Smokehead Islay Single Malt - Who Done Made It?

So I got to taste some new whiskies today and this was by far the most intriguing bottle in the bunch -both in flavor and in history.  Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. has a whole portfolio of interesting products, like the Isle of Skye 8 Year Old that we sell here at K&L, but this new Smokehead has really set off a buzz on the internet - mainly because they are being tight-lipped about who actually made it.  It's definitely Islay and from what I heard the average age of the whisky is around seven years, but it could easily be mistaken for Ardbeg, Caol Ila, or Lagavulin.  I think it could be Ardbeg because it tastes like Ardbeg and I know that they have a strict policy about involving their name with other products beside their own.  The nose is full of fresh seaweed, peat smoke, and salt water, while the palate replicates the aromas almost precisely.  It's a delcious Islay malt and a good deal at around the $50 mark.  The question again is: who made it?  It doesn't really matter to me because I like it, but if I could tell people it was Ardbeg we'd have a real mover.

-David Driscoll

David Driscoll