Smokehead 18 year old was like a smoke sauna in the middle of a swamp somewhere northerly. Immediately I smelled and felt burnt wood that quickly faded away and gave me strong peat. Wet forest peat by a river or a sea.
Smokehead 18 yrs has richness in it. It's not as characteristic as some of the "big boys" of smoky drams but it surely is rich.
In the other hand it's dark, like a Finnish sauna or the Finnish film called "Sauna". Yet it's colourful with fruits and earthly like a wet, peaty forest.
Smokehead Extra Black 18 year old is rich like the steam generated by a good sauna, a smoky one. Try it if you can!
Nose: At first, like a great smoke sauna because of the strong 'burnt wood indoors' sensation. Tarry with hints of honey and citrus starting to raise their heads as the smoke fades away.
Taste: Smoke is there but it's not as intense as in the nose. Peat is strong and sweet. Bit spicy as well with the citrus feel still there. There's something tropical in the taste. After water added it gets even sweeter and starts getting some earthly tones as well.
Finish: Sweetness disappears, spices clash with oak. Two drops of water made it bitter.
Balance: Good dram! I'd prefer it to be smokier but then again, it might loose some of it's richness(?). And I know, it still is smoky.
I can recommend it but you'll have to be quick, price is rising pretty rapidly (over 100 euros @ Master of Malt already). Fortunately whiskisite.nl had a nice discount in their latest "peat november". I got mine with 75 euros from there.
I would like to try this and the original Smokehead