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Overall rating
84.03/100
votes
136
Whiskybase ID
WB18800
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottled
2013
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label, Green Bottle
Barcode
5024720460000
Added on
08 oct 2010 12:47 pm
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Average value

€ 35.30

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136 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Cask Strength VM

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.03 points

  1. Malthead19 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: Straw, very light

    - much better than the original Peaty
    - you can drink pure despite the high %, but with
    Water more pleasant and better for me to drink
    - for about 35€ top price, for currently around 100€ more
    fewer
    • Nose
      Campfire, coal, slightly sweet smell of smoke, lemon
    • Taste
      without water: intensive, strong smoky attack, very warming, slowly drags down the throat, sweetness lingers, but smoke and alcoholic spiciness clearly dominate;

      with W.: much more pleasant, the combination of sweetness and smoke comes out much better, toffee, vanilla, without the somewhat annoying sharpness caused by the high percentages
    • Finish
      long warmer smoky departure;
      medium to long smoky reverberation

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    a beautiful, young, intensely smoky, uncomplicated and yet good Islay Malt!
    A few drops of water are good for him!
    • Nose
      81 81
      campfire smoke, charcoal, salts (maritime), cooling, lemon, sweetness;
    • Taste
      82 82
      viscous oily attack, slightly sweet, coal, ash and intense smoke, slightly salty, grain, spices (pepper); oily body; [
    • Finish
      82 82
      a long, ashy, smoky finish with a slightly salty aftertaste;

  3. greg_0277 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Good value for money for big peat but far too monolithic for my taste.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Oily smoke, smothered wood fire.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Massive, oily peat that hides almost everything else. A little iodine appears but does not find its place milei in the concert of peat / fatty ash.
    • Finish
      81 81
      In the continuity of the mouth.

  4. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    great value I must say. not quite as good as the caol ila I mentioned  above but pretty close! 87/100
    • Nose
      tasted against a very good caol ila 2006 by GM (89/100)

      neat it´s a little flat at first with an ashy touch but give it some time and a few drops of water and it gets really rewarding.

      smoke, tar, liquorice, brine, lemons. and ashes. also some earthy componets. very straightforward but neither aggressive nor narrow.
    • Taste
      very tarry and ashy, a little bitter but still pleasant. oily mouthfeel. liquorice, green walnuts.
    • Finish
      very long on ashes and brine.

  6. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Smoky fresh Islay whisky. Not as harmonic as the original single malt in my opinion. But we also don't have any age information here. Worth to pay a little extra for this 58% version.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke. Coal, citrus, iodine, ashes, some white pepper.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Citrus, hay, ashes, pepper.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke. Very pure in it's character like another single malt from Islay.

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

      Briefly, first it is a cask of Ladig, smoke-rubbery, slightly watery, in itself it's not bad, the price tag, again humane, Ayla starts to crawl out in the aftertaste, gaining strength and brightness over time, then podvlivat in taste - but get rid of rubber completely there is not possible, so that we get a certain island mix in sensations.
    • Nose
      Wet, calm, the first nose - a medical rubber stopper and vitamins Revit; further smoke, wet coals, burned newsprint, peat, lemon, rubber remains in the background, chips, oiled metal, burnt Bengal lights.
    • Taste
      Thick, rubber, smoke, coal, sweetness, tablet bitterness, activated carbon, again rubber.
    • Finish
      Smoky-rubber, sweet with bitterness, cough mixture, lugol, peat, lemon zest, the rubber gradually fades.

  8. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      More peat smoke than the other Finlaggans. The sweet barley from the Finlaggan Original is back in here.
    • Taste
      Alcohol and spicy. Peat, smoke and a little salt. There's still that sweetness from the nose but without the barley.
    • Finish
      No special finish, islay smoke and ashes. Can do without water.

