Re: Wow, Teacher's!
I got a bottle of Teachers at Christmas, and I have to say that I'm not enjoying it at all. I find it flat, dulled by caramel, and pretty much smoke-free. Maybe I got a bad batch, I don't know, but I did used to drink it years ago, admittedly with coke (before I knew better), and it was great back then. Now I just don't get the hype at all.
By contrast, a standard blend that I am really enjoying at the moment is JW Red Label. There's much more smoke in it than in Teachers, and it's creamy and malty too, with lots of vanilla cream. Far more enjoyable IMO and totally unworthy of the bad press it gets.
I'm sure that batch variation must have a lot to do with this. The JWR I have open at the moment is over 2 years old (in terms of when it was purchased) and I have another one in the wings which was purchased at Christmas 2008, so maybe my opinion will change again. This could be the case with Teachers too, but on the current evidence on my shelf, JWR blows Teachers away.