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Smokehead 18-year-old IM Extra Black

Overall rating
86.22/100
votes
223
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
09.12.2010
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 09 12 10
Added on
12 May 2009 7:58 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 170,96

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

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.22 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. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think also a Ardbeg.Alles inside, dirty, greasy sweet.

  5. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Moderate smoke, a mineral nose, fresh, floral (?) And also unusual with a strange metallic note. A little later, some hints of cereals. In the mouth, huge peat, which would burn almost, slightly fruity finish. It reminds me of a kind of Laphroaig 18 years (for minerality more than for age) that would have been sloppy, something really nag. Let's add some water, please. Caterpillar, become butterfly! Delicious fresh fruit, grilled ham, citrus on the nose. On the palate rich and oily peat, harmonious, fruity finish! Is it the same whisky ??? I can not believe it. We can not say it enough: ADD WATER TO YOUR WhiskyS! Enthusiasm 3/5

  9. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A deep fresh, sweet and peaty nose with a banana background.
    • Taste
      A briny starter with a friendly spiciness and gentle sweetness. A light vanilla touch and some light smoke to the end. Little oily feeling on the side.
    • Finish
      Long finish with smoke but not really drying out too much because of the oily touch. Little chewy. Nice !!

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