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.
It starts with an excellent nose, continues with a nice balanced palate but finishes with an aftertaste, shorter and flatter than expected. What a shame...
30th October 2014
I love smoke and peat. And while this isn't a characteristic whisky that's heavy on those notes, it has just enough of a presence to make it my new every day dram. It handily bests the more commercial JW Black that I'd kept in my cabinet, with a LOT more character.
The Nose: A fair amount of citrus and honey mix in with the solid oak notes, with peat and smoke providing distant highlights. This is the smell of a promise.
The Palate: Here is where the character of this blended whisky lives. Very solid and earthy. There is a slight fruitiness to the base of this palate, but it's quickly sublimed by the heaviness of the oak and peat and smoke in the background.
The Finish: A moderate finish. There is that alcohol presence as it's a 96 proof blend with plenty of leather to its belt. But it's not a punishment, more of a reminder that this is a dram meant to be substantive and enjoyed on a regular basis.
This is NOT a dram for the effete whisky snobs that have so recently glutted the market who love to rave about "the hint of vanilla from the thighs of fresh island girls who helped rake the malt" nonsense. This is a working man's dram. One that provides quality at a more than reasonable price, and will leave you warm and feeling incredibly fulfilled after no more than your second glass.
Final Notes: Don't let the price fool you. While this is an eminently affordable everyday dram, there's nothing about it that sacrifices quality. This is a blended whisky of both character and taste. I love it.
I've about 2/3 of the way through my first bottle. When compared to other whiskies in the same price range, it's not bad, though I won't buy it again. For the money, I'll stick to The Famous Grouse or Dewar's .
4th October 2014
Teachers is my preferred 'go to' Scotch for every day drinking. It very often is on a special price, here in NZ, and is the best value for money drink, of any description , when it's on special. I have tried most of the blended scotches, but this consistently beats them, for it's smokiness and smoothness. They make a great product.
1st October 2014
Must be personal taste. I like my malts but when I can't really afford that (most of the time these days, alas) I'll buy a blend. Never liked this stuff. The blended dram drinkers in my close circle all prefer Grants or Grouse. I tend to agree.
29th September 2014
I've tried them all and I keep coming back to Teacher's Highland Cream. Teacher's has one of the highest amounts of Scotch single malt whisky of any of the blended Scotch. Tasting notes; Out of the oven fresh baked yeast breads malt,some fruitiness and just a charm of peat smoke. The malt taste rounds it all together and it really tastes creamy! Teacher's is by far the best blended Scotch on the Market.
26th September 2014
When feeling like a blended one I always go for Teacher's.
The new blend gives you a proper peat/smoke punch and this blended whisky is BY FAR the best blend in its price category. BY FAR!!!!!!!
I have drunk Teachers in the past,it was my fathers favourite blended.But I always found it to have a peculiar( to me!) creamy type taste never a hint of smoke or peat.
Yesterday I noticed that it was on offer in Sainsburys £11 a bottle. It was my intention to make a batch of blackberry whiskey, as I currently have a mountain of blackberries. I tasted it ( to make certain it hadn't gone off!)and immediately caught the smoke and peat. A completely different and much improved blended and entirely to my taste day to day whisky. I bought 3 more bottles today...
I read the label and find they have blended the grain with Ardmore.
I generally buy this when in France, it is a 46 per cent peaty, cold filtered malt and retails there for about £18 a bottle.
A good blend.
I will be buying this again.
24th September 2014
The huge range of ratings here just show that taste is subjective, and you can't tell if you'll like it until you try it. Luckily, this is (objectively!) cheaper than almost everything else reviewed here, so it has to be worth a try! It may not be the most 'complex' taste going, but it's distinctively smoky / peaty flavour makes it my favourite of all the widely available stuff in the UK.
17th September 2014
Sadly, very hard to find in CA
6th September 2014
So...yeah. Is this stuff as good as a $75 bottle of single malt? No, of course not. But it's head and shoulders above any of the blended stuff in the same price range and better than higher priced blends like Johnnie Walker Black and Chivas.
If you like smoky, peaty malts it's going to be a bit thin. And if you like lighter, fruitier malts it's going to be a bit too smoky. For my money, it's got just enough peatiness to be interesting without being overwhelming.
Neat or with a drop of water or an ice cube it's a good sipper. And it's cheap enough to make cocktails with. Versatile.
15th August 2014
being a scotch drinker on a budget can be surprisingly easy, as I've found with Teachers. It's smoky and peaty enough to give a kick after a rough day at work, yet smoth enough to drink everyday. My rating is based on what it is, and not against the more expensive single malts...give it a try if you love scotch and keeping your money
9th August 2014
Ballantines or Haig are vastly superior blends, and if you like sherry cask then Aberlour 10 is only a little more expensive again. This stuff is simply horrid.
