Teacher’s 50, a premium Scotch whisky, intended to commemorate India’s 50 years of Independence when it was launched in 1997, celebrated 25 years this August.
Indians have loved whisky for as long as anyone can remember. While a lot of whisky consumed in India is Indian whisky, the desire and aspiration for Scotch whisky has always been high. In 1997, Beam Suntory India addressed this need by launching Teacher’s 50, a highly rated expression, to commemorate and honour India’s 50th Independence Day. An immensely popular blended Scotch in India and other Asian countries, Teacher’s 50 is celebrating its 25th anniversary this August.
Teacher’s 50, a premium Scotch whisky, is blended from different Scotch whiskies consisting of 50 percent malt whisky and 50 percent grain whisky. The foundation of brand Teacher’s is built on a strong conviction of right and wrong set by William Teacher, who came from impoverished conditions but succeeded due to his entrepreneurial acumen and progressive mindset. This mindset spoke of workers’ rights, freedom and liberty. His sons, William Jr and Adam carried these principles forward as they scaled the brand outside of Scotland into England, South America, Australia and beyond. Teacher’s is a brand with an urban soul, a peaty spine and a Highland spirit — all blended to perfection, of course. It’s worth noting that the single malt and single grain Scotch whiskies used in Teacher’s 50 are meticulously selected and matured for a minimum of 12 years.
A smoky and flavourful combination for the Indian palate
Ardmore Distillery’s flavours can be found in the rich and full-bodied blended Teacher’s Scotch whiskies. The length of time a malt whisky was smoked over a peat fire determines its smokiness, especially with a high percentage of single malt that has been thoroughly peated. It can be preserved for several weeks once it has been dried. At Ardmore, there are eight different-shaped copper stills, each working to produce a smooth spirit. Low wines are then transferred to the Spirit Still, where the distillation process is repeated and the second distillation’s heart is conserved to be matured into single-malt whisky. Teacher’s 50 is notable for its high portion of fully peated single malt and, to this day, it continues with its distinctive, rich flavour.
A whisky with uncompromising quality and character
Traditional distillation methods, including both large and small oak barrels, have been used to skillfully handcraft the malt and grains for Teacher’s 50. The resulting blends are infused with Teacher’s Scotch whisky’s rich, smoky, and identifiable flavour. The bottle’s robust maltiness, with its rich amber hue and golden highlights, offers an extraordinarily rich and substantial flavour with a distinctly sophisticated smoothness which fades to unveil softer, fruitier flavours of apple, pears, and thick honey at the climax. The consequence of maturation is obtained in two types of casks, first in American and European Oak casks, and then subsequently in Islay casks to give it a distinctively smokey and peaty flavour with a strong maltiness on the nose.
From grain to glass, Teacher’s 50 whisky is meticulously crafted to achieve a depth of flavour that is quite unmatched and sophisticated.
What’s the best way to drink Teacher’s 50?
As we mentioned, the whisky’s aroma profile is enhanced by a double maturation in a diverse array of American and European casks, preceded by a finish in ex-Islay casks. The beauty of the marriage of the bold flavours of malt whisky and the smooth complexity of grain whisky permits for a long finish on the palate, close to how the flavours of Mughlai cuisine linger. The rich aroma of kebabs, curries, and rice dishes, as well as its powerful flavours are an excellent match with Teacher’s 50. So, go forth and enjoy your Teacher’s 50 with a hearty Indian meal.