Overall rating
Single Malt
Wallace & Young Distillers Co. (W&Y)
Bottling serie
Speyside Single Malt
Stated Age
28 years old
Oak Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
03 Dec 2017 7:39 pm by whisky313

Average value

€ 49,99

8 × in wishlist

23 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 1989 W&Y

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.38 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] I am not sure if my observation is statistically right but it seems as if no-name and cheap bottles got much weaker rates here at WB than bottles from well-known distilleries that are sold at high prices. But the times when the price of a bottle reflected its inherit (drinking) quality are long gone and there are a lot of questionable (from a drinker's perspective) highly-priced drams released these days. On the other side you can find reasonable priced bottlings of great quality and quaffability too, with a little luck. Will this Lidl-release be one of them...

    ...and it is, without any doubt. If you like fruity-honeyed Speyside drams with a good balance (not too woody) and a high Q-factor (quaffability) this one is for you. I am pretty sure this one is from the Tomintoul distillery, not just because of the flavours profile (and rather low price) but the Tomintoul owners (Angus Dundee) are the main whisky suppliers for all the big discount store chains worldwide. They own huge warehouses with casks from almost all distilleries (via swaps with Tomintoul) and the facilities to do very large batches of blends, vatted malts or (even) single malts if requested. A nice market niche, and they can select the rather below-average casks for the cheap blends and use the better casks for (no-name) single malt bottlings like this one.

    To be honest, I like this 28-years old Tomintoul very much. This is a real bargain these days (for drinkers, I guess collectors and investors are not interested in no-name Lidl releases) so go for it if you do not own the deep pockets for 25+years old original distillery releases and you like fruity Speyside drams with a balanced (not wood-driven) profile.

    [December, 2019] I just noticed that Lidl now sells a different batch L 44 7 7 instead of L 44 7 1 which shows a slightly darker colour and owns more wooden notes than the batch I reviewed. I score the new batch two points lower at 87 points (88-87-86) but still it is a good deal for your bucks.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is amber and the nose offers an impressive old Speyside profile with tons of ripe fruits of all different kinds, honeys, spices, nuts and fine oils. All in good balance and without any off-note. After some breathing this nose turns more old-stylish with beeswax, fruits and floral impressions. The woods are perfect to me (by the way: I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose this dram).
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is very sweet on fruits, honeys and sugars first before the spices and waxes balance this out. A tasty first layer that gets more harmonic the longer I chew the dram. There are earthy and bitter flavours (almonds, tea) which nicely counter the sweetness and all combine to a fine dark chocolatey note towards the finish. The woods are again perfect to provide structure without dominating. Ooh, this is dangerously quaffable (my taste buds cry for more).
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives very charming on my palate with a warming feeling and an instantly great coating effect. Actually, the texture is very creamy without any distracting moments - a truly great mouthfeel! The finish is long and sticks literally to my throat with chocolatey-nutty flavours and again no distracting moments at all. Water releases chalky-mineral notes in the nose and flattens both taste and finish, I like the neat dram best.

  2. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      dark honey, cereals, almost bread-like, apple, peach, melon, some cinnamon
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, apple, grapes, lemon, honey and some pepper out of the back

  3. Oberlutz scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    A typical Speysider. It is rather one-dimensional, no smoke, a little hint of sherry cask.
    But look at the price. You get a "good" 28 year old whisky, which compares to a 25 yo Glenfarclas. I have tasted better but much much more worse.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet Apple, Apricot, a hint of Sherry, caramell. Not very complex but delicate
    • Taste
      82 82
      Starts with apple, followed by some sweetness and then the oak flashes with typical bitterness. No sherry here, no smoke
    • Finish
      84 84
      Rather long lasting, much oak, after a few minutes caramell and toffee

  4. nhuber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fruity with a bit of oak in the nose...very sweet and soft in the mouth, more sweet fruits with some pepper and Oak. Short finish. Not bad but also nothing exciting, nonetheless still good considering the price and add the age brings nice smoothness. 


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