Overall rating
87.58/100
votes
377
Whiskybase ID
WB104496
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
Market
de Germany
Added on
03 dec 2017 7:36 pm by Noface83
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 86.45

50 × in wishlist

377 × member ratings

1096 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Bracken 1990 W&Y

79 users have left 84 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.58 points.

  1. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    it deserves an extra point for the price. First batch was around 70 Euros and therefore a banger. Considering Caol Ila in it, peat level is modern, not excessively complex, but a brilliant camp fire whisky
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla & loose smoke, blossom honey, rosemary
    • Taste
      86 86
      mineral smoke & greasy ash, sweet with barley, cinnamon & clove
    • Finish
      82 82
      Oak & matches, smooth ham smoke

  3. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. FeydRautha scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. SebStar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Whiskygimple scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. herby.usa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Ben Bracken is definitely something special: A 27-year-old Islay malt at an unbeatable price. From Lidl. Colored and cool-filtered. The latter is even highlighted on the label. But the whisky is really good, if you want to try a really old Islay malt and don't want to pay the price for an original bottling, you are in good hands here.
    • Nose
      First a pleasant, gentle campfire smoke with herbs, old leather and sea salt. In addition, a ripe, sweet citrus fruit together with a sour apple. For its proud age, this Ben Bracken smells very fresh. The depth and the old oak clearly show that you have an old whisky in your glass. But I would not have typed 27 years.
    • Taste
      First oily, soft and fruity, but then a strong peppery flavor takes over. There's apricot, slightly bitter orange jam, and ashy smoke.
    • Finish
      The smoke is strongest in the finish, reminiscent of smoked ham. There are also apples and pears and dry, old oak that stays on the palate for a long time together with the smoke.

  14. KB201 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    For your money you get a long-matured, tasty Islay single malt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke, citrus fruits, sweet, maritime notes, oak, campfire, some apple, some herbs.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Campfire smoke, sweet, oily, citrus. Herbs, apple, pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoky, very sweet, light fruits, maritime with oak spice.

  15. Will_iam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      A wonderfully balanced nose with smoke, herb bacon, dates, figs, candied apples and a pile of dark fruits. Time and air (a good six months after opening the bottle) are good for him.
      No, I have to increase to 91 because less doesn't do it justice and doesn't stand up to various comparisons
    • Taste
      89 89
      A light onset of white pepper, which is soon washed away by saliva, dark chocolate and espresso.
    • Finish
      90 90
      It stays in the mouth for a long time and has a dark, dry, fruity taste and leaves a great, round, persistent aroma

  17. Simon Stood scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, but there was more to the expectation for that age. 88 in the end
    • Nose
      88 88
      It is difficult to guess the distillery in the aroma. Ash content is present along with peat. Kaol silt? Ripe orange notes. You won't give that age in the scent.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy-fruity, sweet and sour, but practically no peat. Unripe mango, apricot, almond. There is a slight astringency.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Light peppery, dried mint, candied red fruits

  18. Menko scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    They say it's a Caol Ila.
    So I thought I put it to the test.
    Caol Ila 18 (bottled 2014) vs Ben Bracken 27.
    Colour: Exactly the same. Could't tell them apart.
    Nose: The Ben Bracken is more intens. The alcohol is more prominent. Ben Bracken is 46%. Caol Ila is 43%. So to level things up I add a drop of water to the BB.
    Taste: The Caol Ila is mild and complex. Reserved almost. I compared the Caol Ila 18 with the Caol Ila 25 a while back and the 25 was even more mild and complex. Peat, Iodine, salt, grapes, rye bread all blend in nicely and nothing dominates. Great dram!
    The Ben Bracken is more outspoken. Much more Iodine, thicker mouth feel, grapes but a bit more sour, salt but more like seaweed, alcohol still covers the rest of the flavors.
    I find hs305 reviews quite accurate most of the times, but this time I have to disagree.
    It probably is a Caol Ila. I wouldn't know what else. But nowhere near a Caol 18, let alone a Caol 25.
    Maybe I'll compare the BB with a Caol 12 later on. I think that would be a fair test. Then I will know if it's worth the 65,-. To be continued...

