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    Teacher's

    Does anyone know much about Teacher's Highland Cream?

    I recently picked up a delicious, presumably older bottle of Teacher's, and want to find the estimated age of bottling it is. I'm interested because Murray talks so highly about Teachers and how it used to be much greater a blend than it is now.

    What is curious is in his Whisky Bible he lists it as having an ALC/Vol amount of 40%. My bottle is 43% abv.

    The back label says: "Sole U.S. Importer, Hiram Walker and Sons, Inc. Farmington Hills, Michigan"
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    Re: Teacher's

    About the best I can tell you is that the metric sizing means it's 1980 or newer...anything else would require more research
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    Re: Teacher's

    Okay I took the time to hit Wikipedia:

    In the mid 1980s, Allied Lyons PLC entered into a purchase agreement with Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts Ltd., the Canadian based distillers of Canadian Club and other brands. The agreement was contested by Olympia and York who had bought up the vast majority of Hiram Walker stock. Their highly-publicized legal battle for control ended in 1987 with Olympia and York becoming Allied Lyons' largest shareholder.
    So assuming they didn't keep using the Hiram Walker name that places your bottling inbetween 1980 and 1987...but they may have...but I'd still say it may fall in that time range
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    Re: Teacher's

    Not sure the age of your bottle, but current release Teacher's is useful stuff.
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    Re: Teacher's

    Many thanks Tim. I should have thought to use wikipedia. I am gonna check out the site to look further into this and see when Fortune Brands acquired the name.

    And Jake, it is indeed tasty inside the bottle.

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    Re: Teacher's

    I think that was 2005, same time they acquired Maker's Mark.
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    Re: Teacher's

    It was part of the Allied buy-out for Fortune Brands.
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    Re: Teacher's

    I like Teacher's quite a bit and think it's an amazing value. Haven't had anything older than a bottle I got 2-3 years ago.
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    Re: Teacher's

    jinenjo,

    Does the back label discuss the percentage of malt in the blend (I've seen some bottles with text to the effect that a minimum of 45% of the blend is malt whiskey)? If so, you're looking at something pre-1989 or so, because all bottles I've seen with the back legend date to before a 1989 bottle I came across.

    I like the current Teacher's quite well. I know Murray is the one who turned me on to trying the blend with his 2004 whiskey bible. Not sure how the current stuff compares to what he was tasting, but I do like it. Wasn't aware that he had said the older stuff was better. Everything I've ever read says that it's a pretty consistent dram.

    At any rate, I've been trying to track down some info on Teacher's myself: specifically, I'm wondering when the "Aged 36 months" statement appeared on the label. Stuff from the 1980s doesn't have it. Anything I've found in the last couple of years does. Before that, I wouldn't have been paying attention. I'm just curious as to whether this is the result of a change in the whiskey, a change in labeling laws, or both. Regardless, as I said, I like Teacher's a good bit. In fact, I'm enjoying a very small pour right now.

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    Re: Teacher's

    As blended Scotch goes, Teachers is sublime. It has all the smoothness and balance you'd expect of a blend, and a smoky and sophisticated taste that always hits the spot for me. One of my secrets is a little package store in the area which still has some bottles of Teachers with tax stamps - the bottle I'm nipping from as I write this dates, I'd guess, from the early eighties.

    This bottle is 86 proof and says on the back "sole U.S distributors Bacardi Imports, Inc., Miami Florida." No age statement, no barcode, no government health warning. However, there's no statement regarding the specific percentage of malt whisky in the blend. The front label states that "Highland Cream contains an exceptionally high proportion of expensive Full-flavored Scotch Whiskies." The text of the back label is as follows:

    " In 1830 our Founder, William Teacher, established our Scotch whisky business which today produces Teacher's Highland Cream, one of the earliest registered Scotch blends. The original character of Teacher's Highland Cream is checked four times weekly by the Company's Executive Directors, many of whom are great, or great great, grandsons of Wm. Teacher. These tastings are part of the service and personal attention to detail expected of members of the Family assuring continuation of the high standards set by Teacher's Highland Cream."


    I kinda like that pledge that the descendants of Wm. Teacher get sloshed four times weekly to make sure I'm still getting their finest blended Scotch!

 

 

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