Smokehead

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Smokehead
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Smokehead is a popular single Islay malt from Ian Macleod distillers. Debate has raged over the identity of the distillery which supplies the whisky for Smokehead. We know, but we're not telling.

Country
Scotland
Region
Islay

Smokehead Reviews

39 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    14 days ago

    Sampled this in Jeffrey St Edinburgh, really nice and I was assured it is a 5yr Ardbeg Uigedal but without the sherry

  • 3
    17 August

    Saw this, went out on a whim and got it. So for the price you''re getting what you pay for, it tastes like a watery ardbeg, i guess hence its where its from. rumored to be a 6yr old arbeg and it sure tastes like it Kind of disappointed, i expected more especially its bottled at 43%, but for the price its not too bad an ardbeg 10 costs almost double, so its a fair price. Overall its not too bad or undrinkable. Peaty and smoke style, a lot weaker than the bottling and name suggests, very watery body and medium finish. let me put it this way, For $40 i wouldn''t buy this again. I feel that this is worth $30 topend, I''d take a teachers highland cream for $25 over this

  • 5
    1 June

    My first try at Islay whisky. I think im hooked. Such smoke, so many instense flavours. Wow!

  • 4
    15 May

    Powerful stuff! Initially sweet, followed by lots of peat! Looooooongggg finish...

  • 3
    14 May

    Reminds me alot of the 15 year old Laphroaig. A good deal of peat and smoke but also sweetness I''d compare to banana. In contrast to the outlandish packaging, for someone accustomed to Islay malts, the amount of smoke and peat isn''t that outrageous. Nose: marine, briny, a beach on a cold day or before a storm. Body: oil, reminiscent of Bunnahabhain (which could be what this is, they are one of the largest distilleries on Islay). Lots of peat, brine still here but not as much as Ardbeg. Finish: sweeter notes come out, banana. Summary: While good value, I think Laphroaig Quarter Cask is a better scotch and better value at this price. For a peaty, but also sweet whisky try Ardmore Traditional Cask (which, as of writing is 3 GBP less).

  • 4
    22 April

    Me thinks its from the "laddie" part o the isle. It has that distinct Laddie "Thing" about it. I could be a few miles out but hey, its a fair dram and well worth it .

  • 5
    13 November 2014

    Eternal life conditions in a bottle. Highly recommend as a good value, terrifically drinkable smokey. Try the Extra Rare version for more silky notes.

  • 4
    27 July 2014

    sawdust, tyre rubber and slightly sweet. Great Dram but maybe needs extra few years in the cask for more complexity. lovely!

  • 17 September 2013

    I feeling is either laphroaig or caol ila. It's a lovely whiskey none the less, oily sweet peat. Hmmmm. And in my opinion better than the extra rare!

  • 10 June 2013

    I have this one and also "The Peat Project" by Port Charlotte (I think that's also from Bruichladdich), and those 2 have a lot of similarities. They're both a bit seaweedy, have the same light color, the sweet undertones. I can't really believe it's an Ardbeg, even though a lot of people say this, since it doesn't have that industrial (read: car-tire flavour) edge to it.

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