Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Rioja Red Wine Cask Matured
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 May 2019 3:42 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 44.60

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Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Red Wine Cask VM

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.56 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like the combination of intense smoke, ash and fruity wine barrel (finish) very much, even if this finlaggan is otherwise rather simple. Intense and tasty, if you like fruity smokers in the low price segment, you can't avoid this bottling!

    21/21/21/22 (85P)
    • Nose
      Reddish amber shimmers slightly cloudy in the glass, immediately after pouring an oily streak formed on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Thick and syrupy "legs" adorn the glass wall, peat rises in a smoky shape. Mountain pine and pine needles, echoes of banished wood and again resinous conifers ... Gradually the ashy smoky note intensifies, red grapes and berries emerge. Hints of sweet caramel and milk chocolate, a hint of menthol and fresh mint, minimally greasy and oily.
    • Taste
      Phew ... heavy smoke lines the palate with the first sip, burnt wood tones and salty sea water follow, then black pepper massages the tongue while creamy and oily red fruits come into their own. Strawberries and raspberries, glazed currants and sweet cherries, again a slight hint of oily pork belly. Fresh mint and eucalyptus appear, then pine needles and mountain pine come to the fore, fly ash pulls through the palate, phenolic smoke comes up.
    • Finish
      The fresh and smoky aromas stick to the palate for a long time, sweet grapes and berries come into their own, mint refreshes the throat while fly ash and burnt wood tones slowly come to the fore. The intense reverberation lingers in the entire mouth area for a long time before it fades away with a mixture of sweet caramel and ashy smoke.

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    For 35-40 € a great, super-simple (or two-dimensional ;-)) whisky, simple concept: smoke + berry fruit, and that fits, is harmonious, easy to taste, fun, not artificial.
    • Nose
      straightforward, simple, beautiful - dry smoke / charcoal / ash and intensely red berry fruit (raspberry, red currant, red grapes)
    • Taste
      first fruity (strawberry / raspberry), then comes the smoke (becomes a bit greasy and salty) and sweetness (milk chocolate, nougat)
    • Finish
      medium length, first fruity, then chocolate-sweet, smoke and salt remain

  3. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    In addition to the peat smoke, there are currants and mainly tannins from the red wine barrel. Overall ok for the price, but I wouldn't buy it anymore.
    • Nose
      Barbecue smoke with a certain sweetness. In addition notes of red berries, wood and tannins, which are reminiscent of the red wine barrel.
    • Taste
      In addition to the Räuerspeckrauch currant, the sweetness and the tannins are clear. Not very complex.
    • Finish
      The smoke and oak remain, of medium length.

  4. aw-home scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Peat smoke with maritime and vinous notes, berry fruits, honey, leather, vanilla, ash and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Peat smoke with ash, maritime and vinous notes, light berry fruits, honey, vanilla and citrus.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long with peat smoke, ash, maritime and vinous notes, honey, vanilla and coconut.

  5. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The balance of peat and the (Basque Rioja) red wine barrel is great. For me a real surprise and a clear recommendation to buy.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is intense with smoke and red fruits, but I find it difficult to assign these to a distillery.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The 46% are well chosen and give strength without being overwhelming.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish, carried by the smoke.

  6. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A wine finish, especially red wine, might swing both ways: some whiskies cope well, others don’t. Often, the sourness from the grapes can overpower the whisky, dominating the palate with slightly sour notes. In this case, it balances on that borderline. I feel the other Finlaggan finishes (e.g. sherry and port) does suit this malt better.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity, slightly sour, light peat
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweet, again some sour hints, slight peat
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long lasting, sweet & sour

  7. 2ndSip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In addition to the clear smoke, the character of the wine barrels comes through very well in the nose. In terms of taste, this combination is also in the foreground.
    [85 - 81 = delicious --- get a second bottle if price is within the range]
    • Nose
      85 85
      initially dry phenolic medicinal smoke, which over time turns into an ashy campfire smoke.
      Behind it a beautiful and clear red berry fruit of currants and grapes with a slightly sour undertone (wine gum), which however integrates well into the smoke.
      The alcohol is sometimes quite sharp and pungent in the nose, especially when you swirl the glass fresh.
      When the alcohol has set, the berry fruit is accompanied by a slightly sweet honey note.
    • Taste
      84 84
      very soft step that conveys the smoke. An (oak) spicy heat builds up well, which also hits the tongue strongly.
      Then it becomes drier and more tannic, which is due to the character of the wine.
      The smoke from the campfire spreads in the mouth and stays for a long time.
      During the second sip it becomes more viscous and voluminous in the mouth. The sweetness remains in the background in the taste.
    • Finish
      82 82
      long finish with smoky aromas (dry, ashy, greasy). The berry fruit can still be felt.
      The longer it stays in the mouth, the more the smoke aroma swings into a salty / iodine-containing medical-phenolic note. Interesting.

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is one for the peat lover with a sweet tooth.
    • Nose
      Sweet, fruity and smoky. That pretty much sums it up, but I'll try to go into a little more detail. Almost candy-esque at times, like one of those cherry candy canes I used to buy at the fair when I was a kid. The smoke is coastal, with hints of seaweed. Fruits? Think red berries. And lots of vanilla too.
    • Taste
      Peaty and spicy (cloves and chili peppers). A hit of tar, charcoal and rubber as well. There's a touch of red wine sweetness (and raspberries) in the background, but not much. I get a whiff of candied bananas as well.
    • Finish
      Sweet, candied smoke. Medium in length.

  9. AnnEm scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A massive smoker. The alcohol stings a bit at first. Cold campfire, ashes. Reminds me of my Danish smoked salt. Add to that cane sugar and herbs (peat). After getting used to it, I also notice a clear cherry fruit. He also has something banana - combined with an association in the direction of "mealy" and "young". This note covers everything else in the nose in places - the youth pushes itself so to speak again and again. So I let him go for a while. After a few minutes, the other aromas are more noticeable and finally there are a few subtle wood notes (clove, caramelized oak).

    Mouth: A lot of power and a little stormy alcohol. Carnation, allspice. Tart herbal. Then it becomes fruity. Ashy smoke as a base note.

    Finish: sweet. Ashy. It seems a bit weak on my chest at first. A red wine note develops, some chocolate, it is also a little banana-creamy. After several sips I get the idea of a tobacco note.

    Conclusion: A powerful youngster who wants to be seen. And I think it's worth looking at. It brings its aromas (smoke! Cherry fruit!) Very clear and well structured.

  10. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting:
    Nose: peat smoke, citrus
    Taste: quite sweet, peat smoke, earthy, nuances of red fruits
    Finish: medium to long, sweet-peaty, greasy
    Could be a Laphroaig
    Conclusion: ok, sweetness pleases, complexity can be expanded, 74/100


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