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The source of Finlaggan has remained a very closely guarded secret. To tell the true origin of Old Reserve you'll simply have to taste it and find out!
Nose: Slightly medicinal nose with hints of peanut, sticking plasters, manuka honey and digestive biscuits.
Palate: Sweet cereals, barley malt, a little peat smoke, TCP, nutmeg and ginger.
Finish: A long, sweet finish with toasty oak and peppermint.
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This is a good and affordable way to try a real Islay malt whisky. It is young, but not harsh. The flavours are packed together by a softening mentol taste. There is plenty of smoke to be found, but also brine, iodine and sweetness, so you get a lot of the flavours that determine the location of the malt. Although it holds some strong flavours, I find this whisky to be quite light and soft. There is little spice, but in the finish you get a strong peppermint flavour and mountfeel that accompanies the lingering smokyness. Personally I don´t really like the peppermint flavour, and I choose the ´Original peat´ over this one. It would say that the price of this Islay whisky is just right. It is not as good as Laphroaig, or Ardbeg, but the low price justifies it´s shortcommings.
21st March 2017
A young (possible 7yrs) Lagavulin, rough around the edges, BUT you are getting an islay malt for well under £30. Oily & smokey it's fascinating to try it side by side with its 16yr old brother, and given how that has shot up in price in recent years I'd recommend Lagav.... I mean finlaggan O.R to any whisky fan.
28th January 2017
I think it's produced at Caol Ila but also reminds me of G&M's Port Ellen distilled in the early seventies. It has the same kind of oily- and smokiness of both of them. So if you can't afford some sixhundred Pounds for an original Port Ellen try Finlaggan OR. Four stars for taste (I love even young Islays) and five for the low price.
14th January 2017
Diabolical. Do not buy.
13th January 2017
It is horrible one of the worst whisky I have tasted even the aroma is bad dont buy it
4th January 2017
Extremely good Islay Malt. Has the desirable peaty element but not overpowering. Fairly light. Some sweetness but not sickly. Lovely aftertaste. Overall reminds me of 12 year old Caol Ila, which is a malt I am fond of. And the price? A bargain! Give it a try, you won't be breaking the bank.
23rd December 2016
perfect Christmas present
27th November 2016
The distillery may be a closely guarded secret, but what cannot be hidden is the lingering Lagavulin finish!
28th April 2016
I did a blind test of Finlaggen next to Lagavulin 16, Compass Box Peat monster, Laphroaig 10, and Ardbeg 10 just to see how I really felt about it. Surprisingly though I picked the Finlaggen over the other peated Whiskies time and again. Been buying it ever since.
For something which is half the price of most Islay malts this is excellent whisky. Is it Peaty? Yes. Does it give you sea saltiness? Yes. Is there a hint of sweetness there? Yes. Is it malty? Yes. Is it young? Yes? Is it a bit drying in the finish? Yes. Is it half as good as whiskies that are double the price? No. Pound for pound it punches way above its weight. I like it.
22nd April 2016
Poor whiskey, although calls itself OLD it is lacks maturity. Rough taste, headache producing.Very misleading labeling- a cheat.
11th March 2016
Yummy yummy in my tummy
5th January 2016
Have a snifter, don't buy a bottle.
2nd January 2016
Ok so it's not as good as laga 16 or ardbeg uigaedail or laphraoig triple wood but it is damn close and for $18 u.s. I'll just buy this and save my money from now on this is waaaayyy too good for how cheap it is thats why it gets a 10/10 rating I'm not even gonna say where i got it this cheap because I don't want it all getting bought up definitely going back and getting more tomorrow. The Sugarbear
30th December 2015
Scotch for me means peat and complex undertones of citrus and caramel with hints of sea air. This whiskey has it all yet is affordable. Get it when you can.
16th December 2015
This is hands down the best peated single malt available for the money in the US. If you were a Bowmore Legend fan you will not be disappointed.
30th November 2015
When I recently visited Lagavulin, an old-timer working there mentioned that an attempt had been made at their larger sister distillery Caol Ila to recreate Lagavulin, but it didn`t quite turn out the same due to the different stills or whatever other factors. The small differences are amplified as whiskey matures. It would make sense that this is that imitation Lagavulin with 25-30 ppm phenol, distilled at Caol Ila, then matured 10 years in bourbon barrels. Caol Ila is by far the largest Islay Distillery and sells the most product to 3rd parties
28th November 2015
romig en een goede turfsmaak. En dat voor onder de 30 euro!!
10th September 2015
I usually love Lagavulin, Caol Ila and Laprohaig most, but this would get the mark "best buy" considering the price
6th March 2015
I was recemtly fortunate to receive a bottle of Finlaggan cask sttength. As with all drinks (& all things that one judges on the basis of flavour for that matter) beauty is very much in the taste buds of the beholder. I consider Finlaggan to be a first class malt: it has a peaty flavour, but it's smooth and soft in the mouth. It's cheap too! What is there not to like?!
18th January 2015
This is splendid whisky for peated a smoked whisky lovers. And its price is also great. I love it!
26th December 2014
As others have said, this is a Lagavulin clone. At this price point, I think it is a bargain. Obviously, not everyone will like the intense smoky flavor but that doesn't mean it is bad Scotch. I would not hesitate to have it among my selection of Scotches.
19th November 2014
So similar, in so many different ways, that i would not be at all surprised that this came out the back door of the Lagavulin distillery at 10 years of age and was rebadged as Finlaggan Old Reserve, which tellingly fails to tell us just how old it is........
22nd September 2014
If you are a peat lover this is an amazing scotch for the price. you wont find any other islay single malt for this price and its not bad. for all the negative reviews out there, Im assuming that those people are not a fan of the heavily peated scotches such as laguavulin, Talisker, Laphoriag, Bowmore or Ardbeg. for under $20 bucks a bottle this beats all other competitors at it's price point.
14th June 2014
Worst crap I ever bought at Trader Joes. This tasted like someone threw 4 pounds of pete moss into a bottle. I tried another glass and poured the whole $30 worth with tax down the drain. Do not buy it! Crap! Crap! Crap! They should be ashamed. I love scotch and different varaieties take time to learn to enjoy vs some others, but usually likable after a few tastes or glass fulls. This stuff is absolute dirt moss. I poured the rest of the bottle down the drain. Herb Salisbury
7th June 2014
even at $20, this whisky is a ripoff. i love the peatiness of it, but it isn't a good tasting spirit at all. in other words, you get peat and pretty much nothing else. just not worth the money. save your money and spend about $20 more for laphroaig 10. you've been warned...
9th May 2014
After i poured it in my glass, i thought there's a house on fire in my nearness. Then i drunk it, big surprise. Real nice Whiskey. The flavour rested in my mouth as if i was standing in that, just burned of house. Really spooky.
6th April 2014
Has the sea salt and smoke that makes Islay products famous. Not match to Ardberg and such, but if you're looking for affordable Islay, this is your choice.
25th July 2013
Have been drinking Finlaggan for a few years now - along with others - it always delights the willing tastbuds,almost like a more delicate Laphroaig.
2nd January 2012
Finlaggan is one of the best whiskys ive tasted. Its strong peaty taste is wonderfull to say the least . buy it you wont be dissapointed.
15th February 2011