Parlines, slight malty sweetness, sweaty peat & smoke (similar to Bunnahabhain Moine from Bourbon Casks), cow stable, some citrus and slightly cardboardy.
Starts much sweeter and smokier than the nose suggests, then gets drier. An almost blady balance between a smoky sweetness and a refill-like estery smokiness that's lingering. All in all a stealthy body with a sweaty chocolate & citrussy sunset finish. Mouth coating and pleasantly strong.
H20 washes the sweat away, brings out more estery notes & smoke but also get much much drier.
I think no water pleases me more, as the finish gets a tad too dry for my liking. It feels young, but mature enough. It is not overly complex, but what it can and should do, it does well and provides a very nice kick.
I get reminded of Bunna Moine Bourbon cask reg the sweaty peat & smoke and Lagavulin 8 or 12 if the smoky cirtus is concerned. In my book, bourbon cask Ledaigs are more towards sweeter peat, so the only thing that reminds me slightly is the cow stable.
Croftengea like this is certainly a nice and legitimate addition to the peat world and very worth a try. Bang for your buck as Serge would say.