Croftengea 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition - Single Cask
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Added on
14 May 2018 1:14 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 80.94

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Whisky Reviews for Croftengea 2008

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.46 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dutch whisky forum 10th blind tasting - sample #6

    Very good, I really like this. For me personally the best dram in the VBT-10 line up so far. Most likely bourbon cask matured, not spicy enough for virgin oak. The prominent grain/cookie note could point to a local barley variety. Mildly peated, not too strong on the tongue so I'm guessing just below 50% ABV. This is almost certainly a Scotch, could be Islay (Bunna or a Laddie), but I actually think it's Campbeltown or an islander. As to the VBT-10 theme, I would be surprised if this is a 10 year old, tastes quite a lot older, so the 10 could point to anything.

    So it turned out to be quite a heavily peated highlander with an age just under 10 years. Amazing, really performs as a much older malt with a much more mellow peaty feel to it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lots of vanilla, grain sweetness, a mildly sour earthy note (actually I suspect this to be lightly peated), a pretty strong shortbread cookie note, honey, fudge, toffee, sultana raisins, peaches and dried apricots. Water and time brings out a grassy/herbal note and some very faint soapiness in the background.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite full bodied, oily, salted butter, vanilla, fudge and caramel, fruitcake, sweet fresh and dried fruits (peaches, mango). Except from the saltyness, I'm not so much getting the peat here.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium in length, vanilla, some liquorice and a pretty spicy wood note (yes it's the peaty feel again).

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Loch Lomond for the win, again! 
    • Nose
      Surprisingly mellow, not intrusive at all. Pretty coastal, with hints of peat smoke of course, as well as brine and salty seaweed. However, this also has a inviting fruity layer, very much of the tropical kind. Grapefruit comes to mind, as well as banana and apricot marmalade.
    • Taste
      Sweet peat with a pinch of salt and a hit of tar, followed by tropical fruits. Those straight-necked Inchmurrin stills certainly get the job done. Lemons and pink grapefruit mostly.
    • Finish
      Long, tarry and salty, with a fruity encore.

  3. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Gold.

    Nose: This is really marvelous. You get a well-balanced combination of salinity, savoriness, and herbs. There's a smoky undercurrent, but I'm not picking up huge medicinal notes. Instead, it has a lot of the hallmarks of some of those drams (good South Shore Islays, for instance), e.g., licorice, smoked meat (bacon fat sizzling), and that lovely coastal character despite Loch Lomond being inland coastal, so to speak. Water doesn't bring out much more for me.

    Taste: Big. The bottling strength is a virtue here. You're getting highly concentrated flavor with a thick, oily mouthfeel. Here it starts to perform more like a peated Islay dram. I can see why folks would describe this as tarry, for instance. It has that dark sweetness of licorice, anise, etc. Really pleasant. Water mutes the spicy kick a bit but replaces it with some honeyed sweetness.

    Finish: A pleasant tingle without any real burn, a bit of spice, though.

    Comments: This has about everything I want in young, peated whisky. While I only have reputation to go on for others aside from this, it seems as though Loch Lomond is really doing itself a great service lately with these single cask bottlings. They are affordably-priced, high-quality, and full of character. It's another win for TWE, as well. It's really become fairly easy to rely upon their exclusives as long as one of the big dog reviewers also chimes in with a solid appraisal.

  4. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A certain alcoholic rawness on the palate combined with some "cheaper" sweet notes (panettone) will prevent it from going above 88, but the nose is top notch and a very impressive feature at such a young age. Congrats again, Loch Lomond, you're on your way !
    • Nose
      90 90
      Superb notes of greek yoghurt and mascarpone with some chalk and a very soft fruitiness, mostly on pears and maybe a bit of apricot. This is quite reminiscent of some recent Ben Nevis in style ; I'm impressed. Takes a subtle farmy turn afterwards with a tiny bit of manure, a lot of shoe polish and clay, some undescribable funk (some sides are a bit Springbanky indeed !) before returning on the initial soft fruitiness and greek yoghurt. Horse sweat. There's little to no smoke per se but it's rather integrated (at 9yo, folks !) in the chalky and farmy notes. Rice pudding.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Begins on a more generic fruitiness, harder to pin down. Apricot and berries I guess, but getting overwhelmed by a big alcoholic crescendo afterwards. As it softens the profile has changed, now on some funny fruity coffee, some liqueur chocolates (Mon Chéri ?), and some vaguely smoked cough syrup. Again, the peat is certainly not prominent. Goes on with some cheaper sweet-ish fruity notes : panettone.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The panettone continues. Some of that great funky yoghurt comes back though, with chalk and light integrated smoke again. Sweet and pastry-like. Medium length.

  5. WillemvdK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Yes. There is the smoke. Smoked ham, vinegar, dry fish food, potting soil and wood fire.
    Taste: Strikingly sweet. Reine Claude syrup and smoked fish.
    Judgment: Nice! But not mega special. Nice sweet peat.

    Thanks to the Virtual Blind Tasting 10 of the Whisky Forum!

  6. andre8x8 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting: HWF VBT 10, sample 6

    Freshly soured green apples, cream butter babbler, a little lower in the alcohol

    Wood, bitter, liquorice, salt

    Short, metallic,

    10 years


    80 points

  7. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, pronounced combination of powerful but 'round' flavors. Fruit and peat beautiful are nicely balanced; none of two dominates.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Round peat, yellow fruit, apples, something salty and slightly resinous
    • Taste
      89 89
      Here also light ashy smoke and yellow fruit, pear, sour and salt
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium, soft ashy lemon and salt

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Pretty obvious peat, but friendly at the same time. Lots of sweet and fruity aroma's and tastes. Strong and full bodied, pepper in exactly the good amount to keep it all friendly but full of character.
    Really a very beautiful whisky, 90 points.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Immediately a lovely combination of fresh fruit with some peatsmoke at the side, a friendly nose. Also something sweet, winegums. Later on, the peat more and more on the front, a little salty now as well. But still enough space left for fruits, tropical fruits especially, even banana, and some notes of oranges.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Lovely sweet peatsmoke now, and salty. A little pepper, pungent, but certainly not dominant. It gives this whisky just a little extra character, without making disappear the sweet and fruity notes. Honey, tropical fruits. A very full taste. ‘Friendly peat’ is the word that goes around in my head. Nice thick substance, oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A little pepper still left, warming. Sweet peatsmoke, still the tropical fruits and honey remaining in the mouth. Pretty long finish.

  9. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My guess was a ?, 48% @ 20-yo.
    Sample #6 of the HWF VBT 2018. Fantastic dram. The peat in this one is nice and elegant. It presented itself to me as motor oil :)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fatty, oily butter biscuits, over ripe red fruit, some motor oil, some mint, some mandarins, some wet, fresh oak wood, some peach, some raisins
    • Taste
      90 90
      Slow to develop, but so good. First dark honey covered hay, then the oily, very ripe red fruits come bashing in, then some oak wood sap, but not too bitter, dark sugar, the motor oil comes in halfway and stays as an undertone
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, only slightly drying, only slightly bitter. The motor oil undertone fades quickly. The honey comes back, some dark sugars arrive, the very ripe red fruits die slowly in the background.

  10. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting HWF VBT #10 Whisky #6
    • Nose
      Pepper, briny, a coal fire, vanilla, ointment and smoked ham/sausage.
    • Taste
      Bacon, pepper, rubber, briny - shells and kippers.
    • Finish
      Pepper, rubber and seaweed.


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