Thanks for review of Ben Braken islay. General description This is a very good whisky for the price, although for me it didn’t have any wow factor. The firm have launched Ben Bracken whisky - a 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky (ABV 43%, 70cl) - for just £34.99. 700 ml: … Wine-Searcher is not responsible for omissions and inaccuracies. Lidl is based out of Neckarsulm, Germany and first came to the United Kingdom in 1994. Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation of your choice. Whilst never condoning the adding of caramel I can understand why a bottler may decide to enhance the colour if it is a sherried offering. Tried it and was very impressed, reminds me of Laphroaig. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. With Christmas just around the corner, Lidl has unveiled its new Ben Bracken 16-Year-Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Again, you’d expect this feature given the price point. Ben Bracken Speyside / Highlands / Islay Ben Bracken is the range of single malts sold by Lidl supermarkets. 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). Some care and effort has been put into the presentation, so let’s hope that continues into the liquid. Your email address will not be published. Cost: between £16-£20. Constant undercurrent of thick,  oily smoke. Bottled at 40% ABV. Perhaps this is a reflection of the silly prices for casks at auction and via brokers? With an obviously peaty aroma, this whisky has notes of soot and smoke that are backed up by sponge pudding and candied orange. Wonder if it could be a Peated (Margadale) Bunna ? 5. No guess at the Origin ? Bottled by Clydesdale. “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. But we could do with your support each month – think of it as buying us a dram. Frankly, this has become entirely tiresome and predictable. Others do paid-for content with brands. Sea salt and black pepper. 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. 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. It is not stated on the label where the liquid is sourced from and I would not be able to say for sure where I think it is from so I wont. 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. 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 got a couple of bottles, I’m not sure I like it enough to open the second or to pass it on for someone else to try but I’m really not complaining. Only one of these distilleries is the true source, but such speculation confirms the human condition to know more, and a refusal to believe that something is as good as it seems. Water on the palate reveals candied orange and varnish. Whether its opening and sharing, or just admiring from a distance, 2020 will be remembered for many things, including the flippers and hoarders who have no interest in the contents; only the financial value. I guess I need to try next to the Official Bowmore 15 (never had it, the 12 put me off for life). The strength of this whisky is 40.0 % Vol. Some of the big whisky websites are funded by corporate groups. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. This is all fodder and label filler. than I expected. Smell: Acrid smoke and ash. It is generally accepted that the art of distillation came to Scotland via Ireland. In the mouth: a more rounded peat, approachable and not overpowering at this strength. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. 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. For me this is simply the latest in a long line of solid, budget-friendly purchases. . Price compare for Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the best offers and deals in the supermarket and at Lidl. I’m fine with that given the price. Let you know after our tasting. 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. I bought one of these at my local Lidl store yesterday and was amazed not to see any mention of ‘Peat/Peaty’ or Smoke/Smokey within the tasting notes. Many suggest that it was MacBeatha who first brought the knowledge of uisge-beatha to Scotland. I’d certainly buy another bottle if these hadn’t already been stripped from the shelves across the UK. Ben Bracken 1989 27 Year Old Speyside Single Malt available to buy or sell at Whisky Auctioneer online scotch whisky auctions. I think the stand out things for me with this is that it’s nose it good but the mouthfeel was so thin and palate was far brineyer (sp?) The island has a long tradition of whisky making. But I noticed a few differences as well. Surprisingly, Aldi didn’t really embrace the format this year, although maybe they’ll have a surprise in store? Thanks for the review. Ownership: Lidl. Most unusual, especially for a 16yr old Islay – wouldn’t you say? I suspect these bottlings will not stay on the shelf too long despite our views! Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Due to COVID-19 and falling sales, Diageo sold on some stock of the Lagavulin 16. … 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……. Particular favourites amongst the online theorists included: 1. However if you would like to support the author you can do so by subscribing for just £1 per month. No, it wouldn’t TC, as the bottler can do what they like, especially if they aren’t naming the distillery. Not any more. As Whyte & Mackay own no Islay distilleries, we can’t turn to a simplistic guess of what it is, so need to do some minor sleuthing. Lidl’s Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt is bottled at 40% and retails at £17.49 a bottle. For the record I’m still not convinced that it’s not some wonky Laga 16. Powerful and unforgetable with a barrage of aromas. You must buy this and sneak it into blind tastings to shock your friends. Nuttiness with walnuts and caramelised pecans. Thank you for your support. As long as the whisky is good enough and I’m happy with the experience that should be enough, or should it? But it could have been much worse and after all this, there’s still the foundation of a good whisky shining through. A comparison of two quite similar whiskies. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Go to shop Check with the merchant for stock availability. A great deal of hot air was expelled and thereby creating the whisky fake news phenomenon. Toffee. Light, elegant and refined with attractive nuances of vanilla honey, cinnamon, creamy caramel and coffee latte. Limited to 1500 bottles. He is also the online editor for Distilled. Just has more to say and better balanced. Dark chocolate and oak. We don’t want to sell out, because we want to keep challenging the industry. Shoe polish, black tea and charcoal once more with liquorice. I’m fine with that given the price. Ben Bracken isn’t a distillery, or even a place. Can it actually be that good and is it value for money? vs. 8 Jahre 40 % Vol. So, its all too easy to get sucked into values and potential profits. 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. We’re heading down to Lidl for some bargain basement Speyside Single Malt. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. On the nose: it has character despite the strength with a waft of peat kicking off proceedings. No one is buying the official products anymore leading to excess stock. Seeing the legendary ‘Mit Farbstoff: Zuckerkulör’ mentioned reminds me of a Feis tasting at Bowmore many moons ago (2005 possibly) . Their Ben Bracken range covers both a Speyside and Highland variation too. Yes, the Ben Bracken distillery doesn’t actually exist. Instead, this is the umbrella branding that Lidl uses for its single malt Scotch whiskies. Learn how your comment data is processed. Press Esc to cancel. Unter dem Namen Ben Bracken werden Whiskys des deutschen Discounter Lidl vertrieben. WhiskyReviews.net is a free service and always will be. Stick it in a green or brown bottle and ditch the colouring… if only. We don’t want to sell advertising. 4. 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. Created by the experienced hands at Whyte & Mackay, if you can find a bottle, then it’s yours for a miserly £34.99. Thank you. Despite all of these flaws, there’s no denying that the bottle looks a little more premium than your regular Ben Bracken releases. Pointless information I know, but nevertheless crucial for padding this article out to a respectable word count. About the right age for the time when a load of these were flying around the Brokers . Charcoal, autumnal forest decay and Muscovado sugar. I remember the regional co-op bottles and still see them now and again. We don’t want to partner with brands. Liquorice. If you read the back of the tube it comes in it says ‘Mit Farbstoff: Zuckerkulör’ confirming (if you needed it!) 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. Caramel. Sourced from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay regions, they would be bottled at … Toffee. Currants. It was the launch of the Enigma Duty Free bottling with the then Manager Percy and some of the Marketing team . Thanks Jason, sure I’ll manage Many thanks, Your email address will not be published. A little like watching Nigella dance her way around the kitchen in her latest television escapade. It’s two-fingers up at the rest of the whisky industry, that’s for sure. 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. 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. 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. We’re all guilty of wondering what’s around the corner and what we can get our grubby mitts on. The price point of £34.99 and the availability of an age statement should remove any need for hot air. So I became very curious about this whisky. Value for Money: There’s no surprise anymore when Lidl bottles turn out to be pretty good. Relative youth has allowed a strong malty character to remain throughout distillation. If it’s coloured and chill-filtered then that would rule out Ardbeg, right? Whisky Merchandise: Turntable Shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.de/whisky-turntable Bought them all for my friends here in Prestatyn. Given the amount of interest in such budget-friendly bottlings I like to check in on them from time to time and recently made my way to Lidl with the intention of buying one. If you’re a supermarket looking to marry value with an attractive price tag; have things become nigh impossible to deliver? 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