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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ralfy legend wrote:
Ben bracken 16 rare islay out on nov 19 £34.99 at 43%


Sounds interesting. How did you come by that snippet?

I see they are doing a Shetland Reel later this week too
https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/c/scottish-craft-spirits-festival/c1670/w2
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was in there Christmas catalogue
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ralfy legend wrote:
It was in there Christmas catalogue


Thanks Ralfy.

Looks like the Shetland is a 40%, less than the previously bottlings of that blend.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ralfy legend wrote:
Ben bracken 16 rare islay out on nov 19 £34.99 at 43%


I spotted that too, anyone got any thoughts on if it's likely to be worth a punt? I've not had any Lidl whiskies before
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rep24 wrote:
ralfy legend wrote:
Ben bracken 16 rare islay out on nov 19 £34.99 at 43%


I spotted that too, anyone got any thoughts on if it's likely to be worth a punt? I've not had any Lidl whiskies before


I enjoy lidl and aldi whisky for what they are, good value, not particularly quality presentation but enjoyable drams. Particularly the christmas releases which ive bought the last few years. I certainly enjoyed the 23yr old speyside and 12 yr irish last year and I'll get the Islay this year. Does seem like the price gap between lidl/aldi specials and other OB deals is narrowing though.

I know Caol Ila is the obvious suspect for unnamed islay releases. Wonder if this truly is "rare" as the marketing suggests, imagine if they'd sourced a Port Ellen 🤩 (jokes). I've got lag 16 and Bmore 15 on the go which might be interesting side by side although doubt there'll be sherry casks used for the Ben Bracken.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2020 Ben Bracken Islay ...
https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/christmas-spirits/ben-bracken-16-year-old-rare-islay-single-malt-scotch-whisky/p37534

Looks very similar to last year's Lidl bottling for Germany and reviews here ...
https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/143070/ben-bracken-2003-cd

If there are any German speakers you might get something from the review of last year's ...
https://youtu.be/etv083PhR1w
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find, it’s not listed in the online catalogue as a 16 yo
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year's bottle on SWA
https://www.scotchwhiskyauctions.com/auctions/152_the-111th-auction/399854_ben-bracken-2003-16-year-old/

Despite the 43%, visible on the reverse of the tube is "mit farbstoff zuckerkulör" (colour) and on the bottle front it says chill filtered.

Also Clydesdale so Whyte & Mackay.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As W&M don’t operate any islay distilleries I’m assuming it’s none of theirs.

Outside chance it could be bruichladdich as it’s the only islay distillery they are associated with, but sold up in 2001 I believe and this is a 2003 distillation...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought a Lidl 18 (or so) year old a couple of years ago for about £45 and returned it, it was that poor.

Not that it was bad whisky, I just though to myself; if this was a blind tasting would I think this was and 18 yr old or for that matter, worth what I paid? The answer was no on both counts.

Have heard of the German offering and was well jealous. I'd definitely give the 43% one a try, might have more oomph.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw today that Lidl have a new version of Abrachan blended malt 41%. Said to be speyside / highland with peat & smoke. I didn't buy it so can't comment further.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:20 pm    Post subject: Abrachan Reply with quote

I picked up a bottle of the Abrachan blended malt yesterday for a bargain price of £15.99. It definitely exceeded my expectations - lovely subtle peat flavours (comparable to a Benromach 10), with brown sugar, treacle and chocolate notes too. Well worth grabbing a bottle.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Abrachan Reply with quote

Swinny30 wrote:
I picked up a bottle of the Abrachan blended malt yesterday for a bargain price of £15.99. It definitely exceeded my expectations - lovely subtle peat flavours (comparable to a Benromach 10), with brown sugar, treacle and chocolate notes too. Well worth grabbing a bottle.


Sounds good. I assume there would be Ardmore in it as part of the blend?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Abrachan Reply with quote

MattS wrote:
Swinny30 wrote:
I picked up a bottle of the Abrachan blended malt yesterday for a bargain price of £15.99. It definitely exceeded my expectations - lovely subtle peat flavours (comparable to a Benromach 10), with brown sugar, treacle and chocolate notes too. Well worth grabbing a bottle.


Sounds good. I assume there would be Ardmore in it as part of the blend?


I'm not sure to be honest. I believe their Ben Bracken speyside is actually Tamnavulin but the Abrachan tastes quite different to that.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It’s been a while since I tried the abrachan. There were strong rumours years ago that lidl had a parcel of Tamnavulin. That said as posted above the Abrachan is a different kettle of fish and like most blends will be blended with what they have.

From memory it was a decent blend although at around £19 it would struggle to compete with other bottles that would often come on offer was my recollection.
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