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Meikle Tir The Sherry One 5 Year Old Review


4th October 2023
Review of the Meikle Tir The Sherry One 5 Year Old, quality sherry casks along with quality peaty distillate at play here results in a great balance between sherry, oak and peat combined with the flavoursome bottling strength of 48% ABV which all make for a very pleasurable young sherried, peaty dram.

Meikle Tir The Sherry One 5 Year OldMeikle Tir The Sherry 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 Sherry One. It is produced with a long, 160 hour, fermentation process and has a 35 PPM spirit phenol content.

After initial aging in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, Meikle Tir The Sherry One has undergone additional maturation in Pedro Ximnez and Oloroso sherry puncheons, resulting in a single malt which the distillery describe as having an "impeccable balance between dark fruits, mocha, treacle, and puffs of earthy peat smoke."

Billy Walker Master Distiller commented on The Sherry One saying: "The Pedro Ximnez and Oloroso sherry puncheons work in perfect harmony to offer chocolate, dark fruit and coffee characteristics. When combined with the sweet smokiness of the mainland peat, the flavours dance together beautifully, creating a wonderful equilibrium of sweet and peat."

Meikle Tir The Sherry One 5 Year Old has a RRP of 50 and will be available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Meikle Tir The Sherry One 5 Year Old Review


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

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely gentle touch of smoke, vanilla toffee, apricot jam, orange citrus, a little heather honey and a light barley sugar sweetness and the faintest note of almonds lurking in the background

Taste: A blend of earthy and sugary sweet peat smoke interlaced with a touch of lemon and orange citrus, treacle toffee, honey and a some lovely vibrant oak spice.

Finish: Long, treacle toffee'd sherried peat now has a coffee edge slowly bows out to leave the now slightly drying oak spice to have the final say

Comment: Yes it is young in places but it doesn't try to hide it, in fact it is probably what makes it so good. Quality sherry casks along with quality peaty distillate at play here results in a great balance between sherry, oak and peat combined with the flavoursome bottling strength of 48% ABV which all make for a very pleasurable young sherried, peaty dram. If you enjoy the young peated, sherried Islay drams, you will love this.

SMW Whisky Score 90/100
 

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