Review No.118. Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt


Whisky: Ben Bracken Islay Scotch Single Malt Whisky, 40%

Nose: Wood smoke, salt, roasted nuts, cinnamon, pepper spice

Taste: Sweet caramel, toffee, wood smoke, brine, burnt toast

Finish: Dry and earthy

Score: 2

Summary: Out of the Ben Bracken range, this is the one that I am least sure about even at the price.  The smoke dominates all the way through and does not let the other flavours to shine which is a shame.  Other than the smoke, there is a coastal feel in the form of brine and some nuttiness and sweet caramel as well as spice.  If these were allowed to come to fore somewhat then there would be enough going on to keep me interested.  I would suggest that Johnnie Walker Black Label offers a better balance of smoke, spice and rich fruit and you have a very good chance of picking it up for £20 when on offer.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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