Another big win for supermarket whisky as £17 single malt from Aldi beats off pricier rivals to take top award

A single malt whisky from a popular supermarket chain, which costs less than £20, has beaten off several pricier competitors in two categories to win a clutch of awards at a global spirits event. 

Published 15th Aug 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Aldi's Glen Marnoch single malt whisky, which costs just £17.50, took home the gold in not just the Speyside section but also in the Islay category.

In total, five of discount supermarket’s own label whiskies were praised by industry experts, and awarded top medals at the renowned Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters event - beating off competition from bottles costing more than double the price.

Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi commented: “Receiving five medals for our range is a fantastic achievement.

"Whisky has gone through a resurgence in popularity recently and it just goes to show that whisky lovers can enjoy great value products, which have been given the nod of approval by industry experts, without compromising on quality at Aldi.”

In particular, the Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which was described as being "smooth with rich vanilla and toffee flavours", was a firm favourite amongst the judges, who awarded it a coveted gold medal, making it victorious over silver medallist The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve which sells for more than double the price at £37.45.

And a customer favourite, which costs just £12.99, Highland Black 8-Year-old Whisky (£12.99) was again singled out for praise - it has won several awards since its release -  receiving a silver medal and according to the Aldi team proving that "great quality spirits don’t have to cost the earth".

Recently crowned Drinks Retailer of the Year at The Drinks Business awards and awarded Supermarket Own Brand Spirits Range of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge in July, its been a hugely successful year for Aldi.

The brand's focus on whisky, which has seen something of a boom in 2017, with more than a fifth of Brits enjoying the drink regularly, has seen it receive over 100 awards for its spirits range this year alone.

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