Gaelic Whisky

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

ABV
43%
Aging
12 Years
Recipe
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.


Review: Poit Dhubh 8 Bliadna Blended Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
43%
Aging
12 Years
Recipe
100% Malt Whisky
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This whisky is produced by the same company which produces MacNamara and Te Bheag, and this line of whiskies includes different whiskies of varying age statements, some of which are limited releases.


Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Nose: Heavy sherry nuttiness and dried fruit, along with the rancio character and a fairly strong grape element almost as if it spent some time in wine casks. There’s a lot going on! Vanilla, some menthol, spices, lightly smoky peat, heavy freshly baked bread, dried apricot, custard, fruitcake…

Taste: Nutty and light vanilla before some ashy, smoky peat takes over the show still with a bit of a waft of creaminess and vanilla right at the end. After so much sherry on the nose, it’s surprising to find so little here. The balance of the peat is just about right – well constructed on the palate.

Finish: Lightly drying, with some vanilla, a light floral character, saffron, raisins and some peat. It’s a slightly nutty, too. It has a bit of a creamy feel to it and light citrus too, with some light peaty vegetal character as well. The body could perhaps be a bit bigger, but overall it’s quite well done.

Very nice flavour in this one – intriguing and well blended. The flavour weight, and complexity is well done – a very compelling blend, with a good range of flavours from dried fruit to lightly vegetal peat to smoke to spice.

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

Value: Average, based on $60.


Review: MacNamara Gaelic Blended Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
Scottish Malt and Grain Whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This blended scotch whisky is produced by the same company which produces Te Bheag and the Poit Dhubh blended malt whiskies. Macnamara means “son of the sea” and is produced to be a lighter blended whisky.


Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: Apple juice, and a light grassy and spicy character and some vanilla. Overall, lightly fruity, nutty – and a bit of complexity comes through as the peat interacts with some of the dried fruit – but overall not very intriguing.

Taste: A medium body with some vanilla and nuttiness- and not a whole lot of flavour- before some dried fruits and light smoke and barley come in toward the end. Goes down pretty easy.

Finish: Vanilla and orange take the finish with nuttiness and very light spices. Becomes quite grain driven as the finish continues with light vegetal and dried fruity touches (dried apple particularly), and reasonable body/feel.

Value: Average, at $35.