Aldi’s Glen Marnoch & Glen Orrin Whisky Reviewed

Getting close to Christmas now and Aldi are first of the discounting Supermarkets to release their premium – limited stock – Scotch whiskies.  We have been invited along to the home of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (The Vaults) by Aldi’s PR company Clarion, for a sampler of what will be on offer over the coming weeks, but you may need to be quick, as always, stocks are limited… Tasting notes below:

Glen Marnoch Single Malt | 40% Vol | Aged 12YO | £17.99
Nose: Toffee bon bons, icing sugar, stewed apple pie, heather honey and a hint of fresh pear skins
Taste: Light Springtime orchard fruit (peaches, apples, pears), vanilla ice-cream with honey drizzle
Finish: Short and fresh

Glen Marnoch Single Malt | 40% Vol | Aged 18YO | £19.99
Nose: Stewed porridge oats, sweet ready break, earthy garden, rose garden freshness, ripe green apples
Taste: Light winter spice, toffee apples, cereal notes, finger of of fudge creamyness
Finish: Medium, Woody forest floor

Glen Marnoch Single Malt | 40% Vol | Aged 24YO | £29.99
Nose: Creamy trifle, dairy butter scone, strawberry jelly, jacobs cream crackers,wheat
Taste: Sweet melted butter, meringue, strawberry pavlova, custard cream, ginger snap
Finish: Medium and mouth coating

Glen Orrin Blended Scotch | 40% Vol | Aged 30YO | £49.99
Nose: Thick orange marmalade,  cherry cake, almonds, plump sultanas, honey cheerios, milk chocolate
Taste: Chocolate orange, cherry sponge, ginger bread man, weak coffee latte, sweet marshmallows
Finish: Medium and sugary sweet

After tasting the above 4 drams we ventured to taste some of the non premium drinks on display at the press launch – an 8YO blended whisky caught our eye.   We had a nose and taste and have to admit the HIGHLAND BLACK 8 YEAR OLD SCOTCH BLENDED 40% ALC / VOL  at only £12.49 for a 70cl bottle is a very fine blend and worth a try.

Not entirely sure all 4 premium drams are worth the discounted price or the hype, out of the 4 I would recommend the 18YO and the 24YO, good Whiskies for a fair price… but it’s not always about the age, its about the Whisky its self … and it’s only ever worth it if you like it, so if you manage to get your hands on them give them a try, if not don’t panic.

PS: wrap up warm when queueing for the older whiskies as stocks are very limited.


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2 Responses

  1. bifter says:

    The Glen Marnoch 18 has now made a return to Aldi, unfortunately at a higher retail price of £24.99. Still a great price for an 18yo whisky!

  2. struth says:

    got a bottle of the 18 you say it is 25£ but a very fine dram and as much as I like the 24, the 18 was better last time…but think I’ll hold on to this bottle for a later date.
    top dram for the money

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