Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
What's cooking?
Stated Age
15 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Sherry Barrel
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 May 2018 10:10 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 73.59

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Whisky Reviews for Croftengea 2002 SMWS 122.21

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.07 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Make no mistake, this Croftengea is quite unusual. It again follows a theme of particularly ‘meaty’ whiskies from this month’s SMWS outturn – though to my mind, this is the best of the bunch of the ones I tasted. A fascinating concoction covering all three courses of a Sunday lunch and yet still managing to maintain balance, poise and liveliness. Unusual, delicious and certainly inspired. My joint top pick of this month – highly recommended.

    • Nose
      Very savoury. Very meaty. Herb-crusted loin of beef with gravy and a side of crispy kale and nettles. Pork scratchings, smoked BBQ ribs and freshly tanned leather. There’s minerality here – wet slate – and a ton of greenhouse – sun ripened fruits and vegetables. The addition of water brings out some of the sherry cask influence, toffee coated pears, dates and raisins. Both side play together very amicably.
    • Taste
      Unexpected and challenging. Meats again – brisket, chops, ribs…you get the idea. But now seasoned with chopped nuts, mint sauce and just a hint of rubber inner tubes. Deeper flavours are more sherry-focussed, milk chocolate, toffee, sponge cake, raisins and treacle sauce. What a combination – almost an entire meal in one! Water further emphasises the sherry flavours, as well as adding in poached pears and a touch of well-seasoned oak.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, slightly salty and packed full of beefy flavour – steak jus, reduced stock and a hint of star anise.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ah, peaceful Loch Lomond. I was there before. At the lake. Not the distillery.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sea salt, slightly smoky, sweet liqueur. Warm buttery pastry.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thin mouthfeel. Jumpy and all over the place at first, but at midpalate becomes more precise. Oily, lemon, orange zest, herbal liqueur. Hints of green tea tannins. Really wish this was more viscous. Still, this is a good one.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Weird. The finish is long and spicy but the flavors don't penetrate the tongue. It just lingers on the surface, and then dissipates.

  3. theograph scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Maritime, herbs and fresh lemon, a nice combination. 88 / 89P.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Salt, fresh oak, seafood, herbs, mint, perfume, medicated, tape, more salt;
    • Taste
      88 88
      Salt, coast, herbs, lemon, medicinal, fresh oak, smoke, coal, earthen notes! dark fruits;
    • Finish
      88 88
      Fresh sea air, herbs, astringent, long and warming;

  4. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "After four years in an ex-bourbon barrel, we transferred this whisky directly into a 2nd fill Sherry cask for the remainder of its maturation."

    Frankly given than most SMWS bottlings with finishes have them matured in one bottle for the majority of the time and then 1-2 years in the second cask, I think it far more likely this should read "fourteen years in an ex-bourbon barrel...".

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Notes from the SMWS Website: https://www.smws.com/whisky/what-s-cooking

    Issueprice May 2018: 65 GBP"Something was cooking on the nose neat; honey-glazed gammon, smoked beef tenderloin or brisket burnt ends and that carried on with a meaty, smoky very moreish flavour of juicy roast turkey with crisp brown skin in a wine sauce with sweet potatoes and red cabbage. Water added roasted figs stuffed with gorgonzola and walnuts to the mix and on the taste a juicy tender well-salted perfect pan-seared steak followed by sweet sticky banana cake with coconut. After four years in an ex-bourbon barrel, we transferred this whisky directly into a 2nd fill Sherry cask for the remainder of its maturation."


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