The whisky up for review is a Ben Bracken 28yo, this is an unknown distillery bottled by the Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Company.. The only information we have is that it is a speyside single malt whisky, it is chill filtered and matured in American white oak casks, it is a limited release of 6,000 bottles and is bottled at 40%.
Nose.. At first it has a soft sweet and fruity aroma, given a little more time it opens up more, more fresh fruits, green apples, pears and some ripe plum notes, a sweetness in the form of vanilla, toffee and butterscotch mingle with a subtle heather and floral notes, newly cut grass and a hint of oak hides in the background.
Palate.. There is a distinct sweetness in the form of vanilla and toffee with a little subtle coconut. Once past the sweetness, subtle fruity notes show up candy apples, cooked pears, plums and a little apricot, some citrus peel and burnt orange. A little malty note subsides into a gentle spicy note.
Finish.. The finish is a medium sweet one with a little oak in the background.
Thoughts.. This bottle is from lidl, and is sold for £49.99 , not knowing what to expect from the Unknown whisky I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and complexity this whisky had to offer. Now it is not going to be ” the best whisky in the world ” but it is good, it does show a few qualitys we expect from speyside malts, and for a 28 yo it is great value. Could it be better ? Yes, NCF and a higher abv could improve things, but it isn’t .. Will I buy more, yes .. Will I share it with other whisky friends ? Yes and I bet they will think it is a more expensive bottle, in my humble opinion this whisky is from a good producing distillery, using decent casks that have been pretty active, good flavours and a good price make this well worth going out and buying a bottle or two..