Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Clydesdale (Cd)
Bottling serie
Speyside Single Malt
Stated Age
30 years old
Oak Casks
47.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
04 Nov 2017 9:05 am by mds51

Average value

€ 79.39

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 1987 Cd

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.81 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] I liked both the 27-years old Islay (Caol Ila) and the fruity 28-years old Speyside (Tomintoul) release of Lidl's Ben Bracken very much with 89 points each - so is this 30-years old of equal quality?

    No, it is not - unfortunately. This is a rather unimpressive sherried dram which owns neither flaws nor highlights in nose and taste but an unpleasant cardboardy finish. Easy drinkable but I clearly prefer its (non-sherried) siblings.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a blend of sherry and bourbon impressions with significant wood impact. To be honest, this is not very impressive and in a blind setting I never ever would have guessed a 30-years old dram. It s not bad, actually but it is average only (at best). Again, I guess this dram is from Tomintoul distillery. After some breathing the nose turns bitter on both wooden and herbal notes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is neither impressive with average-only sherry flavours in an old wooden setting with minor cardboardy notes. It is nicely chewable and enfolds more tasty impressions this way (chocolate, waxes) without getting really great. But it is easy quaffable, no doubt.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The initial mouthfeel is much weaker than that of its 27- and 28-years old siblings with a minor coating effect only and some bitter-drying moments (old woods). The finish is of medium length and the cardboardy-ness increases to an annoying level, unfortunately. These casks should have been bottled several years earlier, no doubt. Water is not needed as it just flattens everything.

  2. Schreiraupe scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    ... a whisky with 2 faces. He is purely in the nose relatively closed. On the palate dominates the oak and it is very dry overall. Even the age does not necessarily flash through. Had typed on 18 years. 84P In my opinion, a few drops of water do wonders if the malt is adjusted to about 43%. Immediately a fruity sweetness (apple / kiwi) is perceptible in the nose and it comes directly much nobler therefore. Only now is the age noticeable. The oak dryness is gone and the sweet flavors give a pleasant creamy mouthfeel. 87P For a discounter whisky is the big movie. Good PLV.

  3. Noface83 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Nose : beautiful fruity nose with freshly cut apples, overripe pear, apple fritters with cinnamon sugar, sawdust, subtly a bit of mentholic alcohol Clean and fruity Speysider with good wood and some spice.
    Taste: strong onset, but nice mouthfeel, intensive wood and dried herbs, overripe apples and caramel sweetness, always dry at the back with neat bitterness and a delicate hint of chocolate. The finish is medium long with dry sweetness, again with beautiful old oak and a pinch of cinnamon. Here, the age is more apparent than in the nose but man should like intense woody flavors and dry whiskys. I think that's great.
    Good malt for a reasonable price. Of course, there are in the ranks of the 30-year-old whisky significantly better but the cost also 3-4 times. Great what the Lidl here for a reasonable price and also that they have eliminated the main criticism of the 40% in the Blends / Malts of 2016. The malt here needs its 47%.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very nice color and oily in the glass. Nice easy drinking does not meet my requirements for a 30y Speysider. PLV OK
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very fruity with a slightly moldy undertone, clearly overripe apples, light menthol alcohol, red grapes and a few berries. Completely pleasing and not boring. With a little time, it opens further and releases more aromas
    • Taste
      86 86
      velvety with a nice honey note, the moldy disappears and releases a nice forest, herbal note, hardly any alcohol at most a light pepper note that is well integrated
    • Finish
      87 87
      Here you can feel the age for the first time, leather, dark sherry notes and beautiful wood notes that have just the right spice, a successful malt, quite a long finish, later also the herbal notes

  5. LDB scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but you do not notice the 30 years at any point. No one really expects that he is a blast.
    For 80 € the bottle I fell in any case immediately xxx other malts, which I would buy me.
    • Nose
      83 83
      For 47% comparatively strong alcoholic, wall paint, loam or slightly animalistic notes (wild boar?), Tart-sweet dry apricot, almond oil, a little celery, later comes marzipan raw mass and very slightly musty cabinet wall. The nose is quite acceptable after really much time in the glass (40min and more).
    • Taste
      81 81
      At first silky, but full of mouth lining, delicious dried apricots, with roasted hazelnuts, a pepper and cinnamon mixture, before then takes on a little oak bitterness and sets a leinöl- or even heather-like taste. The taste itself is really not wrong, but nothing that really sticks.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Is gone after a woody note very quickly, leaving behind a hint of dry sherry, positively said: he says goodbye clean and unfussy. Negatively speaking: very weak.

  6. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Towards the end of the bottle, he likes me increasingly better. A mature, neat spicy malt with pleasantly pleasant fruitiness.
    • Nose
      First fruity to sour, green apple, pear, pineapple. Also floral, honey and syrup. Nonetheless, signs of maturity: polish, leather, Dusty secretary of old oak. The seasoning is getting stronger.
    • Taste
      Strong spice, some oak. Again honey sweetness and syrup. This time the fruits are in the background, the oak is much stronger. Leather, polish, wax.
    • Finish
      Medium. Oak, some honey and citrus.

  7. Laird Blonag scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol is very well integrated, the filling is balanced complex and with beautiful oak. The 30 years you do not necessarily notice the bottling. A single malt like a well-made blend.
    • Nose
      Malt, maple syrup, old oak, dusty spine, honey cake, some orange zest, light menthol, a hint of sulfur, a little cinnamon, baked apple, vanilla and dark caramel sauce.
    • Taste
      Mild with yet noticeable oak. Cinnamon, Demerara sugar, raisins, gingerbread, some chocolate, baked apple, malt and slightly burnt caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium long, chocolaty, strong sweetened espresso and a good portion of oak.

  8. Lichtalb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: From the flavors at first a little reserved, but clear alcohol. Oha, that's a bit ugly. However, over ripe apples and a little pear follow. In the mouth: strong onset, some citrus notes, a nice mouthfeel, a lot of oak, dry earthy and dusty wooden shelf, actually cinnamon. Finish: medium length, maple syrup, oak. Conclusion: I'm a bit split. The nose is a bit disappointing and makes the overall package a little out of round. Great is the cinnamon taste and the maple syrup in the finish. PLV is not bad, he drinks well, not a complexity monster. But it lacks fruity "top notes" for my taste, it was probably too long in the barrel ... 86 pts

  9. Sakew scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    This one is underrated here in my opinion and I guess this is because it was a discounter bottling. If you taste it without any prejudices ( linke in a blind tasting ) it leaves a lot of "big name" 30-year old Speysiders behind.
    It wins with a few drops of water which accentuates the fruity notes, but it is not a swimmer. With too much water the oaky and bitter notes are getting too present.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. McSiebecker scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    From the first to the last sip, it was unclear to me whether the barrel was overlaid or not!


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