Sherry with a alcoholic nip, stewed fruit, apple pie
Smooth mouthfeel, loads of cinnamon, a somewhat generic sweetness (think artificial sweetener), tannins begin to develop. Rather unbalanced.
Wood spices emerge and linger for a while, becoming slightly bitter. Pretty underwhelming.
It does everything a, say, older 12-year-Glendronach Original does at a fraction of the cost, but the Ben Bracken is not even remotely in the ballpark of comparably old malts of quality, not in the least.
Hence the value for money ratio is a shame.
I really do not understand what people expect or why they even hype this malt by giving it outrageous ratings of 88+, must be buyer´s remorse. Or the gaudy packaging with the ostenatious "40" on it.