Aldi Whisky Taste Test!

“Let other poets raise a fracas
“Bout vines, an’ wines, an’ drucken Bacchus,
An’ crabbit names an’stories wrack us,
An’ grate our lug:
I sing the juice Scotch bear can mak us,
In glass or jug.”
(Extract from ‘Scotch Drink’by Robbie Burns)

My blog started nearly a couple of years ago now and it was all about Sport. Sport, Sport and more Sport to be precise.

Then came the idea to expand – after all, the reality is that there’s less Sport on Freeview, and plenty of other topics I want to write about.

So, before Christmas, Aldi kindly sent me a Glen Marnoch 28 Year Old Whisky to review and the article was so popular – 1,237 views and counting!

Take a look at the article here – https://sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/whisky-review-glen-marnoch-28-year-aldi/

There’s been a review for Aldi’s Premium French Vodka too – take a look here at https://sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/saint-germont-premium-french-vodka-aldi/

Anyway, it’s great to see that these features are proving popular so with that in mind we move on to present day. Sunday January 29th 2017 – and a ride out to Astley near Manchester… And a party to celebrate my Dad’s 65th Birthday, well worth a drink… Which is a good job really as I had three fine whiskies to try, all courtesy of Aldi once again. Burns Night has just passed, and some people are still celebrating the occasion, and probably will do well into February!
Three completely different whiskies – all available at a very reasonable price. How would they fare in our ‘birthday’ taste test, with nine of us trying each of them? All of them under the same conditions… Which would come out on top?!

 

My thanks to the eight other Whisky Tasters who made this article possible – each of them with the contributions, and all of them just as welcome and as valid as my own, and all of them putting a brilliant effort into this tasting.  Extended thanks to Pat, Phil and Charlie Benson, thanks also to Stephanie and David Whittaker, Frank Clarke, Tony Williams and Daniel Jubb (who arrived just before I ended the tasting!).

Whisky Number 1
Highland Black 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky, £13.49

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Available in all Aldi stores.
Aldi advise that this eight year old Highland Black whisky is “…a rich blend of the finest grain and malt whiskies from Scotland” – and recommend it to be enjoyed with black pudding (I love black pudding, I think I’m in a minority to admit that, but always have done!).
My Mum, Pat, who would admit herself that she is not normally a whisky drinker, particularly enjoyed this sample. She said “…it’s smooth… going down nicely!” Our group tried this whisky on it’s own, and with a mixer (we used a tiny bit of cola to add to our sample). For me, I made a nicer drink with the cola, great value at £13.49 too.

Scores: Highland Black scored 60 out of 90, coming 2nd in our taste test overall.

Whisky Number 2
Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Whisky, £17.99

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Available in all Aldi stores.
Aldi say the Islay Single Malt is “…peat-smoked, rich, sweet and nutty… it has a slight sea air and distinctive smoky-sweet malty notes”. My friend Daniel described this Islay as “well balanced” – and it was his favourite of the three we sampled – it was also my Dad Charlie’s favourite (anyone looking for a birthday present for my Dad next year – look no further!).
Some suggesting this Islay tasted like ‘Big Peat’, but when I told our group the price of this bottle, I think Big Peat will be staying on the shelf – Big Peat is approximately double the price of this Aldi offering!

Scores: The Glen Marnoch Islay scored 54 out of 90 on our group taste test, (it was my 2nd favourite, I gave it 8 out of 10).

Whisky Number 3
Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Whisky, £17.99

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Available in all Aldi stores

Aldi advise “…this single malt has rich toffee and vanilla notes, with flavours of distinctive oaky spice followed by a long and lingering finish.” I have to say, by far, that this was my favourite – I gave it a 9 out of 10. A drink that just keeps developing when your drinking it, it’s to full of flavour. It’s just a pleasurable drink – and that’s what whisky should be like. My cousin Stephanie went one further, giving the Speyside 10 out of 10! My brother Phil found this to be his favourite too – giving it 8 out of 10.
Scores: No surprise then, then out of a possible 90 on our taste test, the Speyside came out 1st with 65 out of 90 – a fantastic score.

Chris’s Summary: What a great selection from Aldi! The Speyside for me is a must have, and a bargain at £17.99. Perfect for these cold Winter evenings – but any of them will cure the January and February blues. I was also particularly impressed with the Highland Black 8 Year Old.

Thanks to Aldi for the complimentary samples, and if any of you have some product suggestions for us to sample please let me know, I’d love to hear from you.
Chris

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Whisky Review – Glen Marnoch 28 Year (Aldi)

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! 

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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.

Chris