Overall rating
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Design
Added on
07 Nov 2016 2:43 pm by Robinzon25

Average value

€ 22.74

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74 × member ratings

205 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan The Original - Peaty VM

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.08 points

  1. AdamsB scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Low price, good quality
    • Nose
      79 79
      Peaty smoke, smoked fish, apple
    • Taste
      80 80
      Peaty smoke, salt, vanilla,
    • Finish
      78 78
      Peat, seaweed

  2. agejellema@gmail.com scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Very good considering the low price

  3. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    On the nose: salt, peat, salt. It's simple, direct, straight to the point. Well, that's not all, there is also ash, iodine, smoke, damp earth, bousin. Wet grass after the rain. It is slightly medicinal.
    In the mouth, the coarse salt binds to soft caramel, anise, some spices. The finish is quite peppery, still salty, still spicy. The shadow of the salted caramel remains evanescent in the mouth, but for a short time.
    The lack of complexity is offset by the power of coarse salt. You had to dare such simplicity. I'm in favor of Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. foxyproxy scored this whisky 65 points Newbie

    Im getting some peat, salt, iodine and citrus on the nose.

    Tasting it, I get a very short and strong hint of liquorice on the back of the tongue and the palate, which quickly fades into a soft and sweet tone with a lasting ashen aftertaste. An overpowering taste of alcohol can present itself if it hits the sides of the tongue.

    Not bad for its price point but also not great. Eventhough it has a long lasting aftertaste.. as a whole, it seems pretty fleeting and one dimensional to me.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Peat, salt, citrus, iodine
    • Taste
      62 62
      Liquorice, caramel, salt
    • Finish
      59 59
      Peat, ashes, long lasting

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Salt vs Vanilla
    Finlaggan is an undisclosed Islay single malt and depending on the stocks that The Vintage Malt Whisky Company can put its hands on, the contents may vary. It’s a public secret that they bottled Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Caol Ila in the past. I don’t care much, as long as it’s good. But curb your enthusiasm, as this is a 20 EUR bottle.
    Wet earth, smoked fish, sweet barely, peat and Wellington Boots: that’s the nose of this malt in a nutshell. Not a lot of smoke though. Stable scent, mud and lemon juice: a good mix. In the background, I also get some white fruit, mostly apples, and a green touch as if from ferns. Young, but not unpleasant.
    The mouthfeel is fine, but the low strength makes it lack some punch. It’s a bit smoky now while the saltiness goes head to head with the sweetness. Salt versus vanilla in my book.
    The finish, unfortunately, is rather short.
    I’d say this is a very young Laphroaig, but I cannot be certain of course. Anyway, this is bang for your buck. Thanks, Pat!

  6. TheTastyNoser scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Very peaty, but lots of aromas at the same time. Never gets boring. And the price... veeery cheap for such an excellent bottle!

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

  8. martin bruijn scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    taste like candy on candy-string at first, then peaty notes emerges, with little salty an a long remaining tasting. Very smooth whisky, little honey taste but not too much. Great price/taste combination.

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some smoke and peat. Not very intense. Also some citrus fruit
    • Taste
      Some faint with a hint of smoke and peat. then some sweetness of caramel and citrus
    • Finish
      Short. Ash and some bitterness


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