The Vintage Malt Whiskey Company, Milngavie, Glasgow, Scotland
A few years ago, a mysterious malt found its way onto the shelves of the SAQ Signature. The Finlaggan Old Reserve Islay Single Malt. Although bottled up by the enigmatic Vintage Malt Whiskey Company, the secret of his origin is so well kept that even rumors about him are raging. Some even say it would be produced by Lagavulin!
Another bottling for which the company keeps a very strict and efficient motus and sewn-on as to the provenance of its whiskey. The only thing they let us know is that Finlaggan has always come, always comes, and always will come from the same Islay distillery. Bottled at 40% alcohol, cold filtered and colored with good old caramel, Finlaggan is named in honor of the ruins of Finlaggan Castle, a historic site on the Loch Finlaggan on Islay, which would have been the residence of Lord of the Isles.
Yet not a reason to sell in SAQ almost $ 100 a bottle which sells for US $ 18 in the states.
As the French composer said so well Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896) said so well:
All new faith begins with heresy.
Classic peat paleness, but with a few more degrees of richness.
Big dirty and filthy peat as we like it. Sweet and earthy barley accents. Surprising and exciting.
Peat, leather and white chocolate. Return of the cereal. Extremely sweet, few spices. Its slightly watery texture disappoints a bit.
Short and light for an Islay, it is difficult to keep good memories in the mouth for long. Smoke and washed stone.
A more than valiant effort, but it is cruelly handicapped by its puny alcohol level and its price tag of nearly $ 100.