Smokehead Whisky

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.

Smokehead – 43% 750ml – $59.95 – Islay

Try it? Definitely. Buy it? Only for peat monsters.

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