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Pràban na Linne, Poit Dhubh 12-Year-Old Blended Malt (Scotland)
Poit Dhubh (pronounced potch ghoo) is a blended malt produced by Isle of Skye-based Pràban na Linne Ltd, and the brand’s name translates from Gaelic as ‘black pot.’ This was the term formerly used in the Highlands and islands for a small, illicit still, which was blackened over time by the heat of a naked flame. Pràban na Linne is the brainchild of Sir Iain Noble, whose passion for Gaelic culture and lifestyle has led him to invest significantly in the Sleat peninsula of south-west Skye during the last few decades. His long-term aim is to create a small-scale distillery in the area, which will give the island a second whisky-making facility to accompany the mighty Talisker. Poit Dhubh was launched in 1984, but since 1992 has been available in un-chill-filtered form, and is partly matured in ex-Sherry casks. It offers a malty nose, with figs, caramel, ripe pears, vanilla, and developing smoky spice. Big on the palate, with impressive mouth feel, sweet malt, oranges and a warming, spicy peatiness that can surely only come from the inclusion of Talisker in the formulation. Water releases more overtly smoky characteristics, followed by vanilla ice cream. Peaty malt lingers in a satisfying and lengthy finish 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £22.50, distillery website, specialist whisky merchants.

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