- Single Malt
- The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Screw Cap
- Added on
- 22 Feb 2009 2:12 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Old Reserve VM
32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.09 points
- whether this is lalalulin or not, this is a fine dram at a sensational price.
young and peaty, gentle smoke, tar, liquorice, herbal. many are speculating that this might be lalalulin and I think they´re right. similar to lalalulin 8yo if I remember well. warm and lovely nose!
despite the low ABV it has a substantial body and is anything but weakish. smoke, tar and liquorice, a dash of orange juice and a bit of vanilla. very round. maybe a good rainy sunday afternoon dram.
Lot more peaty smoke than the Original peaty Finlaggan, also more promising smell in the nose, less sweet and more character.
Lighter in pepper but still there, litle more body than the Original peaty but it's more from the oily taste that gives more mouthfilling.
Medium with a bitter aftertaste and I keep the oily feeling in the mouth.
- In short, this scotch is bang for buck! Very affordable yet very diverse in nose, taste and finish. If you had to choose one word, it would be medicinal. It may be from Islay, but it is a long road away from the likes of Ardbeg or Laphroaig when it comes to smokiness. There is some smoke of course, but peat and iodine dominate the palate that is lovely complex for a whisky this young and it has a pleasantly long finish. There is a discussion going on from which Islay distillery this could come - some say Caol Ila, some Lagavulin. My bet is that it's a young Laga. Whatever the origins, it is a very likeable dram!
- Not as good as the CS a bit limp
full and powerful, smoke, nuts and chocolate with aromas of fruit and peat. Lightly medicinal.
Smoky, dry, salty and chocolate mousse, thinly thin
long and soft finish with wood, peat and seaweed.
- Salted Peanuts
I already tried the Finlaggan
Original Peaty and the Cask Strength version, but this Old Reserve is new to
me. The contents of this single malt are subject of debate. One swears it is
Lagavulin, the other believes it to be Caol Ila while a third tries to convince
me it is a Laphroaig. Well, we all agree it is an Ileach.
The nose is young and powerful and
immediately offers a grand smokiness from the peat. Reminds me a bit of chili
peppers on the barbecue (which I can recommend, by the way). Loads of earth and
subtle honey. A bit of lime zest. Hint of pears and anise. Touch of plasticine.
I love it already.
Darn! So watery on the palate! Luckily
it is tasteful. Again immediately peaty and smoky, but less than on the nose.
This gives the honey and pears more room. It even turns quite sweet after the
peat subsides somewhat. I get a nice hint of salted peanuts, which I find quite
The finish is medium long on
bittersweet notes, honey and smoke.
Quite a good whisky for such a
ridiculously low price, but it could do with a bit more body. Thanks Pat! (PS.
I believe this to be a young Lagavulin).
- N: Peppered barley sauce with a buttery/oily peat and mild fruits in the background. Good balance no doubt.
T: A quietly confident delivery with an assured barley rich, oily slick body. Also, a mild-oily-fresh, peppery, ivy greenness, a little chocolate, a touch of medicinal/tcp/creasote and pear/endive. Caol Ila<Lagavulin.
F: Chocolate smoke and green leaves. Lingers beautifully,
C: I know serge liked this and I can see why. A solid performer, one that gets better and better with each sip. Currently £27 at TWE [Sept ’15]
Scores a B[-]