Smokehead High Voltage IM

Overall rating
85.48/100
votes
332
Whiskybase ID
WB110284
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottled
27.03.2018
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L 27 03 18 L3 21:3 BB
Barcode
5010852038712
Added on
07 apr 2018 4:52 pm by st7

Average value

€ 53.97

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Whisky reviews for Smokehead High Voltage IM

46 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.48 points.

  1. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great, strong and strongly smoky Islay Whisky, no elegance, there is a lot to discover, it doesn't necessarily need water, the aromas are tickled drop by drop, a pleasure for lovers of smoke and cask strength
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ash, smoked ham, creme brulee, hemp rope, frankincense, mango, lemon balm, orange marmalade, some tobacco, delicate herbs
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full-bodied, spicy, oily, earthy, tobacco, herbal tea, cough syrup, mint, orange zest
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, dry, earthy, cough drop, licorice, some lemon basil, fennel, camphor

  2. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    20 19 19 19 77

    power and youth, dry and flat, simple really winter whisky, just for a drink.

  3. ClixMalt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Collegiate scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    There are some pretty rough casks in this one. I normally enjoy cask strength Islays, but this one has been a bit of a chore to get through. Dilution with water makes for a slight improvement. Better options out there for same money or less, such as Port Askaig 100.

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Since 2018, the high-proof bottling has been added to the standard range of Ian MacLeod's well-known Islay brand. With the High Voltage, the name says it all, since the single malt with 58.0% vol. comes along and was therefore bottled close to the cask strength.

  7. MaroFF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is the second whisky after Smokehead Rum Riot Islay Single Malt 43% (my wife's favorite whisky) from the "skull" brand, which I had the opportunity to taste, this time in full force. 58% alcohol is perfectly camouflaged. The whisky is amazing with its freshness and aftertaste. focal smoke with a very nice breath of the sea.After adding water, it becomes thicker, oily, sweeter and citrusy.In the overall note I should add 1 point for the release of all flavors after adding water (87 + 1 = 88 points) ????.
    I do not know what is with these women, but my ladies wanted to add her to their shopping list.
    • Nose
      86 86
      smoke, smoked meat, sea breeze, vanilla?
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet, smoky, creamy, a little citrus
    • Finish
      87 87
      slight tingling, a bit of chocolate, at the end salty aftertaste quite nice and long

  8. Roley scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. VanOpek scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very good price/quality relation. It's not complex but very pleasant and smooth.
    • Nose
      83 83
      creamy vanilla, medicinal, leather, earthy, smoked meat with BBQ notes, with water light nutty hints, volatile, pleasant and strong
    • Taste
      83 83
      medicinal, a lot of smoke with sweet notes, ashes, tar, oily, rounded and intense, kippery
    • Finish
      82 82
      ashes, tar, earthy, long, warm, dry, a lot of oak bitterness under the smoke, powerful and long

  10. Boro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good. Smoke dominates in the nose, but when you drink it, it releases the whole bouquet of flavors. Well balanced, finish is medium long.

  11. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. robbert88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      N: penetrating oil, peat, an old iron pliers from grandfather's barn, you hardly notice the 58%. Ash, gently some smoke, citrus, pink sweets, brine meat,
    • Taste
      P: bitter, peat smoke, sea salt, island flowers, citrus, medicinal.
    • Finish
      F: smoke. Lots of smoke. You feel it rise and then level off. Medicinal, salt, citrus, ash

  13. marcusjang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I can see the Ardbeggian resemblance. , although the finish reminds me of some Caol Ila as well. Somehow quite in the middle although it's a single malt and not a blended malt. Not very complex, but it is an okay peated malt. The nose is the highlight for me.

    However the metallic tang towards the finish is stopping me from enjoying it more. Pretty sure it has caramel colouring in it, by the way.
    • Nose
      Brine, thick & sweet smoke, burnt sugar, caramel, malty, earthy peat
    • Taste
      Caramel, burnt peat, vegetal bitterness, slightly metallic, oily texture, brine
    • Finish
      Brine, roasted barley, slightly metallic, moderately long

  14. The_Osprey scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Smokehead High Voltage 58%. Consumed Oct 2020. Dark orange. Aroma is spiced, quite caramel-addition, bitter toffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. Very bitter and muddled notes, chemically and unnatural almost. Some bourbon and sherry notes are shut out by caramel. I just don't like the aroma. Taste is also bitter but not in a truly peaty way ... I mean don't get me wrong that's there too in spadefulls, but this is also bitter. There's salty oily peat and smoke but you can't see past that annoying bitterness. Yikes that's not great in my opinion. If I had to put my neck out in terms of a cause, I'd say they put buckets of e150a in it, but it could just be bad casks. 3.0/72

  15. aw-home scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, smoky whisky.
    Unfortunately a bit expensive.
    • Nose
      Phenolic peat smoke with sherry and citrus fruits, spices, maritime notes, malty sweetness and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke with notes of nuts, maritime notes, sherry and citrus fruits, spices, ash and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      Long with peat smoke, sherry and citrus fruits, maritime notes, spices, ash and oak aromas.

