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from Ian Macleod Distillers

Smokehead Rocks Out

1st July 2010

Smokehead has been named the official whisky sponsor of Classic Rock Magazine. To celebrate, a new edgy advertising campaign has been revealed, playing on the brand's growing rock credentials and rising popularity.

Smokehead's new, attention grabbing advertisement, will feature heavily in Classic Rock and its sister publication, Prog Rock, throughout 2010.  Designed by creative agency Robertson Darby Advertising, the new campaign takes its lead from Smokehead's award-winning packaging, cocooning a skull, the time-honoured symbol of rock, with adjectives capturing the Single Malt's boisterous, outrageous, and deep peaty flavours.

As the Whisky of Choice for Classic Rock magazine, Smokehead will command a high presence in the monthly music publication and its website, through an extensive advertising campaign and sponsorship elements such as the Readers' Letters page and regular promotions.

Smokehead is also now an official VIP sponsor for one of this year's biggest rock events, London's High Voltage Festival (24-25 July) and the hugely popular Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2010 Awards in November, attended by, and celebrating, rocks greatest icons.

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers commented: "Combining its adventurous and modern packaging, with a rich rollercoaster of challenging flavours, Smokehead defies conformity and what people would traditionally expect from an award-winning Single Malt Whisky.  Smokehead is powerful, intense and not for the faint hearted. The perfect match for a Classic Rock lover."

Angus Robertson, Managing Director of Roberston Darby Advertising commented: "Our latest treatment for the Smokehead brand was created with Classic Rock Magazine very much in mind. Inspired by the powerful imagery of rock album covers, it uses Smokehead's stunning typographical packaging to deliver a haunting and lasting impact."

Taking place at London's Victoria Park, High Voltage will be attended by thousands of hard core rockers, with the perfect combination of "Smoke and Coke" over ice, being served to VIP ticket holders and headline acts such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Wishbone Ash and ZZ Top.

2010 will be the second year Smokehead has sponsored the Classic Rock Roll of Honour. Attended last year by the likes of Brian May, Slash, Billy Gibbons and Jeff Beck, the 2010 awards are already shaping up to be even bigger. Smokehead will once again be served to rock royalty, with special bottle presentations of the award-winning 18 Years Old Smokehead Extra Black to the evening's winners.