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!
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.
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!
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,
Heavy, rough, unpretentious and very very good.