Overall rating
79.70/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB143069
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Clydesdale (Cd)
Bottling serie
Speyside Single Malt
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask
Strength
47.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4056489149774
Bottled for
LIDL
Market
de Germany
Added on
20 nov 2019 11:15 pm by dampfman3
Colored

Average value

€ 84.99

2 × in wishlist

32 × member ratings

63 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Bracken 1987 Cd

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 79.70 points.

  1. MaroFF scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    After tasting this whisky, I am negatively surprised. After good versions of 10 YO, 12 YO (16 YO, unfortunately I didn't drink), I expected 32 YO to be the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While the smell itself is going in the right direction, the other components of the assessment are plummeting downwards, and the very ending, very bitter and "bland", lowers my assessment. This is not what I expected. These are not my flavors.
    • Nose
      77 77
      wood, varnish, chocolate, grain, toffee
    • Taste
      75 75
      vanilla, pear, oak, a pinch of pepper,
    • Finish
      73 73
      medium long, peppery, bitter, with an alcohol tip, chili on the palate.

  2. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely not a high-flyer, but still pleasant to drink. It's not complex, but if you look past the age, it's not a bad whisky.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Oak, vanilla, with fruits and spices.
    • Taste
      82 82
      soft and sweet. Vanilla, oak, a few spices. Especially on the threshold of unpleasant bitterness.
    • Finish
      79 79
      the finish is medium long and very oak-emphasized.

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Okay, you can tell that the barrels gave off a lot of oak notes and other flavors are a bit scarce. But for me the whisky is still not a complete disaster. I can absolutely not understand the lousy reviews here. At no time does the whisky become uncomfortable, the honey goes well with the oak notes, the alcohol is pretty well integrated and the finish leaves the nutty notes for a very long time. Definitely not an overwhelming bitterness like other barrel-heavy whisky like.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Honey, oak, vanilla. The alcohol cools a bit in the nose. Peppermint and a hint of passion fruit still appear. Later becoming a little more acidic.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet. Honey and oak again. Peppermint is also back. Very soft and pleasant in the mouth.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long finish with oak, which gets a little moldy. Slight bitterness, walnut still appears.

  5. yggr scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
      Phew, really a lot of fart-dry wood: pencil shavings, oak slats, wall unit, some cardboard ... Behind it some spiciness (cinnamon, fennel / anise, gingerbread spice), but hardly any fruit (maybe a splash of lemon juice concentrate). Over time, it will be a bit rounder and sweeter, but maybe just the sense of smell will start fading out the oak broadside.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Also very oaky, but here is still some sweetness and acid to the rescue. From about the middle of the development in the mouth, it is even quite nice in the meantime. Unfortunately, towards the end, too tannic-bitter.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Bittere Eiche (you guessed it).

  7. Barbone scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Ed Radour scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      75 75

  9. LDB scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    After a reasonably comprehensible nose, nothing really happens in the mouth and on the finish (tasty), 32 years you really don't notice the drop except in the tannin bitterness.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Rum pot, brandy, honeydew melon, sunflower oil, ripe apricot, freshly plastered clay wall, unplastered old brass chandelier.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Apricot oil, a hint of old lemon and grapefruit. Alcohol yes, tannins, yes, but at first still reasonably well.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Very dry and increasingly bitter. In places, unfortunately, almost reaches the quality of a calamus root or wormwood.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] I just read in a WB members bio "No matter of age, no matter of price, no matter of quality - whisky is not Lidl!". To be honest, why is a whisky sold by pricey retailers or the distillery itself better than a whisky sold at a reasonable price at a discount store? Sounds a little snobby to me, sorry guy! I had wonderful and awful drams from both...

    ...and this very new Lidl edition is a blank, unfortunately. While the 27-years old Islay (Caol Ila) was excellent and the 28-years old Speyside very good the 30-years old was average-only (at best) and this new 32-years old release is almost undrinkable (to me). Sorry Lidl, but this whisky is not worth a single Euro in my honest opinion (except you just want to get drunk - even than I prefer any vodka over this woodsky). If you need arguments to re-deal with your supplier - you can quote me...
    • Nose
      81 81
      The colour is dark at tawny and the nose offers an extremely woody profile as if you sniff fresh sawdust in the forest (I know what I am talking about). After significant breathing time some malty aromas manage to break through this wooden wall but still this smells like completely over-aged casks with tons of old wooden notes (pencil shavings, cardboard and the like). For extreme wood-lovers only, maybe lumberjacks? But if I (would) work in the woods I (would) prefer to go for different impressions in my spare time...
    • Taste
      76 76
      The taste is wood, old wood and even older wood. Some hot spicy notes and distant impressions of sweet malty sugars, that is it. These casks were both exhausted (so they did not really support the whisky maturation) and over-aged (the tannins took control of everything). Sorry, this is an example of bad old-style woodsky and to be honest - this will be my first and last dram of it, most probably.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The initial mouthfeel is not very attractive (neither warming nor coating) and bitter-astringent because of heavy tannins. The finish is of medium length and guess what, it is woody! A dram to use in whisky-cola only - I refuse to drink this neat. Hey Lidl, they sold you whisky beyond the expiration date - I would return this stuff and claim my money back (if I had any unopened bottle, but luckily I do not).

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