  19. gossm01 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of moderate intensity. I have aromas of marine peat smoke, bacon, hay, honey and vanilla. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is pretty well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  20. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF 2018
    Had a nice tasting of 4 Ben Bracken in a row: the 25, the 27, the 30 and as final the 40!

    feisty, spicy, bit spirity with a whiff of smoke and peat
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    n: lightly peated, vanilla, pleasant, creamy, apple, kiwi, dried herbs
    t: sweet, smoke, marinetime, vanilla, pepper, spicy, nice aged
    a: mellow, lightly peated, creamy, fruity, pleasant

  23. peatjens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a special whisky for me. Since I have friends in Germany and the whisky delivery there is usually cheaper than in Austria, 90% of the deliveries go there. Always a welcome occasion to visit friends and collect the treasures. So it was on December 23rd, 2020 and by chance my friend's parents were sitting at the dinner table. We stumbled across my whisky passion and I promptly complied with my father's request to try one and this bottling came into the glass.
    6 weeks later, my friend's father died of COVID-19. I gave the rest of the bottle to my friend as a memento. As I said, a special story for both of us. "Rudi's Choice" is written on the bottle.
    That being said, in many of the other reviews you will find the appreciation for this whisky, which I fully subscribe to.

  24. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very good PLV in my opinion. Not particularly complex now, but neither does it look blown away. Very tasty
    • Nose
      light smoke, citrus fruits, sweet, maritime notes, oak, campfire, some apple, some herbs. Looks pretty fresh
    • Taste
      Maritime, sweet, citrus fruits, some campfire smoke in the background. Some herbs, apple, a little pepper, then becoming oily
    • Finish
      Smoky, very sweet, light fruits, apple, slightly salty, maritime. Getting a bit bitter at the end

  25. -sAxo- scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  27. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/5mnD_hUuRfA
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. Ficelli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. Burch scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I think this whisky's supermarket stigma is pulling it down much like a legendary whisky would be pulled up. This is great stuff! Amber in color, I'd guess mostly ex-bourbon barrel. I don't think they'd have added coloring here (though it doesn't say). It does have that standard color though. The integration here is really something. It's like one complex flavor that has no name. Really like it. Caol Ila so they say.
    • Nose
      Wow - very nice. Hard to place. It's not very powerful but it has delicate complexity. Vanilla, lakeside grasses - kinda swampy, olives, briny. It's woody dry and very peaty but not what I'd call smoky. So melded together and balanced out.
    • Taste
      Yes indeed. Having a hard time describing this one. It's camphor and a ripe round fruit - pineapple? Very waxy. Grassy and malty. Seemless.
    • Finish
      Long phenolic finish like it just soaked into your mouth tissues like a tattoo. More medicinal here.

  33. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Having now compared this to the Caol Ila 25-year-old numerous times, I have to say, it definitely doesn't measure up to the "original". 85 as opposed to 87 points for the OB in my view.

    Too much bitterness, too little fruit/acidity/sweetnees.

  34. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Lidl Effect
    My first two experiences with Ben Bracken – the Speyside malts from 1989 and 1991 – were very good, to say the least. So you can imagine I am very eager to try this 27 years old Islay malt.
    Oh, yes, I’ve only just put my nose in the glass and the first thing that comes to mind is Caol Ila in the tropics. Kiwi, figs, agrums, but also sea salt, oyster sap and dried ham. Great herbal notes. Barbecue sauce, garden herbs, wine vinegar, broth. Now, I certainly have no certainty that this is in fact Caol Ila, but that is what my nose tells me.
    The body is a bit light, it’s true. But again wonderfully sweet on yellow fruit upholstered with notes of ashes, brackish water, woodspices and all kinds of maritime notes, while the smoke keeps getting bigger. Some mint too. Oh, so good!
    The finish is long, medicinal and salty. Salted caramel at the death.
    Fantastic Islay (and yes, I stand by my opinion of Caol Ila). How can it be that you can still find it on the shelves? Must be the Lidl effect, I suppose. No matter what distillery provided this juice: you can get it at Lidl for only 90 EUR. For a 27 years old Islay! No brainer. Thx, Gunther.

  35. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tip top, great PLV, you shouldn't be put off by the Ben Bracken brand, you get a beautifully matured Islay malt (probably Caol Ila) here. One of the mildest Islay whiskys I've tried so far.
    • Nose
      The smell catches me right away, a nice lemon smell lies over the biscuit dough embedded in light smoke, vanilla, light spice, a little tobacco, green apple, slightly waxy, almonds, light sweetness, in the background there is also something more ripe, rather yellow fruit, the smell is fun here
    • Taste
      Creamy, the smoke is more intense here, yellow fruit, light sweetness, oak, vanilla, getting sweeter and sweeter, then it gets bitter behind, in the mouth a bit of intensity is missing, which can be compensated for by a larger sip, overall very consistent
    • Finish
      Very fruity, almost like the aftertaste of peaches, light ashy smoke still on the palate, pleasant, lasts for a long time, now again lovely, mild

