Lidl have released a new £39 Ben Bracken whisky - and it comes with a ‘Scotchify’ playlist

A new 18 year old Ben Bracken whisky is available in Lidl stores now.

Published 19th Nov 2021
Updated 19 th Nov 2021

Lidl has unveiled a Ben Bracken 18 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (43% ABV, 70cl) for St Andrew’s Day with a ‘Scotchify’ playlist to savour while you sip.

A toast to the talent in the Scottish music industry, Lidl’s ‘Scotchify’ playlist has been carefully curated in line with tasting notes for the new malt from whisky expert Blair Bowman.

From Paolo Nutini to Pictish Trail and KT Tunstall to King Creosote, the playlist offers an immersive drinking experience, as well as making an ideal interactive gift for Christmas for less than £40.

Blair Bowman, whisky expert, author and founder of World Whisky Day, got a first taste of the new whisky ahead of its launch and said: “This is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable Islay single malt.

"With notes of sooty peat as opposed to the traditional medicinal peat, this is a dram that will appeal to peated whisky fans while also being accessible enough to appeal to those starting to explore the category.”

Lidl’s Scotchify playlist aims to showcase the tasting notes for the new whisky - to pair the aroma, palate and finish with tunes from the Scottish music scene.

Including 14 tracks, the musical whisky pairing starts with a burst of sooty smoke (Pictish Trail - Into The Smoke) before beeswax and floral freshness (James Yorkston - Like Bees to Foxglove) and sweet heather honey (The Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey).

On the palate, the whisky coats the mouth tingling the tongue (Elephant Sessions - Tingles) and brings in green leafy notes (King Creosote - Leaf Piece) and peat (Peatbog Faeries - Shifting Peat and Feet) before a wonderfully long, lingering finish (Lewis Capaldi - Fade).

Priced at £39.99, the Ben Bracken single malt will join Lidl’s award-winning whisky line-up in all Scottish stores alongside its ever-popular Abrachan Triple-Barrelled Blended Malt (42% ABV, 70cl), which comes with a special gifting tube ahead of the festive season for £16.99.

Lidl’s new Scotchify playlist for Ben Bracken 18 Year Old can be found on Spotify, here.

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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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