So there we were, one fine evening in Paris with two beautiful bottles from Chorlton‘s La Nouvelle Vague series… We began with the superb Orkney that surprised us with its lush complex character. We then turned to the Croftnegea…
If you aren’t immediately familiar with Croftnegea, perhaps you have heard for Loch Lomond? Just in this case it is the brand for their heavily peated version… much like Glenturret is also known as Ruadh Maor…
It was with this heavy peat expectation that I had thought to try this after the Highland Park “Orkney”. However what we discovered was quite the opposite!
As for the whisky…. read on…
Croftengea 13 years 53.9% 231 bottles
- Colour – Bright gold
- Nose – Pear, ripe bananas, caramel, a bit of spice, cough syrup, malty, after the 1st sip, the aromas shifted to a delightful lemon meringue pie, strawberries, subtle spice and honey
- Palate – Buttery sweet brioche, then citrusy with light peat at the end
- Finish – Lingers, wonderful
- Water – Made it even more accessible and very yummy, more fresh sweet bread, lemon curd
There was such a contrast between the aromas and palate, quite dynamic on the nose and subtle yet lovely on the palate.
We set it aside and revisited comparing the glass without water which had become perfumed and sweet, citrus and sugar. The one with the water was fruitier with the peat a bit more pronounced, cinnamon mini donut, Christmas market!
Peated single malt from Captain Haddock’s favourite distillery! This one starts on a sweet note, with banana milkshake, Milky Bars and a funky sort of fruitiness on the nose. The palate starts with fudgy chocolate, soft ginger and mango, before the peat makes itself felt with light smoke and a hit of black olive saltiness. This is a hugely fun whisky, and enjoyably weird around the edges.
I purchased this in December 2020 for £62.50 plus tax and courier charges. And I am sooooooo glad I managed to grab this while it was still available!
Here is are two more from La Nouvelle Vague series:
- Mannochmore 12 year 58.7% bourbon barrel
- Orkney 15 year 57.1% bourbon hogshead
Here is the full set of Chorlton‘s sampled til date from the L’Ancien Régime series:
- Blair Athol 12 years 56.6% – Nurnberg lebkuchen of chocolate and ginger bread in a glass!
- Ruadh Maor 8 year 62.5% (aka Glenturret) – Seasoned meats and fried snacks…. a chameleon quality that evolved differently in each glass
- Mackmyra 12 years 50.2% – Fresh, clean, cherry wood and honey
- Miltonduff 9 year 58.3% – Creamy desert with fruits, breakfast cereals… in short delicious!
- Miltonduff 11 years 62.0% – Great contrast between fruity nose and surprisingly rich palate
- Orkney 9 year 63.1% – Copper, minerals, salted caramel and smoke, all beautifully balanced
- Tomintoul 14 year 57.6% – Jammy cookies and cakes with sweet spices
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