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Overall rating
85.78/100
votes
85
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Wallace & Young Distillers Co. (W&Y)
Bottling serie
Speyside Single Malt
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
20975067
Bottled for
LIDL
Added on
03 Dec 2017 7:39 pm by whisky313
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Average value

€ 69.99

10 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

203 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 1989 W&Y

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.78 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. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    glenfarclas 25 was always a price cracker with its 90-110€. but this has a even better price performance ratio.

    blind you would get/guess a glenfarclas 25 for 60-70 € and 46%.
    its just soo good. I drank 3x2cl but my original plan was to drink 1x2cl. just couldn't stop.

    Lidl shows us, that good whisky dont have to be expensive and ultra rare rare special. its damn good whisky to drink and aint that the point?
    • Nose
      90 90
      wow, a wave of maturity. smells like the age printed on the label.
      classical mature speyside character:

      red and green apples above everything. vanilla, clear applejuice, barley, fruitbread, marmelade, orange zest, hazelnuts, nuts, walnut-oil, tropical fruit bowl, apple pie.
      a little alcoholic note pops up but well integrated.

      I was simply impressed by the nose with my first sniff directly from the just opened bottle. I never expected this quality and maturity out of such a cheap bottle.
    • Taste
      88 88
      slow arrival, initially it seems a bit weak but coating the mouth let it grow then like a wave. loads of oak move in. strong taste of honeyed apples with citrus and vanilla cake. oily and juicy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      87 87
      powerful and long. first sweet, then kind of peppery and spicy. the oak is still there after quarter of a minute. alcohol is pungent, not overly "heaty" but theres a little alcoholic hit.

      damn what a nice whisky. the price is insane.
      I bet most of the people would sort this blind clearly above 100€, but its ridiciously only 60-70€. ordered another bottle straight away.

  3. Whiskonaut scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Wonderful, complex Whisky - I just love the slightly citric aroma in the nose, and the taste reminds me of sandalwood oil, I can really taste the 28 years of wood. I think this is a 90, but I give an extra point for extraordinary value (paid only 50€).
    Wins in direct comparison with Glenfarclas 25 y.o.
    As hs305 mentioned, there are different batches. My first bottle (the one reviewed here) from April 2020 was batch L44-7-7, I ordered three more bottles in August 2020 and they were all batch L44-7-1 which seems to be the "old" one? - haven't tasted yet though!

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. juli__c scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    after having this whisky open for about 4 months now, it opened a lot and is much more approachable. with fruity, honey and wood notes. yes, a lot of wood, so maybe not fot beginnera but for the experienced drinker, a great a super value experience. i bought this on offer for less than 60 euros.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly good!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 21.5, finish 21, balance 21.5

  8. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  10. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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