Smokehead launches rum cask-finished whisky

by Melita Kiely

Ian Macleod Distillers has bottled an Islay single malt whisky that was finished in Caribbean rum casks, called Smokehead Rum Rebel.

The new expression has been released to mark International Rum Day on 16 August, and was designed to attract rum drinkers to the Scotch whisky category. Bottled at 46% ABV, Smokehead Rum Rebel will be available to buy from and UK specialist and online retailers, priced at RRP £54.99 (US$72). Ian Weir, Smokehead brand director, said: “We are overwhelmed by the boldness of flavour in our new bottling and can’t wait to see our Smokeheads’ reaction. “When our rich, salty Islay Smokehead collides with spicy, sweet Caribbean rum casks, carnage is inevitable. We’re encouraging all our Smokeheads and rum fans alike to stir up a Rum Rebel Smokito and raise their glass high this International Rum Day.” On International Rum Day, Smokehead brand ambassador Mikey Sim will host an episode of Smokehead TV on the brand’s Instagram and Facebook platforms (@smokeheadwhisky). Sim will taste Rum Rebel during the live stream and show fans how to create the Smokito signature cocktail, along with a Boilermaker serve.