Finlaggan Old Reserve is a budget whisky which I picked up about two or three years ago for about € 25 at De Whiskykoning. There also is a cask strength version but we’re not sure if it’s the same whisky or even the same distillery. If so, I’m interested!
Why? Supposedly this is young Lagavulin. I love Lagavulin. From tasting this ‘standard’ version I am able to say that it is a very good possibility. Entirely sure I am not (as Yoda would say). I might need to test it with a gas chromatographer alongside a Lagavulin. I believe the Whiskykoning did that once to test Smokehead (supposedly young Ardbeg).
Tea and smoke with sweet dried peaches and apricots. It’s very gentle with some orange, orange peel and oak. It does have a hint of mustiness with a touch of sherry too.
The palate is smooth, peppery with smoke. It feels rather thin and this is where the 40% abv starts playing its part. It does have a slightly bitter edge and some peppery heat. Orange peel and oak as well.
The finish keeps on being gentle with smoke and wood. There’s some orange and tea here as well as some pepper. The slight mustiness is back again which has a hint of wet clay. It reminded me of the crawl space under our house.
Well, what to say. For € 25 it is a very, very decent dram. If you want to build a collection on a small budget this will certainly help and you’ll get a tasty whisky as well. Apart from that 40% is way too low in alcohol and I think this would be much better at 46%. I am curious to taste the cask strength version and since it’s only € 40 I just might pick that up someday.
Finlaggan Old Reserve, 40%, shouldn’t set you back more than € 30.