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Aloha Peat Punch

Smokehead - Rum Rebel

82.99 / 100

Smoky & Earthy Flavours

Visual: 3.72 /5  •  Aroma: 21.19 /25  •  Taste: 33.88 /40   •  Finish: 24.2 /30

Dram Code: E77

Producer: Smokehead

Bottler: Ian Macleod Distillers

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: Ex-Rum Finish

Age: Unknown

Country: Scotland

Region: Islay

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Added Colour: Yes

ABV: 46%

Cask Strength: No

Release: Small Batch

Price: $133.83 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E77

Producer: Smokehead

Bottler: Ian Macleod Distillers

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: Ex-Rum Finish

Age: Unknown

Country: Scotland

Region: Islay

ABV: 46%

Cask Strength: No

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Added Colour: Yes

Release: Small Batch

Price: $133.83 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

Why This Bottle?

For our second post-pandemic dram, we’re taking a trip to the tropics with this Rum Cask finished Islay malt. The last time we had a Smokehead in our club was the Sherry Bomb edition – which turns out I didn’t think was that peated, nor that sherried. In the end, that didn’t really matter, however, as in a blind “versus” tasting it was incredibly well-received – coming in second place and scoring 91.88 points! Time then to see if lightning can strike twice for this bizarre-looking peaty malt.

 

The Unbottling

 

Adam’s Tasting Notes

In my initial exploration, the nose had a deep and brooding smoke with bunt maple syrup – counterbalanced with a nice dose of tropical fruit sweetness, nutty olive oil and lemon juice. The palette was a little more herbal, maybe even going towards floral – but this was definitely playing second fiddle to that dark smoke and tropical fruit.

On a later revisit, it was a bit more medicinal and somewhat sweeter – almost like fresh sugar cane. As I delved into those tropical notes a little deeper they began to show themselves as kiwi, banana and slightly overripe watermelon. This is not a particularly typical whisky flavour profile but works really rather well with the deep burnt smoke.

By Adam Bradshaw on April 24, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.