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Overall rating
87.02/100
votes
88
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Wallace & Young Distillers Co. (W&Y)
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 43 7 6 Q3 1385 07:57 BB
Barcode
20978518
Bottled for
LIDL Online Exclusive
Added on
03 Dec 2017 7:36 pm by Noface83
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 89,99

16 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 1990 W&Y

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.02 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Nose: aromatic smoke (not too strong and medicinal), cinnamon and pepper, old wood, pickled apricot in alcohol, spice cake with lemon and nuts. Nice mix of old oak and aromatic smoke. For me exactly the right smoke level but maybe too soft for Islay Maltmaniacs.
    Taste: soft onset (less than 46 would have killed), more on the spicy side, peppercorns, baked apple with cinnamon sugar, warm ashes, bitter and dry oak to the rear. In the finish then warm smoke and lots of wood notes (coffee, freshly cut wood, wood polish). The finish is medium long - huge at the beginning then quickly decaying and woody.
    Has similarities (smoke and cinnamon / spice) with the Caol Ila 25 for me and is a great experience for me. Am after the watery and lax 22Y from 2016 really positively surprised and glad to have a bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. dig scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    wow that's what I call revaluation against the last year's 27-year-old bottling of an Islay malts from the disc. the percent meht do it really well and he goes in the direction OE 25 Caol Ila also tasty, great part

  3. Nolloff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    99 Euro for a 27 years Islay whisky - unbelievable. Does it taste like an old Islay whisky? Yes. Is there any other reason to buy this specific bottle besides the price? Not really. Is it decent? Yes. Is it great? No.P.S. Does not come apart when a little water ist added which - imo  - improves the balance.

  4. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Solider simply Islay-Malt, probably Caol Ila with rough edges, but unfortunately without enough draft. Absolutely fine for the price. Central note are for apricots and cinnamon. The wood note is a bit too heavy in the top, but then sounds bearable after.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I really like the fruitiness, but the complexity is missing. Were probably only ex-Bourbon barrels. The palate is then rather less fruity, the tasted flavors are mainly attributed to the smoke. He is not a stinker, but you can tell him the quite long maturation time already.
    • Nose
      Pear, ash, leather, medical smoke that disappears over time, campfire, again fruity with passion fruit and later also citrus, a hint of vanilla
    • Taste
      it starts soft and sweet, then cold ashes, toasted bread, liquorice. The alcohol bites strongly, is also a bit peppery. He then becomes clearly bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long and a bit malty. Nuts come into their own.

  6. Andy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. CaskHead scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Although he seems a bit "thin" at first with his 46%, a few (few!) Drops of water do him extremely well.
    I had thought of a Bowmore rather than a Caol Ila (much mentioned here), but after adding some water, I might as well type in an old Coal Ila .... You do not know

  8. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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