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Overall rating
80.99/100
votes
148
Whiskybase ID
WB6518
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottled
2005
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Screw Cap
Added on
22 Feb 2009 2:12 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 111.03

13 × in wishlist

148 × member ratings

274 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Old Reserve VM

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.99 points

  1. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

    87/100
    • 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

  2. Gondwana scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  3. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. 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[-]

  5. Jonkers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Perfect balanced !
    This whisky is a big surprise for me. As they see: never judge on te results of the nose but wait till you tasted it. And I did and it is great stuff ! Thanks to my son who gave me this nice whisky as a present.
    • Nose
      Light peat smoke. Oak and lots of malt and vanilla. Floral and fresh. Pineapple and a bit butter. Also a hint of hay. Complex.
    • Taste
      At the beginning very sweet. Then the smoke returns and after that it's all sweetness. Vanilla and candied fruits. Very Fresh.
    • Finish
      Spicy. Liquorice but very sweet. Pineapple.

  6. SomeMalts scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    2003 version. To me the whisky is closely related to Lagavulin, only younger/sharper and not as complex. Better compared to later expressions.
    • Nose
      Pungent, brine, seaweed and medicinal notes, slowly revealing some spices and wood. The peat is present, but some complexity/sweetnes shines through.
    • Taste
      Quite sharp on the mouth, slight hint of sweetness (sherry?), peat takes over quickly.
    • Finish
      Drying, smouldering peat lingers on.

  7. Kilo1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Aroma Opening the bottle was Isa’s bewildered whether it was at all, at the beginning there was no hint of smoke or peat, light fruits, a bit of sourness, grass, peaches, then iodine, salt, light smoked meat appeared.
    Taste Lightly sweet in the foreground ash dry peat, ash, light bitterness in the background.
    Aftertaste Short, bitterly salty, long-extinguished bonfire.

    Conclusion He reminded me of the young Coal ila young who had not yet had time to form and gain strength. If he was denser, I think he would be more interesting, quickly bothers. I think if possible I would take another sample for example CS, or 10 years old. For acquaintance with Ayla I would not advise.

  8. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.

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