Nose: Youthful peat, herbal notes, oak, grassy, notes of the coast.
Palate: Sublimely smooth malty notes, peat, peppery spices, tannins, a touch of fruit.
Finish: Faint iodine. Coastal notes, malt.
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I was looking for a "smoky" and "peaty" Whiskey and I bought this at Edinburgh Castle, as the manager in the Whiskey shop recommended it to me. He gave me a few samples and this was the one for me. Its has hints of the Sea in the taste and a lovely smoky sensation on the nose and tongue. Its not for everyone, but its worth having a bottle in.
12th April 2015
I like it. Since years I´ve "imported" Finlaggan whenever I´ve visited a country where this peaty and smokey Islay malt is sold. But now I´ve discovered that another "secret" Islay malt is sold i Sweden: Ileach. My first bottle was not the last.
2nd January 2015
This is definitely from the Caol Ila distillery. It's OK but not to my taste, but you get what you pay for.
23rd December 2014
very tasty whisky indeed very similar to laphroig as people have mentioned well worth the price
6th November 2014
This delicious Islay whisky is, without a shadow of a doubt, a young Lagavulin. Both the complex peaty-sherried taste and, in particular and decisively, the deep sherry-red colour are only produced by one excellent distillery on Islay. I love it, but the standard Lagavulin 16 y.o. remains my first choice.
4th November 2014
This is a superbly priced single malt, smoky peat with a finish of vanilla and a superb sweetness to it! Perfect purchase.
24th October 2014
This is whisky for the rough men. As a fisherman it´s just what you need when unloading and arrived home. Welcome home!
3rd August 2014
This whiskey tastes better than any other and gave me the ability to fly - once.
31st July 2014
I am also a peat lover, and this was surprising realy in my taste. It was in my opinion a lot of good tastes that surprised me well with the smoke. Sure a very good single malt. Nothing could be better for the price. Nice!
26th June 2014
A very good single malt.Nothing could be better for the price.
20th June 2014
There is much speculation on which distillery this 'secret' Islay malt comes from. I have to say that I don;t think any of the great distilleries on Islay would own up to this! It is very underpowered, completely unbalanced and has more than a taint of the dreaded sulphur from a poor sherry cask. Not what a fancy label portrays or the picture depicts this is NOT representative of the superb Islay malts. Cheapness usually means poor quality and in this case it simply pays to pay for the price of a true Islay malt and not a cheap imitation.R. Swinhoe
12th May 2014
Absolut zu empfehlen. Leute die diesen Whisky nicht kennen werden sehr positive überrascht sein.Das gilt auch beim mehrmaligen Versuch und auch nach mehreren Tagen.Ich bin ein Malt Liebhaber seit über 25 Jahren.Hans Luginbühl Kriens Schweiz
6th May 2014
What you are drinking is a young Caol Ila.
25th March 2014
Real good whisky to a real good price! Buy!!
12th March 2014
I am a peat lover, but this was not realy in my taste. It was in my opinion a lot of tastes that did not blend well with the smoke.
9th February 2014
A great Whiskey and a good prica.
7th February 2014
Buy this. As we say in Cornwall "tis bleedy ansome"
1st January 2014
Lagavulin makes this whiskey . It is an 8 years one. tjats why they dont put there on name on it.
25th September 2013
23rd August 2013
Very palatable and definitely worth trying.
19th July 2013
This is a really fabulous whisky. The sublime peppery, peaty and kippery taste is a real pleasure on the taste buds. The unknown distillery from which it came may well be Laphroaig. Try the cask strength for extra bite.
15th July 2013
A few years ago I bought 18 bottle of Ileach. Some investigation brought me at the information that it should be a 10 year old Lagavullin. (i'm sure it is not a 10 year laphroaig) but after a while this whisky becomes flatter in taste for me. It is starting to disapoint me sometimes and i'm an islay lover
28th February 2013
Bought a bottle of this and it hit me in the face that it is clearly a Laphroaig 10 yr old. Way more medicinal than its neighbouring distilleries. Love Laphroaig especially the quarter cask or cask strength but for the cash this bottling you can't go wrong with.
17th January 2013
Lagavulin is my favourite, but it's outpriced itself from my humble factory wage. This however, since it's accidental discovery (bought on a whim in a shop in Ludlow) this comes a very very close second. At half the price it's a bargain. You will not be disapointed.
20th September 2012
Just picked up a bottle on rrecommendation while in a shop in Newcastle & opened it at home last night... REALLY DELICIOUS balance of flavours with a nice, healty dose of peat! I generally go for Ardbeg or Lagavulin,this was a pleasant surprise at only 25 pounds for 70 cl bottle... what a bargin!
18th August 2012
Very interesting Islay malt. The taste is very soft and not so smokey.I like this stuff vey much.
8th January 2011
Wonderful dram. It never disappoints and is well worth the effort involved in tracing a bottle!
6th January 2011
best scotch, very long finish
16th November 2010