Ben Bracken 12 Year Old Highland Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc/vol 70cl, Distilled, Matured and Bottled in Scotland for Lidl.
As we have already bought and tasted a dram from Aldi we thought we would give Lidl a wee look see, and decided to buy their 12 year old Speyside.
So on Wednesday 15th September, Jim ran round to Nicola’s with this bottle of malt for a wee tasting.
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Now where does this dram come from? that is the question, the bottle says it is bottled by Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Co., Glasgow which we understand is part of Whyte & Mackay and they only had one Highland/Speyside Distillery and that was Tamnavulin, so can anyone confirm it is indeed a Tamnavulin with in this bottle.
The bottle opened lets dive in.
Colour…Pale yellowed gold
Nose…Sweet citrus fruit and a little floral, not too distinctive.
Taste… Some maltiness and a wee touch of honeyed spice.
Finish…Quite short and drying.
Score… 2.5 corks
Nose…Nothing jumping out, a little fragrant with some fruit.
Taste…Sweet vanilla with salty peaches, I have had better Speyside’s.
Finish… Not too long leaving a slight bitterness.
Well for the price of £15.99 this is not the worst in the world, and certainly is not one of the best, other own brands like Tesco and Sainsbury’s Speyside’s are far superior.
My money would go on a special offer from one of the big supermarkets. i.e. Tesco are selling Bowmore Legend for £18, I would add the two pounds and enjoy the Islay much more.