Smokehead Whisky

Scotch Whisky • 70cl • 43%
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Country Scotch Whisky
Region Islay Whisky
Distillery/Brand Smokehead
Style Single Malt Whisky


Smokehead is a superb, cult single malt from Ian MacLeod. Just a massive, thick peat smoke rich dram. Plenty of great south Islay character.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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!

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Reviews for Smokehead
Odd taste profile
Not a fan I'm afraid. Given a bottle as a Christmas present. I'm usually a big Islay/peaty whisky fan, but this had a strange lingering sourness to it that I couldn't get passed and became quite sickly.
Mike G , United Kingdom
2 months ago
This is a truly bad whisky. Thin, artifical smoke taste, no depth or complexity without it. Like Vat 69 with liquid smoke added.
Rusty R , United States
one year ago
Powerful smack to the senses,
This was only my second foray into peated Islay whiskey (Laphroaig SELECT was my first). I found this was really flavoursome. Not for all folk but I liked the in your face flavours and smells. It is also surprisingly smooth, I felt no real burn on the way down. I would highly recommend a try.
Ben , United Kingdom
one year ago
Smokey, and more. An excellent dram.
Does exactly what it says on the tin! Intensely, beautifully smokey, but surprisingly balanced and well-rounded as well once you delve beyond the smoke. Adding a drop of water tones down the initial impact and releases gentler, more subtle notes.
Mark S , United Kingdom
one year ago
Smoke, smoke and more smoke. I spillt a bit on my fingers and they smelled like my wood fire when I light it! Peat for sure, as well as herbs like in a kitchen in a castle museum when they show you how people used to live etc. I added a little bit of spring water to it which subdued the smoke and peat and allowed the sweeter elements through for me, especially when I held it over my tongue, as I could have mistaken it for a mouthful of honey! And not just honey from a jar, but exactly like when honey is being extracted from the bees wax - my father keeps some honey bees and I've had the privilege to know that smell and taste since I was a child. Basically this whisky reminds me of countryside living with warm fires, warming foods and the days gone by
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
The clue's in the name
On the nose it is very herbal and sweet with some smoke in the background, on the pallet it's a mixture of peppery, herbal, somke, peat and sweetness. Basically the smoke clears and allows the other flavours through and covers them again. The website talks about plumb jam, and yes I kind of get that too. If you breathe, tge herbal taste nearly becomes mentholesque then a huge sweetness covers yoyr mouth like when you eat honey with wax. The aftertaste is very long, more herbal, smokey, peaty and sweet.
Absolutely no TCP (I get that more from a Bowmore 12), not a huge complex of flavours which allows me to thoroughly enjoy them from nose to finish.
I love it!

Iechyd da!!
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
Peaty, phenolic, proudly west coast. Brilliant.
It was a present for my dad, a single malt aficionado! Here's his review:
'It is magnificent. Peaty, phenolic, proudly west coast. Brilliant.'
Alex M , United Kingdom
one year ago
Absolutely beautiful. With a name like that, I was sceptical. But the flavour stunned me: the perfect balance of smoke and sweetness. It's my new number 1 (sorry, Lagavulin).
Master of Malt Customer
2 years ago
Lovely dram after dram
Absolute delight to drink. Full of flavour and smooth on the palette. You can easily forget how much your drinking! Must must.
Master of Malt Customer
2 years ago
Very good if you like it, probably terrible if you don't
This takes getting used to. I think it was my fourth glass (over four days) before I 'got' this.

Once your taste buds are in synch it's excellent, but if that doesn't happen (as has happened to me with some whiskies) I imaging it will taste pretty horrible.
Master of Malt Customer
2 years ago