“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.
On Tomintoul whiskies, they often brag about their water – it is (slightly) more than a marketing ploy – they did look for nearly an entire year before they found the Ballantruan spring, the water source for the distillery. The distillery is named after the highest village in the Scottish whisky region of Speyside, which the distillery is close to.
I love how the whisky world overlaps with so many other food categories- so many whisky lovers are connected to all sorts of different beverages and food. At a whisky tasting I led in March, I met JP and Trish, who run Turtle Island Brewing Co., and we had an opportunity to taste one of their products – a beer cordial. In hearing about it, I didn’t think making a liqueur out of beer would be a good idea whatsoever – at first.
First, I should say, I came across this idea from Ralfy, who does this for a few of his own bottles. The idea, more or less, is inspired from a Spanish sherry solera system, where a number of barrels of sherry are essentially mixed together into a large batch and a relatively small amount is withdrawn to be bottled. Every time some is withdrawn, new sherry is added, resulting in a mix of sherry from the time the solera system began to the most recent batch. This is also in place for some rums and whisky, among other things.
Gibson’s 18 Year Old is a reliable and elegant Canadian whisky which originated in Pennsylvania in 1856. Eventually, it was sold to Schenley and produced at the Valleyfield distillery in Quebec, and in 2002 the brand has shifted to William Grant & Sons (who also own Glenfiddich and Balvenie Single Malts, among others) and is produced out of the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario. Thus, there are now versions of Gibson’s 12 year old which are made from Hiram Walker liquid, but the 18 will still be from Valleyfield for a few more years yet. I reviewed this whisky roughly 2 years ago as well, and you can see my review here.