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.