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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

€ 22.32

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115 × member ratings

292 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Finlaggan The Original - Peaty VM

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.88 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and tasty ... Relatively thin and ideal as an "unimportant" companion for sociable hours ...

    21/22/21/22 (86P)
    • Nose
      Creamy caramel shimmers in the Premium Snifter, while the glass wall is glued to the glass wall, while dark fruit notes rise up with a hint of smoke. Sweet caramel, a hint of toffee, hints of raisins, the "original" Finlaggan invites you to take a first sip ...
    • Taste
      The first sip flows thinly over the tongue, some wood, a little smoke, here and there hints of fruit, crumbs of milk chocolate and caramel. The aftermath is already announcing itself quickly and thinly ...
    • Finish
      Slightly tart, minimally smoky and earthy, a voluminous fruit mix sticks to the palate for a minute before the nutty aftertaste ends with a hint of chocolate.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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

    Very good considering the low price

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke and peat, some salty, ash, rubber. Also some fruity through it, apples. Not very intense.
    • Taste
      Salmiak kick at the beginning, then liquorice and lakrisal. Pepper, peat, smoke, ash and tobacco. Caramel too. And later also some orange.
    • Finish
      Light peppers still, salmiak, lakrisal, liquorice. Not very long, later in the end it gets a bit longer, more caramel comes through.

  6. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    On the nose: salt, peat, salt. It's simple, straightforward, straight to the point. Well, that's not all, there is also ash, iodine, smoke, damp earth, limestone, guano. Wet grass after the rain. It's 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 shade of salted caramel remains evanescent in the mouth, but for a short time.
    The lack of complexity is compensated by the power of the coarse salt. It was necessary to dare such simplicity. I go for Caol Ila.

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. claymore84 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 05-13-2021.

  8. jvanopstal scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    Nice (soft) smoky whisky with some sweetness
    • Nose
      74 74
      Peat, smoke and iodine
    • Taste
      74 74
      Peat, lots of fruit and pepper
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium. Smoky and sweet

  9. Svjatogor scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    n: peat, light, seaweed, vanilla, sweet and sour, fresh fruit, apples, hint of medicine and herbs
    t: peat, fruit, light, seaweed, ocean shore
    a: peat, light, fruit, sour, short

  10. Rody024 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Great price/quality ratio. Exactly what you seek in an easy-drinking every day dram. Simple sipping without much complexity.
    • Nose
      70 70
      Intensity - 8
      Richness - 6
      Peat, boiled meat, bacon and pepper.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Intensity - 8
      Richness - 5
      Quite thin mouthfeel.

      Peat, bacon, dried fruits, toffee.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Long finish (10+ seconds) with tones of peat and tar.


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