  16. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. icic scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Unexpectedly, SMOKEHEAD impressed with its rich taste. Deeply rich is a comprehensive feature. A little rough, perhaps due to lack of years of aging, but quite, quite good and worth getting into the home collection.

  18. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-02
    • Nose
      Marzipan, smoke, light citrus notes with water, nutty, unsweetened vanilla pudding
    • Taste
      tastes like a young Ardbeg, sweetness, dark chocolate, light citrus
    • Finish
      rather short

  19. blacknapkins scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Banal harsh and even a bit rough whisky. The fortress was not particularly good for him, but it is still a little more interesting than the basic 43-degree version.
    • Nose
      Intense, slightly alcoholic and insanely smoky, with hints of dry twigs, iodine and pepper.
    • Taste
      Dry, scalding, salty, peppery, iodine, with a high content of coarse phenols.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, energetic, slightly harsh, very smoky, with base notes of iodine, pepper and salt.

  21. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I’m really impressed. This whisky is extremely well-balanced. There are some great fruit and spice notes, plenty of peat, and it doesn’t come across as young. It’s very salty and meaty, giving it this really nice savoury kick. It’s easy to sip, but has great depth and complexity. If I see any of the remaining bottles in the province on sale, I think I’ll be making the trip to buy one. I’d recommend you do the same.
    I still can’t really tell which distillery this is from. A side-by-side sniff with some Ardbeg 10 has me thinking that this is a Lagavulin, but I could be wrong.

    Nose: Sweet, coastal peat smoke. Woody smoke, iodine, marinated grilled meat, pepper flakes, sea salt, and rice vinegar. Some delicate seafood notes, brown sugar, almonds, oatcakes, milk chocolate, toffee, and flower petals. Asian pear, coconut, underripe coconut, and lime. A hint of chlorine.

    Palate: Medium texture. Apple and tart lime up front, with some brown sugar and baking spices. Big peat smoke on the development, with ash and loads of salt. Grilled meat and piles of red and black pepper. Peach tea and grilled shrimp. It gets sweet on the back end, with passionfruit, cherries, milk chocolate, and nutmeg.

    Finish:Medium-long, and smoky-sweet. Salt and pepper. Charcoal grill. Apple, cherries, tart lemon, and melon. Some light malted barley and brown sugar. Honey and vanilla. Raspberry leaf tea and ginger.

  24. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A young, wild, but really good malt!
    My first impression - completely biased: that must be an Ardbeg ...
    But well - unfortunately we don't know - you can't say it either!
    Good value for money!
    • Nose
      Sea salt, aromatic smoke, sweetness, citrus (orange), sweetness, little alcohol;
    • Taste
      with water: oily, powerful, aromatic, sweet (honey), vanilla, malt, woody smoke, coal, ash, lots of pepper, oranges, young and wild;
    • Finish
      intense, long, sweet, charcoal, sea salt;

  25. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  26. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    - very tasty high-proof smoky NAS single malt
    - not intrusive or unpleasant despite the high%
    - better than the standard Smokehead
    - Much better than many other bottlings from NAS
    well-known stills from ISLAY
    • Nose
      pleasant, sweet smoke, not intrusive, nicely balanced, integrated in honey and vanilla
    • Taste
      oW: first sweetness, then very strong getting started, honey, vanilla, toffee, caramel, pleasant smoke, you can also drink pure if you like it strong;

      mW: surprisingly, there is more smoke than sweetness, now stronger and smokier than without the addition of water
    • Finish
      long, sweet smoky finish;
      long sweet aftertaste

  27. robse211 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. PBoe70 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. mandragoru scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  30. Ostfriese scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting:
    • Nose
      First, powerful smoke from an outgoing campfire rises in my nostrils. Vinous notes and dark fruits waft in the background. Cherries, oranges and sultanas. The smell of a tobacco box and hints of mead, as well as old leather become noticeable.
    • Taste
      Again, the smoke is directly present again, but it followed very quickly oranges and limes paired with a slightly alcoholic pungency. Raspberries, cherries and dark grapes follow cocoa and dark chocolate, which give way to spicy notes such as nutmeg and cinnamon. They are followed by subtle oak notes.
    • Finish
      The smoke is still present and the oranges are again noticeable. Roasting flavors and creme brulee fade slowly and give way to a pleasant oak flavor.

  31. TechnOBY scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, lemon, banana, smoked meat, menthol
    • Taste
      Okay, you can not do it without water (at least today) .... And another sip. Wow, but really has chili sharpness.

      Smoke, ashes, lemon, some honey, neat chili and pepper - also with lots of water

  33. butt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice peated whisky with enough room for sweet and fruity notes. Very enjoyable and a very good stuff for its reasonable price.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, sweet smoke, cigarette smoke and ash too. Strong alcohol, fruit, some prunes and raisins. Also some vanilla sweetness, caramel and fake leather.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Some sal ammoniac, licorice, strong, pepper, sweet smoke. Caramel, vanilla, and some strawberry as well.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still some pepper and pickering in the throat, sal ammoniac, licorice, sweet smoke. Drying mouthfeel, long finish, some tobacco and ash.