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. irrerelevant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    that's young stuff, no doubt, but those casks were ok, nice peat smoke!
    • Nose
      intense peat smoke, young, metal, green peperoni, pepper, cinnamon, traces of american oak, citrus, soapy, grapes, green apple
    • Taste
      feisty peat smoke, cooling, surpisingly pleasent at 58%, seems more ripe as expeceted, creamy, spices, frehsly sawn wood, caramel sweetness, refined sugar, alcohol
    • Finish
      medium, mouth coating, cold smoke, touch of american oak

  12. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    N: Young peat. A bit of cow stable. Some smoked meat/ham/salmon. Curred cheese. Reminds me of Caol Ila Moch.

    Some sigarette ash and some sweetness.

    T: Very light arrival. Instantly drying, ashy. Sweet peaty taste, cow stable.

    F: Surprisingly easy. A bit sweet, curred cheese, some ashes. A bit of pepper that fades quickly.

    Nice peaty fix, but nothing special.

  13. vb_bembel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ash, peat, damp leaves, wet wood, cheese, baby sick, mouldy
    • Taste
      Smoke, ash, sweet, salt, little sherry, vegemite. 
    • Finish
      Long and ashy

  15. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: I had the 46% version WB which was very decent so there's much hope for this CS batch. Super nose here, namely a soapy, oily, waxy, lemony, sour=sweet malt with seemingly good age to it. its only a 5yo according to the managing director at the VMWC Andrew Crook, but it could pass for ten. The peat is farmy like hard-white, cows=goats cheese, theres a little vegetal and sweetcorn too. Hmm, waxy and later very buttery.
    T: Peated, barley-spirit with a fruity=bonfire-burned sweetcorn=celery, [Octomore] vegetal character.
    F: Vegetal-fresh whilst the peat=malt is maintained. Very controlled, well balanced.
    C: This is a culmination of twenty casks which has created a fine, perfectly neat dram. Anything wrong with it? I might tire of it, but i’m willing to find out.

    Scores a B [87]

  16. jhut scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    He quickly becomes superficial with water. Cafe de Toeter in Groningen, 07-09-2015
    • Nose
      peat, less medicinal than Laphroaig. Pretty young smoke
    • Taste
      salt, seaweed
    • Finish
      fairly simple, real peat. Seaweed, pretty sweet.

  17. Murxus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Almost inedible after opening the bottle.
    After 1 short year now finally drinkable with pleasure.
    So far my only bottle with such an evolutionary development ... 10.04.16: Half bottle was deposited (and almost forgotten) in cellar now for more than one year. It's now when I can comprehend the notes of my foreposters.

  18. Jonathan Kleß scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Cask strength Islay is hard to come by nowadays/very expensive.

    Love drinking this neat.
    • Nose
      Phenolic Peat, seaweed, Blueberry Muffins, Raw Dough, Leather, Citrus and Slightly floral with some barnyard,
    • Taste
      Big Peat arrival, some berries and citrus fruit, oolong tea, peppery herbs and spices.
    • Finish
      Typical notes of Ash and Tar, hints of berries, smoked salmon, aswell as peppercorn.

  19. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not really complex but really tasty. Good value-for-money. Sweeter than the preceding clear bottle.
    • Nose
      Sweet lime, somewhat farmy peat, gingerbread, vanilla sugar and orange. With water a little strawberry.
    • Taste
      Peat, citrus, orange, vanilla sugar and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, lime, vanilla sugar, dark chocolate and orange lemonade.

  20. Laga93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. dinis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    good lagavulin price/quality 89points

  22. BeatF scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    What else do you want for the cooler autumn days?
    • Nose
      offers everything one would expect from a good "Product of Scotland": salt-soaked smokiness; Equally deposited with fruits and mint (whether of its youthfulness); Oak barrels that contain bourbon (?)
    • Taste
      Honey around the campfire, pleasant pepper, orange peel
    • Finish
      Soot, ashes, smoke - anything that emits a smoldering fire to the environment; Citrus fruits, and pepper. Sea breeze and oily orange peel are retained on the palate for a long time.

