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 4:52 pm by st7

Average value

€ 49.90

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189 × member ratings

449 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Smokehead High Voltage IM

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.93 points

  1. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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. DenisLeonov 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. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  5. 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;

  6. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

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

  8. robse211 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. PBoe70 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. mandragoru scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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


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