The Finlaggan brand is named after Finlaggan Castle built on Islay in the 13th Century, a residence to The Lords of the Isles (now sadly in ruins). The name translates to ‘Fort on the Island’.
The labels on Finlaggan bottlings do not disclose the pedigree of whisky, they only state that it is coming ‘from the famous distillery on Islay’ which is home to eight. The Original Peaty Cask Strength expression was introduced in 2012.
Nose: quite intense, medicinal, peat smoke, pretty strong earthy notes (ferns, moss), sea salt, traces of apples and walnuts, hints of wood stain.
Palate: initially pungent, peat, chili peppers, after a while shows its sweeter side with vanilla, caramel, apples and plums.
Finish: medium long, ashy and peppery with dash of salt.