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Teacher's Highland Cream Scotch Whisky
Wm. Teacher & Sons Limited
Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
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Teacher’s can trace its roots back to the 1850s, when a Victorian grocer named William Teacher began selling whisky in Glasgow, Scotland. As an immensely
successful brand, the company hedged its sales during the First World War by distributing to its customers ration coupons, which entitled them to only five glasses of Teacher’s per week. When the war was over, business resumed, and the company was able to fulfill growing demand from its ample supply.

1830 William Teacher took advantage of the new Excise Act (made distilling whisky much easier) to sell his own blends. In 1832, his first premises was his wife's grocery store in Glasgow.

1856 Teacher was awarded a 'licence for consumption' and opened the first famous "Dram Shop".

1863 Teacher's Highland Cream Blended Scotch was launched - "Perfection of Old Scotch Whisky".

1876 William Teacher passed away. He left in charge his two sons - William Jr. and Adam. The sons moved to St. Enoch Square which was home to their headquarters until 1991.

1887 Teachers creates Australian Bonded Whisky. They used their whisky barrels as ballasts on ships travelling to and from Australia. This method guaranteed many months of additional maturation in oak without the need to find expensive storage space.

1899 Teacher’s opens Ardmore, their first single malt distillery. This was built to ensure a guaranteed supply of the fully peated single malt whisky that gives Teacher's Blend its distinctive full flavour.

1913 Teacher's patents 'The self opening bottle'. It was launched with a massive advertising campaign which gave Teacher's a 15 year lead over its rivals.

1930 Teacher's celebrates its centenary with the famous 'Right Spirit Boys' advertising campaign. This campaign would continue up until the 1950s.

1933 Teacher's takes advantage of the end of prohibition in the US, shipping its first consignment on the Cunard steamer 'Scythia'.

1957 Teacher's buys The Glendronach single malt distillery in Banffshire to meet the increase in demand for whisky following the end of rationing.

The launch of the famous 'Jigger Cap' bottle - a measuring cap as a top. Sales continue to grow throughout the world.

1972 Teacher's annual sales in the UK alone exceed one million cases for the first time.

1987 A new bottle and label design is launched with a huge advertising campaign.

1997 The 12 year old Teacher's 50 is launched in India to commemorate 50 years of independence. It contains over 50% single malt and is now India's leading premium blended Scotch.

2007 Teacher's worldwide sales reach over 1.5 million cases and it is available in over 100 countries. It is now a brand leader in many countries including Brazil and India.

Whilst all Blended Scotch Whiskies are made with both the malt and grain whiskies, Teacher's Highland Cream is unique. The blend has an exceptionally high malt content - no less than 45%. This gives it a richer, more bodied flavour.

A complex blend: Teacher's uses over 30 different single malt whiskies. It is our Master Blender's skill that ensures that these malts are balanced and hamonised delivering the same full rich taste that W M Teacher created over 175 years ago.

Jim Murray, the world’s leading whisky authority, states in his Whisky Bible 2004: "This is a whisky of spellbinding complexity and of a style that is an umbilical cord to our blending forefathers."

Awards & Accolades - #3 Scotch whisky in the UK and #52 on the world’s top-100 spirits list.

Courtesy of Teacher's Highland Cream


Teacher's Highland Cream Blended Scotch Whisky  

Color: Rich amber.

Nose: Deep and robust maltiness with hints of peat and sherry.

Body: Full and deep with lots of substance.

Palate: Challenging, rich, round and warming with a silky texture.

Finish: Balanced clean, slightly long finish.

The Whisky Distilleries

Ardmore Whisky DistilleryArdmore Distillery
At the heart of every great blend lies exceptional single malt that defines its flavour - this is known as the 'Finger Print Malt'. At the heart of Teacher's Highland Cream lies Ardmore single malt. Ardmore Distillery was built in 1898 by Wm. Teacher & Sons and it is the last Highland distillery that still fully peats its standard malt.

Glendronach  Whisky DistilleryGlendronach Distillery
In 1957, Teacher's bought The Glendronach single malt distillery in Banffshire to meet the increase in demand for whisky following the end of rationing. Glendronach opened its doors in 1826 and it is the only distillery today where 100% of the single malt sold still enjoys its primary maturation exclusively in sherry casks.