Croftengea 14 Years Old Batch 3

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What they say

Some people say the Loch Lomond Distillery is simply just well-equipped with lots of handy distillation equipment, and that’s why its able to produce all sorts of different whisky styles. That Boutique-y Whisky Company has a different theory – they’re wizards. How else would they be able to make grain whisky, blends, and even various styles of single malt, like the peated Croftengea expressions? You need proof? Here’s the Boutique-y bunch’s proof – a 14 year old Croftengea!

Batch 3 is a release of 503 bottles.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose: Lightly smoky nose, ashes, bonfire in your neighbour’s garden, that sort of thing. Just a touch of streaky bacon.
  • Palate: Delicate, with a lovely appley, fruity, sweetness. Underlying smoky ash notes.
  • Finish: Lovely balance, black pepper and apples, quite short.

What I say

Our first Croftengea review, though not the first I have sampled. Croftengea, like many other outputs from the diverse Loch Lomond distillery is a style descriptor for production of specific whisky types. Croftengea denotes their heaviest peated single malt production. Released briefly as a brand from 2004 with some single cask releases. Croftengea appears more regularly in private or Indie bottled casks where use of the style or brand name is deemed acceptable by the producers. The main function of Croftengea is to facilitate the addition of peat influence into Loch Lomond cask marriages and blends.

  • ABV 49.5%
  • Age 14 Years Old
  • Bottler That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Bottling Croftengea Batch 3
  • Cask Bourbon
  • Category Single malt whisky
  • Cost £51.95
  • Origin Loch Lomond Distillery
  • Outturn 503 bottles
  • Region Highland
  • Released 2020
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Light gold (4/20) medium-large tears and legs.
  • Nose Dusty, fruity, both citrus and orchard fruits and nutty, peat smoke – dry Highland peat, ash, smoked meat, and dry BBQ biltong or jerky.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, oily, honey, golden syrup, gentle nuttiness, fresh apple, peat smoke, smoked almonds (with no salt), dry toast, bbq briquettes, coal dust.
  • Finish Long, honey, dry wood smoke – almost acrid, apple and toasted almonds
  • Overall A touch light in body and malt, perhaps I’m expecting more from comparison to similar smoky Islay whisky? Minimal cask influence suggestive of refill ex-Bourbon, just about tempers the smoke here plus a lovely fresh apple nature.

Score 83/100

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