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Smokehead takes the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards by storm

4th December 2009

Style icon of the whisky world, Smokehead was the drink of choice at the fifth Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards gala ceremony, which took place on Monday 2 November at the Park Lane Hotel, London.

Main Image: L-R: Brian May, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck and Joe Perry rock up to the Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour.

Sub Image 1: Smokehead stand at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour

sub Image 2: Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog magazine, and Debbie Bonham with a bottle of Smokehead 18 Years Old which was won by their table on the night.

"Smoke and Coke" was the star of the show along with rock superstars such as Iggy Pop, who was named 'Living Legend', and Ronnie Wood, who was presented with the 'Outstanding Contribution' award. Other winners sampling Smokehead on the evening included Band of the Year, Iron Maiden and Album of the Year winners, AC/DC.

Aimed at the modern, discerning and adventurous drinker, like the music, Smokehead is powerful, intense and not for the faint hearted. Guests sampled the whisky's immense peaty flavours simply with a drop of water, over ice or in a classic combination - "Smoke and Coke".

Classic Rock Magazine's Editor in Chief Scott Rowley said, "It was amazing to see a contemporary Scottish whisky go down so well with our international rock idols."

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, Smokehead's brand owners commented: "It was fantastic how well Smokehead was received by the living legends of rock. The stylish and edgy personality of the whisky combined with powerful smokey flavours is perfectly suited for the heavy hitters of rock music."

Described as being like a cannonball, Smokehead is an explosive combination of peat, smoke and spice with some delicate sweetness. The single malt flavour is described as fresh, fruity and immense, with notes of sherry, iodine, toffee, smoke and sea salt.  The taste hits the palate at once with cocoa, peat and some honey sweetness, before exploding with peppery spice and more earthy peat.

Smokehead is widely available throughout the UK and worldwide, RRP £29.99. Details of all stockists, including Sainsbury's can be found on the website

You can also purchase Smokehead from the new Glengoyne Online shop.

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky encourages responsible drinking



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Notes to Editors

-    The 'Tommy Vance Inspiration Award' (sponsored by Rhino) went to the late, great John Bonham - Led Zeppelin's legendary drummer and the 'embodiment of all that is rock', who, along with Page, Plant and Jones, formed one of the world's greatest rock groups of all time. Bonham's mother and sister collected the Award in his honour.

-    Smokehead RRP in the UK is £29.99

-    Smokehead is an award winning Islay single malt including, the Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Gold 2006 and the Wine and Spirit Design Awards Gold, Best Dark Spirit Trophy and overall Trophy for Design of the Year 2006.

Tasting Notes

Nose:    Heavy smoke and peat.   Amazing richness.   Lemon, fresh ginger, plum jam.   Salty and spicy.


Body:    Like a cannonball - hits the palate at once with cocoa, peat and some honey sweetness then explodes with peppery spice and more earthy peat.   Spreads to all the areas of your mouth with more peat and light sweetness.

Finish:    Even more peat, spice, mandarin - then dries up.   When you think it's all over the peat comes back to hit you again.

Impression    A rollercoaster of peat and spice with some delicate sweetness.