When it was first poured, the pungent nose hit you like a sledgehammer even from several feet away.
Both neat and with water, I found the taste utterly disgusting. Can't really find the words to describe it adequately.
However, several hours later, I'm left with a strangely hypnotic and moreish afterstate of peat. Can I be hankering after another dram. No, too ghastly.
I'll freely confess to not being a fan of the Islays like Caol Ila and Laphroaig, although I am quite partial to a hand-warmed dram of Ledaig and can tolerate Longrow.
But Croftengea was in a class of its own. I decided to sample it just because its so seldom bottled as a single. Just as well!
just for curiositys sake, probably your curiosity that is, I would like to add my experience with the little brother of Croftengea, the Inchmoan to the discussion. For the Whisky Fair 2005 Limburg, Germany the were two casks with the numbers 646 and 647 bottled at about 55% vol. At the Whisky Fair there was surprisingly one other bottling of the Inchmoan. Believe it or not, this was cask number 645, bottled straight from the cask at 63,5% vol. If you do know the Inchmurrin or the Old Rhosdu then you might know what to expext out of Loch Lomonds pot stills. Light, floral and fruity in the nose with just the tiniest hint of peat and smoke it goes down very well as a sweet, medium bodied yet rather oily whisky which does not tell on his calling as a peated blending whisky at all. But the moment it reaches your stomach this whisky hits you in the neck with a hammer of peat. Add some water and you see this oily malt actually crawling up the side of the glass. When I bought the bottle another costumer next to me exclaimed 'This tastes like old shoes - but I love it.' It is a curiosity, not a Curiositas, mind you and it is always interesting to sample. The bottler of this cask of Inchmoan was the Weiser company of Heppenheim, Germany who were at the Whisky Fair with a stand of their range of whiskies. Private bottlings and a range of finishings they do themselves seems to be a hobby with them. They internet address is http://www.getraenkewelt-weiser.de if you want to have a look.
andrewfenton wrote:Ever tried Loch Dhu? Now that's what I call a repulsive whisky......
(strangely enough, other Mannochmores can be quite good)
Inflicted that crap on my taste buds a couple of weeks ago at a tasting...combine the worst elements of licorice, cough syrup, and kerosene, and that's what it tasted like!
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