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A very famous blended whisky, a rather good blend too. Jim Murray awarded Teacher's Highland Cream 90 points in his Whisky Bible.
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.
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it is good scotch thats why i purchase
20th April 2017
It's light for me even everthing else is ok
16th April 2017
Good but not as good as it used to be. Seems they have decided to over do the peatiness.
31st March 2017
Really quite nice, especially for the price! Great for a weekday sip...
18th March 2017
Ok. As usual, ie. Black Bottle, new renditions of once peaty blends come with new presentation to mask the fact that they have cut down on the malt content. Ir says peaty on the lable which it is certainly not. Evento so, its still above average for the price. Just not the same anymore.
13th March 2017
19th February 2017
To my palate, Teacher's is as smooth as JWBL at half the price. Love it.
14th February 2017
30th January 2017
Smoke, peat, smooth, almost single malt like. For the money this leaves Grouse, Bells, Grants et al far, far behind. I like my whisky, live in Speyside, and maintain that for an everyday whisky, possibly to add water to, you can't beat Teachers, it actually tastes of something other than young, harsh blended whisky, which is the characteristic of the other blends I have mentioned.
27th January 2017
perfect , one of my favourites.
26th January 2017
For the price this stuff is fantastic. It's reminiscent of highland park in that you have a sort of speyside sweetness with a noticeably subtle peatey overtone, which I like very much (Something old fans of the blend don't seem to really appreciate, as it used to be unpeated or had next to none. And peat is all the rage now!). Neat you can taste the grain, so I prefer it with ice which masks the raw alcohol pretty well, as it does most blends. It tastes almost like a single malt with ice, so if you can tolerate a cold scotch, it will be quite enjoyable . Of the cheap blended scotch I've had this one is my favorite so far.
17th January 2017
Good in taste
16th December 2016
I remember trying some of this at my grandmothers..and thinking yuk! I was bout eleven...but tried it recently and it has become a lot more like single malt..im a huge fan of are more and you can clearly taste that malt in teachers whisky..very fine everyday whisky...
14th November 2016
I read the good reviews and took the bait. $14-$15 for a 750 ml bottle. Cannot drink this stuff! Strong but not pleasing. I have a similar aversion to JW Red. There are many better ones in the slightly more expensive $19-$35 range.
27th October 2016
The new bottling is an enervated imitation of the Teachers produced before the distillery was sold. If you come across older bottles (large paper label), stock up, but I find the most recent incarnation is very disappointing - and I`ve been a fan for decades.
11th September 2016
Been searching for an everyday scotch blend. No arguments here that single malts/single malt blends are better, but I...drink it a lot. I'm not spending a few hundred dollars a month on my go-to drink. I can't stomach beer as I did in my youth. A few rocks, a splash of San Pelligrino now and then - heaven. The Famous Grouse was good but lacks finish and is a bit hotter. JW, Dewars, Chivas, all a bit too harsh for me. Teacher's HC is full bodied, a bit of smoke from front to back, and nicely balanced. Just wish I could fine 1.75 ml bottles in my area.
28th August 2016
For the price can't be beat!
5th August 2016
No smoke, no fun! :) this stuff is full of smoke and I definitely love it's strong smell and full flavour!
15th July 2016
Nice blend with a strong peaty taste.
10th July 2016
How do you open the bottle??? This is the 4 th bottle that I have had problems with the plastic insert that will not allow product out...what a pain especially if travelling and screwdriver and pliers are not available...
1st July 2016
26th June 2016
I can't even rate it..Is WAS my lovely blend for a last two years, since the first time I exposed to that whiskey.Of course I'm talking about the OLD version of bottle - Good balanced, tasty and little bit peaty whiskey that can be finished with a couple of friends in one evening...The NEW version of Teachers is a complete disaster!It just a tastes of grain whiskey, without the peat, toffee and even a nose sense said to me - "run Forest, RUN!!!"😠Teachers Management, PLEASE bring the old version back, no matter what it takes! You will lose market for sure!!
18th June 2016
Not a big scotch drinker, picked this up on sale at local liquor store, thought I'd give it a try. Holy smokes, it tastes and smells like an ashtray, gross!
3rd June 2016
За тези пари, 6,5 до 10 евро в България е просто много добре! Заедно с Ват 69 много го пия. Има даже и лек снобски елемент в марката у нас, останала от соца.
