Lidl unveils new £15.99 Abrachan blended malt whisky

The discount supermarket has released a new blended malt whisky - Abrachan.

Published 31st Mar 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Lidl Abrachan blended malt Scotch whisky has hints of smoked sea salt, beach bonfires and caramelised sugar, and is in stores now for £15.99.

Inspired by Scottish folklore, Abrachan is a mythical beast who roamed the Highlands and Lowlands.

The new Highlands & Speyside blended Scotch malt whisky joins Lidl’s award-winning range, with the retailer most recently picking up four accolades for Queen Margot and Ben Bracken varieties at the World Whisky Awards.

Whisky expert and founder of World Whisky Day, Blair Bowman, got a first taste of the new product and said "The Abrachan is a champion of blended malts, one packed with flavour that is an excellent introduction to whisky for new dram explorers.

"Its notes of warm vanilla and spiced finish are a nod to its Highlands and Speyside origins. A delicious and moreish blended malt with a lovely balance of sweetness and smokiness".

Paul McQuade, Head of Buying Spirits at Lidl GB added: "This is one of the most exciting additions to our whisky line up yet.

"We worked hard to create a blended malt that welcomes new whisky drinkers and connoisseurs alike with something a little different. Its unusual bottle, incredible flavour and great price make it a standout dram.

"Bringing a blended malt whisky to our shelves at such great value is testament to our commitment to offering premium Scottish products to our shoppers at unbeatable prices.”

The new Abrachan blended malt Scotch whisky is available now at all Lidl Scotland stores, priced at £15.99.

Tasting notes from Blair Bowman

Nose: An inviting sweet smoke with rich vanilla fudge and warm sooty notes. Opens up into a smoked crème brûlée with a spiced caramelised sugar top.

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Sweet citrus peels, caramelised orange and lemon peel, mixed with sweet and spicy nutty notes, honey roasted cashews and almonds with cracked black pepper.

Smoked sea salt and smoulder beach bonfire made of salty driftwood come later.

Palate: A warming feel with more vanilla fudge and crème brûlée and spiced caramelised sugar, hints of clove, cinnamon and cardamom.

Sweet and delicate heathery smoke lingers and mingles with citrus peels and honey roasted nuts. S’mores toasted over a smoky beach bonfire made with milk chocolate covered cherry marshmallows and biscoff biscuits.

Later, more peppery and smoked sea salt notes.

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Finish: Medium finish with sweet and spicy smoke.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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