Showing posts with label Poit Dhubh 21. Show all posts
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Poit Dhubh 21 Years Review

Country: Scotland 
Brand: Poit Dhubh
Bottler: Praban Na Linne Ltd. 
Type: Blended Malt Whisky
Age:  21 Years
ABV:  43 %
Date: 02/06/2014

Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Robust and Quite Mature. The Oak is reminiscent of Cognac or Rum casks. I find Oloroso Sherry, light vegetable Peat, Malt, Vanilla, Toast, Brown Sugar, Orange Marmalade, Sugared Almonds, Dried Apricot, Figs, light Honey and other Floral tones, Old Leather Chairs that have just been polished, light Spices and a pinch of Salt. Most probably a mix of Speyside Malts with some Talisker and/or Highland Malt adding strength. The Alcohol is nicely integrated. Powerful, Heavy, slightly Intoxicating Nose.

Palate: Bitter-Sweet with Caramel, Orange, Perfumed Honey, Oloroso, light Peat, Oak, Vanilla, Pepper, Cinnamon, Dried Fruits, Nuts, Licorice, Cognac and a sprinkle of Salt.

Finish: Middle Long with Oak, Chili Pepper, light Peat, Vanilla, light Cinnamon, Malt, Citrus and Licorice.

I added a bit of Water and on the Nose the Honey, Citrus and Floral tones are enhanced. Palate and Finish accept a few drops but be careful as it waters down easily. I advise you to try it both neat and with some drops of Water.

Rating: 85.5

Nose: 22 - Taste: 21 - Finish: 21- Overall: 21.5

General Remarks: Poit Dhubh (Gaelic for Black Pot or Illicit Still) is Blended Malt Whisky, partly matured in Ex-Sherry Casks. Poit Dhubh 21 years was released in 1991. The Brand Poit Dhubh as such was introduced in 1982 and is Non Chill-Filtered since 1992. The 21 year expression costs around 100 US Dollars. It is bottled by Praban Na Linne Ltd, located on the Isle of Skye (Hebrides) and founded in 1976 by Sir Iain Noble. It's still a family-owned company. There are also 8 - and 12 year old versions of the Poit Dhubh.

Drinking Experience Neat: Good

Conclusion: A quality Blend as of course it should be given its peppery price. The Nose is Heavy and Perfumed, full of Oak, Vanilla and Citrus. Nice Oloroso touch. Nicely integrated Alcohol. A bit too much Oak, Perfume and Licorice on the Palate for my taste but if you like that flavour profile you should give this Blend a chance. A bit of Water helps to open it up but waters it down at the same time. An ABV of 46% would have been more adequate in this respect. Still, it's a powerful step forwards when compared to the 12 years!

Jan van den Ende                                                               June, 2014


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