Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. “Friends of Bruichladdich” 11 Year Old Single Cask, Distilleries of Scotland (under development), Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bottling Codes, That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar, Beer Review: Ardbeg / Williams Bros “The Shortie” Smoky Porter. Your tasting notes of “old rope” and “shoe polish” wouldn’t exactly entice me to go hunting for it, but if I see one I’ll grab one. It’s Ardbeg after Dr Lumsden messed up the latest annual experiment and created something worthwhile. Since 2017 they seem to have a standard NAS range with three expressions: Ben Bracken Highland Cd . Stick it in a green or brown bottle and ditch the colouring… if only. But we could do with your support each month – think of it as buying us a dram. We don’t want to partner with brands. Announced for World Whisky day back in May this isn’t Lidl’s first venture into putting their name behind a Whisky but the lineup in 2017 features a Highland, an Islay and the Speyside we have Today. A little something to entice us into their stores in the hope of picking up a bargain, gift or an easy drinker for the coming weeks. We don’t want to sell out, because we want to keep challenging the industry. Their Ben Bracken range covers both a Speyside and Highland variation too. Andrew, if you can get hold of an independent bottling of Bowmore, I’d give it a go, the difference is quite stark (in a positive way). Caol Ila all the way as its the only one that is readily available at such an age. Some of the big whisky websites are funded by corporate groups. Sea salt and black pepper. Bought them all for my friends here in Prestatyn. 70cl 40% abv A very typical Speyside, light and sweet, quite lavish with nutty fruit flavours, apple, pear, vanilla spice, mouthfeel is creamy, a medium finish where I found a little oakiness and toffee. The price point of £34.99 and the availability of an age statement should remove any need for hot air. Touch of lemon. We’re heading down to Lidl for some bargain basement Speyside Single Malt. Pine cones, caramel and coastline character with driftwood, sea salt and old rope. Sure, there’s too much colouring and the 43% strength isn’t ideal, nor the filtration utilised. On the nose: it has character despite the strength with a waft of peat kicking off proceedings. Lidl Ben Bracken Speyside Review Whisky snobs avert your eyes now. Adding water reveals notes of coffee, amber and old newspaper. Also, what peat there is would have stepped aside as the years rolled by. Ben Bracken Speyside / Highlands / Islay Ben Bracken is the range of single malts sold by Lidl supermarkets. A tonic we haven’t had too much of during 2020, but one thing we’ve certainly enjoyed – arguably too much of – is whisk(e)y. Bottled by Clydesdale. Ben Bracken. Cost: between £16-£20. The firm have launched Ben Bracken whisky - a 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky (ABV 43%, 70cl) - for just £34.99. They all that tanned glow and sadly aren’t as good as they once used to be! It's the latest single malt to come from Lidl. Aged 12 Years. About the right age for the time when a load of these were flying around the Brokers . Light, elegant and refined with attractive nuances of vanilla honey, cinnamon, creamy caramel and coffee latte. Charcoal, autumnal forest decay and Muscovado sugar. I’ve snapped up several bottles of the regular Ben Bracken Islay when it went on special at the local Lidl but have never seen this version. Value for Money: There’s no surprise anymore when Lidl bottles turn out to be pretty good. This 22 year old Islay Single Malt was released for Christmas 2016 and is priced at £44.99, making it a very tempting proposition indeed. Bracken, as it happens, is a fern commonly found across much of the Scottish landscape whilst Ben is from the Gaelic Beinn, for Mountain. Can it actually be that good and is it value for money? If it’s coloured and chill-filtered then that would rule out Ardbeg, right? Assuming that the lack of any age statement is a hint at the spirit’s youth, I decided to opt for their Islay version, safe in the knowledge that peated whisky can often show very well at a young age. Otherwise would have left a donation. Strangely the colour bears a striking resemblance to the 22yo Islay they released a few years ago , Must be the standard Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Co Colourant tone ( ‘Dalmore’ on the Dulux colour chart….) Ownership: Lidl. Cue lots of online chatter about which distillery this release comes from. Rate Facebook; Twitter; Google+; Upload a picture