Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Ex-Bourbon & Port Cask Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Jan 2016 9:09 am by mds51

Average value

€ 40.89

22 × in wishlist

230 × member ratings

470 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan Port Finish VM

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.53 points

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful pink color
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke and fruit.
    • Taste
      Firmly, smoke a lot and then peek a little sweeter and taste some wine
    • Finish
      Not very long and smoky

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very, very nice Finlaggan. Looking at the price/quality ratio, this is a winner.
    • Nose
      The nose shows lots of earth, grapefruit, lacquered bacon and rhubarb. A hint of mashed potatoes. On the nose, this is quite lovely and in fact reminds me a bit of Laphroaig, while most people think Finlaggain is Lagavulin. The aromas are nicely integrated, so to speak.  Great nose!
    • Taste
      It is nicely oily, mildly spicy and quite salty. After that first spicy, salty surge the red fruit returns in large numbers. Rhubarb, but also strawberry and even litchi. Soot and ashes appear. This truly is lovely. But now I do think it’s Lagavulin, sorry… 
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, sweet, smoky and dies a salty death.

  3. Moremco67 scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Yes, I am a fan of Finlaggan. Especially the price-quality ratio.
    With this whisky the port can still be tasted very well through all kinds of other flavors.
    • Nose
      89 89
      full of fragrance, you can smell the Port and through it with a right mixture of other fruits and smokiness
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very full of flavour. Delicious.....
    • Finish
      89 89
      nice aftertaste where more fruit flavors are revealed. The smoky lingers well.
      a real Islay

  4. niggy1813 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    All in all a lot of campfire smoke completed with red fruits that give it the certain something. So, for an unnamed Islay whisky it's one of the better for me and I like this whisky very much. But for a better ranking it should be more mature and the beautiful fruits have to be more significant.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cold ash smoke meets red fruits. Lovely. Although the smoke overpowers the fruits, the composition is recognisable and promises a lot.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The fruits fight forward. Plum, raisin, grape but also some sour notes. All nicely combined with smoke that gets warmer.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Warming, very smoky, powerful and long, gentle completed again with the fruits.

  5. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rather cold smoke, ash, slightly sour, lemon, very light orange, cherry, Mon Cheri, a few nuts, some wood
    • Taste
      Honey, cherry gum, lemon, some chocolate, wood, ash, smoke, some pepper

  6. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Simple but tasty. Reminiscent of Caol Ila DE, but clearly port on the palate, although the influence of the latter is not very strong. Very balanced, overall an Islay NAS of the more successful variety.

  7. Don Cassi scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, medium-strong warm (association of bacon) and maritime smoke and fruity port aromas of red fruits. In addition, slight herbal notes (Lagavulin?).

    Immediately burnt wood and alcoholic sharpness in the mouth. Behind it, the impressions from the nose are reflected.

    Metallic-bitter finish and very ashy (Caol Ila?) With a sweet-fruity background.

    Young and rough smoker, who would have done better with fresh barrels and a longer storage time. Above all, the departure prevents a higher rating.

    Grade: 2

  8. aw-home scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Phenolic peat smoke with maritime and vinous notes, tart strawberries, honey, ash and smoky aromas.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke with maritime and vinous notes, strawberries and honey.
    • Finish
      Long with maritime and vinous notes, ash, citrus, peat smoke and honey.

  9. keizerjos scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, subtle with some smoke - not as nice as the ever-improving Ledaigs that I have in the cupboard. I want more of that peat; the portwood ripening does not really add much spectacle. The price is, in my opinion, a decade higher than it should be.

  10. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose this whisky has scents of plums and a good amount of peat. Smoked bacon and a little medicinal reminiscent of the scent of a Lagavulin or perhaps even more like a Laphroig. As the name of the whisky suggests, it has matured in port barrels.

    The first sip many sweet flavors and a delicious good thick smoke flavor.

    Raisins, pepper, leather. A dry finish is added quickly.

    Raspberries and strawberries also clearly come to the surface. Although I often like peated whiskys I like the winter, I also like them in the summer with those sweet flavors.

    A perfect balance between delicious smoke and sweets.

    These flavors are reflected in the aftertaste. An oily taste, later sweetness but especially delicious thick smoke


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