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Smokehead High Voltage

13th April 2018
Ian MacLeod Distillers unveil a new look for their popular Smokehead single malt and an intense new expression: Smokehead High Voltage.

Smokehead High Voltage

Ian MacLeod Distillers have just unveiled a new look for their popular smoky mystery Islay single malt whisky Smokehead and the distiller has also revealed an intense new expression which they tell me is not for the faint hearted: Smokehead High Voltage.

It seems they have upped the power of the smoke for the new expression by bottling the Smokehead High Voltage at 58% ABV

Commenting on the new expression and bold new look, Iain Weir, Brand Director for Smokehead said: "Smokehead has always challenged the traditional whisky world with its unconventional look and attitude, appealing to the younger and adventurous whisky drinker. We’ve turned up the volume right across the brand. It’s not for everyone, but that’s ok".

"And if Smokehead is an assault on your senses, then High Voltage is an all-out attack. Louder, bolder and more intense than getting put in a headlock from an angry roadie."

Smokehead's iconic skull logo now plays a much more dominant role on the label and striking gift tin. They tell me that it takes on a more evocative and free-spirited style, with a rush of smoke blowing through the head to create an element of defiance.

One thing that hasn’t changed with the standard Smokehead expression is its bold taste, it is still the same smoky mystery Islay single malt that you will find in the bottle which as those of you who are familiar with it will know, takes you on a fiery rollercoaster of peat, smoke and spice with a little delicate sweetness thrown in.

‘Smokehead’ RRP £38.99 and ‘Smokehead High Voltage’ RRP £54.99 are both available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Smokehead Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: The aroma of something powerful and fiery awaiting you. Thick, heavy woodsmoke. Rich, earthy peat. Extremes of spice and sweetness. Fresh lemon, zesty ginger, rich plum jam.

Taste: An explosion of breathtaking peppery, peaty heat, soothed by honeyed sweetness, before the smoke comes to the fore again.

Finish: Exotic spices and a curious citrus tang of mandarin, both lulling you into a false sense of calm as the peat roars back to hit your senses again.

Smokehead High Voltage Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Breathe it in and feel the rush of spirit hit the senses and the nose prickle. Intense peat and smoke, maritime air, porridge oats, clean vanilla and toffee.

Taste: A burn of hot spirit and the mouth fills with smoke, feeling almost thick with oiliness before softening and becoming creamier, with nutty, briny and citrus notes.

Finish: The mouth is almost in shock, numb and tingling. A sweetness mixes nicely with the slowly fading smoke, leaving a salty tang.

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