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Tastingtags

32 Notes

spigray
Connoisseur spigray Review note
07 Nov 2017 1:00 pm
spigray gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.9
Nose
86
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
85
Price
90
Presentation
87
spigray
Connoisseur spigray Tasting note
07 Nov 2017 1:29 pm
spigray gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Gin clear
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

Comments

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

87/100

Oldpultnie
Expert Senior Oldpultnie Review note
24 Jun 2017 12:27 pm
Oldpultnie gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
80.6
Nose
80
Initial taste
81
Body
80
Finish
81
Price
82
Presentation
80
Oldpultnie
Expert Senior Oldpultnie Tasting note
24 Jun 2017 12:35 pm
Oldpultnie gave this whisky 81 points
Color
Pale straw
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.

Comments
Gondwana
Expert Senior Gondwana Review note
02 Nov 2016 9:40 pm
Gondwana gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.7
Nose
88
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
86
Price
91
Presentation
88
praisethepasta
Member Senior praisethepasta Review note
11 Oct 2016 10:06 am
praisethepasta gave this whisky 84 points

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!

Weighted Rate
83.5
Nose
82
Initial taste
83
Body
85
Finish
83
Price
90
Presentation
79
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MrManners
Member Senior MrManners Review note
23 Jul 2016 8:49 pm
MrManners gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
79.6
Nose
75
Initial taste
81
Body
80
Finish
79
Price
88
Presentation
78
recursiewhisky
Expert Senior recursiewhisky Tasting note
31 Jan 2016 11:13 am
recursiewhisky gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

vol en krachtig, rook, noten en chocolade met aroma’s van fruit en turf. Licht medicinaal.

Taste

Rokerig, droog, ziltig en chocolade mousse, tikje dun

Finish

lange en zachte afdronk met hout, turf en zeewier.

Comments

Niet zo goed als de CS een beetje slap

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
06 Nov 2015 6:38 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 81 points

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 funny.

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).

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
23 Sep 2015 6:33 pm

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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