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Meikle Tòir The Turbo




Whisky Review: Meikle Tòir The Turbo

Tasting Notes:

Peated Scotch single malt aged five years in a combination of three American virgin oak casks and five Oloroso hogsheads; 50% ABV; 71 ppm; $75.
This is strikingly presented as a rich, dark brownish amber in glass with solid legs and distinct viscosity.
Peat and honey are thick on the nose, leading the way for other aromatics of toffee pudding, creme brulee, vanilla sugar, and smoked meat.
This really opens up on the palate, bringing smoke, sweet and spice in a delightful way. The notes here include rich chocolate, marshmallow, the slightest hint of black pepper, dried cherries, and black currant.
The finish is long and delectable, with the higher ppm really carrying the smoky notes into my throat in a way that lingers long after my glass is dried.
This is really a delightful dram, and my favorite of the ones from this brand I’ve reviewed so far. The higher ppm really makes the difference here in combination with the Oloroso casks.
Meikle Tòir The Turbo review
We review Meikle Tòir The Turbo, a peated Scotch single malt aged for five years in a combination of three American virgin oak casks and five Oloroso hogsheads. (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 Turbo, is one of four making up this brand’s core lineup. Aged for five years in a combination of three American virgin oak casks and five Oloroso hogsheads, this peated Scotch has a 50% ABV and a peat rating of 71 ppm. It is of natural color and is non-chill filtered, priced at $75.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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