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Whisky Review: Meikle Tòir The Sherry One




Whisky Review: Meikle Tòir The Sherry One

Tasting Notes:

Five-year-old peated Scotch whisky, aged in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, followed by Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry puncheons; 35 ppm; 48% ABV; $75.
This is a lovely little dram in glass, reflecting some richer, reddish-golden brown color from the sherry cask influences. Leg structure and viscosity are showcased beautifully.
Sherry and peat notes make a delectable impression on the nose, giving rich aromatics of smoke, dry fig, chocolate brownie, caramel, and toffee crunch.
This spreads in a lovely, smoky way across my palate, delivering alongside this essential flavor hints of chocolate brownie, raisins, burnt sugar, figgy pudding, and vanilla.
The smoke on this in the finish is present to the last moment, fading into some sweetness, and then both drop away.
This offers some interesting considerations in its tasting experience, but while enjoyable, the interplay of sweetness and smoke is not as balanced as I would like. Still, it is a solid Scotch for the price.
Meikle Tòir The Sherry One review
We review Meikle Tòir The Sherry One, a peated whisky aged for five years in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, followed by Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry puncheons. (image via The GlenAllachie)

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The GlenAllachie Distillery in Scotland has legendary master distiller Billy Walker at its helm, who took it over from previous ownership in 2017 alongside some partners. Located at the foot of Ben Rinnes in the heart of Speyside, one of Walker’s early goals was to develop a peated whisky for GlenAllachie. To this end, in 2018, his team laid down the first casks of what, five years later, has become known as the new Meikle Tòir (meaning Big Pursuit) lineup.

As part of this peated whisky focus, Walker used mainland peat from St. Fergus versus the more well-known Islay peat. Mainland peat, formed from the breakdown of trees versus herbs and seaweed common to Islay, creates what he describes as “a much sweeter smoke style.” GlenAllachie is producing only 100,000 liters of this alcohol annually across just six weeks each year.

Furthermore, all Meikle Tòir expressions are subjected to a lengthy fermentation time of 160 hours – nearly triple the industry average – which the Walker feels “adds a fruity, ester-rich character to the subsequent whisky.”

“Every element of the production process was carefully considered to ensure our vision was met,” said Walker at the time of this whisky’s release. “It’s not about accelerating the journey; it’s about expanding the experience. One of the key decisions was to significantly extend the fermentation period to 160 hours, creating thick, ester-rich distillate. Another was to use mainland peat, which delivers a more oaky style of smoke. These choices, along with the use of quality oak casks, are all factors steering us in our pursuit of peated perfection.”

The whisky I’m reviewing today, Meikle Tòir The Sherry One, is one of four making up this brand’s core lineup. Aged for five years in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, followed by Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry puncheons, this peated Scotch has a 48% ABV and a peat rating of 35 ppm. It is of natural color and is non-chill filtered, priced at $75.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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