Smokehead High Voltage IM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L 27 03 18 L3 21:3 BB
Added on
07 Apr 2018 4:52 pm by st7

Average value

€ 47.21

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Whisky Reviews for Smokehead High Voltage IM

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.60 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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)

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  5. 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

  6. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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