Single malt whisky - tasting notes

18 Apr 2013

Croftengea 1996 (cask #283)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Loch Lomond

Croftengea is peated Loch Lomond (the favourite whisky of Captain Haddock in Tintin). It’s an active low-key distillery you rarely hear of, and they have a peculiar set of stills: copper pot stills, Lomond stills and a Coffey still. With this equipment they claim to produce eight different styles of whisky, both grain and malt.

They’re also using a slightly obsure array of names: Loch Lomond, Croftengea, Old Rhosdhu, Inchfad, Inchmoan, Inchmurrin, Craiglodge… it’s all produced at the same place. Today we’re having an official single cask release, distilled 26/01/1996 and bottled 06/09/2005.

The distillery is not too healthy and it’s said to be looking for new investors.

 

 

Croftengea 1996/2005 #283Croftengea 9 yo 1996 (45%, OB 2005, sherry finished hogshead #283, 380 btl.)

Nose: full of dry smoke, with earthy overtones. Cold barbecue ash. Then lots of dark chocolate with syrupy sultanas and even hints of raspberry ganache. Cecina de León. Mouth: same story. Big peat smoke, burnt grass and lots of pepper. Moves to slightly herbal and bitter notes (espresso). Gets thinner in the end and leaves a sourness of oak. Finish: long, smoky, peppery and slightly sour.

Not a bad dram, even hinting towards sherried Port Ellen but a little thin and rough to play in the same league. Quite cheap in auctions, rarely over € 60-70. Although this shop thinks it’s worth € 450, ha! Thanks Bert.

Score: 84/100

Croftengea 1996 (cask #283) 3 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-18
  • T O M

    Hello Ruben, just checked your link to the shop… funnily, they state it as being distilled in 1966, not 1996… do not find an evidence of a 1966 with cask #283, though… Regards, Tom

  • Fons

    Since the original Loch Lomond distillery closed in 1817 and the existing distillery was only founded in 1965, Captain Haddock must’ve had some really old stock of the original stuff.

  • kallaskander

    Hi there,

    try this link

    http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/croftengea-1996-select-cask-no_-283-whisky/

    1966 is probably a mix up with the founding year or year of first production 1966.

    Greetings
    kallaskander

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