Insider knowledge: Smokehead whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Smokehead whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Smoke! Lapsang souchong. Cool wood smoke. Thick and full.
Palate: Big, puckering peat. Smoky, fruity sweetness, touch of sherry, sultana. Herbal.
Finish: Herbal, tangy fruits and more peat smoke!
Big iodiney peat, smoke, warming sherry and fruit influences. Youthful. Enormously fun and bold. I'd bet good money that this is a young and competitively priced Caol Ila made in the style of their sister company Lagavulin.
31st January 2014
Heavy, rough, unpretentious and very very good.
24th October 2012
Howlicky was I? When I asked our local merchant what was the `peatiest`Islay he had, he produced an opened bottle of Smokehead and made me an instant convert,
22nd March 2012
I bought this on impulse on a cross channel ferry, not knowing the product I thought it might be a bit gimmicky. I wasn't disappointed though, it's a real peat monster and best of all they also sell it here!
28th November 2010
I first tasted Smokehead when a friend bought me a bottle back from Scotland, I think this is one of the best Islay malts, superb flavour real peaty but not to sharp.
16th January 2010