Overall rating
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

€ 42.18

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60 × member ratings

147 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Red Wine Cask VM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.51 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. WhiskySax scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    The red wine barrel gives it an exciting fruity note, which is pleasantly complemented by the peat.
    Smoke dominates the smell and tastes less, which I personally like very much.

  5. 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.

  6. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Dionysus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice copper coulor.
    Very accessible peated dram
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Dr.Ago scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior



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