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Smokehead "Original" Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1053906 Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Youthful and 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 (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 a sort of 'raw edge' attraction here. Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Bottled by Ian Macleod, the man behind the Isle of Skye and other great Scottish drams, this 100% Islay single malt is something of a mystery. It seems to show a few hallmarks from different Islay distilleries, so it's not a slamdunk call to say which one this single malt comes from. You'll have to try for yourself and see if you can nail it it down. From the Beverage Tasting Institute: "Bright old gold color. Delicate aromas of honeyed raisin scone, dried peaches, and medicinal tinctures have a hint of cedar and mesquite-like smokiness follow through on a soft, smooth entry to a dryish medium body with good depth and a lingering, cream and cereal and subtly complex and earthy smoked wood, leather, and prairie grass driven finish. A very nice young and smoky dram. 91 points." (05/2010)

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