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Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old Review


4th October 2023
Review of the new Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old, cracking young sugary sweet peated dram with a good portion of oak spice that could rival any of the Scottish Islands peated drams for quality and peaty pleasure.

Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year OldMeikle Tir The Original 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).

Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old is said to be their classic single malt that champions their peated pursuit. Made with mainland peat sourced from St. Fergus, one mile inland, in the north-east Highlands of Scotland, it was produced with a a 35 PPM spirit phenol content and the flavour contribution is said to be sweeter than that anticipated of coastal peat.

Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old has been matured in American first-fill Bourbon barrels, virgin oak casks, and Rye barrels, which the distillery says imparts "waves of stem ginger, sweet spice, and oak-smoked sugar."

Lindsay Cormie The GlenAllachie Warehouse Manager commented on The Original saying: "The toast level of the virgin oak casks will add a lovely layer of vanilla and toffee flavours which, when entwined with the spicy contribution from the Rye casks, will give the perfect balance of sweet spiciness and peat smoke."

Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old is bottled at 50% ABV, it is
naturally coloured and non-chill filtered and has a RRP of 50 and will be available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Meikle Tir The Original 5 Year Old Review


Bottled at 50% ABV, naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet peat smoke infused with mildly sweet vanilla with a gentle honey and almond edge.

Taste: Lovely sugar sweet peat which the nose promised leads and doesn't disappoint, it comes honey infused, it is quickly joined by some lovely vibrant oak spices, ginger, white pepper and some late vanilla toffee which eventually finds it way through the peat.

Finish: The finish is long, young oak spices and sweet peat tussle it out to have the final say with no overall winner except the drinker.

Comment: A cracking young sugary sweet peated dram with a good portion of oak spice that could rival any of the Scottish Islands peated drams for quality and peaty pleasure. There is a wee bit of a youthfulness but a good peated dram is often best served young.

SMW Whisky Score 91/100
 

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