Overall rating
88.55/100
votes
24
Whiskybase ID
WB183156
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Dramful! - Malt Connection (DMC)
Bottling serie
Charity Edition Part 1/2
Vintage
26.03.2007
Bottled
10.12.2020
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
255
Number of bottles
76
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 may 2021 10:42 pm by SIEBERTS WHISKYWELT
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 72.90

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24 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Croftengea 2007 DMC

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.55 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2022] Loch Lomond distillery never was famous for excellent bottlings in the past but this changed under the new ownership to the better - so I am curious about this new edition...

    ...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.
    • Nose
      82 82
      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!
    • Taste
      83 83
      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?
    • Finish
      82 82
      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.

  2. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I have a hard time with my nose. Earthy mineral notes. Slightly dry white wine. Gets more interesting in the mouth.
    The more I drink it, the less I like it: - /
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very different. Much more peat than expected. Impetuous, raw, dirty. Almost too much. I prefer the slightly more subtle Croftengea variant, the one here is already clearly towards Islay.
    • Nose
      Nose: light, sweet, powerful peat notes, sweat, soot, a bit metallic, as if it were only 3 instead of 13 years old. Sweet, peaty, idiosyncratic. The light yoghurt note seems to be potentiated here.
    • Taste
      Mouth: sweet, very peaty, very ashy, slightly charred plastic, sweat, almost cheesy.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather bitter, a lot of peat. The sweat footnote holds up. Hint of sweet aromas in the actually bitter and dust-dry finish.

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very own character, but one that really takes you along. Great filling and PLV unbeatable for such an individual enjoyable whisky.
    Glencairn
    • Nose
      90 90
      Immediately nice and smoky, but mild and still plenty of room for other aromas. This is how a balanced smoker should be. The alcohol for over 58 percent and the age was great, strong, but without biting or stinging.

      Directly behind or actually next to the smoke there is a lot, but not too much, sweetness. Shortbread biscuits and vanilla.
      I have fruit there too, but cannot define it precisely. Towards light fruits such as apple, citrus and mirabelle plum.
    • Taste
      90 90
      90.5
      I really like the start, mouth-filling the boom without disturbing. Constant and multi-layered alternation between pithy smoke, light sweetness and also salty smack.
      I like it even better than the nosing
    • Finish
      89 89
      Nice and dirty in the finish

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Oops ... a very idiosyncratic but extremely tasty croftengea. Croftengea? At the same time I realize that I have my first Croftengea in my glass today and would blindly tap an Islay malt if I didn't know that I am trading a smoky Highlander. Another very tasty and solid bottling from Dramful! After I was enthusiastic about the Heart of Peatness, I even blindly ordered 2 bottles of the new Charity Edition and was not disappointed.
    • Nose
      Pale straw rests in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a multitude of long "legs" loosen which flow back into the glass relatively quickly. Gentle peat smoke rises minerally, creamy caramel and toffee play with sweet milk chocolate, hints of tropical fruits and overripe apricot dominate the ever-sweeter fruit note. Cream and a hint of crème brûlée paired with mineral smoke and slightly dirty earth tones. The alcohol is soft in the nose, delicate hints of apple and banana follow, minimal nuances of fly ash and burnt wood ...
    • Taste
      The first sip gently wets the lips, suddenly ashes, pepper and burnt wood explode on the tongue and lines the palate with cozy warmth and mineral smoke. Burnt wood tones, peat and earth, roasted hazelnuts, tart and dark wood tones finish creamy on the palate. Grilled apricots and peaches accompany the second sip on its way through the mouth with a fresh herb and menthol note. Fly ash, extinguished embers, mineral smoke and a gentle spiciness of pepper stimulate the saliva afterwards, while old walnuts mix with dried yellow fruits, in the background there is a fresh herb and menthol note.
    • Finish
      Tart, smoky, but also creamy and sweet, the aftertaste is extremely complex and varied. Peeled walnuts, roasted hazelnuts, creamy toffee, cream and grooved fruits, earth and peat, wet wood, remains of burned wood, in the end a strange mixture of mineral smoke, earth, fermented and slightly rancid fruits rests on the tongue. The aftertaste is a bit confusing with its very idiosyncratic character ... Suddenly, a creamy walnut note with grilled apricot dominates the aftertaste and calls for another sip to reconcile it!

  6. Ing Tretti scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Emsmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Azrael83 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Najzero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Wet burning wood, yellow tropical fruits, slight hints of vanilla.

    Mouth: Get hit by the smoke, fruits come later: roasted pineapple, yellow apple ( + my beloved Deanston apricot )
    Second sip: way more fruity

    Finish: fruits go away, peat remeains a bit more. Not the slightest tad of bitterness (that would ruin a ex-bourbon whisky for me, those are for sherry :-)).

    Verdict: I love the bottling, I love the 5€ charity part of the price, I love that you get to taste the pure bourbon single cask AND get to try a finish some month later

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