Country Scotch Whisky
Region Scotch Whisky
Distillery/Brand The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.
Style Single Malt Whisky
Natural Cask Strength? No

Finlaggan Old Reserve

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!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

Allergy information

This product does not contain any notifiable allergens
More allergen information

Reviews for Finlaggan Old Reserve
excellent scotch
the bad reviews are by people who look at the price and think it can't be an awesome scotch. in other words they know nothing. Yes its true a 100.00 bottle of Lagavulin is definitely better but that doesn't take away from the fact that this scotch gets a passing grade with flying colors. A solid B.
valeriano , United States
4 months ago
You get what you pay for
This cheap version of an Islay malt is worth about what you pay. It tastes young and weak compared to the greats. If you want a great smoky malt, you won’t find it here. If you want a cheap tasting single malt for the price, this is your drink.
Patrick H , United States
7 months ago
Below average Islay malt
Bottling from 03.2022
It's clearly a young Bowmore from leeched casks. Very faint nose, weak palate, short finish. Wet cardboard and newspaper. Even McClelland's Islay (which is also Bowmore) is better than this!
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
Boremore at its worst
Tasted a freshly-opened bottling from 03.2022. This is clearly a young Bowmore from leeched casks. It's probably the worst Islay malt I have tried so far. Even McClelland's Islay is better than this, which is also a Bowmore btw. Avoid this one!
Nick , Russian Federation
one year ago
Very good for the price, soft peat, sweet fruity malt
I am cracking up at all the negative reviews by people who didn't expect an Islay whisky. One even complains about it smelling like smoked ham... yes, that was the goal.

For those going in blind: this is an Islay scotch, so expect peat smoke, brine, malt, and some band-aid/iodine flavor.

For those already accustomed to Islay: no, this can't compete fully with the leading brands at higher proofs, but it is a pretty amazing find for $19 at Trader Joes. It tastes over twice its price. The peat is there, but softer and less dry than it often is in peated whiskies. The dominant note is the sweet malt which presents as a maraschino cherry (often found in Highland Park) and spiced holiday cranberry sauce. If you like Islay and want something inexpensive but reliable, give this a shot. If you're looking for bourbon or unpeated scotch, this won't be for you.
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
Great value
Excellent taste for a great value
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
Smoke and salty with some sweetness
I do not understand the 1 and 2 star reviews.

You buy a islay and expect a smoke and idione taste with some zilty sea salt..

Yes this bottle brings it all at jist half the price of a ardbeg or talisker or laphroig

4 stars, pricewise very good for sea salty smoke
Master of Malt Customer
2 years ago
Old ashtray full of bandaids
I've never tasted something so awful in my entire life. I'd rather sip Canadian Club.
Master of Malt Customer
2 years ago
Costly fair whisky
Expected better... not great peaty, coarse. Gladly it was a gift. Will not buy this.
Master of Malt Customer
2 years ago
A Young Lagavulin?
Tasted the Finlaggan Old Reserve side-by-side with Lagavulin 8-yo in whisky sniffing glasses. Struggled to really tell them apart in the nose, palate & finish. The Lagavulin comes across as slightly more vibrant & more intense due possibly to its higher alcohol content. A great Islay find at nearly half the price of the Lagavulin!
Daniel Y , Malaysia
2 years ago