Finlaggan is very much the SECRET Islay, as the name of the distillery from which it comes is a closely guarded secret and known to only a select few.

The Island of Islay lies in the stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the West coast of Scotland. Many centuries ago, the Lord of the Isles ruled Scotland from the stronghold of Finlaggan Castle on Islay, but today it is malt whisky that legends are made of.

Tasting note – courtesy of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2006

Nose: Big breakfast fruitiness (old preserve, more like) plus nuts and chocolate. What a start

Palate: fat mouth arrival, more chocolate and ..oh peat, lashings of it.

Finish: Back to fruit again, then a chocolate mousse, all interlocked by peat. Brilliant!

Verdict “This is simply awesome. If you don’t get a bottle of this you will regret it for the rest of your life”


Finlaggan Old Reserve was awarded a Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in the Year 2000.

In 2006 it was awarded 94 out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the highest marks given in a book featuring over 3,400 whiskies.

It was given a Gold Award by Whisky Magazine in the 2008 Independent Bottlers’ Challenge.

In 2016 Finlaggan Old Reserve won a Silver Award in the Independents Spirits Challenge – a scrupulous blind tasting by an experienced panel of idependent judges.

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