Finlaggan Old Reserve Islay Single Malt Whisky is a secret malt whisky. Quite often Scotch Whisky distilleries will sell some of their whisky to a third party who then age and bottle the whisky themselves. Often you will see the distillery name as well as the bottlers name on the label. In this case they tend to be known as third party bottlings. Sometimes a company does not put the distillery name on the bottle, for whatever reason, and these seem to have become known as secret malt whiskies. As a secret Islay malt the name of the distillery from which it comes is a closely guarded secret and known to only a select few. It is bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. who also bottle another secret Islay malt whisky called The Ileach as well as the Cooper’s Choice range of single barrel bottlings. There aren’t many distilleries on Islay, so I reckon anyone who is familiar with the subtle nuances of aromas and flavours of Islay malt whiskies will be able to work out where Finlaggan Old Reserve comes from. Failing that just do a quick search on some whiskey discussion forums where there is plenty of chatter about secret malt whiskies. This whisky is named after Finlaggan, a historic site on Islay, Many centuries ago,the Lord of the Isles ruled Scotland from the stronghold of Finlaggan Castle on Islay which is situated 2kms to the northwest of Ballygrant.