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Overall rating
83.74/100
votes
98
Whiskybase ID
WB130760
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottled
2019
Casktype
Rioja Red Wine Cask Matured
Number of bottles
7000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5024720322001
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

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.74 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. aw-home scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 05-13-2021.

  6. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Beatroute Malt scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    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

  8. jkswift scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Myke 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.

  10. neus007 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

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