...and this smells and tastes like a very young mainland-peated malt, just like the (almost) three-years old Lagg-cask I own myself. Given the stated age of 13 years this Croftengea cask must have been very exhausted (almost dead) because it supported the maturation of the malt very little only. Do not get me wrong: The malt itself is good, it just did not mature as expected because of the leached cask.
The colour is white wine and the nose offers a rather immature and young profile which I never ever would have guessed at 13 years (It smells not older than five years). This and the very pale colour indicate that the cask was rather inactive (or to say it more bluntly: It was exhausted). So what is the point with such hardly matured and simple stuff - I do not get it, sorry folks!
The taste is a combo of sweet barley sugars and mainland peat flavours without any traces of the cask's wood, which is another proof of a leached cask. This tastes like a three-years old peated malt without any flaws but without any build-up complexity too. A very simple taste which is drinkable, no doubt. But why should I as long as there are still proper matured malts available?
The initial mouthfeel is warming and somewhat coating so the quality of the spirit is not bad as such. The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions. Some water turns both nose and taste even more immature and punchy, a bigger splash takes this away again but the dram flattens now. Like all very young malts (aged less than five years) I like it best when neat.