Lidl unveil new 16-year-old Islay single malt whisky

With Christmas just around the corner, supermarket chain Lidl has unveiled its latest 16-year-old single malt – and it’s available for an incredible price.

The firm have launched Ben Bracken whisky – a 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky (ABV 43%, 70cl) – for just £34.99.

The brand say they expect the peated whisky to fly off the shelves this festive season.

The new peated 16-year-old.
The new peated 16-year-old.
(Image: Lidl)

Whisky expert Blair Bowman has dubbed the single malt “an incredibly moreish” dram, that is perfect for the “colder winter months”.

The exclusive 16-year-old single malt is distilled on a secret distillery on Islay and joins Lidl’s existing range of award-winning scotch.

The supermarket confirmed that when they recently released their Ben Bracken range – featuring a Highland, Speyside and Islay malt – the whisky produced on the famous island was the best seller due to its peated profile leading to them wanting to produce a second older peated malt.

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Blair Bowman, one of Scotland’s leading whisky experts, said: “This single malt whisky truly is a great find. It’s long rich finish and complex tasting notes sets it alongside some of the best premium whiskies out there.

“It is a fantastic whisky and brings unique flavours together, from sea salt to tropical fruit to smoky driftwood, to create the perfect dram for the winter months.”

The whisky expert said the Ben Bracken features notes of warming smoke from a beach bonfire and tropical fruits with a hit of Szechuan pepper spice on the nose, before turning to BBQ’d tropical fruit salad, dark chocolate coated orchard fruits and peat on the palate.

Paul McQuade, head of buying spirits at Lidl GB said: “Bringing such an exclusive whisky at this incredible price is testament to our commitment to offer premium Scottish products to our shoppers at market leading prices.  

“This 16-year-old single malt from Islay joins our long list of award-winning Ben Bracken whiskies, which offers everything from excellent value Blended Scotch Whiskies to premium Single Malts.

“We are expecting this to fly off the shelves as it makes an excellent gift for any whisky drinker.”

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