Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Proper phenol party
Stated Age
06 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
61.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Apr 2020 1:55 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 104.50

3 × in wishlist

14 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Croftengea 2013 SMWS 122.30

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.09 points

  1. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS notes:

    Holy smoke! Citrus smoke! Let’s bake a lemon cheesecake in a salmon smoke house! Plenty of peat on the palate neat; smoke, fire and ash! We imagined standing too close to a fire-eater in full action and as a consequence, our hearts certainly missed a beat. When we added water there was at first a phenol rush, followed by sweet pipe tobacco smoke and we finished by either burning driftwood on the beach or grilling fish on an open fire in a frying pan. On the palate we enjoyed slightly burnt marinated kippers seasoned with freshly ground black pepper.

  2. mattheww scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. stnlskz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    So, I must confess that I was very curious to taste this Croftengea bottled by SMWS. On the one hand, because it's a brand I didn't know very well, and on the other hand because my friends @mywhiskyrhum and @petit.malt had sold it (very) well to me.
    At the same time, how can one not be curious about a juice produced by Loch Lomond? They have such a versatile production! They have eight single malts, including Croftangea, the second most peaty whisky after Inchfad.
    Apart from the eponymous single malt, most of the whisky produced by Loch Lomond is intended for the production of blends. But of course, some single casks can be found at independent bottlers (especially for Inchmurrin and Croftengea).
    Let's move on to the liquid. This young Croftengea spent six years in a second-fill bourbon cask, which gives it this straw gold color. The name chosen by the SMWS to baptize it seems unequivocal. Let's go !
    Unsurprisingly, with its phenolic exhalations, it takes me to a chemistry lab. Then comes a sweet note of smoke that will intensify over the minutes, with sulfur and gunpowder. It's a rather evolutionary nose, with finally sea salt and earth.
    In the mouth, it is unclassifiable, indescribable. Already, the integration of alcohol is sublime. It is a neutral pH, in the form of a phenolic, peaty and iodized mixture. The whole, with a rather surreal greediness.
    The first final note concerns the earthy peat. It coats the palate as it goes along. Phenol, iodine and medicinal come back afterwards. The retro-olfaction leaves a note of white smoke.
    It is one of the whiskies that we like to make neophytes taste because of their atypical profile. This Croftengea is absolutely confusing.


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