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Overall rating
80.84/100
votes
67
Whiskybase ID
143070
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Clydesdale (Cd)
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
4056489149798
Bottled for
LIDL
Added on
20 Nov 2019 11:15 pm by dampfman3
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Average value

€ 39.99

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67 × member ratings

181 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 2003 Cd

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.84 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Laphroaig (not medical enough), Ardbeg (availability) and Kilchoman (age) can be ruled out. If it should be a Bowmore, it would be a very smoky and unusual one (but there is also one). The light farm or stable note reminds me of peated laddies and / or bunnahabhains (although I have no idea whether the former gave up barrels or distillate or how the latter turned out at that age). In terms of sweetness, it could well be a dirty - so also rather unusual - Lagavulin, or just a Caol Ila, which is probably the most likely.

    No matter how you decide the guesswork: very tasty, tasty and round, and definitely more than okay for the money.

    Edit: after trying several times, I type on Lagavulin, and increase from 85 to 86 points. A real bargain for the quality.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The 43% do him good. The finish pulls all the whisky down. What began with a beautiful nose ends bitterly, but there are lovers for that too!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Hardly any smoke, there is also some apple left. Dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs and the like) are also noticeable.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruits, sweetness and smoke get going together and are also harmonious. The aromas are nice and strong. The smoke begins to dominate.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The smoke turns into a bitter ash.

  3. nhuber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Had high hopes after the last two Ben bracken 18 and 27... But unfortunately couldn't hold it...Not a bad whisky, just nothing special... Still a solid Islay and probably better than a lot of Islay whisky for 40€. But prefer the Ben bracken 18 (87/88 points) and especially Ben bracken 27 (90+)

  4. Barbone scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smells of wood fire and ashes, medically, sea salt. Some acidity resonates with the smell. Sweet vanilla cakes, some mint (menthol) and light fruit notes in the background.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Smoke, ashes, fruity, the mentholhaltig remains in the mouth (only intense) campfire on the beach.
      After a long time comes salt and algae.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, light wood notes (rather licorice), salty

  5. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-07: very good replacement for the Lagavulin 16 - even if it could be a Caol Ila
    • Nose
      87 87
      yellow fruity, acidic, close to Lagavulin 16
    • Taste
      88 88
      very close to Lagavulin 16
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Powerful,strong, but not a peat monster, rather a well-behaved, yet unshaved Lagavulin teenie - a very sympathetic malt, especially at that price. Made for sipping by the campfire (which I actually did). Nice!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Solitom scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Slightly smoky. Sweet and fruity. Woody finish with a smoky note. Very good for the price.

  9. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    had no high expectacions of this LIDL whisky. you cant compare it to a lagavulin 16 or something. but its decent enough not to regret the buy, especially at 35€ shipping included. (40€+shipping is too much in my opinion)
    the origin islay is as clear as it can be and for me its almost certainly a caol ila.

    nose is best, taste alright, body weak, and the finish is barley noticeable. but once again, all in all its more than you can expect with this price and age ratio. I bought it for blending experiments but it is a good sipper too for non professional occasions aka drinking.

    decent budget whisky. I probably would buy it again if below 40€.

    lidl is doing a good job for the most part with its single malts considering the price. no chill filtration and they could be great stuff, but i doubt that will happen as it is a product for the massmarket.
    • Nose
      85 85
      strong medicinical smoke, no bonfire smoke or earty tones, its more on that medicinical style. almost instantly I sorted it as a caol ila. with more smelling and for a second, even lagavulin went through my mind but its way to medicinical for that, it lacks those mudddy spicy notes of lagavulin as well.

      beside the medicinical notes theres obviously maturity, altough not impressive, its just there.
      some wood, lemons, leather, thymian, and woodhoney. the nose aint overly complex but it offers some deepness based on the main flavours.
    • Taste
      84 84
      weak and thin arrival, it would have greatly benefited from 46% and no chill filterting. once again strong medicinical notes, accompanied by wood and those citric notes of desinfaction. body is thin as mentioned but nevertheless still a bit oily after some time in mouth.

      it lacks something, intensity? character?
      propably no chill filtration and more good casks.
    • Finish
      82 82
      short for an islay. it almost disapears as soon as you swallowed it altough the strong medicinial flavour survives and coats everything. some oak in the lingering aftertaste.

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very reasonable, well matured Islay whisky. The smoke is clear but not dominant. I would have wished for dark fruits and ham to perfection, but still a very tasty and inexpensive drop. Buy recommendation.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Spicy start, followed immediately by smoke. Clearly pepper and then astonishingly clear speculoos. Later fruit quark and light roasted aromas
    • Taste
      86 86
      Amazingly soft and sweet in the beginning. Shortly light fruits, then again spicy and peppery. Smoke too, of course. The alcohol comes in increasingly strong, but is still well integrated.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium-long, there is smoke and oak and also a bit of bitterness.

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