70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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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.


Smokehead Reviews

37 Customer Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 5 February 2013

    "Palate" (undiluted): A kiss of sweet peat, but thin with a hints of water, chimney smoke, soot and ginger root. Young. Not complex. Pleasant nevertheless.

  • 17 December 2012

    Represents good value for money, though I was expecting more smoke. A good Wednesday night scotch.

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