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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Poit Dhubh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Pràban na Linne Limited is the only whisky company with its headquarters on the Isle of Skye, where Gaelic is still widely spoken. As the Gaels originally invented whisky, the company feels their whiskies are genuinely authentic.  


From the beginning the whiskies they produce have been labelled in Gaelic and so they soon became known as  "The Gaelic Whiskies". In Skye they say "having Gaelic on the label greatly improves the flavour"!


Pràban na Linne means "a smugglers den by the Sound of Sleat".The company is situated on the small private harbour of Eilean Iarmain looking over the water towards the mainland hills of Scotland.


Sleat is a parish in the south of Skye which is famous in history, known as "Lios an Eilean" ("the Garden of Skye") and also as "Sleite riamhach nam ban boidheach" ("brindled Sleat of the beautiful women") and is often mentioned in ancient Gaelic poetry.


The Company was founded in 1976 by Sir Iain Noble of Eilean Iarmain as part of a development project to create employment in the south of Skye, as so many young people were then leaving. The business has grown steadily, its reputation spread by word of mouth.


As  one of the few remaining family businesses in the Scotch whisky industry, they have to compete with  the Scottish whisky industry giants. Their main markets are Scotland and England, France, Holland, Italy and Canada. And are also represented in Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, Sweden and Russia.


Poit Dhubh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

from The Gaelic Whisky Collection


Niche image as a connoisseur’s Malt Scotch Whisky – winning many awards in the international tasting competitions.


Pronounced “Potch Ghoo,” or PD for short, it means Illicit Still in Gaelic.


It is an Unchilfiltered malt, so may become hazy if cold but this delivers a richer, fuller flavour with a longer after-taste as a result.


The recipe is secret and was first created in 1984 from a very high quality mixture of Islay, Island, Highland & Speyside malts.


The flavour blends Islay peatiness & Speyside sweetness for a uniquely ‘sweetly peaty’ taste profile much less powerful than normal Islay whisky.


Four  age expressions available – 8yo, 12yo, 21yo & 30yo (Ltd. Edition)


Poit Dhubh 8 year old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Nose: Medium-sweet, slightly fresh and quite rich.


Palate: Smooth with a touch of dryness, lightly peated and quite elegant, although light.


Finish: Long, smoky and slightly perfumed.


Taste: Sweetness: 6/10 : Peatiness: 8/10


Poit Dhubh 12 year old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Nose: Medium-bodied with firm dark smokiness, a touch of liquorice, a slight hint of lime.


Palate: Quite full-bodied, medium sweet and rich with a good backbone of peatiness. A solid balance of peatienss & sweetness making this very accessible to all.


Finish: Long, smooth and smoky.


Taste Profile: Sweetness: 7.5/10 : Peatiness: 7/10


Poit Dhubh 21 year old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Nose: Soft enticing suggestions of vanilla, oak and peat.  Deceivingly soft & sweet nose belies robust yet well rounded palate.


Palate: Powerful flavour with rich peat and smoke overtones balanced by a sweet sherry wood smoothness & mature spirit syrupyness.


Finish: Tremendous length on the palate


Taste Profile: Sweetness: 8/10 :  Peatiness: 7/10


Poit Dhubh  30 year old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Nose: Rich, sweet sherry nose with wooded vanilla accents.  


Palate: A smooth, syrupy palate with a delicate trace of peat followed by a full-bodied rich, slightly spicy flavour deeply influenced by the sherry casks.


Finish: Long, lingering, rich, sweet, smooth & warm.


Taste Profile: Sweetness: 9/10 :  Peatiness: 7/10


Recent  Awards


2002 , Poit Dhubh 12 year old won a bronze at the International Spirits Challenge & silver in the International Wine & Spirits Competition.


2004,  Poit Dhubh 8 year old. won a bronze medal at the International Spirits Challenge & silver at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.


The Poit Dhubh 21 year old. won silver at both the International Spirits Challenge & the International Wine & Spirits Competition


2006,  Poit Dhubh 8, 12 and 21 year old were each awarded a silver medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition


Té Bheag Connoisseurs’ Blended Scotch Whisky

from the Gaelic Whisky Collection


A connoisseur’s Blended Scotch Whisky. Pronounced “Chey Vek” meaning ‘a wee dram’ in Gaelic


Introduced originally as chill filtered in 1976, the Un-chill filtered expression was launched in 1996 and is the only Un-chill filtered blended whisky actively marketed.


There is a High malt content for a blended whisky (+35%), containing quality islay Island, Highland & Speyside malts (8-11year old).


Some of the whiskies are matured in sherry cask for sweetness. excellent quality for price vs. Johnnie Walker Black Label & Chivas Regal.


Nose: Fresh, with a citrus note, good richness, a delicate peatiness and a little touch of cereal.


Palate: Weighty, slightly creamy, a good touch of liquorice with a toffee-like richness and a delicate peaty note.


Taste Profile Sweetness: 6/10 :  Peatiness: 5/10


Finish: Of good length, with a rich soft spirited characterises.  


Recent Awards

I997,  Té Bheag Un-chill filtered was awarded a Gold Medal in the International Spirits Challenge,

1998 Gold Medal from Selectione Mondiale


MacNaMara  Blended Scotch Whisky

from The Gaelic Whisky Collection


Light blended whisky – mostly Speyside malts with only a trace of peat.

5-6 year old malt whiskies used in the blend.


Nose: Light, biscuit-like with a touch of mint

Palate: Light, slightly oily with a citrus tang

Taste Profile: Sweetness: 4/10 : Peatiness 3/10

Finish: Medium length, slightly creamy


MacNaMara Blended Scotch Whisky Rum Finish

Double Matured.  Aged 12 months in Guyanan Rum casks.

Un-chill filtered. Rum Finish

Nose: Light, biscuit-like with a touch of sugared Rum sweetness

Palate: Fresh, smooth, slightly oily but balanced by the sweetness of the Rum

Taste Profile: Sweetness: 6/10 : Peatiness 3/10

Finish: Medium length, slightly creamy.


Gaelic Whisky Collection

Principle Brands

Poit Dhubh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Té Bheag Connoisseurs’ Blended Scotch Whisky

MacNaMara Blended Scotch Whisky