  36. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-07: looks almost watery
    • Nose
      86 86
      Oak, spicy, soft, creamy, not so pronounced, restrained smoky
    • Taste
      84 84
      dignified, gentle, somewhat boring, gentle smoke, slightly ashy, creamy
    • Finish
      85 85
      short

  37. Likudi scored this whisky 88 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well, is it really a Caol Ila that is hidden in this fairly priced discounter malt? A comparison will show:

    Caol Ila 25 OA WID: 16393 competes against the Ben Bracken Islay 27 WID: 104496

    So that's the same DNA, but the 25yo OA is much more elegant, with finer smoke aromas, the Ben B. is already snottier despite its 2 years more.

    Basically, they offer a similar citrus note smoke or rather ash enjoyment. I then diluted the Ben Bracken down to approx. 43% in order to have "fairer" requirements.
    So the result that was astonishing for me was that despite the initial great sympathy for the 25yo OA, today the Ben Bracken was slightly ahead, more intense aromas, good, a bit "dirtier", but not quite as bitter as the Caol Ila in the finish (although that still is relatively delicate with CI).

    But that may be different on other days. They are both good!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The 46% abv. are necessary otherwise to watery. Solid dram I like better than the official 25 yo Caol Ila. Does not taste like 27 years though but younger. Still very good bang for the buck.

  40. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A 27 year old Islay whisky. My guess is a Bowmore
    mainly from ex-bourbon barrels. Possibly also a
    Caol Ila. Very good price-performance ratio.
    Just right about with smoky - maritime Islay - whiskys
    to start without being scared.
    I have now bought the 2 bottle. On offer too
    € 72. (first was 90 €) On the terms he is a
    real bargain. Can't go wrong.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, tender oak, some lemon, pear, wax, honey,
      Caramel and very light smoke.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Nice and sweet, a little peppermint, slightly ashy - peppery.
      Apple and pear fruity. Some greapfruit.
      Salty maritime. Delicately bitter - sweet and light like coffee.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slightly salty - maritime, ashy - woody, bitter - sweet,
      with fading light smokiness.

  41. herby.usa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: acidic, citrus notes, hints of raisins, blood orange, vanilla, caramel, fine oak, take 2 lemon, sea salt
    Taste: Slightly astringent, peppery appearance, fine hint of ash, passion fruit, nutty, sea salt
    Finish: Short to not at all
    Conclusion: Quite nice, absolutely ok for the price

  42. Paulsen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  43. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    first of all i must say that caol ila is one of my favorite distilleries, delivering good quality with nice bang for buck. even with the prices at lidl now rising up to 90 eurobucks, this is still a bargain. even though it says proudly on the label "chill filtered" (i think i never saw that before on a bottle haha) i cannot think of someone not liking this whisky.

    of course it gets some extra points for the value for money, but even without that i am a big fan of this. it seems like a symphony of elegant sweetness, tropical fruit, with everything being rounded up by ripe peat. in the end some oak and seaweed come through.

    i think i should get another bottle as long as this is still available. the day these bottles are gone will be a sad day for all of us.
    • Nose
      95 95
      wow, this beautiful. starts of with some tropical fruit, topped with matured peat. some herbal notes, rounded by kiwi and figs. maritime salt on the nose - not so much of the iodine. whipped cream and artificial strawberry (this pink stuff which cheap strawberry chocolate is filled with).
    • Taste
      94 94
      light texture with fruity notes. decent oak but not too much. everything seems very rounded and working perfectly with each other. even more maritime notes that on the nose. this is great stuff. texture reminds me of arran actually.
    • Finish
      93 93
      longlasting with woody notes and some oil and iodine. everything is just seemlessly married together.

  44. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      light warm smoke, fir honey, grain, lavender, herbs, pine needles, bread, fruits somehow I don't have, if then lemon or something, now with time something apple and apricot could also be, shortly before trying I now had a ne maritime note on the nose
    • Taste
      very slightly fruity, grain, then lemon and some grapefruit, coffee, pepper, wood at the back, at the very back a little ash, but for me the smoke is much more present in the nose than in the mouth

  45. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This whisky gets better and better as long you give ut time in the glass but especially some months in the bottle.
    Probably THE BEST price/performance ratio for an Islay whisky ever.
    Beautiful wood influence for my palate.
    Pretty sure its a Caol Ila destillate.

