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Smokehead Sherry Bomb IM

Overall rating
85.34/100
votes
144
Whiskybase ID
WB131891
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottled
23.01.2019
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010852040470
Added on
20 may 2019 6:58 am by Eckest
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 72.12

34 × in wishlist

144 × member ratings

418 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Smokehead Sherry Bomb IM

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.34 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and intense, this Smokehead shows the Malthead where to go ;-) The full load of Islay paired with fruity sweetness and a decent portion of peat smoke! Tasty and tasty, yet a malt with its own character and an incredible volume on the tongue, on the palate, smoking and finally it also warms the stomach ...

    22/32/22/22 (89 P)
    • Nose
      Bright copper shimmers mysteriously in the Premium Snifter, while oily and extremely tenacious "legs" pull their tracks on the glass wall and combine in slow motion with the orange-colored and lustrous distillate in the Nosingglas. Even from afar, the intense peat note is noticeable, fruity and slightly minerally adds a delicate hint of smoke. Dried grapes and berries, sweet strawberries and old mandarins are zealous, slightly smoky, creamy and oily bacon pushes into the foreground, fly ash rises from the only slightly smoldering campfire. The peat notes are more fruity and woody, bananas and peaches are released from the harmoniously matched nose. The salivation is slowly stimulated, milk chocolate and caramel are combined with toffee and roasted peanuts.
    • Taste
      Relatively mild and fruity, the first sip flows over the tongue, abruptly begins sharpness! Black pepper, coarse sea salt and a hint of chilli heat the tip of the tongue and again massively stimulate the salivation. Burnt pieces of wood rest on the palate, ashes and charcoal finish creamy and greasy under the tongue while dried grapes and berries speak again. The smoky note increases noticeably, a campfire is stoked with old wood and a few bales of peat, again dissolves ash and settles on an oily slice of bacon. Even in the taste of the banana aroma is powerful, only gradually remain smoky and burned wood elements. With old and dried walnuts, the taste is oily in the finish.
    • Finish
      The extreme peat and smoky notes are almost fading away, sweetly stick the last memories of raisins, peaches, bananas and strawberries on the palate. Hints of smoked beech wood rest on the tongue, once more burnt peat and minimal fly ash pushes into the foreground while at the same moment the last crumbs of milk chocolate dissolve in the mouth. Short stays creamy sweetness, then the Smokehead ends mild and discreet smoky on the palate. What remains is an oily and greasy film with the last release of raisins, bananas, caramel and chocolate.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Plutsch scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Heavy ashy smoke on the nose with maritime notes of seaweed and salt. Slight sweetness with dark fruits and strawberries.

    In the mouth, heavy, lush smoke and notes of sherry. The malt is therefore very voluminous. Behind the smoke, then slightly mineral, sweetness, salt, strawberry, dark fruit.

    The finish is very dry, long, smoky, salty-sweet

  4. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-25: reminds me of something between Triple Wood and Lore but two distilleries further east
    • Nose
      86 86
      slightly smoky, strong acidity, sweet, forest berries, black cherry, slightly bread-like, cream, Black Forest cake
    • Taste
      87 87
      clearly smoky, dark, definitely not a sherry bomb, but sherry perceptible, sweetness
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length

  5. Eckest scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Have less expected strength after the reviews from the first bottling date here on the base have no comparison to the first if they are identical. I have to say that I see the presentation of the bottle quite as justified sherry is already properly drinn oloroso is just a bit flatter than px bsp.dronach 18 Although monotonous but still top here is still decent smoke to it but not too much of the age it tastes like a mixture of very young and quite old barrel selection I would say European oak very spicy with long lasting herbem almost fuffigem earthy leaving what I do not feel bad vanilla much nutmeg some fruitiness the overall impression is in my opinion already bombing

  6. professor_vsop scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The aging in fruity Oloroso sherry casks and the smoke of the Islay malt combine to create an exceptional taste.

  8. Roley scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Falang scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This is price-quality a good product. I like it. It's a very pleasing dram. There are raisins, spices, smoke, nutmeg and grains. Hint of medicines / pencil eraser (rubber). Lovely, but it remains rather one dimensional.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Raisins and gravy (sauce), peat and a hint of sherry. Weird to say but for me there is also some old fashioned hair-pommade in the nose and even some ashes.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Leathery and smoky. Grains, sweets and sherry. Hint of medicines but may this is linked to the layer of spices that is hidden in the taste. Maybe some pencil eraser (rubber influences). Lovely!
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium long finish where the raisins come back in an elegant way. Dried tobacco-leaves... Spices and a touch of nutmeg.

  10. Don Cassi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts immediately with maritime, soft smoke, for me a mixture of Caol Ila and Lagavulin. With a little caramel. At first I don't find anything about the sherry.

    Very soft in the mouth, yet full of light ash notes, which intensify in the finish and lie over a melange of chocolatey oak, seaweed and dates.
    Length: 7/10

    Well, the sherry bomb is greatly exaggerated, you can feel the difference to pure ex-bourbon cask maturations due to the lack of vanilla and citrus notes, but the sherry is not very present. He also lacks a bit of complexity, I guess he's not more than 6 years old. However, if you take this aside, you are still a very good smoker.

    Grade: 2+

  11. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    First thing first, IM should have the confidence not to add any colouring to its whisky...

