , smooth , touch of smoke ,fruity , well balanced scotch I'm a big fan and I love the price as well .
18th November 2013
I'll give it a 4 out of 5, or 80 out of 100...
Now I use a different rating system compared to many, including chaps like Ralfie (whom I have utmost respect for) and I should add as a disclaimer I'm not a whisky connoisseur so don't take my word for it but compared to a malt like Glenmorangie, Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin or something of that character then it doesn't hold it's own but...... it's a very pleasant sip for the price, and I'd recommend it to chaps like myself who need to conserve costs whilst enjoying the scotch.
27th July 2013
In Its own class a great whiskey
15th June 2013
I am new to whisky but I like whisky. So on a scale of 10 this would be a 5 or so. Why? If I had to choose from blends Chivas would outwin this by a few point. Nevertehless this tastes a lot better for me than JW red. Nice light smoke but ,no fruit for me, on the nose, delightfull creamy caramel toned with vanilla on the palette and a bit spicy aftertaste in the finish. Hmmmm...from the expirience I have till now JackD wins but this is also a good option.
1st June 2013
When knocked back with a little water to open the flavour, the overwhelming smoky after taste draws forth in most expressions. Nose is fruity and young, early taste is reminiscent of young oak barrels with no real body to the whisky. The grassy/peaty overtones in the nose and first taste, with the smoky finish will trick inexperienced or narrow thinking whisky drinkers into thinking its classy. It's inconsistent between bottles and painting by numbers, even at the price. There is better, more challenging blends to enjoy at this price point
30th May 2013
WORTH A TRY.BEST WITH COCONUT WATER.
21st April 2013
I really like some. I really hate others. I go for Black Bottle now!
8th February 2013
I have been a loyal consumer of Teachers for many years, but no longer will be. I have just purchased a another bottle after a string of duds to be confirmed it is not what it used to be. In its former glory was a perfectly suited everyday sipper. Now it tastes like cheap grain whisky. It reminds me of J&B rare(raw!!)
30th October 2012
Very inconsistent. Varies from bottle to bottle almost. Some is decent to good, some is just undrinkable. If you get the drinkable stuff well that's decent enough to buy it. It's a decently rich and smokey blended whiskey, shame it's so inconsistent.
20th October 2012
My personal experience with Teacher's has been a good one over the years. It has enough edginess to stand out yet enough smoothness to be pleasant. Also there is just the right amount of depth and, lets say, a robust elegance. I feel this is good, honest and fairly uncompromised whiskymaking.
17th October 2012
If you are looking for an outstanding Scotch whisky that is an affordable daily pleasure, also delicious, here it is. Smooth, full-flavored, some nice peaty honeyed smoke, this makes the taste buds and olfactory sense very happy. And did I mention it costs but a pittance? Whether neat, with water or as a relaxing beverage over ice, Teacher's is outstanding. It is also a great compliment to a nice cigar.
13th September 2012
Only can say Teachers Highland Cream is the poor mans Lagavulin!!
divine for this price!! The best you can have in blended scotch!!
12th September 2012
There is far more than a "whisper" of peat in Teacher's. While it isn't overpowering you don't have to quiet the crowd to taste it. I'm new to scotch and am looking to develop a taste for peat which, initially, I found off-putting. This is just enough for me, as I think I'm starting to appreciate it.
Dare I say, a nice introduction to scotch for those who don't want to spend $100 and find they are no fan of peat.
13th May 2012
Aroma very alcoholic, something sweet on the palate and dry final. You might get different than the original since I bought it at an Argentine market, and the bottle is not bottled in Scotland, is fractioned in Argentina. I hope the test bottle bottled at source to compare.
7th May 2012
very spicy and creamy
16th March 2012
very good and special at this price
This is by far my favourite of the readily available budget blends. Subtle smoke and peat. Deserves a place in every whisky cabinet (at least the cabinets of those of us who need to pace our spending), though in all honesty I think I'd still drink Teacher's if I were a rich man.
25th January 2012
Tasty stuff without breaking the bank. Very moreish.
27th November 2011
just tasted Jameson, Teachers and Ballantine's.
Teachers got the most complicated taste. Not too sweet, very slightly smoky.
11th September 2011
Smooth, spicy, fruity and slightly,slightly smoky.
Contains 45% of malt whisky (Ardmore).
26th April 2011