16th May 2016
This is one of my favorite "good value" day-to-day scotches. Little to offend that can't be quashed with a drop or two of water. It has tantalizing hints of peaty greatness which don't quite emerge, but which keep making you come back for more. I do, however, switch to pricier others from time-to-time for a different daily blend, such as Cutty Sark Prohibition, or (for a lighter blend) Chivas Regal.
15th May 2016
Have been drinking Teachers off and on for 30 years now. I don't notice any decline in quality with the new label...is it actually a new blend? I rather think there may be issues with particular batches rather than a radical change in the blend recipe itself, although naturally a whisky changes over time due to a number of factors. I'm enjoying this new label as much as previously. Scotch in Australia is terribly expensive and Teachers continues to represent excellent value. It has subtle complexities that I generally don;t find in other whiskies at this price point.
6th May 2016
I love beer. Learning to like scotch. Starting with the inexpensive blends to acquire a taste for it. This is the best so far. Mixed with water on a one to one ratio. Cheers from Canada
5th May 2016
Old label by the way...
29th April 2016
I once turned to Teacher's as my regular scotch. It became a bit sharp on the tongue. I switched to The Black Grouse as I like a bit of Peat for Pete's sake. On a whim just picked up a bottle of Teacher's again hoping to learn I should turn back. Smooth, easy on the start and finish, but missing a bit of Peat for me. Nice to see that it isn't heavily colored, but not ready yet to take my go to blend. I'll finish it of course, but look forward to the local shelves being restocked with the black Grouse. Am worried though that that too will fade from the glory days!
Oh dearie me! Out here in the South Pacific it looks as though there is plenty old stock classic Highland cream. malty smooth and punching well above its weight as a quality whisky. Aaàaaah the dreaded new blend aviation fuel!! poor Devils.
22nd April 2016
Having drunk highland cream for more than 50 years I am dismayed by the taste of the new label version.Bells reluctantly got a new customer.
2nd April 2016
I poured the entire glass away, washed my sniffer, rinsed my mouth and poured myself a glass of Glenfiddich 18.
21st March 2016
The wow below is right but the stars are wrong. Would've been good if the person could say if it's a new label or old label version. How Anyone could say the bottle shown above is good is beyond me. It just a tastes cheap like grain and some kind of artificial toffee
17th March 2016
This is outstanding blend visky
13th March 2016
It would be useful if reviewers can indicate which label they are now tasting eg. the review by Tomas below does not state if it is the new label. Anyone who has tasted the old label cannot surely think the new label version tastes any good, in fact whether you are comparing it or not. It tastes so cheap and artificial. If Tomas tasted the new label version and thinks it is 'alive and vibrant' then his palate is pretty bad and not very objective. I have tasted over a hundred different whiskies and bought many of them and I can tell you this new Teacher's is at the bottom of the list now.
12th March 2016
I was looking for a good blended whiskey, with no real budget in mind. I stumbled upon Teacher's and did a quick check up on it here on MoM. It has gotten some mixed reviews indeed. Decided to make up my on mind, and bought a bottle. And now I am baffled how good this is. The maltiness combined with a hint of smoke and toffee, both on the palate and the nose, makes this the best blended I have tasted. Some proclaims that the Teacher is dead. I say that the Teacher is very much alive and vibrant. Tomas, Sweden.
4th March 2016
The new labeled teachers highland cream scotch whisky is no longer the same. Recommendation: NOT Recommendable.The new product lost its beautiful taste. I drink around 7 teachers a month and nowI will have to change to Devils Cut.Teachers Management, bring the old version back, no matter what it takes, or you will lose market (dedicated customers) Brgds.
3rd March 2016
I have been drinking Teacher's for years. This new version is nothing like the old version. No peat smell or taste whatsoever. Tastes cheap and horrible.
I was a huge fan of Teacher's until trying a bottle of the new label version shown on this site. The peat smoke from either the Ardmore malt or ex-Laphroaig barrels is now non-existent. The smell is a cheap spirity nose not unlike McAllister or elements of Johnny Red. The taste is a cheap artificial toffee caramel type taste and the colour is darker from all the added colourant compared to the old label version. This new label is a real and unfortunate step backwards.
24th February 2016
As a novice I'd struggle to distinguish this from a single malt costing 3-4 times as much, so unless you're a whisky snob you have to keep a bottle of this in the larder. There was always a bottle in my parents' larder when I was a kid, and now I understand why - it's probably the best Scotch blend you can buy, as well as being incredible value for money. I think Teachers suffers from an image problem - it just doesn't have to look of an expensive Scotch. That's fine by me if it keeps the price low!
