The Whisky Exchange keeps pumping out exclusive releases and this time, a 180 turn from the Old Pulteney 2004 that was released recently, going for a whisky from a far less familiar distillery and brand, matured in ex-bourbon casks – Croftengea 2008 Vintage.
Croftengea is the brand name given to the peatiest whisky produced at the highlands distillery of Loch Lochmond. Loch Lomond distillery has 4 types of stills that can produce 14 possible whisky styles. For Croftengea, the same setup as Inchmurrin whisky was used, but the barley is peated to 40ppm.
Croftengea 2008 9 Year Old TWE Exclusive (54.8%, £69.95)
Nose: Mellow nose but it does have a heavy dpose of earthy peat smoke at first, fruity with lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, green papaya and a bit of honey, sprinkled with a pinch of salt, After a few minutes less peat smoke and stronger fruitiness.
Palate: Sour sweet tropical fruit juice, ashes, earthy peat smoke and tarry oak spices.
Finish: Medium length, lingering sweet tropical fruit, lemons, tar, peat smoke and a pinch of salt.
Thoughts: This is good, really. I just can’t believe my luck to review two whiskies with strong tropical fruits within a single week. This is one tasty whisky and Loch Lomond seems to be on a good roll in the last few years since they were acquired and relaunched by the current owners.