By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
In the world of whisky "rare" is generally synonymous with "expensive." This doesn't have to always been the case, sometimes you just need someone like K&L to dig up a rarity so obscure that the market hasn't quite figured out what it should cost yet. Loch Lomond is an enormous distillery at the foot of its namesake lake which has the capacity to produce an entire range of spirits, 11 different makes in total. While nearly everything they make has been on the market at one time or another as an official bottling, they really mostly exist in the "behind the curtain" independent bottling and blending world. Croftengea is the most heavily peated malt they produce at Loch Lomond, and one of the most compelling. It's peat is that of pure smoke, not the sea brine associated with Islay, the spiritual home of peated malt. The fruitiness of the malt comes through in a big way, it showcases citrus, sweet pear, and ripe stonefruits that all play beautifully with the smoke of a roaring fireplace. It's so bright that I'm tempted to call it a refreshing malt, but the idea of a refreshing smoky malt does seem odd. In tasting it I'm inclined to think it would make the perfect smoky highball. However you decide to drink it, if you like peaty whisky, you're sure to enjoy this rarely seen brand. At the absurdly low price, you'll be able to enjoy it now and often.