  23. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I'm not quite sure if the bottling date (2013) mentioned above is correct or in accordance with the bottle picture.
    To my knowledge, Finlaggan has been bottled into clear glass bottles with the blue-ish labels much longer than that.
    In my collection I do have a 2010 bottling which has the same looks as the image above.

    As far as the taste is concerned, it's pretty obvious that this is not Lagavulin.
    Caol Ila would be one of the next usual suspects, but underneath the strong layers of peat, especially when adding enough water, I find layers of fruits, bananas maybe. So my guess would rather be peated Bunnahabhain.
    Anyway, a nice peaty dram for its money and certainly one for "water experiments"...

  24. irrerelevant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    nose Smoky, young, metallic, but acceptable at 58% vol, pickled green peppers, pepper, behind it ex-bourbon sweetness, despite the youth substance, cinnamon, citric acid, something soapy
    taste Rasser, smoky and cool onset, the 58% are surprisingly pleasant, more mature than the nose suggests, creamy, woody spiciness, pepper, unripe lemon, nice caramel sweetness, slightly sugary, alcoholic
    leaving Medium, covered, cold smoke, some American oak
    Young stuff, no question, the smoke and the 58% vol help over it, even the obviously not so bad barrels. If you are in the mood for something really smoky, just the thing. For the price (30-35 €) unreservedly recommendable.
    Edit: Is now a time open, with a good sip of water shows that here good, active barrels were involved, grape juice, green apple, barely metallic, 84 to 85 pts  

  25. Implar scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Color: White wine

    Nose: Gives a very clean influence. The peatsmoke covers nearly everything. There's a very slight hint of lemon, kiwi and oak. Iodine as well. After a while some slight sherry notes reveal themselves.

    Palate: Ash, tar and peat get the forefront, if you didn't realise by now, this is screaming Islay. Quite salty and hints of lemon peel. I had a bit of a soapy note as well. You can tell this is a young one.

    Finish: Impressivly long for such a young whisky, the cask strength definitely helps here. Some soapy notes but mostly barbecue smoke.

    This is a decent Islay whisky, especially if you consider the price. A good one to get acquainted with heavily peated malt, but a bit one-dimensional. http://whiskyinformer.com/home/finlaggan-cask-strength

  26. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Strong, spicy whisky. Enough reminds me of Caol Ilu, fans of this distillery could be especially pleased.
    • Nose
      Prickly citrus, smoke, slightly clay, salty sea, peppery, slightly iodine. (87 b)
    • Taste
      Citrus, peat, malt, pepper, cloves, salinity and a bit of sweetness. In ash flavor. (87 b)

  27. dinis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    i think this is the best finlaggan ...the 2013 bottling.

  28. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A powerful peat dominates the nose of candied lemon, seaweed and cowshed. Mouth powerful, peaty, explosive, smoke, iodine and a little sugar. Long finish on peat smoke. Excellent q / p.

  29. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Would have deserved 85+. I put 86 for the excellent value for money. Reminds me a little talisker 57 North for the sweet side, but it's more marine and less candied.
    • Nose
      A lot of lemony peat, but impression a little "heavy", sweet, slightly sherry. (More fresh and lemony with water).
      At a second tasting, I found all very coastal (iodine, seaweed, oysters ...) and a little fat (oil). Not at all sherry printing.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, finely smoked, a little ash. Always iodized notes. Orange peel. A little green fruit. The whole is young.
    • Finish
      Very long, aromatic, iodized. Slightly smoked, sweet, a little dried fruit. Still some notes of citrus.

  32. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  33. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Both closer to the grain and closer to the garden fruits
      than all others. Hint asphalt.
    • Taste
      Well, no medicinal notes here and very little salt, instead of more overripe apples, licorice, leather and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long dry finish

  34. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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