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Finlaggan - Old Reserve

Islay Malt Whisky
Finlaggan - Old Reserve

70cl Bottle £29.27
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  • DistilleryFinlaggan

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Father's Day Islay Whisky

Sweetness: 1/10 Peatiness: 9/10 Availability: 3/10

Colour: Very pale straw with lemony-yellow highlights.

Nose: Full & pungent with an earthy smokiness & fresh hints of ozone.

Flavour : Dry, smoky & fresh, clean & big-bodied.

Finish : Long & smooth with a smoky-burnt oakiness & a very slight edge of richness.

Finlaggan is very much the SECRET Islay, as the name of the distillery from which it comes is a closely guarded secret and known to only a select few.

Only those who have sampled Islay malts over a long period and who are familiar with the subtle differences of nose and taste, could begin to guess at the pedigree of this true son of Islay.

The Island of Islay lies in the stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the West coast of Scotland. Many centuries ago,the Lord of the Isles ruled Scotland from the stronghold of Finlaggan Castle on Islay, but today it is malt whisky that legends are made of.

There are eight malt distilleries on Islay, all are excellent but with many different flavours.

1 Comment

Nigel 2017-07-03 00:37:42

This whisky is a lesson in why some malts need a dash of water.This was my first try of Finlaggan I was attracted by the blurb which made it sound like a peat monster. I initially drank it straight. The nose was a delicate butterscotch, with a creamy Werthers Original smell which I found quite sickly. That was followed by a familiar aroma I couldn't put my finger on, and then a big wham of acetatey alcohol, but disappointingly no peat. Then a sip: you get a big deep hit straight away and you can tell this is a complex, powerful flavour but there is barely a hint of smoke. My hope for that Islay flavour was disappointed - the taste started off as Highland whiskey but then gave way to a woody flavour which REALLY reminded me of neat tequila (that smell I recognised on the nose). I must admit I didn't like it, and it wasn't redolent of Islay for me.But then I added a dash of water and everything changed. The creaminess and the alcoholic hit on the nose were tamed and some subtle peat smoke came through. This was mirrored in the taste, which lost its tequila harshness and became a very pleasant, quite sweet and smooth whisky with hints of smoke. Not peaty enough for me - Lagavulin still reigns supreme - but transformed into an affordable Scotch I was more than happy drinking.