Whisky Advent Day 17

The day was Monday, the last week at work before the christmas break. I opened the advent calendar, intending to see what the dram was, then make breakfast. But breakfast would have to wait 10 minutes, as inside the calendar was a whisky I’d never heard of: Poit Dhubh 12 year old?!

I didn’t even know what country this was from, let alone what type of whisky this was, so it was time to do some research.

Poit Dhubh, pronounced “Potch Ghoo”, is Gaelic and it is a whisky from the Gaelic whisky collection produced by Praban na Linne Limited, a whisky company based on the Isle of Skye. The name means illicit still in Gaelic, and the rumour is that there is some elicit malt whisky in the blend, though I suspect this is largely tongue in cheek.

Poit Dhubh 12 year old is actually a blended malt. There is no indication of what whiskies it contains, so this is a bit of a fun mystery dram. Good old advent calendar!

Here are the dramstats:



  • ABV 43%
  • Blended malt
  • 12 year old
  • Price £29
  • Non chill filtered

Nose: Quite malty, ovaltine + vanilla. There is a note of tropical sweets, thinking opal fruits (starburst for drammers under 25), just a hint though.Time in the glass leads to red apples and bubble gum “bottles” (Those blue and pink bubble gum flavour bottle shaped sweets at the pick ‘n’ mix.

Palate: Sweet vanilla and lots of malt. Really really malty!

Finish: Malty malt gets maltier! Dooley’s toffee cream liqueur and a touch of drying oak.

Verdict: I loved it! A real session dram at a decent price. Alternatively, have it instead of ovaltine as a malty bedtime treat for grown ups!



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