  46. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  47. Joschbert scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  48. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    expressive salty-peat notes with lemon and shellfish, herbal bitterness is well integrated in taste, a pleasant finish for a good price ... hey, Lidl, when will you open in Kyiv?) 22-22,5-22,5-22

  49. WhiskySax scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Complex Islay whisky with a sensational PLV
    • Nose
      Citrus, orange, musty, slightly greasy
    • Taste
      Smoke, juicy orange, sweet
    • Finish
      Medium to long, smoke and citrus fruits remain

  50. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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  51. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice round, few rough edges. Quite fruity for the 27 years. A little more heavily bottled would have done him good.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice and fruity, due to the age little smoke noticeable. Quince, but also a hint of milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quince - chocolate - toasted flavors. Very pleasant! ... Yes, the smoke appears as a roasted aroma, has something of coffee notes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite long and balanced.

  52. Sporx scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Nice soft smoky notes, wood spice

    taste
    soft, nice smoke, wood spice

    finish
    Medium length, wood spice

    06/02/21 devaluation from 87 to 86 and on 06/22/22 back to 87

  53. Kojote scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  54. noeinwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I admit that I am a bit of a whisky snob. I generally avoid whiskies from discounters, but this one was given to me as a gift, and a gift horse, as they say, should not be looked in the mouth. It says on the box that it was distilled back in 1990. I honestly don't know how Lidl does it at this ridiculous price, but it puts other equivalent offerings into perspective with prices normally hovering around the 200-300 euro mark. The very first sip was, well, a revelation, offering much more than I expected. It was fruity, complex and well balanced, with peppery accents and a peatiness tempered by Father Time. It's no peat monster like an Ardberg, Laphroaig, Port Charlotte or Lagavulin. With such a flavour profile, it simply has to be a Caol Ila: a beautifully balanced vintage Caol Ila. Yes, it contains colouring and is probably chill filtered, but it's still a cracker. Alas, the bottle is now empty. But have no fear, the next bottle is on its way! Who knows how long this expression will still be available.

  55. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  56. tcrjbv scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The 88 I give for the pure enjoyment, a very good, soft smoky whisky. The enthusiasm here has to be for the fact that such an old smokey Islay whisky is available for this amazing price. A complete outlier in the whisky world.

  57. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balanced mature smoker with nice age notes that is just a pleasure.

  58. MickMatrix scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  59. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I was adviced to try this whisky and was told it's better than expected. So I hoped for a bargain – because right now this bottle is 68,23€ at LIDL. Before, I tasted three much younger Ben Brackens and they were pretty terrible. But this 27 years old didn't disappoint me at all, actually I really like it and I think I would pay 30% more without hesitating.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoky and fruity: campfire, bacon. Right behind the smoke there is a clear citrus note. A little later sour apple. The undefined citrus notes turn into lemon sponge cake, maybe even with a little vanilla - or maybe not, who knows :D
    • Taste
      86 86
      A strong, spicy start, which becomes very soft and round after a few seconds. Sweet with spiciness, the spiciness stays. The smoke of the nose becomes much more discreet, but the citrus fruits come out.
    • Finish
      88 88
      After you swallow the smoke reappears immediately, but the fruitiness fades into the background. Then comes the oak, which echoes with the smoke for a surprisingly long time.

  60. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  61. Sandman23 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  62. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      some earth, honey, melon, peach, grapes, apple,
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, apple, grape, lime, lemon, grapefruit, apple peel, wood, a little pepper

  63. keizerjos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sorry, guys - this is a Dutch text and it doesn't work particullary well in the standard translation. My suggestion: learn Dutch, 'cause the review is a gem.
    Special bitter-bitter, very subtle, dry peppery layered malt whisky where the hard peat and smoke has long been replaced by short sharp, then increasingly precise, pleasant tongue-crushers; every nip is an emphatic challenge to properly describe what crepe is offered. There is something festive and rich about this whisky, abundant, lavish, filling and decadent. That's called, I think, depth. This is astoundingly good whisky, food for thougt, superior, underrated class. Don't be fooled by snobs, that's fake news. This is sublime. 89 points. On a bad day.

  64. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  66. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Almost 2 years later it is finally there where it should be... High 80s pointswise... Not very well liked in the beginning (think some upped their points here over time), probably because of the lidl stain... But very nice complex whisky, late 2019 for 65€ in Germany... Go get one... Or two.

  67. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017] A 27-years old Islay single malt for 65 Euro sounds like a bargain...

    ...and it is, indeed. This dram is on eye-level with the 25-years old Caol Ila distillery release with a complex, balanced and flawless Islay profile for less than half of the price. That is what I call a good deal!

