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Smokehead Sherry Bomb IM

Overall rating
84.89/100
votes
68
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010852040470
Added on
28 Oct 2018 12:45 pm by devonncream

Average value

€ 71,12

23 × in wishlist

68 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Smokehead Sherry Bomb IM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.89 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    A nice peat/sherry combo.
    Previous Smokeheads I've tried I've found a bit underwhelming, this was quite nice and my favourit so far.
    Thanks to ronnholt for the sample.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Peaty. Islay peaty.
      Rubber, salt, mineral.
      Then sweet, metalic, dark fruits with a little minty twist.
      Some young vibrant wood, it's clean and fresh.
      From a distance it reminds me of a nice and rich Bordeaux.
      Very well integrated alc. Doesn't feel like 48%
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very much in line with what you would expect from the nose.
      Of course it's peaty, but the sweetness is making it more mellow.
      Again,pretty rubbery and salty. Lots of dry sherry.
      Noticable but slow and controlled spice building up.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite long. Passed medium.
      Smoked meat. Fruity sweet.
      A little drying at the end.

  2. Gurgi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. avansele scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose is an instant blast of peat through the nose. After you get passed that there are some wonderful fruity flavours comming trough. Barbeque marinaded meat, creamy custard and vanilla tones ... rahter surprising for a sherry bomb.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Lots of peat but again a lot of fruityness ... thinking of roasted bananas on the bbq. A quite pily and waxy mouthfeel. Wonderfull combination of sweet smoke and fruity notes
    • Finish
      86 86
      A lovely long smokey finish, some tobacco and again the roasted bananas linger long after the initial savouring.

  4. EarlMobile scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Bomb is a bit over the top. But the whisky is still delicious. Nice smoky and sherry influence is also present, though not as pronounced as expected. Overall, a nice drinking whisky without too much complexity.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A bit too sweet for me, but smoke and sherry is true.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat, drifted tyre, camphor, sherry, salted caramel and herbals.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat, sherry, bacon, dry oak, caramel, honey, dried fruits and spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, sweet, smoky.

  6. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: A very coastal, saline and youthful peatiness first jumps out the glas, followed by leathery and herbal sherry. A minty and somehow artifical, rubbery sweetness that reminds me of Kids' toothpaste. A bit weird, but hey, it works… These were definetly not some old, vintage Bodega sherry casks. Roasted cashews and salted peanuts, a few raisins, a bag of trail mix. After some time in the glas, it gets more “one”. The aromas come together and create a nice, modern sherried Islay Malt.

    Taste: Sturdy arrival on astringent peat and leather. Licking a flintstone on the beach (I did many weird things as a kid). A funky, nutty and slightly chemical sherry flavour flashes up before the herbal and dry peatiness takes over again.

    Comments: Obviously, this is young stuff. I expected that, when I ordered the bottle. But I have to say, it’s really fun to sip. Leave the pricetag aside and you get a decent, very modern take on Islay and sherry. This one shouldn’t be taken too seriously (it’s definetly NOT a sherry bomb), just crack the bottle and enjoy it with friends. This is a session malt like the younger Port Askaigs, Classic of Islay or Ileach Cask Strength for example. I like it. /86

    https://justadram.org/smokehead-sherry-bomb/

  7. SimpleSample scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    So Bomb is over the top
    • Nose
      81 81
      Aromatic smoke ... sweet fruity ... then comes through a phenolic note. A mix of laphroaig and bowmore darkest.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Earthy ... peaty ... with a sweet ...
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long sweet again

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