Teacher's Highland Cream
It's not usually a good sign when your whisky is aged in months instead of years. Teacher's Highland Cream boasts of having been aged a full 36 months (which just also happens to be the minimum required to have "scotch whisky" allowed on the label).
But I really like this stuff! A good mix of youthful malt, creamy vanilla, and peat. The peat is a complementary element that adds depth without being overwhelming. The whisky is surprisingly rich and full-bodied, considering it is a young blend. The finish has some pepper and is a bit rough and hot, but of decent length and without a bad aftertaste. I bought the giant 1.75 L bottle for $30, making this a great bottom-shelf bargain. Maybe not what you'll pull out for you birthday, but great drinkability and a guilty pleasure. 78 points (C+).
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