Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Cork Stopper
be Belgium
Added on
09 Nov 2014 3:45 pm by Bennylipstick

Average value

€ 31.00

2 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

188 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Old Reserve VM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.02 points

  1. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An older version produced in 2005 got 88 pts. on whiskyfun.com. Serge is quite sure about this (2005) bottling being an undisclosed Lagavulin.
    The bottle in my collection has been produced in 2008 and I agree that also this later bottling could well be a Lagavulin, too. I do find ashy notes in it that appear familiar with regards to those that I find in the standard bottlings (16yo, 12yo Cask Strength). You never can be sure, but quite sure, at least.

  2. rozzy scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Good Islay malt. No 'wow factor' but just tasty and good to drink. Light smoke and peat, nice sweetness. Medium long finish. Always have a bottle of it.
    • Nose
      light stimulus
    • Taste
      Light smoke, peat.
    • Finish
      Medium long/short ????

  3. Andytka3 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    N- Raisin and fig, flinty and seashell. Herby sweet smokes, musky.

    P- Fruity sweet with chilli choking smokes.

    F- Medium. Warming and puffy, coat of pepper hot and touch of raw vegetables tartness.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Bosi scored this whisky 69 points Specialist

    It is probably a very young whisky. The smoke covers almost all other flavors. Consequently, the whisky is unbalanced with metallic sharpness. After adding water, however, it receives a certain complexity, which keeps the whisky from total failure.
    • Nose
      In addition to the expected smoke notes of garbage, salt and nail polish remover to the fore. After adding water I also smell ripe fruits.
    • Taste
      Finlaggan Old Reserve tastes slightly metallic with a pronounced pepper note. Here too, after the addition of water, fruit notes such as orange appear.
    • Finish
      The finish is very dry and volatile. However, the smoke stays long.

  5. Gos Ruben scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Nice surprise
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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