Abrachan Triple Wood Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (LIDL)

Reviewed on Sat 05 Mar, 2016

Where does this whisky come from? No idea. How old is it? Not a clue. Is it any good? Let's find out...

It has to be said that there isn't a lot of bang-for-your-buck when it comes to finding a whisky under the £20 mark. Anyone who is a regular whisky consumer is almost certainly going to steer clear of your Grants, Famous Grouse and all the other shitty blends that hang around that £15 mark.

Look a little further afield though because both Aldi and Lidl have been steaming ahead in recent years with high quality - but low price - blends and single malts marketed under their own labels. The Abrachan is one such offering from budget supermache Lidl - this has become a regular staple in stores unlike the recent Glen Alba limited releases and you can bag yourself a bottle for about £17. Change from a £20 note? Never!?

Where does this whisky come from? No idea. How old is it? Not a clue. Is it any good? Let's find out...

On the nose: Really nice - there's a little something medicinal in there but that's vastly overshadowed by hints of vanilla and large lashings of fruit mince pie, sherry, cherries and ripe bananas.

The taste: Viscous, syrupy and lovely, this really does have a fantastic mouthfeel. Blackberries, sugar sweet apple pie and dark cocoa, ending with a fiery kick of pepper and ginger.

The finish: A long finish with perhaps a bit more bite than I'd like. Kind of like an overhopped porter. Is that a thing? We'll pretend it's a thing.

Personally... This is a go-to staple whisky for me. It's not going to impress anyone if you put it under the Christmas tree, but for the price it damned well should. How Lidl have managed to eek out so much flavour from what is obviously young spirit - and probably distillery seconds at that - is beyond me. I'm not complaining though!


Nose:  87/100 
Taste:  85/100 
Finish:  85/100 
Personal Rating: 87/100 
Value for Money:  90/100 
Overall Rating:  86.8/100 

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