Glen Marnoch – This is Aldi’s Islay Single Malt available for £17.99 July 2016. Which Legend does it hail from? Well if they told us, we could be paying not far from double this price possibly. There’s no such distillery as Glen Marnoch on Islay of course, this is just a name that Aldi use for some of their whisky products. They also have a Glen Marnoch single highland malt on offer at the same price as well just now.
After a nose and a couple of wee drams we thought it could possibly be a Laphroaig, similar smoky, peaty bouquet but with a slightly less antiseptic nose.
GIven its large volume production, it’s more likely it hails from a batch of Caol Ila which is sold to supermarkets for their own branding.
Most supermarkets have their own offerings on Islay, Highland and Speyside whiskies, at a much reduced price. Some can be a very fine dram for a much cheaper price, well-fitting with stereotyping of ‘Scotch’ drinkers! Seriously though, this is a good value whisky for this price and well worth checking out while in stock.
We came across a similar version from Asda last year, again an Islay Single Malt which had a Laphroaig style nose with a nice lingering after taste.
The fun of these supermarket offerings is trying to guess the original distillery they come from, the more drams you have, the more fun it gets, and the wilder the guesses become!
Altogether we found this whisky a very nice wee dram and quite more-ish!, worth buying a couple of bottles at this price if you can get them.
Alternatively, have a look at our shop for branded whiskies at some of the best prices available.