Finlaggan Islay Single Malt takes its name from Finlaggan Castle, the ancient home of the Lords of the Isles.
The brand is owned by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company founded in 1992 by Brian Crook. Mr. Crook does not reveal any information regarding identity of the source, he claims however that the whisky bottled as Finlaggan Old Reserve always comes from one and only one famous Islay distillery. Finlaggan Old Reserve scored gold medal at 2000 International Wine and Spirits Competition and is a great value for the money.
Nose: fresh, smoky and lively, there is certain earthiness, lemon zest, notes of honey, vanilla and breakfast cereals.
Palate: intensely smoky with lots of candy-like sweetness, some vanilla, delicate dryness, oak shavings and hints of nutmeg.
Finish: fairly long, malty and smoky with subtle briny notes.