Wine-Searcher is not responsible for omissions and inaccuracies. Their Ben Bracken range covers both a Speyside and Highland variation too. Cracked black pepper and smokey towards the finish. That’s the price we all pay for a bargain that actually delivers. Thank you for your support. 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). I'm not sure if the Ben Bracken whisky comes from the very same distillery as the other one, though there are some similarities. Lidl Ben Bracken Speyside Review Whisky snobs avert your eyes now. 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. Islay is part of the inner Hebrides, a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland. Charcoal, autumnal forest decay and Muscovado sugar. 700 ml: … Sure, there’s too much colouring and the 43% strength isn’t ideal, nor the filtration utilised. Liquorice. In 1308 Angus Óg Mac Domnhall of Islay married Agnes, daughter of Cú Maige, Baron of Ulster. Bowmore, the oldest distillery, came into being in 1779 but distillation in many forms was taking place long before then. Light, elegant and refined with attractive nuances of vanilla honey, cinnamon, creamy caramel and coffee latte. The firm have launched Ben Bracken whisky - a 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky (ABV 43%, 70cl) - for just £34.99. Most unusual, especially for a 16yr old Islay – wouldn’t you say? Just not worth the effort or expense. So I became very curious about this whisky. Press Esc to cancel. It was the launch of the Enigma Duty Free bottling with the then Manager Percy and some of the Marketing team . Délicious bravo Lidl pour sa créativité alliant qualité et économie, Islay malt definitely isn’t fit everyone. Hi, link for making donation, doesn’t appear to be working. 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. Your email address will not be published. First, what does it taste like? Ben Bracken Highland Cd . Either that or it’s some kind of wandering vagabond distillery, as Lidl also sell a Speyside and a Highland offering from Ben Bracken. 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. . Stick it in a green or brown bottle and ditch the colouring… if only. Frankly, I just don’t care. 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……. Caol Ila all the way as its the only one that is readily available at such an age. inc. 20% sales tax. But I noticed a few differences as well. Jason is based in Scotland and is Malt's Chief Engineer. Thank you. … 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. Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Whisky Merchandise: Turntable Shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.de/whisky-turntable Some of the big whisky websites are funded by corporate groups. This is cask maturation wizardry, and an amazing accomplishment for the price. No, it wouldn’t TC, as the bottler can do what they like, especially if they aren’t naming the distillery. Dark chocolate and oak. We don’t want to sell advertising. Limited to 1500 bottles. Thankfully, Lidl managed to pull off this special from Islay and bottled at 16 years of age. Can it actually be that good and is it value for money? the added colourant. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Surprisingly, Aldi didn’t really embrace the format this year, although maybe they’ll have a surprise in store? Ownership: Lidl. 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? At the forefront of the hype are German stores Aldi and Lidl, the latter of which made headlines last year with their award winning “Queen Margot” blended scotch. There’s a rich colour on display, suggestive that E150 has been added to a sizeable degree, particularly given the omission when it comes to a natural colour statement. 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. The brand say they expect the peated whisky … Chocolate oranges. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Ben Bracken 12 Year Old Highland Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc/vol 70cl, Distilled, Matured and Bottled in Scotland for Lidl. Tried it and was very impressed, reminds me of Laphroaig. 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. It’s two-fingers up at the rest of the whisky industry, that’s for sure. Lidl’s Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt is bottled at 40% and retails at £17.49 a bottle. Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation of your choice. In the words of Nigella, strangely satisfying. 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….) This is the season to be jolly. Learn how your comment data is processed. Price compare for Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the best offers and deals in the supermarket and at Lidl. Yes, the Ben Bracken distillery doesn’t actually exist. Powerful and unforgetable with a barrage of aromas. With an obviously peaty aroma, this whisky has notes of soot and smoke that are backed up by sponge pudding and candied orange. I was however, pleasantly surprised and impressed by its quality and depth given it is such a budget whisky (£17 in Lidl UK). But we could do with your support each month – think of it as buying us a dram. Yes, it is. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Support Malt Each Month By Becoming A Patron. Toffee. 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). It's the latest single malt to come from Lidl. They all that tanned glow and sadly aren’t as good as they once used to be! 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. If it’s coloured and chill-filtered then that would rule out Ardbeg, right? 6. We’re heading down to Lidl for some bargain basement Speyside Single Malt. Ben Bracken 16 Year Old Rare Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Ben Bracken Islay 16 Jahre 43 % Vol. Let you know after our tasting. Brilliant stuff. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. As long as the whisky is good enough and I’m happy with the experience that should be enough, or should it? Toffee. You must buy this and sneak it into blind tastings to shock your friends. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. For the record I’m still not convinced that it’s not some wonky Laga 16. As we have already bought and tasted a dram from Aldi we thought we would give Lidl a wee look see, and decided to buy their 12 year old Speyside. I’d avoid the Bowmore official range. vs. 8 Jahre 40 % Vol. With Christmas just around the corner, Lidl has unveiled its new Ben Bracken 16-Year-Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. 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