A very famous blended whisky, a rather good blend too. Jim Murray awarded Teacher's Highland Cream 90 points in his Whisky Bible.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast (Superb/Highly Recommended) - *Best Buy* Amber/harvest-gold hue. The nose opens up after a couple of minutes of air contact with subtle notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark toffee and bacon fat; further aeration adds nuances of heather and marzipan—a compellingly harmonious bouquet. The palate entry is marked by sweet Sherry-like tastes; the midpalate offers chewy flavors of malt, light peat, light oak, pepper, and toffee. The aftertaste is medium long, creamy, and may be likened to oloroso Sherry. One of the best values in all of whisky.
A deep and robust maltiness shows through at the very start that is accompanied by a gentle highland peat smoke tang. This full flavour slowly fades to allow the sweeter fruitier flavours of apples, pears and heavy honey maturity to show through. Full of depth and substance.There is a challenging and exciting taste that at the same time is round and warming. This superb flavour is full of rich malts and maturity that slowly fades to a silky rounded texture. Well balanced with a clean busy flavoured fullness that ends with a slow fading of flavours.
It is said that William Teacher would not give his name to his blend until he had found perfection. Highland Cream was that whisky. At 45% it has one of the highest single malt contents of any blend and uses fully peated Ardmore whisky as its fingerprint malt. The combination is incredible depth and smoothness combined with a rich smokey undertones. Truely a masterpiece.