Overall rating
Single Malt
Clydesdale (Cd)
Bottling serie
Speyside Single Malt
Stated Age
28 years old
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
10 Nov 2015 9:01 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 70.40

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Bracken 1987 Cd

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.62 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    This was a no-brainer purchase at its original price, a 28yo Tamnavulin for £50. How much is Balblair’s current official 25yo again, or 28yo Laphroaig?

    N: A quiet nose centred around [sherried] raisins, a touch fudgy and with hints of – smoke or char – I can’t decide.
    T: There’s an oaky body and certainly a touch more char.
    F: Big~short finish that clearly reflects the influence of an oloroso cask finish. Imagine the re-racking task?! Concludes with congealed sherry [Glenalba style-y].

    C: Dismissed by many, with a little bit of everything there’s more to this than first meets the eye. 

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    [Forget reviewing this on day one, two, etc. Come back in a week or two].

    N: Aside from the more obvious stuff, there’s an Inchgower/Teaninich-eque toffee maltiness, grilled vegan/coconut/starch cheese oils, (kebab house) warmed onions and sooty-aromatic herbal-spice. Similar-ish to the Clynelish 14yo [WB], but nuttier [cashew & macadamia], with a touch of Bovril, tahini & tomato paste and clay. Decidedly savoury carbohydrate-y, but sweet nonetheless, leading towards Eccles cake/scone dough.

    T: Starts with a soft rough sharpness, and then [with water straight] to a chalky~dryness. Some considerable mouthfeel development leads to a waxy, dense, aged, porridge body with nutty>putty=clay citrus profile. Turmeric powder & mukhwas are the overwhelming Asian flavours alongside subdued Muscovado sugar, carob and vanilla fudge. Consolidates to a [bourbon-fruit] clay=plastic-y chew with a peppery edginess throughout. Fruity<chocolate=carob into the finish - dry>creamy.

    F: The 28+ years mutter away. More waxy mouthfeel action to enjoy before some very soft chilli pepper spice on the middle-front palate. A long finish with light, nondescript savoury-sweet>bitter/sour notes concluding. Despite all the things [privet hedge/metallic spirity hue], the barley extract remains at the death.

    C: Initially disappointing for many on opening [so i hear], but if you give it a good run you may discover a fairly decent 28yo Tamnavulin - for peanuts. Many offerings from Lidl & Aldi are ideal for blind tastings where any bias is left to one side. A lovely nose and a really long finish may just win you round.

    Scores a C[+]

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    N: Surprisingly more vibrant than the Amrut WB [in hindsight], with notes of sherry chocolate. My guesses shoot around Glenfarclas>Glenrothes. Also, bready touches, chalky Speyside bourbon cask notes with plenty of sherry also - a finish perhaps? Confusing one.
    T: Bitter-savoury-sweet. Something very peculiar about this, only because i haven’t twigged it yet.
    F: Lots of raisins and bitter malt, or different combos containing similar [im-]balances. 
    C: My impression is of a skilfully blended, big-batch malt - despite some fundamental difficulties. I feel i know this, and in hindsight i certainly do.Scores a B-

  4. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      70 70

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: On opening, it’s dense, thick and flavoursome but its hard to decipher exactly what those flavours are. Overall its a fair, mild mannered, compacted, balanced. savoury<sweet malt with a floral edge and a little some plasticine. Compared to Bruichladdich Scottish barley Classic WB, this is work-worn, certainly more rounded with an overall smell profile of soft lemons in porridge - endearing indeed and most idiosyncratic of the [Spey] region. A month later and its thus: a slow-aged cereal led, honey-sugar malt with sour-lemon-mash that swings between dry-chalky-floury-dusty-creamy and plasticky malt. Also a little Worcester sauce with undisclosed Chinese dish beef meat, onion seeds and a slight mushroom note. Despite inactivity oak side, it's still a lot of years.
    T: Although its bottled at the abv minimum, its not underpowered.. Sour-lemon moves malty/cereal, a little sharp then chalky/powdery as the wood kicks in. With water it's peppery, sharp-ish but more chalky. Neat I get more sugars that help tackle the sourness. However as the bottle opens up it becomes far more aromatic with water before the sweetish maltiness comes through, coupled as ever with that sourness. Mainly malty to malty-sour with eggy pancakes before the sour lemon hits home.
    F: Moderate/quick fade that stays on the sharp-sour, aged, lemon-malt direction with some cream. There are issues at the end, the result of so many cask variables no doubt. Concludes sour and dry as the oak lingers.
    C: How much does a similar aged, Speyside single malt [Glen grant for example] cost these days? (Dec '15) - more than £50 I’m betting. Those mainly used to drinking much younger malts should appreciate the fundamental differences that age brings, even if its to experience slow-steeped oak maturation [despite the inactivity] for a very fair price. With its modest price however, it inevitably comes with its ups and downs. Overall, the ups occur at the beginning [opening] of the bottle and on the nose in general - and as much as I've tried, the rest is ok but frankly doesn't quite hold up and certainly suffers from expose. One of Richard’s picks as whisky of the year 2015 at Scotchwhisky.com, mainly for its enjoyment vs price ratio. At £50 its good but I think theres an even better deal from Lidl outturn, in the form of the blended 25yo Glenalba WB.

    Scores a C+ [83]

    Oh, and it's an undisclosed Tamnavulin. Let's recap:

    a vintage 28yo Tamnavulin for £50, my my!

  7. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. r0back55 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Delicate oak barrel, fresh hay, rural farm, the smell of grain ears. After a longer time (an hour or more) in the empty glass we can find aromas of fruit jelly.
    • Taste
      Taste of grass, also fresh hay. After a while pleasant taste of vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      Gentle, pleasant, pretty long, nutty.

  9. r0back55 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Bishops Jkpg scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Considering the price, an extremely price worthy whisky. However, a few more percent wouldn't hurt... Cudos to Lidl!
    • Nose
      Slightly sweet and a touch of flora
    • Taste
      Well balanced, hazelnut with a hint of chocholate
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy


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