a few weeks ago I conducted a Scotch Whisky blind test with a
(reasonably experienced) volunteeer from a newsgroup I was reading.
17 brands were sampled - from a German discount retail blend at
10 Euros per litre to the 20 year old Bruichladdich at 15 times
that price. I have just finished the English web page containing
details on how the test was done and all the results, with photos
and all - enjoy!
Very interesting test results and goes back to drink what you like and don't
worry about the price. If you happen to like less expensive drams you are
fortunate. We tried something similar with white wine about ten years ago
and the cheapest wines were largely chosen over the more expensive brethren.
He couldn't bear to get a bottle of "Old Keeper", for fear of
being seen with only a whisky bottle at the checkout of Germany's
cheapest discount retailer - a situation that might well cast
doubt on your drinking habits ;-)
But he did get a bottle of "Ben Bracken", and spoke thus:
"The recognition was there, Ben Bracken really was the whisky from
the test. And I still maintain that I like it. It may not be a great
whisky, but it is good and drinkable, very soft, pleasant without
rough edges (the characteristic that I liked most in the blind test),
and surely better than many whiskies sold for double the price. It
is not unlikely that this was not the last bottle of Ben Bracken
There are rumours on the Internet that Ben Bracken is in fact a
Tamnavulin whisky, owing to the fact that Ben Bracken's manufac-
turer is owned by the same company as Tamnavulin, and Tamnavulin
is the only speyside distillery owned by that company. But this
is only a rumour.
I've tasted Ben Bracken 12y vs. Tamnavulin 12y head to head - they
may be from the same distillery as they share some tastes, but the
tamnavulin was much more complex and smooth than the Ben Bracken.