Scotch lovers who are unburdened by pretense (I believe there are at least fourteen in the world) just received some wonderful news: a $17-dollar-a-bottle whiskey just won a taste competition:
Best in the 🌍 for the second time running. Which would you go for – Highland Black Scotch Whisky or Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky? 🥃https://t.co/LPAR5r696M
— Aldi Stores UK (@AldiUK) June 14, 2018
According to Esquire, international supermarket chain Aldi had not one, but two winners at the “Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters,” where they won “one for its Highland Black Scotch Whisky, and another for its Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.”
The Islay Single Malt is the pricier of the two, by the way. It sells for $23.
As the tweet noted, this is the second year in a row that the bargain scotches have won a prize. Once could be considered a fluke, but twice in a row pretty much cements both as legit.
Esquire says that the judges also awarded prizes to some “prestigious” scotches, such as “Kilchoman Machir Bay and Glen Scotia 18 Year Old.”
I once saw a wine expert on the Food Network say that you really don’t need to spend more than $10 to find a decent bottle of wine. That’s probably $12 or $15 now, adjusted for inflation. I took that to heart (and wallet) though.
Now we have a benchmark for the scotch cravings.