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Smokehead 18-year-old IM Extra Black

Overall rating
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 09 12 10
Added on
12 May 2009 7:58 pm

Average value

€ 175,49

40 × in wishlist

235 × member ratings

664 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Smokehead 18-year-old IM Extra Black

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.19 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Quite interesting - members at WB score the OB 21 years Ardbeg very high (I find it rather weakish, but I do not matter...) and this classic 18 years old Ardbeg pretty low (is this because they do not know this is an Ardbeg or is my taste that contrary to the majority of WB members?).  But to be honest, I do not care...

    This nose is a trademark Ardbeg from the early nineties.  I will identify this out of a thousand different whiskies not because it is that great but because it is that unique.  The arrival on the palate is bold and mouth-coating and without any hot moments.  On the tongue it is very sweet and peaty, simply delicious to sip.  The finish is long (even longer) and one to chew for minutes...

    In my opinion the best price-quality-ratio of an early-nineties Ardbeg.  Sometimes you find it quite cheap at online auctions.  But do not tell anybody this is an Ardbeg...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. EarlMobile scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very nice 18er Islay whisky. Despite the age still good peat available, to some salt, sweetness and (citrusy) fruits. In addition, very round / balanced and easy to drink, delicious!

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Good but not great is the most apt description for me. Even though it is
    bottled at a respectable 46 percent, this feels like it was watered
    down a bit too much.
    • Nose
      Subtle brine and peat smoke with a hint of rubber. Also apple juice, grapes and a touch of varnish. Very delicate.
    • Taste
      The peat smoke is very soft. There's some ash and tar, as well as smoked salmon, ginger and brine. It has a faint fruity side with bananas and peaches. Lacks some punch.
    • Finish
      Soft smokiness with faint fruits. Medium in length.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The whisky offers significantly more than the NAS. A nice old Islay whisky, without question.
    • Nose
      the peat is present but not dominant, fruity notes, citrus, peat smoke, vanilla, oak, slightly mineral, some marzipan. You measure the age. Beautiful peat nose with more behind it.
    • Taste
      Soft, vanilla & fruit, but dipped in ash and peat, a pleasant oak tartness comes along.
    • Finish
      Oak, mint, peat smoke.

  5. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Salted lime peel! Fruity beeswax candles. Dry vanillapods. Even a hint of tropical fruits like mango or papaya. The peat is delicate but gives a salty and tangy edge to the whole experience. Smoky limoncello. With time, old leatherjacket and dried tobaccoleaves accompany the fruits.

    Taste: A meaty, herbal and mentholated start. Oily and mature mouthfeel. The peat has cigarlike qualitys and you get the feeling of aged smoky mezcal with drops of lemonjuice. A simple, focused and rather delicious dram. Reminds me of the Caol Ila 25YO.

    Comments: At the time when this one was readily available, it was a real bargain. All bourbon matured, no gimmicky Ardbeg at a nice age. What more can you ask for? /88


  6. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I expected more of this one. By no means a good or a bad islay. Is it the fantastic look or maybe 18 years old and islay? It's not fierce nor very layered.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think also a Ardbeg.Alles in it, dirty, greasy sweet.

  8. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I do not understand why this is still availble at this price and people rather by twenty something stupid...

    A very nice Ardbeg that reminds of the late 70s somewhat. A gentle giant...

    At a tasting.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89


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