I have my go to blends that I enjoy but after reading up on Teacher's I decided to grab a bottle after dismissing it many years ago. I was blown away by it, easily pushing many decent single malts to the back of my shopping list. I can't quite believe how good Teacher's is.
20th February 2016
Really excellent taste for what it is. Especially for the price tag it has. I by one of these every few months. Tastes great and goes down very smoothly neat. Fantastic value for money.
30th January 2016
A nice whiskey with good price / value average, not great though if you like peated - smoked whiskeys. This not an alternative, it is far for it, the smokenes is very light.. But overall it is nice blend, better than many well known advertised whiskeys probably the best up to 20€ range..
28th January 2016
For the price, it's a really great find. Smokey, smooth, and in my humble opinion it's a great sipping scotch. A little chilled water added makes this real bargain...
26th January 2016
I agree that Teacher's Highland Cream is probably the best whisky for its price. However, tasting it reminds me once more why I have not yet found any whisky in its price range realen Welt enjoyable. Whisky life for me still starts above 20 EUR German retail price. JWB, CR12 and, of course, Monkey Shoulder. Still desperately looking for proof of the opposite :-)
25th January 2016
TEACHERS WHISKY IS A GREAT WHISKY
23rd January 2016
I really like this one. I like the peaty taste. Great value for money. Would happily buy again.
17th January 2016
After my disposable income has disappeared due to my baby I have been looking for an affordable blend. Chivas 12yo is $50 NZ and very nice too, but teachers at 1 litre for about $36 NZ is more like it. I heard mixed reviews but just bought a bottle for my birthday, ( I must admit I bought some Coke just in case it was undrinkable straight). I am happy to say I think it's really tasty, lightly smokey with a nice finish and worth every cent. If I have to say a negative it is pretty sweet like all cheap blends but miles better than say Glen Moray. I can wholeheartedly recommend teachers if your budget won't stretch too far you won't be disappointed.
29th December 2015
I'll admit to being a beginner with whisky and wanted to try something more challenging then the light sweet stuff I had so far. Nosing Teacher's got my mouth watering (how can that possibly be a bad thing right). An aroma of menthol and smoke greets you, tasting it gives a rich malt sweetness that really coats your mouth and stays after you swallow. If you're looking for something that gives a taste of how varied whisky styles are without spending a crazy amount of money, this can be a good choice.
14th December 2015
To much straw in it, found much better in it's price category. Talisman, Bell's, Stewart's, Lauders etc. I do even think Royal Canadian was better..
7th December 2015
The most complex blended Scotch out there bar none. Comparable to some single malts at triple the cost. Smokey and fruity notes make it a great every day libation. Cheers !!!
2nd December 2015
Once my all time favorite. Can't put where it went wrong. Keep trying every year but no change too bad. I hope it's gonna change because this was my first whisky.
I think it's destroyed now. Could be my palate that's changed, but this year in a few months it seems to have gone from, 'big drop in quality', to unrecognisably bland, thin and weak. Used to be rich, creamy and consistent; great value when ASDA would sell it for £12. My theory is the price of peat smoke is causing once great blends to cut corners to stay cheaper. I'm done with Teachers. I don't think it is easy to find a rewarding blend for under £20 any-more. Probably teachers would cost £22.00 today, if it had upped the price instead of dropping the quality. From the limited range I can get hold of where I live- The Black Grouse is the best deal, when the supermarkets drop the price from £20 to £15. Grouse is a brand to watch now- I think they're savvy to holes in the market left by a quality crisis among other brands..
13th November 2015
Bought two bottles about 5 years apart assuming the blend must have improved by now.Tastes like TCP.Never again.
7th November 2015
I buy this Teachers Blend often for its value and great taste [Peat,Smoke and malt].Teachers has a very high malt content for a blend.It can change taste sometimes from bottle to bottle but I stick with it because it has never been bad.This is a famous old blend that has stood the test of time and I will always buy it for its great taste and superb value.
14th October 2015
What has gone wrong in the process of making this. The flavour that predominates is that bin fire taste not nice at all.
9th September 2015
I tried a large Highland Cream with a dash of chilled water. The nose of this blend takes you straight to the highland lochs of Scotland. There is a sweet peaty smell and as you close your eyes you are there. On tasting, there is an explosion of peat followed immediately by the distinctive bite of whisky that fills your mouth and then the sweet flavours of honey and straw follow. This is a great blend recipe that has stood the test of time.
