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Smokehead Islay Single Malt Rock Edition Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 140 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies

 

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Rock Edition

Brand
Smokehead Islay Single Malt
Expression
Rock Edition
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Ian Macleod & Co Ltd
Region
Islay
Website
www.ianmacleod.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

80
Nose
Crisp and lightly honeyed with barley, malt, apricot and plenty of citrus. A touch of earthy peat and salt. With time the medicinal notes come through along with a touch of mocha.
Palate
A little watery with juicy, estery apricot, pineapple and banana. The peat is very gentle and the coastal notes build pleasantly.
Finish
Salty and slightly spicy with some dusty violet and the coastal notes lingering.
Comment
I would have liked to have seen this bottled at 46% or 50% as it would have given the palate more intensity.

Sara Smith

83
Nose
Strong, robust peat; complex, with the aroma of Applewood accompanied by a tang of chutney and an earthy note. Vibrant spice, sea salt and ginger, and honey, before a return to creamy, smoked cheese.
Palate
Rich, well-rounded wood notes with savoury spice and a pleasant, measured peat. Sweetness followed by a flash of salt water and charcoal, and a dry note.
Finish
Quieter, but genuine notes of earthy smoke, dry wood, sherry, cocoa, and oatcake.
Comment
I enjoyed exploring this whisky, and loved its combination of peat and spice.
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