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Smokehead is on fire at Ambrosia Awards 2015

22nd January 2015

Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is celebrating after picking up a duo of Gold awards at this year’s prestigious Ambrosia Awards, held during IndSpirit on Friday night (16 January).

Amongst hugely esteemed company, the rich and powerful malt scooped gold in the Product of the Year category and another in the Excellence in Packaging (Graphics) category.

The annual awards are held as part of Asia’s biggest trade event, IndSpirit, which took place this year at Leela Ambience, Gurgaon, India. Both events are coordinated by Ambrosia Magazine, India’s only AlcoBev publication.

Commenting on the awards, Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers (who own Smokehead), said: “We are delighted that Smokehead has won in these prestigious categories, especially as we were up against such tough competition. Smokehead is vigorous and unapologetic about its big, intense and peaty flavours ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.”

He continued: “India is one of the fastest growing and most exciting markets for whisky and we are very grateful to get this high profile exposure.”

IndSpirit is a trade event aimed at bringing together the opinion leaders of the spirits, beer and wine world to discuss issues about this emerging market and share knowledge with the trade. It offers the best platform to national and international spirits, beer and wine producers to showcase their products and culminates with the awards ceremony.

Smokehead is a fiercely independent, mysterious and boisterous malt of the highest quality. Shunning traditional whisky packaging, Smokehead’s tactile metal presentation tin demands attention and maximises its impact using embossed and debossed techniques to heighten the 3-D ‘reality’ of the pack design, creating a premium tactile feel.

Bottled at 43% ABV, Smokehead is a rich, seaweedy and intensely peaty Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, not for the faint hearted.  With immense fresh and fruity flavours that burst with notes of sherry, iodine, toffee, smoke and sea salt, Smokehead hits the palate like a cannonball! 

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Smokehead Islay Single Malt Tasting notes:


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


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


Even more peat, spice, mandarin.


A rollercoaster of peat and spice with some delicate sweetness.

 In India, Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available at Airport Duty Free  (Arrival & Departure)  shops in - Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. In the domestic market (Delhi & Mumbai) it is distributed by, Messrs Munjral Brothers & Company Pvt Ltd. (+91 11 22169290 & +91 22 42291905).