Review: Poit Dhubh 12 Bliadna Blended Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years
100% Malt Whisky
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

“Poit Dhubh” is pronounced “potch gu” and means means “black still”, in other words, an illegal still. The blended malt whisky is presented well, un-chill filtered and bottled at 43%. This whisky is 12 years old, though the company also bottles an 8 year old expression.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Nose: A bit of an off-note on the nose – still has that vanilla, cacao, smoky peatiness of the 8 year old. Apple, raisin, light nuttiness, a light sherry rancio note, earthiness, some candy notes, lemon, a slight off barnyard note as well. Reasonably complex, but the off-note takes away from the nose.

Taste: Vanilla, with some smoke, pear, and raisin…lightly off as found on the nose. Slightly bitter. Lightly sweet – just about right to balance out this whisky. There’s also some chilli pepper.

Finish: Smoky, fruity (apple/pear), creamy, caramel, pear, guava, slight nuttiness, light oak, and some more of that saffron. Lightly dry, with some white pepper playing in as well. The feel of the finish is quite good.

The sherry casks certainly come through quite well. Though there’s a bit more elegance to this whisky than the 8 year old, there are more straying bits to it and I don’t like it as much. There’s certainly more creaminess at work, though.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $66.