I need to say this up front – this scotch is not for the faint of heart. The Smokehead bottle comes in a can embossed with many words about how large the flavour is, and it deserves them all (and I don’t even know what ‘phenolic’ is). That said, while it might taste a little rough, it doesn’t taste cheap, and after a few tastings you begin to appreciate the incredible levels of smokiness.
Neat: it smells loud. Fills the nose quickly, mostly wood and alcohol. Coats the tongue, flavour is largely in the burn, and leaves lips tingling. Lots of burn.
With ice: peat and smoke comes through full blast, as well as brine.
This should be no-one’s first scotch, but if you enjoy peat and smoke, definitely give this a try. Would go well with strong cheese.
Try it? Definitely. Buy it? Only for peat monsters.