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HAWKHEAD WHISKY SMOKED

At Hawkhead Whisky Smoked in the west of Scotland we use only aged whisky casks from Scottish distilleries in our smokery.

Scotland is renowned for its rich larder – with whisky at the heart of its global reputation. Contained in every drop of Scotch is a 500-year-old story of malting, distilling, ageing and skill.And from Viking times to the present day, foods preserved through salting and smoking have been a staple of both winter survival and royal banquets in Scotland.

By using only aged out whisky casks – each one having serviced the whisky industry for several decades – and a smoking process that has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years, we capture the heritage and flavour of Scotland in everything we produce.

Whisky Smoked Salt

Our unique Whisky Smoked Salt can add a subtle smokiness to all your dishes from a rich Sunday roast to a freshly baked sourdough unleashing the whisky within.

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Whisky Smoked Cashews

There is only one thing better than sitting cradling a nice drink in the evening … and that’s cradling a nice drink with a handful of tasty whisky smoked cashews.

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Whisky Smoked Syrup

Call us Old Fashioned but we do love a good cocktail. And that’s why we came full circle with this to produce the perfect pairing for Scotch in a classic Old Fashioned.

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FROM HOGSHEAD TO HAWKHEAD: OUR SMOKING WOOD

The wood in our smokehouse has been on a long journey to get to us. It started life as an ancient American Oak tree, harvested, cut, then shaped into casks by skilled coopers. Each cask was then charred on the inside and used in Bourbon production, before being recycled and shipped to one of Scotland’s world-famous distilleries.

Whisky casks, which come three sizes – barrels, hogheads and butts – are often reused several times by distilleries, and as each batch of whisky takes an average of around eight years to age, a cask may be around 70 years old by the time it reaches the end of its useful life in whisky production.

At this point it would usually be chopped down for use as a garden planter, but that’s where we step in, rescuing these time-served veterans and putting them to excellent use in our smoker.

When we get them, the whisky deeply, visibly ingrained in the wood, and as we break them down and smoke them, the layers and years of flavour are released especially for us.

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OUR AWARDS

We have always loved what we produce but we are not the only ones! In our first year we were delighted to receive three one-star and one two-star Great Taste Awards for our salts. In 2019 we added Smoked Syrup to our range and received another Great Taste Award.

In 2020 we also received a prestigious SIP Award, the world’s only annual blind tasting spirits competition, for our Whisky Smoked Syrup.

What Our Customers say

Big smoky aroma with a definite hint of whisky

Whisky Smoked Glazed Cashews

A striking amber syrup. A harmonious bonfire aroma that transports you to the wild outdoors

Whisky Smoked Syrup

“Quite the best smoked salt we have encountered.”

Whisky Smoked Salt

Log fire, woody smokiness on the nose

Whisky Smoked Rosemary Salt

Wonderful aroma of smoke, the flavour is well balanced and would bring good lift to your cooking

Whisky Smoked Chilli Salt

A really innovative product with multiple uses to enhance many a dish.

Whisky Smoked Salt

A versatile product for the kitchen shelf.

Whisky Smoked Chilli Salt

PROTECTING OUR WORLD

Everything we do is focused on keeping our environmental impact to an absolute minimum. Almost all our raw materials are sourced from within the UK – some products are imported but, for example, our cashews are brought to the UK by boat. We have also committed to offsetting our carbon footprint by investing in new foresting in the west of Scotland. We are also signed up to ensure that any of our employees are given the support that they need to grow with training and security of the Scottish Living Wage in our pay structure.

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