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Overall rating
81.27/100
votes
129
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottled
15.10.2007
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Bottle code
L 15 10 07
Added on
25 Mar 2009 10:13 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 45,77

7 × in wishlist

129 × member ratings

418 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Smokehead Extra Rare IM

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.27 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    For me it is too young in the aroma and for the youth then not unreasonable enough. Not bad, but nothing that really excites me.
    • Nose
      In the nose a clear youth. Of course a lot of peat, fruity, but also new make fruitiness, cereal, some sewing machine oil.
    • Taste
      an oily consistency, lots of peat, a little pepper, and some cardboard, with a few bitter substances.
    • Finish
      Peat, bitterness.

  2. TechnOBY scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      smoky
    • Taste
      83 83
      smoky
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium Long and.... smoky

  3. M134481 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Smoke
      Peat
      Spices
      Pepper
      Wood
    • Taste
      80 80
      Peat
      Pepper
      Spices
      Wood
      Oranges
    • Finish
      78 78
      Oranges
      Peat
      Wood
      Pepper
      Spices

      Very short finish

  4. Jambon scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Sweet, smokey, easy. Nothing really special.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, peat and lemon, then with aeration develop more acidified fruit scents and a creamy vanilla return!
    • Nose
      oily peat, smoke behind, lemon yellow, a grassy side with camphor, then back vanilla and pastry.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Butei scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Taste is certainly not bad, but to me it is indeed an ardbeg with too much water added. Rather have the Ardbeg 10, same price range.

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N- Big and aggressive. Nutty, iodine and tar with pickled ginger vinegar. P- Buttery, burst of smokes with rose syrup sweetness. Lightly hollow
    but packed with smokes. Sniff of coffee bean, charred wood.

    F- Short-medium. Scent of cigar and nicotine remains. Savoury and salty bbq sauce. Spicy building up with herbal bitterness.

    My guess:- From Ardbeg.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasty for a joint event with Duthoron and his friend Pedro. Reportedly, the classic Smokehead is 6-yo behind the backside of the Ardbeg, and this version is supposed to be an older brother. So would Ardbeg 7 yo be diluted to 40%? Bitter reverberation could suggest ... But 100% we probably will never know. Good whisky for me.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, slightly almond, sweet rubber (famous Mercury wheels). It's funny enough, I expected the smaller influence of peat, so satisfaction. (86 b)
    • Taste
      Bitter, it looks young on me, it's a little sparse, more watery on my tongue, but it's still peaty whisky. The resulting impression greatly improves the flavor. I can feel very strikingly and with a bold expression of cashew. That's great, in addition very original, I think I recorded the cashews and paraoureas in my notes for the first time ever. (86 b)
    • Finish
      Great.

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    The blind sample I had reminded me most of the less winning casks from DL's Provenance series. Very young spirit with barely any wood influence and a bunch of soot. Simple and thoroughly unimpressive. My first though was it's a cradle robbed Laphroaig. To label something like this "extra rare" is really pushing it. 

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