Smokehead Islay Single Malt IM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
07 May 2018 5:55 pm by Maltbehr64

Average value

€ 37.70

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Whisky Reviews for Smokehead Islay Single Malt IM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.86 points

  1. Jnpons scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite honorable for the price.
    Lacks a bit of complexity.

  2. robbert88 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      N: salty sea air, dried salty ham, medicinal, thick smoke, pine needles, machine oil,
    • Taste
      P: ash, an extinguished piece of burnt wood earthy, rubber bands, smoked vanilla
    • Finish
      F: nuts, unfortunately a bit short, earthy, peat and a slight sweetness from (I think) the smoked vanilla).

  3. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nice, basic "smoker", but without embellishment.
    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine, algae, pine, rowan berries.
    • Taste
      Iodine, salt, hot spices and coarse phenols.
    • Finish
      Long enough, very iodine, salty, peppery, with an aggressive phenolic component.

  4. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Balance (20)
    Not bad (82)
    • Nose
      Young, smoky and brazny ... fuel oil and salty ash (20)
    • Taste
      Watery, fruit and salt, ointment (21)
    • Finish
      Finish is short, smoky, salt and iodine and mustard (21)

  5. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    July 2018 - Smokehead. Plasticky oaky nose with little peat. Sweaty socks. Alcoholic vanilla flavour with faint peat at the back of the tongue. Nice breathy peat, quite rounded and smooth. Tasty. (3.5/84)

  7. aw-home scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Phenolic peat smoke with mandarins, gooseberries, honey, spices, maritime notes and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Peat smoke with notes of nuts, maritime notes, tangerines, honey, spices and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Long with peat smoke, tangerines and malty sweetness, maritime notes, spices and oak aromas.

  8. fnk scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Inexpressive aroma, somehow rustic, flat ... Well, with a stretch I will say that the taste is not bad and there is some kind of aftertaste, it saves this malt))

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The nose is somewhat enjoyable but it fell flat once I took the first sip.
    • Nose
      Somewhat medicinal with notes of tar, charcoal and diesel, but also a bit funky with a touch of rubber soles and spent matches. Whispers of smoked paprika powder and preserved lemons also.
    • Taste
      Lacks a little oomph and the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Notes of sweet barley, rubber and ashes, but also touches of grass and moss. A whiff a caramel.
    • Finish
      Ashy, dry and medium in length.

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    1476) Smokehead, Islay Single Malt (2018)
    • Nose
      N- The design of previous bottling looks nicer. Initial burst of mossy fresh peat with much ripe fruit holding on it. Ripe peaches, citrus, lemon and zesty. Recedes rather quickly to calm sweetness with earthy grassy notes and touch of metallic. (85/19)
    • Taste
      P- Not as fresh as the nose suggested. Underwhelming thin texture, with ginger spices, traces of sweetness, some grassy smokes and mossy. Just like the old batch with this is hollowness that fail to fill. (84/18)
    • Finish
      F- Short-medium, hint of nuttiness, gently peated dram with thin texture for entry level, make for easy quaff. Not as scary as the skull. (85/19)

      B/B- 83/18 More fresh peat than peated.

      Weighted Rate- 74pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.


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