For fans of Islay, Smokehead is definitely a malt to enjoy neat. Ice will just mellow the affair considerably, and the full maritime, harsh flavour is better taken without water either. I did however spend some time watering the drink and letting it air- and I did not find that Smokehead reveals any complexity when this is done. For its typical peaty, smoky nature, Smokehead is definitely an Islay archetype.
This is a malt that employs considerable branding efforts- visible in its packaging. There are enough images of it online, so I'm not going to post one here. For me, such extravagance seems somewhat out-of-place with single malts. Yet that may be a justifiable attempt by a distiller to make itself seem more accessible and appeal to a younger crowd. I'm quite eager to try out some of Smokehead's other expressions, especially the Extra Rare- which can only be found in travel retail.
wood and smoke- lots of it!
peat, herb, fruit