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Smokehead High Voltage IM

Overall rating
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L270318 L3 21:3 BB
Added on
07 Apr 2018 4:38 pm by st7

Average value

€ 52,03

33 × in wishlist

89 × member ratings

229 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Smokehead High Voltage IM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.18 points

  1. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 88 points Member 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.

  2. DenisL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

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

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    At the entrance a violently herbaceous peat, we recognize a famous Islay distillery, located south of the island and whose name does not begin with L. It is dark and wet, it seems to walk in a tunnel. Ash and white fruits, vanilla, a bit of citrus, toffee and wood. With the addition of water, it becomes a little swampy, a little elder, mildew and a medicinal touch.
    In the mouth, it is a little young but it lets itself drink, it is very peaty obviously, vegetal. Maybe a little salt. The finish is explosive, with wood and caramel returns, really nice and rather long. A metallic aftertaste in retro-olfaction. It's nice all that, but let's not forget that for 10 euros more we have the Uigeadail.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. butt scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  9. wiedis scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

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

  10. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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.


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