Lidl – Three New Single Malts
In the middle of last month I was invited to Lidl’s Pick of Scotland event held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow and this event included the launch of three new single malt Whiskies.
Lidl’s new Scotch Single Malts are, a Speyside, a Highland and an Islay. Each of them selling for £17.49 for a 70 cl bottle. All have been bottled at 40% Alc/vol. With no age statement.
At the Glasgow event I was able to have a wee sip of each of the new expressions. Also on show was a fabulous range of Scottish products from Steak to smoked salmon to ales and vegetables, so I was glad to see Lidl promoting such a wide range of Scottish food and drink.
Back to the Single Malts.
Paul McQuade, head of Lidl’s Scottish buying team, “We’re incredibly proud of our whisky range and with World Whisky Day approaching this is the perfect time to release our new range of Ben Bracken single malt Scotches.“
My tasting notes and thoughts.
Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl 40% abv
A very typical Speyside, light and sweet, quite lavish with nutty fruit flavours, apple, pear, vanilla spice, mouthfeel is creamy, a medium finish where I found a little oakiness and toffee.
This is such an easy dram to sip, light and quite delicate, must be an aperitif.
Ben Bracken Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl 40% abv
Now this is so different from the Speyside. I have some fruitcake flirting with a touch of heather, cereal and honey, quite nutty with the slightest whiff of floral smoke, we have a wee bit of syrupy indulgence, a lot is happening in my glass. A longer finish than the Speyside.
This is a little more complex, so pour yourself a glass after a hard day at work. An all round pleasing dram, has a little bit of everything.
Ben Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl 40% abv
Now for the Islay. The first sip tells me a lot, this cannot be confused with anything other than an Islay Single Malt, the BBQ is on and the seared gammon is going well, but next to the gammon are some scallops and langoustines, this BBQ is on Loch Indaal beach with a whisp of sea spray, peat smoke is all around, we also have dark chocolate someone has opened a first aid box, enjoying this dram next to some rock pools and dried seaweed on the rocks.
This one is fairly complex, its complete character unfolding gradually, it finishes with warming peat and smoke lingering on the palate.
This Dram is by far the best of the three, well done to all who selected these single malts especially to those that picked the Islay.
To all the readers do not hesitate to go and try these drams value for money with no loss in flavour or style.