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Finlaggan Cask Strength

Ideal for a cold winter weekend

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

25th Dec 2019

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Finlaggan is produced by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company who own other well-known brands in the market such as “The Ileach” and “Islay Storm”. It is bottled as an undisclosed Islay malt, although rumour has it that it is mainly Lagavulin that is used to create the Finlaggan whiskies.

The nose starts off with lots of citrusy flavours, followed by notes of brine, iodine and walnuts. Quite sooty too and somewhat austere.

The palate is medium-bodied and brings with it more citrus flavours (lemons and grapefruits) as well as brine and iodine. There are now also notes of herbs and a hint of liquorice. Not as sooty as the nose but lots of peat smoke instead.

The finish is of medium length, sooty and salty. The ubiquitous citrus flavours are there too.

Good and decent stuff, ideal for a cold winter weekend, and not expensive either. In short: recommended.

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11 comments

@RianC
RianC commented

Nice review @Pierre_W! Hmmmm I have some spare Xmas cash ... grin

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

Succinct. Informative. Thank you @Pierre_W!

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I just finished up a bottle, and at the price I paid I would certainly get another. Pretty good value for a young, cask strength Islay.

9 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@BlueNote I can get this or a bottle of Bowmore 15 for the same price. What would you, or anyone, choose? My gut is saying Finlaggan ...

9 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@RianC I would prefer to get almost anything over Bowmore 15.

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Nozinan is it that bad? Hard to find a review for the 15 OB that isn't Darkest or Laimrig.

9 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@RianC The OB 15 IS the Darkest. It is underpowered and I was not impressed with it. I would not buy it without tasting from the same batch at any price. But I would happily buy a 15 YO Laimrig or a 10 YO Tempest.

9 months ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, you would prefer almost anything over Bowmore Laimrig 15 YO?

9 months ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, I see, you approve of Laimrig 15...disregard prior query.

9 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@paddockjudge To be clear I disapprove of "Bowmore 15". I am very much a fan of "Bowmore Laimrig 15 YO".

9 months ago 1Who liked this?

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