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Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One 5 Year Old Review


4th October 2023
Review of the new Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One 5 Year Old, a young, smooth delicious peaty dram with a unusual virgin Chinquapin wood influence we rare see.

Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One 5 Year OldMeikle Tir The Chinquapin One 5 Year Old is one of four whiskies recently unveiled by independent Scotch whisky distillery The GlenAllachie under their new peated Scotch single malt whisky brand Meikle Tir (pronounced mee-kuhl tor).

Mainland peat sourced from St. Fergus, one mile inland, in the north-east Highlands of Scotland is used to kiln the barley in the production of The Chinquapin. It is produced with a long, 160 hour, fermentation process and has a 35 PPM spirit phenol content.

Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One is initially aged in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels before transferring to superior Chinquapin virgin oak barrels from the Northern Ozark region of Missouri, USA, this combination of barrels are said to deliver a flavour profile of "smoked spices, roasted nuts, campfire smoke, and crme brle."

Lindsay Cormie The GlenAllachie Warehouse Manager commented on The Chinquapin One saying: "The Chinquapin cask itself has the aroma of old leather and cigar smoke, which works wonderfully well with the sweetness derived from the Bourbon casks the combination of both casks complements our beautifully sweet peat character."


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Meikle Tir The Chinquapin One 5 Year Old Review


Bottled at 48% ABV, naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A mix of gentle sugar sweet wood smoke and heather honey with a delicious contribution of ripe orange citrus and caramel.

Taste: A mix of peat infused sugared almonds, honey and creamy toffee all with a lovely orange citrus edge. This is joined by a gentle mix of cinnamon, ginger and pepper spicing things up, some late liquorice joins the party.

Finish: Longish, creamy toffee, sugary sweet peat, a little peppery, a little dark coffee, liquorice and lingering and slightly drying gentle peat and wood spice.

Comment: A young, smooth delicious peaty dram with a unusual virgin Chinquapin wood influence we rare see but thanks to Billy Walker and his innovative team of whisky makers here it is and it works well along side the ex-bourbon barrels used to initially mature the whisky.

SMW Whisky Score 87/100
 

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