Finlaggan single malt is named after Finlaggan Castle, the seat of the feudal Lord of the Isles in the loch of the same name found in the north of Islay. Finlaggan is a mystery malt and the identity of the producing distillery is, as you'd expect, jealously guarded by the brand owners, The Vintage Malt Whisky.
Being a 3rd party bottling of the much beloved Isaly Single Malts, the Finlaggan OR is a constant subject of debate. Is it a young Lagavulin, is it a young Laphroaig, is it a young Caol Ila, Bunnahabbin, or Bowmore. Who makes it? Where does it come from? There is almost a religious fervor in trying to figure it out. The only thing that stays constant in these discussions is that it is decidedly a young whisky.
Nose: Slightly medicinal nose with hints of peanut, sticking plasters, manuka honey and digestive biscuits.
Palate: Sweet cereals, barley malt, a little peat smoke, TCP, nutmeg and ginger.
Finish: A long, sweet finish with toasty oak and peppermint.