A formidably strong Islay whisky, rich in peaty goodness. Finlaggan is named after the ruin castled on Islay, that was previously the seat of power for the Lord of the Isles.
This bottling is shrouded in mystery, with the producing distillery unknown. Rumours are that it is young malt from a certain illustrious southern Islay distillery.
What we do know is that the spirit is truly delicious. Pungent and peaty, with plenty of fudgy malt and dark chocolate flavours, alongside notes of oily nuts and sea spray. The flavours are extremely assertive, helped in no small part by the 58% ABV bottling strength.
Perhaps one of the best bargains on the market today, a must-try for anyone out there who loves high proof peaty drams.
Nose: Earthy and young, sulphurous and peaty; lemon and lime cream, some seaweed, some mashed kiwi.
Palate: Very ashy forefront, peat and tar, slight sherry reveals itself. Wax with some aloe and milk. Salt and lemon peel.
Finish: Peat and baklava, and some barbecue sauce.
Overall: A good entrance to Islay Cask Strength whisky- young but complex, worth trying for every fan of the style too.