24th August 2015
This blend is a little rough around the edges, but take your time with it and you might love it. This was the first blended Scotch whisky I ever bought, and I've kept coming back to it time and time again, even with my single malt collection as impressive as it is now. Teacher's was love at first sip for me.This is a very malt-forward blend. If you've ever had Ardmore as a single malt, you'll find it's presence unmistakeably at the forefront of Teacher's. There is a fair bit of smoke here, but it's NOT dry, salty, meaty smoke like you'd find in an Islay malt. This smoke is rich, earthy, vegetal, and has more than a hint of tobacco notes which reminds me of a nice, dark maduro cigar. The smoke intertwines beautifully with sweet, syrupy butterscotch, honey, and raisin notes, with a satisfyingly oily texture and rich, malty flavor.This is a full-flavored blend. While it is young, a bit rough around the edges, and with a few mild off-notes in the background (most likely coming from the grain whisky), it is robust and hearty. I find it to be a delicious and masculine blend. I recommend it to all of my friends who like whisky. Cheers from the U.S. (P.S. - Scotland makes better whisky than we do here in the States.)
8th August 2015
This is the first time i have tried this Scotch and i have to say it is the worst i have ever had, the after taste is revolting.i may just had got a bad bottle but ive never heard that before in a scotch.my advice is stay the hell away.
24th July 2015
I live in Canada and this is readily available for $25, which cannot be beaten for the quality of whisky that you are getting. Nose: salty, iodine, caramel, a tad smell of alcoholPalate: creamy and smooth, can barely taste the grain whisky, VERY well blended finish: long and lingering, with effects of smoke This is quite delicious, excellent value for money. It tastes much more maltier than Johnnie Walker Black, and also much smokier as well. Simply for the price that you are paying for this there is no other blend that is better.
23rd July 2015
Wonderful beverage, I enjoy it everynight when im relaxed it works great with everything I eat and with the smooth gentleness it delivers.thanks.
14th July 2015
I paid £14 at co-op, which is unbeatable value for money. I feel that the negative voters below are comparing this blend unfairly against Whisky costing much, much more.Immediately it has a smokey, peated nose - which is surprising for a blend, probabily down to the 45% malt in the blend (mostly Ardmore to be precise). From then on it's nothing special, but certainly I could find nothing wrong - this is good basic whisky. I'll probabily use it as a 'base' and do some home blending by adding a judicious amount of malt with more age.Maybe the 'Dram' sippers should try again
12th July 2015
Nothing exceptional about it, to me. Not smoky, not sweet, just bland and completely off-putting. Deliverer of a surprisingly powerful headache, too.
29th June 2015
Not sure if it's as good as I remember it a couple of years ago. Has my palate changed or the whisky? Think there was a hint of smoke before, but maybe just a bare trace now. Nose is a bit like I remember it, but weaker- tiny hint of acetone. Taste- Vanilla and cream seem to be the starring notes- with a bit of liqourice and toffee. Bit of fruit- slighly melon- Feels lighter in mouth than of old. A quiet, longish finish with a lingering touch of bitter. Still a lot better than Grouse, Bells, Grants, Whyte and Mackay. A ghost of its former self though. Those I would give 1 to 2 out of 5-
27th June 2015
Smells like solvent and does not even testes like Whsiky. It´s just bitter and sweet. When the store won´t take it back, it goes down the drain.
22nd June 2015
The problem with Teacher's is when you buy it you are taking a gamble. It can be a blend of great quality (I had one that was absolutely stellar once - would knock entry level single malts out of the park) and it can be absolutely terrible. They seriously need to sort out their batch variation problems.
25th May 2015
OK,I'm a geezer.Teacher's was rich, balanced,smooth & complex in The Day. Schieffelin ( sp!) told me in '72 that they'd gotten the same blend since Repeal. No, it ain't the same now! I'll venture that what's missing is a Glendronach signature (Teacher's once owned it). I also miss Bell's 12 & Vat 69 Black, but that one's on Diageo.
20th May 2015
How disappointing as it is now not the Whisky I will purchase. It was our favourite drink and has been for years. I've just bought two litres , it would normally only stay in the house for a couple of weeks. This will be in the cupboard for years.Absolutely HORRIBLE!!!
13th May 2015
5 years ago thc was great. It had some highs and lows in the interim. The last two bottles from different stores made me know that teacher's as we rememer it is gone. It is awful!!!! It now has a very menthol smel and taste. Disgusting. BTW Ardmore traditional now has the same menthol flavor. I know that I am not an idiot. I hope the distillery tasters are not either.
12th May 2015
Rare, because I can´t find Teachers in Austria. Isn´t it.Reinhard König, a man who loves Teaches.
