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Smokehead - The Rock Edition

(70cl, 43%)

Smokehead - The Rock Edition

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Smokehead Rock Ed. Bottling Note

A very special, dramatic-looking edition of Smokehead single malt featuring a debossed "Smokehead Skull". Hugely peaty and very well-packaged!

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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Smokehead - The Rock Edition Reviews

Absolutely love love love this. Much better than coal Ila to my mind. Peat is balanced well if you enjoy it.

Ohh yeah! Here comes my new secrecy fav isla

4th February 2018

Chill with the naysaying!

It may be young, it may be immature, but really... It's not at all a bad dram.

18th January 2018

Wonderful, my current favourite.

I love the peaty taste and the aftertaste lingers for a long time.

13th January 2018

Rock oN!

Pure hapiness in a bottle

30th November 2017

Excellent for the money, if nothing outstanding

Definitely has more than a passing resemblance to Ardbeg if a bit green and slightly astringent. its the dry Smoky peat that gives it away, its not tangy peat like a laphroaig. Anyhow, given the cost and the 43% this is nice if a bit shallow. There isn't as much depth or dimension to the nose as an Ardbeg. really like the palate this is where the sherry and malty wood really comes to the fore. alas the finish is just too short but for this much money i have no complaints definitely would drink again

17th November 2017

will never touch smoke head again!!!! over price, under taste

brought it on the ferry home from France ...I thought I would try something different for a change, looks great in the tin but once you open the bottle it smells like cheap booze and tastes worse ...
it also leaves a bad after taste in your mouth that feels like you have just been to the dentist. The back of my tongue is numb as I am typing.. very disappointed :( looks like it going to be an expensive ornament !!

12th August 2017

Surprisingly good

My wife bought me this and a Bowmore Small Batch for our anniversary. This bottle surprised me; I'm very familiar with Islays and have about a dozen of the traditional favorites, including three Ardbegs, three Laphroaigs and two Lagavulins. But I'd never seen or tasted this before.

I was hesitant about it. The cylinder looks cool, but I didn't know what to expect. My wife was excited for me to try it. So I just did.

I'm glad she bought it.

I am very surprised by how much I like this whisky. Nosing it brings up strong, fruity scents beneath the iodine and peat, and that sweetness is the first thing you taste when you take a sip. I taste grapes and raisins and over-ripe fruit; it's unexpected and pleasing. Then The Rock gives way to a leathery, peppery spiciness and some smoke. The taste drops out altogether on the swallow, which is, I think, why some people don't like this whisky. I think it's interesting. The bulk of the peat and smoke comes at the very end, and when it does, it lingers in your throat and gullet. I know they don't say which distillery this comes from, but I think fans of peaty, smoky Islays will agree that this has to be from Ardbeg.

A few drops of water didn't change the taste profile for me much. My palate may be too undeveloped. I'll probably stick with a few drops of water, though.

I like it a lot. I'm going to have to pick up a couple spares while they're available, because it's a fun, somewhat riotous whisky to have in my collection -- especially for the price.

26th June 2017

Smokehead Rock Edition

God kryddig samt rökig smak, kan uppfattas som något spritig. Fantastiskt god att lukta på.
370kr på Ålandsbåten så prisvärd!

20th November 2016

Horrid

Scotch should not have an iodine flavour to it.

14th November 2016

Too sickly sweet

The smell, to me, is overly sweet and reminds me of a particular toffee which I had as a boy and immediately spat out back into my mothers hand. Not for me, so back to the Ardbeg and Laphroaig 10's.

28th May 2016

Fantastic

Packs a punch! Peaty but not overpowering. Would go with this over more popular islay whiskys

13th February 2016

Great stuff

Love it

6th January 2016

Depends on batch

Debating as to where this whisky comes from is a bit of a pointless task, seeing as they, until recently, had not sealed a deal with any single distillery - the liquid in the bottle depended on the batch - they were all VERY young Islays but from different distilleries. Apparently, they have very recently secured a deal with an unnamed Islay distillery to produce all forthcoming batches. This is according to a rep, whose information I trust.

16th September 2015

Very Surprised

I love my Islay scotches. I fell in love with this dram. I brought some friends over who love their Islays. I gave them a blind taste test with these other scotches: Laphroaig 10, Laphroaig QA, Lagavulin 16, Bowmore 12, Longrow CV, Highland Park 12, Ardbeg 10, and Port Charlotte Very Peated. Three of 6 people had Smokehead in their top 2. The others had it in their top 4. It is a very good dram. I believe it's a young Ardbeg (7 year). It is very smokey with a popsicle finish. This is one of the scotches with smoke and fruit flavor hitting you at the same time.

23rd February 2015

Good,but not great

Had this bottle for almost a year now and went through 85% of it by now. When i first bought it i was obsessed with peat and this little bomb packed in the bottle satisfied every need for a few weeks. After the first big wow vanished away and I could smell again (lets be honest this monster just shuts down your nose for a week) negative side of this scotch showed up. First thing that started really annoying me is the synthetic taste that creeps in once you can taste through the smoke,second-the peat smell actually starts evaporating really quick once the bottle was opened(never happened with my Laphroaigs,Adbergs and Lagavulins), almost seems as if the scotch was infused with peat. And last-it has no character except for the massive smoke punch and once the excitement about the smoke and fancy packaging is gone it is a very mediocre scotch, not something I would pour for my guests to enjoy. I ended up using the rest of the bottle just for smoky rinses on cocktail glasses whenever I'm making them. So before you spend 30odd pounds on this think twice, because it is a good possibility you won't enjoy more than half of it

23rd August 2014

Great dram

outstanding! for peat and smoke lovers

6th April 2014

very peaty but lovely

a lot of peat but also some sherry dried fruits on it. Not so delicate but nevertheless very enjoiable

6th April 2014

???

It's the same product, in a different bottle isn't it?? How can this taste bad if it's just a packaging change??

19th March 2014

yes its good

tried it loved it

15th September 2013

Very Special!!!

I've tried this magic Smokehead - It's perfect! Very close to my nature, taste and mood!!!!!!!! Great!!!

15th December 2012

Smokehead Rock Edition

Not good. Have had 2 or 3 bottles of Smokehead before but Rock Edition tastes bad. But I did buy it for the tin that is so cool.

21st November 2012

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