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A fantastic nose of smoky peat and wheat with some toffee. Chocolate and gooseberry follow on the palate combined with anise and nutty undertones. A long finish of liquorice and salt fades very, very slowly. 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. Only those who have sampled Islay malts over a long period and who are familiar with the subtle differences of nose and taste, could begin to guess at the pedigree of this true son of Islay. 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. There are eight malt distilleries on Islay, all are excellent but with many different flavours.