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Overall rating
86.35/100
votes
98
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Scottish Independent Distillers Co. Ltd. (TSID)
Bottling serie
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
1500
Strength
42.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 28 11 17
Barcode
40879963
Bottled for
LIDL
Added on
02 Dec 2017 9:40 am by Mark Renton
ColoredCask Strength

Average value

€ 275,00

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98 × member ratings

144 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 40-year-old TSID

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.35 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Sherry with a alcoholic nip, stewed fruit, apple pie

    Taste

    Smooth mouthfeel, loads of cinnamon, a somewhat generic sweetness (think artificial sweetener), tannins begin to develop. Rather unbalanced.

    Finish

    Wood spices emerge and linger for a while, becoming slightly bitter. Pretty underwhelming.

    Comment

    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.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  A quick review of a sample.  The colour is burnished and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that builds medium tears with medium fast legs over time.  The nose offers the typical profile of an old Tomintoul (I had quite a lot of 40+years Tomintoul already) that is very old-stylish on fruits, barley sugars and spicy woods.  Not too bad for my olfactory cells.  It arrives warming and a little coating (could be more, actually) in the mouth with no distracting feeling at all.  The taste is sweet and creamy but not overly complex.  The finish is of medium length and dries out a little bit at the very end.  Some water turns the dram smoother and releases more aromas, actually I like it best a little reduced.  

    Given both the nosing and tasting profile this for sure is an old Tomintoul.  Good quality as usual but nothing spectacular about it.  A nice dram to sip and have a great evening (if you can spare the 200 Eurobucks)...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice fruity nose, easy & pleasing in the mouth, relatively short finish considering the age... Good solid whisky but nothing extraordinary... Price / value relationship is good for a 40 year old whisky, I am fine to have one, but would not buy another one to have a spare one. 

    Actually after re Tasting it really just needs a few minutes in the glass... Pour it in a separate glass and give it 20/30 minutes there. Does wonders... :)

  4. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The 40er Ben Bracken strongly reminds me of the 18er Macallan Sherry. The Bracken is my first whisky from the discounter. Where are the ghosts divorcing? I am very curious what the others will write about the 40s. I find it very pleasing, the Nosing is absolutely great, in the taste he could (for me as Fassstärkeliebhaber meanwhile) have a few volume percent more. 46% or 48% would be perfect. But he is very balanced and "tastes easy". And that's what matters. 200 euros are for a 40-year-old whisky an announcement, but surely one or the other will say that for 200 euros there are "better" whiskys and that the age is not always the decisive factor. He may be right, but I think the 200 euros are very well invested for 40 years. From me the bracken gets a buy recommendation. At the first impression, he now leaves me 91 points.
    • Nose
      When you open the bottle exudes an incredibly intense fruity aroma in the room immediately. It reminds me of SV's 1990 Strathmill, which is a real fruit bomb. Apricots and oranges are very present, behind it you can certainly find notes of fresh lavender. The longer he stands and breathes, the more the spicy notes of the oak come through. The old leather is also easy to find. The alcohol is barely perceptible and holds with its 42.1% very discreetly in the background. For a 40-year-old single malt amazingly fruity-fresh. I like it very much
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the 42.1% push surprisingly well - one would not necessarily expect that. Immediately, the spice of the oak is on the tongue. A slight Pfeffrigkeit is to be felt and behind it immediately make the fresh, tropical fruits again. Mango, papaya, apricot ... very delicious and everything well and harmoniously integrated. At the second sip everything is even more harmonious, nothing is burning or something. If you stroke your tongue along the cheeks, you will get an extra boost of sweetness from the fruits. Very delicious :)
    • Finish
      So endless is different - I would describe it for a long time to medium. There remains a very pleasing feeling in the mouth. The tongue gets a little drier and feels stuck to the palate. Nuances of caramel can be seen. The fruit is still present and the spiciness of the oak along with the old leather completes the finish.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting !! a strange "schnapps" - the first nose looked very valuable and dense - the longer it was in the glass, the thinner it became - the palate is similar in terms of the fruity components - that could really be a blend - it is none Time somewhere bad, no bad note, not bitter, no smoke - but I think it's not really good after more than 20min in the glass - maybe that's the number 2 - 1cl I still have and could verify it again. That would be for me today no purchase candidate, unless it is less than 50 ¬ - interesting is the intense initial citrus note - in this intensity I had never had such a note. Determining the alcohol content is particularly difficult for me here - it does seem a bit "thin" - but produces a certain burning sensation - which I can not classify because of the rosemary note (even chew a needle and then a 40% malt afterwards: wink: - it iwas between 42 - 50%, I can not classify the age here as well - because I'm typing on a blend - he will probably be older - honestly, I have almost no idea.
    • Nose
      intense sour-sweet lemon - with a lot of citrus oil, as if you had rubbed the shell, grapefruit and lime zest, in addition there is a little restrained canned pineapple, later also fresh pineapple, a little mango, tea with jasmine, very distinct rosemary
    • Taste
      relatively soft and not overly intense, minimal alcoholic stinging on the palate - could also be rosemary oil, fresh mint meets pineapple, fruit acid, pepper, sometimes cardboard box and the taste of stamp adhesive (the "licking") flashes, tart prickling on the tongue, slight bitter substances, oak tannins, it varies between delicious intense and somehow too "thin" (sounds illogical, but is so)
    • Finish
      cooling peppery fresh mint, only subtly fruity, chocolate and bitter grapefruit peel - especially the peppery oak remains at the end - the finish is usually rather short

  6. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nose: he needs some time (and deserves it to develop). Surprisingly fruity and tangy. Freshly cut juicy apples, orange peel, apricot and a floral perfume sweetness. Sure, there is already a beautiful dusty oak there but at far not as present as after 40 years was expected. But he has such a dusty dryness that suggests that there is more in the mouth. Otherwise, the wood brings a touch of vanilla and cinnamon in the malt. Very satisfying old nose but missing that certain something.
    Taste: Surprisingly spicy on the palate (more than 42%), with freshly ground black pepper, light-colored, light-bodied fruits, vanilla cream with cream, some cinnamon and beautiful woody aromas. Absolutely intense and great taste! The finish is unfortunately only medium long if not short with caramel, bitter herbs and wood. It becomes very dry and the bitter notes are what stays the longest.
    Great malt but in my opinion not the extra price for the 30s is. But if you really want to have something with ner 40 on the label at home you do not go wrong to buy here.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. André scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Bottle emptied with good friends on my 40th birthday. I assume somewhere around 100 euros in quality Not at all objectionable of course, but he feels very youthful and accommodating. Not a high flyer but well he had to get out of the barrel of course.

  8. dr.mad scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. Falnor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Bang for your buck or disapointing old malt? Well it's both because the price is very low, but the taste isn't good. In any case I don't buy whisky just because of the figure '40'. Judging by the dram, this is flat, woody, some spices but never anything a standard dram could provide.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

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