GSN Review: Smokehead Tequila Cask Terminado

Smokehead, an Islay single malt scotch whisky brand within the Ian Macleod Distillers portfolio, continues to push the boundaries within scotch whisky by announcing the U.S. launch of Tequila Cask Terminado produced by maturing Smokehead in ex-Bourbon barrels with a finish in Mexican Tequila oak casks.

Michael Sim, Chief Smokehead Ambassador commented: “Smokehead takes the best of Islay single malt and constantly pushes the boundaries of what classic whisky is and how it’s perceived. Tequila Terminado very much comes out of the “why not” category, taking flavours in Islay single malt to different corners just as our other whiskies already have, Sherry Blast, Rum Cask Rebel and Twisted Stout.

Smokehead has always ripped up the rule book, therefore finishing a peated single malt in a tequila cask is nothing ground-breaking for us. It was a natural step now that Tequila casks can be used in single malt maturation, allowing us to combine our heavily peated Smokehead and fabulous Tequila casks. The result is a whisky that is hard to put your finger on in terms of taste and style, just the way we like it!”

Smokehead Tequila Cask Terminado will be available in 700ml sized bottles at 43% ABV. Consumers can purchase the whisky starting now in select retail shops in the U.S. for an SRP of $79.99.

GSN’s Remarks: A lovely smoky nose, married with a sweet and slightly vegetal sweetness. On the palate, things are even more interesting, with a malty richness that carries with it the ghost of agave. Quite friendly and agreeable, the tequila barrel aging adds a sweet, near fruity quality. A medium-long finish which ends on a lightly wood-smoked note. This is a remarkable sipper, and one which is firing on all cylinders. Grab a bottle or two while you can. GSN Rating: A+

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