Whisky Focus - GlenAllachie Launch Peated Single Malt Brand Meikle Tir

GlenAllachie Launch Peated Single Malt Brand Meikle Tir

27th September 2023
The GlenAllachie distillery unveils Meikle Tir, a new peated single malt whisky brand which launches with four new 5 Year Old whiskies - The Original, The Sherry One, The Chinquapin One and The Turbo which should be a bit of a peat monster at 71PPM.

The GlenAllachie Meikle Tir The Original, The Sherry One, The Chinquapin One and The Turbo.

Independent Scotch whisky distillery The GlenAllachie has unveiled its new peated single malt Scotch whisky brand, known as Meikle Tir (pronounced mee-kuhl tor).

Led by the renowned Master Distiller Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie Distillery, which achieved sales exceeding 20 million for the first time last year, has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including the highly competitive Worlds Best Single Malt title at the World Whiskies Awards in 2021.

This launch marks Walker's inaugural core releases fully supervised by him since acquiring ownership of the distillery in 2017. Meikle Tir, translating to 'big pursuit,' symbolises Walker and his expert team's persistent seasonal peated endeavour at The GlenAllachie, which commenced in 2018.

Meikle Tir utilises mainland peat sourced from St. Fergus, the peated production run occurs for approximately six weeks each year, resulting in approximately 100,000 Litres of Alcohol annually, so there will be limited amounts of Meikle Tir available

The core range of the peated label comprises Meikle Tir The Original (50% ABV, UK RRSP 51), Meikle Tir The Sherry One (48% ABV, UK RRSP 50), and Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One (48% ABV, UK RRSP 50), alongside the annual small-batch release, Meikle Tir The Turbo 2023 Edition (50% ABV, UK RRSP 51). Each whisky carries a five-year age statement.

All Meikle Tir expressions undergo an extended fermentation period of 160 hours, nearly triple the industry standard, contributing a fruity, ester-rich character to the resulting whisky.

Meikle Tir The Original 5-year-old matures in sourced first-fill Bourbon barrels, American virgin oak casks, and Rye barrels, imparting "waves of stem ginger, sweet spice, and oak-smoked sugar."

After initial aging in American oak, Meikle Tir The Sherry One undergoes additional maturation in quality Pedro Ximnez and Oloroso sherry puncheons, resulting in a single malt with an "impeccable balance between dark fruits, mocha, treacle, and puffs of earthy peat smoke."

Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One initially ages in American oak before transferring to superior Chinquapin virgin oak barrels from the Northern Ozark region of Missouri, USA, delivering "smoked spices, roasted nuts, campfire smoke, and crme brle."

The Original, The Sherry One, and The Chinquapin One all possess a spirit PPM level of 35, with mainland peat offering a sweeter and oakier smoke style compared to coastal peat's flavour contribution.

Meikle Tir The Turbo, an extremely limited annual bottling, captures the heart of the peated distillate with the highest phenol content. The 2023 Edition, produced in just 2,500 bottles, matures in three American virgin oak casks and five Oloroso Sherry hogsheads for five years. The resulting whisky presents a robust peat presence with a spirit PPM of 71, accompanied by notes of toasted honeycomb, burnt orange peel, and worn leather.

As you would expect from GlenAllachie, Meikle Tir products are bottled without added colouring and remain non-chill filtered to ensure the optimum flavour/drinking experience.

The eye-catching packaging features a hand-drawn illustration by prominent Scottish artist Iain McIntosh, portraying the rugged terrain surrounding the distillery, including the iconic peak of Ben Rinnes. The complementary "earthy" colour palette was chosen to hint at the smoky flavour profile.

Despite the additional costs involved, the brand exclusively collaborates with UK-based packaging suppliers to minimise its environmental impact.

The launch will be supported by a series of tastings across Scotland, including barrel-top sampling events in retail stores and exclusive drinks evenings, culminating in Meikle Tir's presence at The Whisky Exchange Show in London over this coming weekend.

Commenting on the new brand, Walker remarks: "This incredibly exciting launch is a key milestone for us all at The GlenAllachie. Five years in the making, it represents the culmination of our endeavours since we took over the reins at the distillery. Our intention has always been to release a peated single malt, and this is no surprise to those who have followed our journey from the start.

"Every element of the production process was carefully considered to ensure our vision was met. Its not about accelerating the journey; its 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".

I haven't yet had the chance to taste any of the new peated Meikle Tir whiskies from the GlenAllachie but I have some on the way and will update you with my thoughts on them when I taste them, so watch this space, meanwhile I have posted the official tasting notes below.

You will find the Meikle Tir whisky range available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Meikle Tir Whisky Reviews

Select a Meikle Tir whisky to read review:


Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old Review

Bottled at 50% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Baking spices, burnt honey and roasted coffee beans, leading to hazelnuts, smoked almonds and butterscotch.

Taste: Wisps of sweet peat, with rich chocolate and heather honey, followed by cinnamon, ginger and oak-smoked sugar.

Meikle Tir The Sherry One 5 Year Old Review

Bottled at 48% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Cedarwood and cigar box, alongside butterscotch, mocha and orange peel, with hints of honey and plum jam.

Taste: Rich dark chocolate, smoked honey and mocha, followed by fig syrup, treacle and burnt sugar, with puffs of peat smoke on the finish.

Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One 5 Year Old Review

Bottled at 48% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Aromas of smouldering oak embers, burnt liquorice and honeycomb, with wild heather, ginger, butterscotch and orange peel.

Taste: Dark chocolate, crme brle and toasted almonds, leading to cinnamon, brittle toffee, aniseed and lingering campfire smoke.

Meikle Tir The Turbo 5 Year Old Review

Bottled at 50% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Manuka honey, worn leather and rich chocolate, with hints of toasted hazelnuts, dried sultanas and burnt orange peel.

Taste: Intense peat, heather honey and mocha, followed by smoked spices, roasted chestnuts and charred oak.

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