I have just discovered this wonderful forum
and I have been learning a lot these past few days just lurking.
But I have a question about
Inslay single malt Old reserve.
I picked it up when I was down in San Francisco for $17
and was told by my cousin (also a single malt fan)
that it was secretly a 5 year old Lagavulin.
I have found various theories on the internet and I am just
A. anyone has tried it and likes it
B. does anyone know anything else about.
By the way I really enjoy it (especially for $17!!)
and plan on picking up more next time I can find some.
Supposedly someone was able to talk to an "insider." The insider revealed that Finlaggan actually comes from several distilleries, hence the mystery and the reluctance of the bottler to reveal the source (clever marketing, btw). Primarily, the bottlings will be from Caol Ila or Lagavulin but occasionally from Laphroaig also. The best price available at the time dictates the source. What do you think? Does it sound like a plausible explanation?
I've never come across a Finlaggan but I've heard the buyer finds a good single malt at a great price. And at only $17.00 I think you got yourself a treat, even if we never get to the bottom of it.
Definitely, the smokiest whisky by far that I have ever tried, which is consistent with it being a young whisky. Much more so than Ardberg 10. Strong odor of burning paper.
Not the most complex of drams, but interesting and certainly worth trying for the price.
I like Finlaggan Old Reserve better than Laphroaig 10yo... at least the current bottling. Very drinkable. Peaty, smokey, not to sweet and smooth. A winner at $17.00 USD
The screw cap was a bit off a turn off however I'm getting over it.
I am still very new to the Islay malts, but my impression was that between Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg the Finlaggan Old Reserve most resembles the Laphroaig. However, I can easily see how it might be a very young and explosive Lagavulin. Well, explosive might not be the best word. It is just that Finlaggan lacks the refined and mellow smokiness of the Lagavulin that is typical for the 16yo (keep in mind that this is the only expression I can get my hands on, so no expert here).
Ya, I am not sure what it is but I know I like it.
Especially at a third the price of Lagavulin or Laphroaig.
I also hate the screw cap. I have had more problems with pouring that stuff then any other bottle. I always hate to see those precious few drops run down the side.
Ya, I find the bottle doesn't pour as well as the standard bottles. I think it is just a cheaper bottle (what with the screw top and all). BUT don't take my word for it I might just be a "challenged beverage pourer."
I will try another dram tonight and see if I still have the same problem as before . . .
On initial uncorking there was a strange nose, I can't quite describe it other than a foul asphalty smell. It went away immediately and was followed by a rather malty Islay, with a somewhat medium peatyness on the nose, with a certain thinness to it.
Finish is a bit harsh, not quite as nice as Ardbeg 10.
I feel it's more closely similar to Laphroaig than Lagavulin but that's just me. But definately a decent dram for $17 USD.
Lawrence wrote:My understanding is that it's quite young therefore it will be smokier than older whiskies. I'll keep an eye out for it, it sounds interesting.
I'd just love the opportunity to put this Finlaggin up against the Dun Bheagan 8yo. Islay that i am into. The two whiskys sound as if they were vatted for a similar flavour profile.
MrTattieHeid wrote:Take a good whiff of the stopper and see if you can detect any remnant of that odor. Again, I'm just guessing, but it might be that the stopper gives off a minuscule bit of odor which, over time, accumulated in the neck of the bottle, but might otherwise be nearly undetectable.
I did so, and can no longer detect any off-odors. I also inspected the "Cork" and I'm now not convinced it's plastic, it might be just a real clean cork, either way, it no longer has the smell. *shrug*.
Nose: Phenolic, medicinal, butter cream, moderate to a bit more than moderate peatiness, slight chocolate, and a slight bit of fruitiness - pears I think.
Palate: Green grass, more peat, oak/woody, burnt caramel. A bit "thin" though, and somewhat lacking in character and complexity.
Finish: Medium finish, but I still get a bit of burning down the throat and into the stomach. Actually, it's a combination of burning and warmth, unlike some others (Laphroaig) that just provides warmth.
Well, it's not half bad, again, and I think it's worth having in the cabinet for either filling a flask with, or giving to someone who's not really into Scotch that much and just wants to see what an Islay is like. It's definately a decent Scotch for the price, and I'd certainly prefer it over a moderately good Speysider or Highlander, but that's just my preference.
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