Smokehead is an independent bottling by Ian Macleod Distillers ltd, who also own Glengoyne and Tamdhu distilleries. It is an Islay single malt and is widely thought to be from the Caol Ila distillery, although Ian Macleod are tight lipped on the issue. Wherever it is made, Smokehead has a classic Islay taste profile.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Imagine a crash between four lorries, carrying, respectively: dark chocolate, diesel, bitter lemon and fruit salad, then you're somewhere close.
Palate: A little bitter to start with, with acrid black smoke, which smoothes off with a dollop of nutty vanilla cream.
Retails for around £35