I have to congratulate Angus Dundee, they’ve managed to make a nice mystery Islay blended malt. Which wasn’t the case with Glen Parker Speyside Single Malt. Smokey Joe could be Meet Joe Black, because it has a dark but also a gentle side. There’s heavy smoke lurking behind sweet fruity notes.
Smokey Joe Islay Malt is surely a “bang for the buck” whisky. This wasn’t a big surprise, ’cause I had seen Ralfy’s review. Otherwise it would have been a huge positive upset. Simply because the money I paid for this dram, would suggest a much worse outcome. I got it for 26 euros.But that’s the beauty about whisky. Don’t let the price or package fool you, it’s the inside that counts. Smokey Joe is good stuff!
Nose: First, smoke and peat hit in a Laphroaig kind of style: seaweed and medicinal notes. When I added water, it became more Ardbegian: sweet fruits with citrus being the main event.
Taste: Very crispy smoke stays very well in the taste. Combined with sweet peat and fruits.
Finish: Shame it’s a quick one. Smoke with dry note, yet hints of sweetness.
Balance: Very simple but good. I have to recommend, especially for the price you’re getting it!
Colour: Gold amber
Nose: 24 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 20 | Balance: 22
Overall score: 88
Bottler: Angus Dundee
I agree with Ralfy about Smokey Joe: