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Finlaggan The Original Peaty


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

20th Jan 2014


Finlaggan The Original Peaty
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  • Finish
  • Balance
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Finlaggan is a single malt, I am told. It used to be a NAS Lagavuling, but later was replaced with Caol Ila since Lagavulin lacked the stock. Some say it was a Laphroaig at one point in time. What the bottle contains today is anybody’s guess, but the Vintage Malt Whisky Company insists that it is indeed a product from one distillery and hence a single malt.

Well, the nose is nicely peaty and creamy on wet earth, smoked fish and sweet malt. Loads of stable scents. Wellington boots in mud. Herring! It takes some searching, but it does contain quite some fruit as well. Think white fruit like apple and pear.

I would not have minded if the arrival was a little more sturdy, but it certainly is not watery. Round, even. Good body and equally good balance. This is smoky, salty and sweet at the same time. More grain than fruit on the palate, though.

The finish is rather short.

Well, that was actually quite nice. For a NAS Ileach, at least. And a price cracker, certainly if this is a single malt (as far as I am concerned, this is indeed Lagavulin).

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