    This is one of the whiskies that goes uphill from nose to palate...although not from a very high ground.

    Engineered, not necessarily a bad comment.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Lot of smoke, as befit the name. But is it monotonic? Interestingly the bonfire is mingled a hit of pig iron. Then medicinal. There is not much sherry actually, not a bomb, not even close. Bergamot oil and milk chocolate appeared at the end. Easy going.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Ashy, but juicy and sweet. A little bit dirty. And it gave a round, mellow mouthfeel. Actually the palate to some extent saved the day.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Mostly lingering ashy aftertaste in the mouth.

  12. fnk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Of all the smokheads, this design I liked the most) very cool))
    I’ll say straightforwardly, this whole line didn’t fit me (though I haven’t tried the rum supplement yet), but .... there’s no particular desire. Of those that we managed to taste, this one is perhaps the most sensible. The sherry train here is clearly by the way, embellished with a malt. And yet .... I confess, there is an aftertaste! And it's long, pleasant)) I'll throw the ball on top!

  13. Banzai scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very harmonious connection between peat and sherry on the nose. Both are present, neither dominates, the sherry also clearly shows the Islay character. The interaction goes on in the mouth. In summary, this is a very tasty whisky that would not win any complexity awards, but is simply nice to drink.

  15. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Notes from blind tasting:

      Nose:
      Nice and fruity berry. Slight smoke note. Some leather, juniper, dates and rosemary.
    • Taste
      Spicy start. Lemon tea, pleasantly slightly smoky. Tangerine, green grapefruit, sour cherries, bitter wood, sweetish plums, a bit chocolaty, partly oily. Cocoa comes in from the background.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Pleasantly smoky. Dark sweetness with the right flavor.

  16. zerttbone scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I think i had another whisky then the rest ... , Sherrybomb?. I let it rest for 10 minutes in my glass. then first snif , wow sharp, very sharp. so sharp it blows away flavors, i drink a lot of whisky but this one makes no sense, smoke, peat, sherry... sorry , but far far far away. the nose is so thin and peal. ok nothing is lost , first nip to activate my senses and again, very scharp , oak , bitter , light smoke, young , bouncing everywhere to. No this is not my cup of tee. its nothing of all. i cant get rid of the bitternes of orange peel , the smoke is so flat it fade away.
    The ending is bitter and dark chocolat. i cant find any other fruit or intense flavours, by the sharpness that stays. Maybe i had a bad day i try again this evening. Maybe i cant compare this smokehead with lagavulins , bowmore , mac ...
    This is the first whisky that i said afther one glass , no thx;; sorry guys.

  17. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, pine needles, leather, dried fruits, some lemon, some earth, a few dark fruits in the background
    • Taste
      Ash, pine needles, lemon, some blackberry, nuts, very minimal chocolate,

  18. Dogs2 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sherry and charcoal. A deep and tasty sherry, quite suave, and then this herbaceous and powerful touch that reminds me of a specific distillery, whose name begins with the first letter of the alphabet. Very ripe red plums, morello cherries, quince jam, drowned in fairly thick peat. And a slightly caramelized charcoal, filthy, which comes to structure the whole. The peat gradually becomes suffocating. Cinnamon, brown sugar. On the palate, it is very sweet at first, grenadine syrup, raspberry, resin, liquid honey, then the spices rise, chili, peppermint, cloves, ginger, mustard, a little nutmeg, a pinch of salt. Finally it is the finish, earthy, vinous, heather, wet bark, a touch of caramel. Cumin, cocoa bean, very slightly bitter.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/smokehead-sherry-bomb-2019.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. valasios scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Sandman23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. hpoct scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  24. hpoct scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  25. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N- Chewy malt chocolate bar with rich nuts, brine-y, spicy top notes with shallow depth. Plenty of fruitose candy to recall childhood memory, colorful with touch of green that goes nicely overall. (85/19)

    P- Oozing with leathery olorosso as it meant to be, nutty almond that married well with the thick smog of wet coastal peat. Bbq half shell scallops with seasoned with hefty doses of sweet and hot pickled ginger. (86/20)

    F- Medium, smooth, almond, chewy and dry. Warming, rum-y sweet clinging on. (86/20)

    B/B- 86/20. Not as scary as the packaging and surely my skull still remains the original color. But nicely balanced, and perhaps just a wee sweet.

    Weighted Rate- 79pt

    Cr-2, Fr-1, Fl-1, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-2, Wn-2, Sc-2
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Chewy malt chocolate bar with rich nuts, brine-y, spicy top notes with shallow depth. Plenty of fruitose candy to recall childhood memory, colorful with touch of green that goes nicely overall. (85/19)
    • Taste
      P- Oozing with leathery olorosso as it meant to be, nutty almond that married well with the thick smog of wet coastal peat. Bbq half shell scallops with seasoned with hefty doses of sweet and hot pickled ginger. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, smooth, almond, chewy and dry. Warming, rum-y sweet clinging on. (86/20)

      B/B- 86/20. Not as scary as the packaging and surely my skull still remains the original color. But nicely balanced, and perhaps just a wee sweet.

      Weighted Rate- 79pt

      Cr-2, Fr-1, Fl-1, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-2, Wn-2, Sc-2
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  26. Varrek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Not so sherry as I expected, but still nice and intense, with dasty smoke note and some raisins in the end

  27. Achilles scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

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