Overall rating
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Screw Cap
Added on
22 Feb 2009 2:12 pm

Average value

€ 27,46

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148 × member ratings

273 × in collection

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

  1. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    whether this is lalalulin or not, this is a fine dram at a sensational price.

    • Nose
      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!
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      medium, warm

  3. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lot more peaty smoke than the Original peaty Finlaggan, also more promising smell in the nose, less sweet and more character.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Medium with a bitter aftertaste and I keep the oily feeling in the mouth.

  5. Gondwana scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  7. MrManners scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not as good as the CS a bit limp
    • Nose
      full and powerful, smoke, nuts and chocolate with aromas of fruit and peat. Lightly medicinal.
    • Taste
      Smoky, dry, salty and chocolate mousse, thinly thin
    • Finish
      long and soft finish with wood, peat and seaweed.

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    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).

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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[-]


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