Overall rating
77.03/100
votes
150
Whiskybase ID
WB6606
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
Peaty
Bottled
2003
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 feb 2009 1:07 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 27.99

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150 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Finlaggan The Original VM

23 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 77.03 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Well, that was
    actually quite nice. For a NAS Ileach, at least. And a price cracker, certainly
    if this is a single malt (as far as I am concerned, this is indeed Lagavulin).
    • Nose
      Well, the nose is
      nicely peaty and creamy on wet earth, smoked fish and sweet malt. Loads of
      stable scents. Wellington boots in mud. Herring! It takes some searching, but
      it does contain quite some fruit as well. Think white fruit like apple and
      pear.
    • Taste
      I would not have
      minded if the arrival was a little more sturdy, but it certainly is not watery.
      Round, even. Good body and equally good balance. This is smoky, salty and sweet
      at the same time. More grain than fruit on the palate, though.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather
      short.

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  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Good young smoker who is really top of the PLV. Intense, slightly medicinal peat.

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 63 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      65 65

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light medicinal, smoke and peat. A sweet fruity smell but also a bit flat for the rest.
    • Taste
      Pepper and a lot of sweet barley keeps coming back. Not a big body and even watery.
    • Finish
      Bitter at the end of a short finish.

  8. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I did not have a bottle, but I tasted about 5 times during the festival blind tasting and during it. Solid whisky.
    • Nose
      A very distinctive scent, a lot of sweet, honey, fruit nectar, vanilla, grass, straw, sugar wool, then heavier fruity with smoke and dexterity. It smells sweet and there is also sea salinity. (88 b)
    • Taste
      Somewhat oily on the tongue, first sweeter, but increasingly peat and smoke. Light grape bitterness in the flavor. Besides, the used and ash-like reverberation. (86 b)

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Peat, smoky, ashtray effect. Pretty one-dimensional canned whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. Taita did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Lots of taste and very affordable, but I prefer old reserve above this original
    • Nose
      Peat, iodine, harbour smell, stewed fruits
    • Taste
      Peat, tar, stewed fruits,pepper, earthy tones, oak
    • Finish
      peat, tar, leather, pepper, oak

  12. Daan Tje scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. cask86 scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  14. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A solid beginner for people who do not yet know smoky whiskys; rather simply knitted,
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke and cold ashes; slightly sweet tangerines; subtle peat and a bit of oak; slightly malty
    • Taste
      slight smoke that builds up in the mouth over time and becomes more intense; light tingle, slightly mineral; again subtle mandarins; slightly salty note
    • Finish
      short, light smoke; remains long and spicy on the palate;

  16. domani scored this whisky 58 points Expert Senior

    A mediocre to bad single malt. Behind this whisky hides a large distillery from Islay Island - 05.12.2015
    • Nose
      Alcoholic, detergents, tobacco, gum, cold smoke, cold ashes, phenolic, wet wood in the fire, engine odor in cold condition
    • Taste
      Alcoholic, ashtray and cold smoke, watery, finally oak and bitterness
    • Finish
      Short

  17. Elandi did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    too phenolic. Islay does not do it justice. Too young?
    • Nose
      Very powerful and phenolic smoke
    • Taste
      very spicy. maritime.
    • Finish
      medium. a bit bitter.

  18. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity, warm with pleasant earthy tones (peat) and minerals in the nose. The taste is soft (partly caused by 40% alc.), but also a delicious sweetness. Again the clear influences of peat and some spiciness (pepper)...The finish is quite long and again the pepper with a slight bitterness...Overall, very surprising!

  19. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    tasty, very cheap, robust smoker, if you do not need it too complex or balanced
    • Nose
      strong, dirty smoke, earthy, Bodden, somewhat grainy sweetness
    • Taste
      smoky, greasy, some salt, malty sweetness, very slight youthful metallic note
    • Finish
      medium long, simple, smoky-sweet

  20. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      70 70

  21. vb_bembel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nice peaty dram!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  22. hartist scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    May possibly be appropriate as a test run to a future lover of peat; Totally useless for all to others.
    • Nose
      Earthy smoke, some warmer notes (malt-fruit), emanation of apple distillate (calvados). Not very complex and a bit aggressive.
    • Taste
      Smoke, hints of riper fruit, a hint of vanilla, a little spice (pepper) and salt water. Everything is a bit biting, not very complex and a little flat.
    • Finish
      Short on a little smoke and sweet syrup.

  23. irrerelevant scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    young, fierce smoker, sea air, alcoholic hot, a little sweet, hardly any cask, after some time the bottle "tilts" in the direction of bitter and some banana is coming

  24. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      74 74

  25. granella2003 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  26. granella2003 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Finlaggan The Original Peat Islay Single Malt has the character of the Islay whisky, rich in taste, soft with peat.
    The Original Peaty malt has a higher ppm levels than the Finlaggan Old Reserve, the whisky is richer and fuller with peat aromas.

  27. Feusi scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very strong Islay whisky with a beautiful peaty nose. Bourbon Vanilla with peat and salt on the palate, with a brief but memorable finish. Good alternative to other (more expensive) Islay bottlings. Peaty salt is fresh, crisp and easy on the tongue.

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