  35. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Real good quality for the price. You can not complain. Since one could consider also times ne bottle to buy.

  36. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    From the start a violently herbaceous peat, we recognize a famous Islay distillery, located in the south of the island and whose name does not begin with L. It's dark and humid, we have the impression of walking in a tunnel. Ash and white fruits, vanilla, a touch of citrus, caramel and wood. With the addition of water, it becomes a bit swampy, a bit of elderberry, mold and a medicinal touch.
    On the palate, it's a little young but you can drink it, it's obviously very peaty, vegetal. Maybe a little salt. The finish is explosive, with hints of wood and caramel, really pleasant and rather long. A metallic aftertaste in retro-olfaction. It's all nice, but let's not forget that for 10 euros more we have the Uigeadail.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/smokehead-high-voltage-58-independant.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. butt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely great PLV purchase recommendation. Successful combination of Islay smoke (Caol Ila) and Sherry sweetness.

  39. wiedis scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very nice smoke, Caol Ila Style, the alcohol is not to dominant, long and warm finish

  40. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense nose: strong, dry smoke, slightly greasy, neat alcohol with minty freshness. When the nose gets used to it: sherry notes with a light sweetness, dried fruit.
      No oak notes (if they should be present, they are drowned out by the smoke). Adding water tames the smoky notes and lets some dark sherry flavors come forward.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Strong, bizzets sweet on the tip of the tongue, in the mouth much sweeter than in the nose. Again the dried fruits, tobacco and nice campfire smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pretty long. First sweet, then astringent on the tongue, the longest remains the smoke, which now looks rather ashy.

  41. Lorion scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Without water an ashtray. With water then quite good. 75 points.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Smoke. Burning cowshed. The nose is tickling. Not so cute. Although, time brings honey to light. The smoke barely goes back.

      Water: vanilla. Grapefruit. Creme brulee. Madness, what three drops make up here. The smoke is behaving in the background.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Ashes, ashes, a drop of honey in the ashes. Roasted coffee beans. It will be dead. Smoke dominates the Nachschmecken.

      Water: Creamy, still ashes. There is still room for some vanilla. The tasting is milder.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Long. Warm. Ash.

  42. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    I think this is Lagavulin (85)
    Go
    • Nose
      Ground, raw nut, fruit, sweet peat ... alcohol ... candy ... machine oil (21)

      Go
    • Taste
      Fruits, salt ash, pepper (21.5)
      Go
    • Finish
      Salty finish, fruit and sea salt, ash and old butter dish .... strawberry caramel (21.5)
      Go

  43. Bam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great young sherry smoker. The flavors come relatively structured, gradually. Great PGV
    • Nose
      Immediately the warm, earthy smoke from the glass leaps with a maritime saltyness in the luggage. Campfire by the sea. Behind it slowly red fruits come to light, raspberries and cherries mixed with a few kumquats. The oak is also felt and brings a slight hint of chocolate.
    • Taste
      The red fruits are sweet on the tongue, then slowly the smoke rises, and the whole goes over with the slight saltiness in smoked salmon. A few salted cashews are also included. Slowly, the oak spreads and brings Vollmich pepper chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium long, astringent, pepper chocolate stays there, and the smoke comes up again.

  44. EarlMobile scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Tasty Smokehead, which is even stronger than normal due to the cask strength. But since the alcohol is very well integrated, the whisky still remains very digestible. Highly recommended for the price of today.

  45. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Good balance of smoke and soft sweetness - very drinkable and enoyable

  47. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I am absolutely surprised and happy that there is still such a whisky. Especially at a time when the prices of Islay Sherry whisky are rising higher and higher, this is simply a great alternative. I do not have to say anything more, except DELICIOUS.
    • Nose
      S chon on the first nose is quite clear which malt you have here in the glass! I will tell in a personal conversation like to thirsty for knowledge.
      A clear cloud of smoke is spreading, the first blocked everything! Really everything. This lasts for a moment, then the whole thing opens again and malt, caramel and sweetness as well as dark fruits are now recognizable, until cold ashes spread again. Also a hint of iron notes of meat can be tasted. The Smokehead High Voltage offers this but quite one after the other, you have to take a little time. In addition, one has little alcohol in the nose despite its luscious 58% vol. Alc. Has something of a raw ribeye steak doused with Islay whisky.
    • Taste
      T he first goes first time the palate, a nice peppery occupied him completely intense and smoky. Still not brutal but oily and warming. Here, too, you gradually taste different notes, the Smokehead has clearly mineral notes, earth, some iron, then notes of dark chocolate, nut and wood. Again and again the sweetness returns and mixes pleasantly with the other tastes. The alcohol is fantastically integrated, barely noticeable. I had not expected that at all, because especially the independent, boys, always come wild with a lot of alcohol. Convince the high voltage through its thoroughly dark notes, it is really delicious. I did not add water, it did not need it, you can always do it, but you do not have to.
    • Finish
      T he departure how can it be different is intense and long. You can also taste it a while later, leaving some orange peel and dark chocolate. Delicious. Can I only recommend it.

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