When the whisky itself is good and the finish brings out something extra, I'm all for finishing (I love Balvenie Doublewood, Lagavulin and Talisker DE, Bowmore Darkest, and even the Grant's Ale Cask Finish, even though that sounds gimmicky). All too often, though, a finish is put on a whisky which was past it or otherwise unexciting or flawed, in the hope of making it more interesting, and that's usually a waste of time or worse. And sometimes the whisky is good but just can't handle the strength of finish (I think that's the case with the Auchentoshan Triple Wood, even though I'm a great fan of the regular Auchentoshans - sorry Jenny
). But unless the distillers experiment, we'll never know whether some finishes work or not - so I'll put up with the gimmickry in the hope of good stuff coming through.