4th August 2014
I've enjoyed Arbeg for a long while. Lately though have searched for something a bit less smokey. I've found it with Teachers. Now my go-to scotch.
2nd August 2014
Mate, I can't afford to buy single malt but I reckon this stuff is pretty good for the money. They say you get what you pay for but that can't be said for this Whisky. It punches well above what you pay for it and in my experience with the blends it's top of the pops. It's one of the smoothest blends I've tasted and I've tasted a few! It's my new favourite along with Bailie Nicol Jarvie and cheaper than Black Bottle, Ballantine's 12yr or Johnny Walker black which are also good blends but higher priced in Outback Australia. I know everyone has different tastes but you won't go wrong with Teachers. If the taste has changed recently then it must have been bloody amazing cause its still good now!
29th July 2014
For some reason my mother in law decided that I loved Teachers whisky and so to keep the peace I used to humour her. This was 40 years ago and I still shudder at the harsh taste. Recently I renewed my love/hate relationship (with the whisky not herself) and confirmed the latter emotion.
3rd July 2014
I'm a beer drinker, but Beer is to filling and fattening. I was surprised how much weight I lost when I stopped drinking beer . I always hated the taste of bourbon whisky. I tried Scotch and loved it. I am definitely not a Scotch connoisseur. I've drank one single malt scotch whisky "The Glenlivet" and love it, and several less expensive blended whisky's including J&B, Dewers, Usher's, Cutty Sark, Johnny Walker red, and Teacher's. I don't know much about the terms smokey, vanilla, or peat taste. I like the Glenlivet and Teachers best of all. The Teachers has a pleasant smell and taste. Its not so sharp that you can't sip it straight and it has a pleasant sweet after taste. Its robust enough to hold its flavor over ice. This is the best of the blended whiskies I've tried. and it cost about as much as a case of "natural lite"
24th June 2014
i just threw it down the drain.
this is the worst whiskey i ever drunk!!!
23rd May 2014
I have tried many blended whiskys to see if their is better for the price but keep returning back to Teacher's.Smooth tasting with smoke and peat.For Me the best tasting Blended Whisky for the price,might also say it tasts better than some full malt whiskys i have tried.A Great Blend.
First bottle i had was great, i was seriously impressed, but have had a few more and it's never been the same.
It's ok, about on a par with Bells, etc
30th April 2014
No other blend varies as much as Teachers, sometimes its a great smokey and deep dram other times it tastes like chemicals soaked in grain whisky. It has a very high malt content for a blend but they chop and change the components to keep costs down, they have a lot of old stock from Silent distilleries and there is sometimes a good reason why they were closed down. Last bottle of teachers I had distinctly had the note of Ben Nevis, a malt that has declined massively over the last decade, very sickly and discordant.
28th April 2014
just bought a bottle to day in south africa.takes me back 30 yrs can it get better'. enjoyed .all ways well received in inverness .nice dram
18th April 2014
If your love the Ardmore traditional quarter cask 46% proof, then you love the Teachers Highland cream (45% malt), exactly the same tasting notes as Ardmore quarter cask.Only tamed.
Jumped on it only because of the great price of 12£ at the local supermarket discounted (from 17£).After i tasted.What a surprise, it's Ardmore!
It's even stated on the back of the bottle!Should read before buying years ago!
My favorite scotch whisky now, better than my favorite's. Grants Ale cask (Sweet and refined), Black Groose (Peaty and simple),13y old Whyte Mckay (aged and tad booring) that are a bit more expensive.
11th April 2014
I am newish too whisky, tried Teachers a few months ago, on my 5th bottle now. all have been stunning, peaty, creamy, vanilla, very smooth. The latest bottle, is equally as nice but different, not so peaty a little more vanilla, but still smooth and delicious. so inconsistent ? maybe - still damn good though - for £13 com'on its a steal !!!
1st April 2014
27th March 2014
My 1st bottle of this was quite bad, very alcoholic - youngish - harsh... none the less reading reviews about good bottles out there I gave it another try and the new bottle is brilliant. Like day and night compared to previous bottle - amazing!
That ardmore peaty malt really leaves its signature in this one, nice smoke, creamy - vanilla - honey- fruty - spicy oak.
5 stars in blended no age basic category for sure! If you get the good bottle that is. ;)
12th March 2014
For those who prefer a smokier taste to their whisky, Teacher's is the perfect blend.
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