Poit Dubh is a vatted malt (technically a combination of several single malts). Talisker comprises the majority of the malt, reflecting the provenance of its parent company -Pràban- which is based on the Isle of Skye. The remainder of the blend is composed of various Speyside malts. Poit Dhubh, pronounced potch ghoo and literally meaning black pot, is also the gaelic term for an illicit still. Poit Dhubh comes unchilfiltered at 43%, partly matured in sherry casks that imparts sweetness and mellows down the peatiness. The result is relatively rich malt with subtle peatiness and a nutty edge, slightly chewy, overlaid by a soft vanilla flavour. It is available in 8, 12 and 21 years old expressions and occasionally as a limited edition bottling of 30 years old. The 12 y.o. and 21 y.o. have been awarded silver medals at both the International Spirits Challenge and the International Spirits Competition in 2002 and 2004.