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Following the success of the 'original' Smokehead, marketed without an age statement, Ian Macleod Distillers has recently launched a super-premium, limited edition expression of the unspecified Islay single malt.
Smokehead, Extra Black (Scotland)
Just 6,000 bottles of the 18-year-old variant are available, and the producers note that "The design reflects its limited edition status. A tapered, frosted black bottle, imprinted with contemporary silver letterpress type makes Smokehead Extra Black stand out from the crowd, while the robust matt black flight case carrier with silver Smokehead logo reaffirms that this product is every inch 'Extra Black.' The bottle sits in a black foam interior, is individually numbered and signed, reaffirming its rare, limited edition status, and it has its own tasting note booklet. Extra Black boasts a complex nose of sweet peat, dried apricots, vanilla, black pepper, new leather, hand-rolling tobacco and coal tar soap. Full-bodied, oily and spicy on the smoky palate, with quite dry peat, cocoa and nut notes. Fabric Elastoplast when diluted. Hazelnuts and bitter chocolate feature in the dry and lengthy finish. 46.0% ABV, 70cl, 85.00, specialist whisky merchants.

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