    In a direct head-to-head to the 2017 Caol Ila OB (WB id 103198) I prefer the OB on the nose but the Lidl Ben Bracken on both taste and finish due to the greater complexity of the longer maturation time. Hey, overall I prefer the Ben Bracken over the 2017 OB Caol Ila (but the 2018 edition of the 25-years old Caol Ila still is a little better).

    PS: As long as this is sold for 65 Euro only I suggest to buy a bottle even if you do not like this old Caol Ila profile simply because this a perfect whisky to do a very special blend created by yourself. It will add depth and interesting flavours to your beloved drams, so try to compose a blended malt of your own (you can start with very small quantities until you found your "killing recipe"). This might be a very special (and individual) christmas present to your whisky-loving friends...

    [December, 2019] I had this dram during a private vertical Caol Ila tasting session and fully confirm my old review and solid 90 points score. Beside a 1983 vintage (WB id 118872) this was the winning dram of that evening.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a fine old Caol Ila profile that comes close to the 25-years distillery bottling. Maybe it is a little more shy than the OB but a big spheric blender's glass compensates this easily. All the adorable Caol Ila aromas are there in perfect balance and without any off-note. During breathing the nose looses some steam, unfortunately - so do the nosing experience right after serving the dram.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is layered on sweet honey-sugary flavours first imbedded in strong maritime-peaty notes. Then the fruits jump in and later herbal impressions. The spices are last, as usual and the wood is perfect - not too strong, not too weak. This dram is nicely chewable and I suggest to do so for at least one minute to catch all flavours of this complex profile. No flaw or imbalance, this is the perfect Caol Ila quality that is on eye-level with the 25-years OB and it owns even some more oompf (46% abv versus 43% of the OB). What a nice surprice (for this price)!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and turns sweeter on more fruits with a tasty smokey ending (warm bonfire at the shoreline). Water opens up the nose further with more adorable (citric) fruits and turns the taste smoother hence even more quaffable. I like this dram both neat and a little reduced to 40% abv.

  68. Bottlin Bond scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    For the price, I have 2 points extra today
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  69. Andy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  70. CaskHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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

  71. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  72. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  74. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Single malt designed for Lidl, made from bottlera Wallace & Young Distillers Co. The current price in German Lidl is 90 €, currently in action for 75 €. Who else will give you 27 yo single malt from Islay at a price below 2000 crowns?

    Aroma: Beautifully smooth, mature and rich at the same time. A lot of citrus, a pretty sweet peat, to which is added fruity acidity and sweetness, smoked sour apple. (90 b)
    Taste: Oily, peppery peat, blends salinity with sweetness. Exploited fruity sweetness. The flavor is dry, ash, with a light tar. (88 b)
    Points: 89
    Summary: Great whisky, I got a lot of fun.

  75. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla, light creamy oak, wax, some citrus, flowers, BBQ sauce, some smoke, wine vinegar, honey
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, strong, mint, very sweet, light ash, chili, syrupy viscous - on the palate it is not as complex as in the nose but also delicious
    • Finish
      85 85
      Apart from a light salt-liquorice note, the finish brings nothing new - is medium in length, the sweetness fades first wax and ash remain long

  76. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, light creamy oak, wax, some citrus, flowers, BBQ sauce, some smoke, wine vinegar, honey
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, strong, mint, very sweet, light ash, chili, syrupy viscous - on the palate it is not as complex as in the nose but also delicious
    • Finish
      85 85
      Apart from a light salt-liquorice note, the finish brings nothing new - is medium in length, the sweetness fades first wax and ash remain long

  77. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.

  78. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Solid, simple Islay malt, probably Caol Ila with rough edges, but unfortunately without enough depth. Absolutely okay for the price. Central notes for me are apricots and cinnamon. The wood note is a bit too strong at the top, but then sounds bearable.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  79. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Official tasting notes from Lidl
    Character: Elegant, masculine, impressive smoky volume.
    Fragrance: spicy fresh (pickled walnuts, toasted oak, spice cake), fruit notes (baked apple), clearly smoky peat structure.
    Taste: Smoky intense. Complex aromas of ash, sea salt and allspice meet freshly roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.
    Resonance: Elegant, very long-lasting, powerful and smoky.

  80. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice Citrus smoke in the nose, sweet long smoke in the mouth with a long nice finish. Reminds me of caol ila but not sure... Sometimes available for 69.99€, then an absolute steal, this is wonderful complex whisky even though they chill filtered it those idiots... Even for 89.99 a very good whisky these days.

  81. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  82. Nolloff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  83. 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

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