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Aldi's own-label whiskies scoop top international accolades
28 Jul 2016


Discount supermarket Aldi has proven that exceptional quality doesn’t need to cost the earth as FIVE of its own-label whiskies swept the board last night at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge Spirits awards, beating off competition from whiskies costing over THREE TIMES the price.
 
The retailers own-label Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky were awarded Silver Outstanding medals, whilst the Southern Belle, Clarke's Bourbon Whisky and Highland Black 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky received Silvers. The discount retailer achieved 16 awards for its spirits range in total.
 
The awards come as the UK’s thirst for Scotch whisky is on the rise with 117 distilleries now licensed to produce it. 85 million 70cl bottles were sold in 2015, contributing £5 billion a year to the UK economy[1].
 
The Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, an elegant light whisky with a crisp after taste priced at just £17.99, underwent extensive blind taste tests conducted by a panel of industry experts, securing a Silver Outstanding medal ahead of a more pricy competitior, Ardbeg Uigeadail, which sells for £53.95.*
 
Aldi’s Highland Black 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky won a Silver medal which takes its medal tally to three in 2016 – having won a Master award at the Scotch Whisky Masters and a Silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge earlier this year.
 
Tony Baines, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi comments: “We work hard to deliver exceptional quality spirits that present excellent value for our customer base. For this to be recognised by such a highly acclaimed panel of industry experts is a huge honour and demonstrates our commitment to offering our shoppers the best possible products at the very best prices.”
 
In addition, Aldi’s Specially Selected Crème de Cassis Liqueur (£6.99) received a Gold medal, beating the likes of Double Crème de Cassis Joseph Cartron which typically retails at £14.50**- almost twice as expensive than Aldi’s offering.
 
The International Wine and Spirits Challenge Spirits awards are designed to reward and promote the world’s best spirits. Aldi’s beers, wines and spirits have received over 90 international awards so far in 2016.
 
The full list of Aldi’s IWSC award-winning spirits is as follows:
Gold
Specially Selected Crème de Cassis (£6.99)
 
Silver Outstanding
Chevalier Cognac VS (£14.99)
Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£17.99)
Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£17.99)
 
Silver
Specially Selected Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur (£7.99)
Tamova Vodka (£9.99)
Specially Selected Triple Sec (£6.99)
Southern Belle (£10.99)
Goccia D'Oro Limoncello (£5.99)
Highland Black 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky (£12.99)
Old Hopking Dark Rum (£9.99)
Old Hopking Spiced Rum (£9.99)
Old Hopking White Rum £9.99)
Clarke's Bourbon Whisky (£11.49)
 
Bronze
Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin (£9.99)
Austins Summer Punch (£5.99)
 
[1] Scotch Whisky Association, March 2016 – viewable here

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