Regular readers of Executive Style could recall Aldi’s 2016 launch of an 18-year-old single malt priced at $70.
The hard-nosed German retailer is ready to comply with up this exploit with the $89.99 Glen Marnoch 21-year-old Highland single malt, simply in time for Christmas.
By manner of comparability, 21-year-old Scottish single malts at present obtainable in Australia embody Highland Park ($240), Glenfiddich Gran Reserva ($255), Glengoyne ($250) and Aberfeldy ($250).
Blended whiskies of this age are considerably extra inexpensive, however nonetheless roughly double the worth of Aldi’s providing. Royal Salute and Ballantine’s are every promoting for $160.
So on the face of it, The Glen Marnoch 21 appears like unbelievable worth. But how does the liquid stack up?
First and foremost, it is a very wonderful whisky. It has a protracted, mouth-coating end indicative of great age, with notes of raisin, almond, spice, tobacco and a whiff of smoke.
I might argue it does not fairly current like a 21-year-old whisky, nonetheless. It is considerably missing within the complexity, softness and roundness of whiskies of this maturity that I’ve been fortunate sufficient to strive beforehand.
Of course, the abovementioned single malts don’t command greater costs on age and age alone.
They entice their heady value tags additionally due to they’re respected manufacturers with lengthy established heritage and provenance. You know which distillery they’re from and you would possible go to it, should you selected to take action.
However, there isn’t any distillery known as Glen Marnoch, nor a glen of this title. It is reasonably a model created by Aldi that has featured single malts from numerous areas of Scotland, in addition to blends.
As such we do not know which Highlands distillery this explicit malt originated from, although my on-line analysis discovered unqualified reviews that the retailer has beforehand labored with the likes of Dalmore and Fettercairn.
Nevertheless, a 21-year-old single malt at $90 is a cut price, and the Glen Marnoch is a really gratifying drink.
The whisky will go on sale on Wednesday, 6th December as a part of Aldi’s Special Buys, and 2 weeks later in Western Australia.
“We recommend shoppers arrive early in store the day the whisky goes on sale as there is limited stock available,” an organization spokesperson says.
“Aldi will limit purchases of the whisky to two bottles per person. If you miss out on a Special Buy we suggest asking the team at your local Aldi and they may be able to help with stock availability in your area.”
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James Atkinson from executivestyle.com.au