Time for a new idea on http://www.sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com – and thanks to Aldi, I have a new whisky to sample and give feedback on. You may well be after a Christmas present idea for someone, or you might just fancy treating yourself – either way, please do let me know what you think of the review below.. and hopefully more to come! Chris
Update – December 10th 2016. Thanks to Aldi we’ll be reviewing some Premium French Vodka and some Advocaat over the coming days – keep coming back to the site for more details!
Glen Marnoch 28 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
£39.99 per bottle
Available now in Aldi stores
This whisky has rich aromas of zesty marmalade, oak tannin, fresh ground coffee and spice. The taste is full bodied with oaky sherry notes and a subtle hint of smoke.
Let’s first of all go back to 1988 – the year I bought Now 13 (with hits such as The Only Way is Up by Yazz!). Scott and Charlene got married in Neighbours (I was so jealous – I thought Kylie Minogue was going to marry me!)… and at the cinema there was Die Hard, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
28 years ago – I was a mere 7 years old! And that is how old this Glen Marnoch whisky is from Aldi, priced at £39.99 (which for a 28 year old, is an absolute steal).
Take a look here at which shows similar aged whiskies… https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/whisky/age/28-year-old-whisky?pg=2#productlist-filter
So, to think you can pick one up on the shelf at the supermarket is exciting news indeed. We don’t know much about Glen Marnoch – we know that there’s already a couple of other Glen Marnoch products available in Aldi, we know this 28 year old whisky is 43.4% ABV, and like the other Glen Marnoch products, we don’t know the exact origin/provider…. Aldi are sworn to secrecy.
So, is the 28 year old offering any good? In a nutshell – yes. It’s a lovely winter’s evening drink. It’s a strong, heavy whisky; the smell reminded me very much of a cognac-type smell, quite smoky. But it goes down a treat – warming you up instantly. And to further enhance the experience, I enjoyed a warm mince pie with it – a perfect companion.
Aldi’s advice is the whisky is “best served on the rocks”, but I sampled this neat first, and it was pleasurable without diluting it. I then added a couple of blocks of ice to accompany it, which did bring out even more of the flavour.
I called into my local Aldi store last Monday to see if there was a bottle available – and they’d sold out – my advice, go and hunt one down now, before it’s too late! Aldi said it’s “…a delicious winter drink to share with friends”, well I don’t know about that – my friends and family will have to be quick to try it, otherwise the bottle might just have evaporated 😉
So, if you’re after a bottle of whisky for Christmas – write to Santa and ask for this offering. Santa might not bring it you though – he’ll probably keep the bottle for himself!
My sample of Glen Marnoch 28 Year Old Whisky was complimentary but all views are my own.