Details about this bottle Edit Whisky-ID: 28751 Distillery: ... We use cookies and website technologies to customize information and improve your shopping experience all around whisky. Lidl is based out of Neckarsulm, Germany and first came to the United Kingdom in 1994. The most surprising thing was that I felt it improved no end by adding a little water, something I didn’t expect with a 43% abv. However when it comes to Islay one only has to look at offerings from Ardbeg to know that liquid virtually the colour of a wine spritzer can pack a real flavour punch. A comparison of two quite similar whiskies. Another seasonal tradition are the whisky specials from the German supermarkets. Toffee. Whisky reviews, news & features without favour. Wine-Searcher is not responsible for omissions and inaccuracies. Bowmore, the oldest distillery, came into being in 1779 but distillation in many forms was taking place long before then. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Either that or it’s some kind of wandering vagabond distillery, as Lidl also sell a Speyside and a Highland offering from Ben Bracken. vs. 8 Jahre 40 % Vol. Ben Bracken isn’t a distillery, or even a place. For the record, this Ben Bracken is bottled at 43% strength and proudly exclaims it is chill filtered. Enthusiasts bashed and drained from the 2020 onslaught of bottle chasing that makes the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake look like a rendezvous for afternoon tea? We don’t want to sell advertising. 700 ml: … Others do paid-for content with brands. Yes, it is. For the record I’m still not convinced that it’s not some wonky Laga 16. Reviews of affordable whisky with some entertaining tales along the way…. Much debate has centred around the identity of the Islay distillery that the whisky in these bottles originate from. Liquorice. Chocolate oranges. Jura. This is all fodder and label filler. Bottled at 40% ABV. Frankly, I just don’t care. 6. Sourced from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay regions, they would be bottled at 40% abv and retail at £17.49 a bottle. Whisky Merchandise: Turntable Shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.de/whisky-turntable Sourced from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay regions, they would be bottled at … My tasting notes and thoughts. Absolutely, indie Bowmore’s post-2000 distillate are future classics. No guess at the Origin ? These enticing aromas are reflected on the palate with rewarding silky flavours of roasted almonds, sun dried raisins, moist banana cake and maple syrup. Seeing the legendary ‘Mit Farbstoff: Zuckerkulör’ mentioned reminds me of a Feis tasting at Bowmore many moons ago (2005 possibly) . Die Ben Bracken Whiskys erscheinen in unregelmäßigen Abständen, Altersstufen und Zusammensetzungen. Ben Bracken is one of Lidl’s whisky brands and the stable generally contains the ‘too good to be true’ expressions which are released as limited editions. Caramel. Maybe I’m just an experienced onlooker, or someone, who has been around the block more times than necessary and doesn’t want to do it again – I don’t really care what Islay distillery produced this. General description This is a very good whisky for the price, although for me it didn’t have any wow factor. I suspect these bottlings will not stay on the shelf too long despite our views! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Délicious bravo Lidl pour sa créativité alliant qualité et économie, Islay malt definitely isn’t fit everyone. There’s no distillery – or even place – by the name of Ben Bracken of course, rather I suspect the marketing brains at Lidl flicked through a dictionary of Scottish words with their eyes shut before slamming their finger down at the appropriate moment. It is generally accepted that the art of distillation came to Scotland via Ireland. Ben Bracken is Lidl’s single malt offering which competes alongside other supermarket own brands and discount stores such as Aldi’s Glen Marnoch range. For the record, this Ben Bracken is bottled at 43% strength and proudly exclaims it is chill filtered. Over the years they’ve had all kinds of bottlings, some with age statements (12 Years, 16 Years, 28 Years…) many of which have only been released in the UK. than I expected. Ben Bracken 16 Year Old Rare Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It’s a 16-year-old single malt whisky from Islay that costs £34.99. Learn how your comment data is processed. the added colourant. Just not worth the effort or expense. I was however, pleasantly surprised and impressed by its quality and depth given it is such a budget whisky (£17 in Lidl UK). It’s a decent, but very typical example of what a Speyside “should be”, without pushing any boundaries. Pepper. Some care and effort has been put into the presentation, so let’s hope that continues into the liquid. Ben Bracken 1989 27 Year Old Speyside Single Malt available to buy or sell at Whisky Auctioneer online scotch whisky auctions. At present it is home to nine working distilleries, with a tenth currently under construction and at least two more at the planning stage. Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation of your choice. The blue one (Speyside maybe) wasn’t bad either. Ben Bracken 40 Years . It’s two-fingers up at the rest of the whisky industry, that’s for sure. Unfortunately they’d passed the bottle around and a hand went up “according to my learned friend from Germany next to me , it says ‘Mit Farbstoff: Zuckerkulör’ – With Colourant :Caramel …..” At this point Percy done his best Jean Luc Picard Facepalm impersonation……. Great writing – intelligent, witty and informative. Unter dem Namen Ben Bracken werden Whiskys des deutschen Discounter Lidl vertrieben. Despite all of these flaws, there’s no denying that the bottle looks a little more premium than your regular Ben Bracken releases. What they don’t want to state is the distillery, or provide a clue as such, unlike many independent bottlers who have dropped hints where possible. So I became very curious about this whisky. I’m fine with that given the price. Most unusual, especially for a 16yr old Islay – wouldn’t you say? The Christmas 2020 splash from Lidl is Ben Bracken 16 Year Old. This is all fodder and label filler. But it could have been much worse and after all this, there’s still the foundation of a good whisky shining through. Thankfully, Lidl managed to pull off this special from Islay and bottled at 16 years of age. Ben Bracken 16 Islay vs Lagavulin 16. Wonder if it could be a Peated (Margadale) Bunna ? The Ben Bracken range is quite popular these days, even in the Netherlands people are talking about it and it isn’t even for sale here (it isn’t allowed). Hi, link for making donation, doesn’t appear to be working. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thanks Jason, sure I’ll manage Many thanks, Your email address will not be published. Just has more to say and better balanced. Dark chocolate and oak. In the words of Nigella, strangely satisfying. Powerful and unforgetable with a barrage of aromas. Thank you for your support. Tangy sea spray, bonfire smoke, salted bananas and baked apples arouse the senses. Brilliant stuff. Spices as well with black peppercorn and cloves. Accompanying Agnes to her new home was a physician by the name of MacBeatha, who’s family would go on to serve the Lords of the Isles for generations. Particular favourites amongst the online theorists included: 1. Malt whisky /whiskey is usually made from barley, which has a particularly affinity with the malting process, and was also the most easily available grain during the ... Stores and prices for 'Ben Bracken 12 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky' | prices, stores, tasting notes and market data. Little evidence exists to confirm this hypothesis but if it were to be proved correct, the isle of Islay would be the true birthplace of the spirit that became known as scotch whisky. With Christmas just around the corner, Lidl has unveiled its new Ben Bracken 16-Year-Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Both bottled at 43% ABV, 16 years old, peated Islay single malts. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Made by Whyte and Mackay, it's widely assumed this came from their only Speyside distillery - Tamnavulin. The Ben Bracken trio uses whisky from unnamed distilleries Launched ahead of World Whisky Day on 20 May, the trio brings Lidl’s total number of own-label Scotch whiskies to eight. I’d certainly buy another bottle if these hadn’t already been stripped from the shelves across the UK. Relative youth has allowed a strong malty character to remain throughout distillation. Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt (Lidl) Posted on March 12, 2020 September 9, 2020 by Neill Murphy Neill Murphy reviews a bargain basement single malt from the isle of Islay, bottled by German supermarket chain Lidl. Definitely Bowmore. None in our local but whilst at chester store 7 bottles on the shelf? I'm not sure if the Ben Bracken whisky comes from the very same distillery as the other one, though there are some similarities. Well, it is a Bowmore so it’s not one of the biggest in terms of ppm and peat. 4. Jason is based in Scotland and is Malt's Chief Engineer. For me this is simply the latest in a long line of solid, budget-friendly purchases. No one is buying the official products anymore leading to excess stock. Have we all become sceptical in whisky, that if something is too good to be true, then clearly it is? A little like watching Nigella dance her way around the kitchen in her latest television escapade. As long as the whisky is good enough and I’m happy with the experience that should be enough, or should it? Tried it and was very impressed, reminds me of Laphroaig. Limited to 1500 bottles. Currently there is no price history or price compare for the offer Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky available The brand say they expect the peated whisky … Thanks for the review. 2. He is also the online editor for Distilled. We’re all guilty of wondering what’s around the corner and what we can get our grubby mitts on. Perhaps this is a reflection of the silly prices for casks at auction and via brokers? Many suggest that it was MacBeatha who first brought the knowledge of uisge-beatha to Scotland. The packaging actually plays host to some wonderful moments such as cask aged for 16 years, matured in oak and the immortal distilled in copper pot stills. Again, you’d expect this feature given the price point. Shoe polish, black tea and charcoal once more with liquorice. Thanks for review of Ben Braken islay. Let you know after our tasting. The packaging actually plays host to some wonderful moments such as cask aged for 16 years, matured in oak and the immortal distilled in copper pot stills. Budget single malts from massive supermarket chains have become something of a big deal in the whisky world with each retailer offering their own label bottlings. Instead, this is the umbrella branding that Lidl uses for its single malt Scotch whiskies. Islay is part of the inner Hebrides, a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland. Surprisingly, Aldi didn’t really embrace the format this year, although maybe they’ll have a surprise in store? But I noticed a few differences as well. Doesn’t offer anything particularly unique and the finish is short and rather one dimensional but those looking to sample the trademark spirit character of one of the most magical islands in the world without having to pay a fortune for the privilege, need look no further. Thank you. Go to shop Check with the merchant for stock availability. Ben Bracken is the name given to malts from an unspecified Speyside distillery produced for German supermarket Lidl. Lidl’s Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt is bottled at 40% and retails at £17.49 a bottle. Ben Bracken 12-year-old W&Y Blended Malt Scotch Whisky: 12: 40.0 % Vol. In 1308 Angus Óg Mac Domnhall of Islay married Agnes, daughter of Cú Maige, Baron of Ulster. No, it wouldn’t TC, as the bottler can do what they like, especially if they aren’t naming the distillery. Driftwood. The strength of this whisky is 40.0 % Vol. Due to COVID-19 and falling sales, Diageo sold on some stock of the Lagavulin 16. Ben Bracken Single Malt Whisky 27yrs Speyside Scotland Spirit $ 399.38 $ 570.54 / 1000ml. Ben Bracken, due to hit the shelves in time for Christmas, will sell for £34.99. The result of this was that the old stock was being cleared and I … Currently you have JavaScript disabled. … 5. Press Esc to cancel. Hopefully, you enjoy your purchase. However if you would like to support the author you can do so by subscribing for just £1 per month. This is the season to be jolly. Taste: Vanilla. In the years since their arrival they have grown to inhabit 760 locations across the country and have now reached across the Atlantic to the United States where an estimated 300 stores are now in operation. That’s the price we all pay for a bargain that actually delivers. It’s near Islay and they’ve got to do something to sell stocks, so a little geographical inventiveness was applied. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Ben Bracken 12 Year Old Highland Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc/vol 70cl, Distilled, Matured and Bottled in Scotland for Lidl. In the mouth: a more rounded peat, approachable and not overpowering at this strength. Lidl have long offered affordable whisky in their spirits selection but in 2017 it was announced that a new range of single malts would be released under the Ben Bracken label. Price compare for Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the best offers and deals in the supermarket and at Lidl. The island has a long tradition of whisky making. 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