1st May 2015
Teachers Highland Cream is the best low-cost Scotch I have tried. A half-gallon ( 1.75 litre ) is only $32.99 at my local shop and it is better than many blends that are twice that price.
14th April 2015
I have been drinking White Horse. I could no longer find it in my area, so I tried a bottle of Teachers. I found it to have a chemical taste and very rough. I had some non scotch drinkers taste it and they thought it was awful, too. I thought I must have gotten a bad bottle. Don't they have any quality control ? it all couldn't taste like this ot they couldn't stay in business
12th April 2015
I know this is probably a cardinal sin, and I face a severe lambasting from aficionados of the Malt, but I added an almost homeopathic drop of Laphroaig 10 to a glass of Teachers... its an interesting dram I can tell you. They should do a smoky edition of Teachers, I would love to see what they could do with the Islay Malts.
4th April 2015
30th March 2015
I have received bottle as a gift. It's no Dimple or Chivas, but a totally do able blend for a good price. Wouldn't buy it myself though, I prefer the single malts and high end bourbons
27th March 2015
Fantastic value too! Though a bit one dimensional!
23rd March 2015
I buy this blend often fot its value and taste [smokey & peaty].The blend can change sometimes from bottle to bottle as many others do in taste but are never bad.I bought one this week at £14 and thought at first it was almost a full peat malt,Superb tasting.The Best bottle yet of this blend i have had.Which is why i have left this review as it deserves a mention.This blend is always worth a try.
6th March 2015
It's true that there are bad bottles out there that are of somewhat lower quality but none the less... best basic blend out there hands down!Creamy with that hint of smoke always lingering in the background, brilliant!People whining about "harshness" and whatnot should go back to their soft drinks, not everyone can handle a proper man's drink.
12th February 2015
I'm Teacher's virgin. So far so good. Hits the chest quite hard,nice and neat of course. but that's how i like it. Lol.
20th January 2015
Hint of sweetness? That stuff is so sour and bitter that I cannot drink it with my usual spring water but lemonade. Will not buy again - this purchase only came about because it was a pound and fifty pence cheaper than the cheap and cheerful supermarket own brand. Rating minus zero.
15th January 2015
Maybe I had bad luck with this bottle, but this one tasted horible. I imagine that paint thinner would have a similar smoothness :-(
8th January 2015
1st December 2014
Of all of the different types of alcohol I've tried— this is the best. From Ale, Lager, Vodka, Cognac and of course... whisky; This is what I find myself coming back to. I'd happily fork over some extra cash if the price ever rises. Buy this!
28th November 2014
Do I profess to be a sophisticated Scotch drinker.....simply put no, but what I do know is what flavors, tastes and aromas I like. Teacher's simply has a lot of what I like in a Whisky! If you're new to Scotch this is a must try, I've spent 4 times more on a highly rated Single Malt that left me deeply disappointed and is till sitting on the shelf. Teacher's is easy on the tongue and smooth all the away down with a slightly smoky after taste, do yourself a favor and don't rule it out.
19th November 2014
Not a peat bomb (but more peaty than most standard blends) - more like a dry and discrete smokiness compared to islaywhiskies and thet let some of the dry fruits, maltiness and oak take part on the palate too - easy but in this case distinct markers of good allround whisky in my opininon. Good for the price and differs from the mainstream blends like Grant's, Famous, Ballantine's, Bell's, JW Red.. Besides Islay Mist the best blended whisky I've tried.
13th November 2014
Always had a soft spot for this one. It comes across as honest and well made. When it's good I find notes of mellow oak, bacon, smoke (not Islay smoke but rather dry highland smoke) and dried fruits and vanilla, some hint of honey and even sherry. The mouth-feel is substantial and the finish okay (when you get a good bottle) and even great (when you get a great bottle). I refer everyone to the great Ralfy (online)as regards to batch variation and reviews of teacher's overall (he's done two; one in 2009 I think, and another in 2013)...
9th November 2014
On the west coast of Canada I haven't come across Teacher's very often. In that price range it's Grant's, Ballantine's, Dewar's most of the time and Dewar's is my preferred choice. This was about $3 less on the day so gave it a try. I liked the promises of peat in the nose and the initial taste delivered but it quickly turned into a pure grain alcohol, I could have been drinking vodka as the taste evaporated. I'll stick with Dewar's, it's more consistent from start to finish.
4th November 2014
Completely undrinkable. Me and my friend came to the concussion that this is what a gas chamber would taste like. Don't wast your time and money.
1st November 2014
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