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Smokehead 18yo 'Extra Black'

(46%, OB, Ian MacLeod, 2009*)
Average Score: 84
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Undisclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameSmokehead
Bottling NameExtra Black
Alcohol By Volume46%
Other DetailsIan MacLeod
Average Score84

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson84
Ho-cheng Yao86
Craig Daniels83
Oliver Klimek83

Tasting Notes
Craig DanielsNose: sweet honey glazed ham, wisps of astringent coal smoke and smokey firesplaces, coal fired brazier, blackened steel. Taste: sweet ointment, slightly oily on the lips with industrial, medicinal and petrochemical notes. Finish: sweet then bitter; ashy and metallic. Not as aggressive or as big a peat bomb as the younger one but not all that endearing either. Probably looking for a bit more refinement than what's on display.
Oliver KlimekColour: Bright gold - Nose: Smoked ham, fireplace, slightly medicinal with a hint of citrus. - Palate: Dry peat, lime, vanilla, a bit of ginger, slightly salty but also a bit sweet. - Finish: Long, smoky and spicy - Overall: It's hard to pin it down, but I am not utterly convinced by this old version of the Smokehead. The nose is great, but on the palate the different flavours feel more like unconnected bits and pieces instead of being a harmonic ensemble. Given the high price tag, I am mildly disappointed.