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Finlaggan Cask Strength

From Sweet to Salt

2 085

@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

14th Jan 2018

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When I first tried the Finlaggan Cask Strength, I was quite satisfied. So when my whisky buddy Pat offered me a sample of a recent release ā€“ 18th May 2015 ā€“ I gladly took and will try that today.

Soot, asphalt and dried grasses with a good dose of butane gas precede hints of citrus fruit, young apples and some almond paste. This nose also shows a bit of salt and a lovely dose of peat. Unmistakably Islay.

It is very smoky, spicy and surprisingly sweet on the palate. Oh, boy, this is quite a spicy fellow. Iā€™m sure the ABV has something to do with that as well. I get all warm inside. Apples, grapefruit and lime go hand in glove with salt, ginger, liquorice and some pepper. Honey joins in, but does not stand a chance against the overwhelming saltiness. This goes from sweet to salt to very brackish and it works like a charm.

The finish is long, smoky and nicely warming.

Nice whisky that reminds me of Lagavulin, but obviously I cannot be certain about that.

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