Review: “Smokehead” single malt scotch
Smokehead, 43%, $55
Youthful, fiery, oozing with testosterone. Toffee apple, intoxicated with kiln-trapped peat smoke, charcoal ash, anise, honeyed malt, brine, peppered seaweed, kippers, and damp earth. Brisk and warming. Okay, this is a young, “in your face” Islay single malt. Young Islay whiskies show the true character of Islay whiskies (which I like), and this is a young one. Ideally, I’d like to see another five years, not chill-filtered, and bottled at 46% ABV, but there’s still some sort of a “raw edge” attraction here.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82