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Aldi glen marnoch 1988 speyside single malt whisky £49.99
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Aldi glen marnoch 1988 speyside single malt whisky £49.99

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Posted 14th Nov 2018Local
Aldi have released there xmas drinks selection also includes good deals on port. A 32 year old brandy at 29.99 and a 2004 champagne cognac for 39.99
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I got 1 bottle yesterday (they were putting them out ready for today’s official launch, but happily sold it)and opened it and tasted last night. Much better than last years, but not quite as good as the year before that. I wouldn’t rush back for another but would not be upset to pick one up discounted to <£40
Edited by: "SteveVarley" 14th Nov 2018
callmaster514/11/2018 11:49

I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, …I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, therefore this is made by Aldi most likely in one of their factories in Germany.


It almost certainly says 'Produce of Scotland'.

Aldi recently used Tamnavulin for some of its own brand whisky.

Aldi isn't importing Whisky, distilled in 1988, from that well-known producer West Germany, or more hilariously its Communist cousin, the GDR.
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Will probably purchase but last year's were disappointing, especially the 26 year old Irish whiskey.
Is this in store today?
Brian_Leyden14/11/2018 11:03

Is this in store today?


Sure is but you'll have to be quick.

He went to his local store, they only had 3 on the shelf, he got one and the chap behind him took the other two!
callmaster514/11/2018 11:24

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It is but they will source the whiskies from established distilleries, some of which will no doubt be well known.
MattyGr31 m ago

Will probably purchase but last year's were disappointing, especially the …Will probably purchase but last year's were disappointing, especially the 26 year old Irish whiskey.


I got given the other, the 29 year old and I heard the Irish was the better of the two
Also can't find this listed on the website
Would love to know where the whisky has been sourced from
MattyGr14/11/2018 11:28

It is but they will source the whiskies from established distilleries, …It is but they will source the whiskies from established distilleries, some of which will no doubt be well known.


But this one is not well known and is made up Aldi brand?
andrewp14/11/2018 11:38

Would love to know where the whisky has been sourced from


I agree, why anyone would buy this for £50 I don't know when you can get 'real' brands much cheaper on Amazon etc.
callmaster514/11/2018 11:43

But this one is not well known and is made up Aldi brand?


There are lots of made up brands all supermarkets have there own single malts its just the distillery is anonymous
callmaster514/11/2018 11:44

I agree, why anyone would buy this for £50 I don't know when you can get …I agree, why anyone would buy this for £50 I don't know when you can get 'real' brands much cheaper on Amazon etc.


If its a single malt it will have to come from one distillery. And as Glen Marnoch isn’t a real distillery it must be sourced from one of the many other speyside distilleries. You won’t find another 30 year old whisky (assuming it was bottled this year, it doesn’t actually say 30 year old anywhere) for this price point from the other brands, id just like to know its back story.
Edited by: "andrewp" 14th Nov 2018
andrewp14/11/2018 11:48

If its a single malt it will have to come from one distillery. And as Glen …If its a single malt it will have to come from one distillery. And as Glen Marnoch isn’t a real distillery it must be sourced from one of the many other speyside distilleries. You won’t find another 30 year old whisky for this price point from the other brands, id just like to know its back story.


I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, therefore this is made by Aldi most likely in one of their factories in Germany.
Because Aldi didn't set up a distillery in 1988 on the off chance the budget supermarket would be bottling it in 30 years' time.

Aldi - and others - buy whisky off well know highly respected producers for prices that benefit both. Maybe the distillery itself doesn't have the infrastructure of Aldi to bottle and market it as cost effectively?
callmaster514/11/2018 11:44

I agree, why anyone would buy this for £50 I don't know when you can get …I agree, why anyone would buy this for £50 I don't know when you can get 'real' brands much cheaper on Amazon etc.


Other 30 year old whiskies will be about £250 more than this.
Edited by: "MattyGr" 14th Nov 2018
callmaster51 m ago

I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, …I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, therefore this is made by Aldi most likely in one of their factories in Germany.


That would be illegal
callmaster514/11/2018 11:49

I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, …I'm sure you never will know it's back story as it's a made up Aldi brand, therefore this is made by Aldi most likely in one of their factories in Germany.


It almost certainly says 'Produce of Scotland'.

Aldi recently used Tamnavulin for some of its own brand whisky.

Aldi isn't importing Whisky, distilled in 1988, from that well-known producer West Germany, or more hilariously its Communist cousin, the GDR.
Star-Lord14th Nov 2018

Sure is but you'll have to be quick.He went to his local store, they only …Sure is but you'll have to be quick.He went to his local store, they only had 3 on the shelf, he got one and the chap behind him took the other two!


Cheers Star-Lord, got 2. There are still 4 left in aldi, Glasgow Anniesland if anybody is close
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It will 'probably' be tamnavulin or Glen moray. To those who are confused - this is distilled and aged in Scotland, from 1 distillery. Aldi have simply bought several casks and had them bottled.
Brian_Leyden14/11/2018 11:58

It will 'probably' be tamnavulin or Glen moray. To those who are confused …It will 'probably' be tamnavulin or Glen moray. To those who are confused - this is distilled and aged in Scotland, from 1 distillery. Aldi have simply bought several casks and had them bottled.


Who's the distillery if it's not Aldi?
callmaster514/11/2018 12:02

Who's the distillery if it's not Aldi?


All the info you need is in this thread
Back on topic...the 28 year old from a couple of years ago was delicious. Last year's 29 much less so. I'd recommend waiting for a review (online or otherwise) before committing. Furthermore, if the last few years' sales process are anything to go by, they will release more stock in dribs and drabs over the weeks.
booroo14/11/2018 12:21

Back on topic...the 28 year old from a couple of years ago was delicious. …Back on topic...the 28 year old from a couple of years ago was delicious. Last year's 29 much less so. I'd recommend waiting for a review (online or otherwise) before committing. Furthermore, if the last few years' sales process are anything to go by, they will release more stock in dribs and drabs over the weeks.


Exactly what I was thinking. Given the 28 was bottled at 43.40%, and the 29 and this one are 'only' 40% combined with the quite positive reviews for the 28 and somewhat moderate reviews for the 29; I wouldn't be surprised if they came from different distilleries.

Definitely waiting for reviews (and if I'm lucky, a price reduction! ) before jumping on this one!
SPeedY_B14/11/2018 12:40

Exactly what I was thinking. Given the 28 was bottled at 43.40%, and the …Exactly what I was thinking. Given the 28 was bottled at 43.40%, and the 29 and this one are 'only' 40% combined with the quite positive reviews for the 28 and somewhat moderate reviews for the 29; I wouldn't be surprised if they came from different distilleries. Definitely waiting for reviews (and if I'm lucky, a price reduction! ) before jumping on this one!


Good luck, these flew off the shelves last year.
SonosI14/11/2018 12:42

Good luck, these flew off the shelves last year.


Last year, I dropped into the closest store to me and picked up the 29 thinking it would soon disappear; for weeks afterwards, there was still stock on the shelves, both in that store and another slightly further afield. We either got lucky in the amount delivered, or there's not too many whisky folk round here.
Someone do a taste test for the rest of us. Great for the price point as always.
EdmundBlackadder14/11/2018 11:50

Because Aldi didn't set up a distillery in 1988 on the off chance the …Because Aldi didn't set up a distillery in 1988 on the off chance the budget supermarket would be bottling it in 30 years' time.Aldi - and others - buy whisky off well know highly respected producers for prices that benefit both. Maybe the distillery itself doesn't have the infrastructure of Aldi to bottle and market it as cost effectively?


Maybe the distillery doesn't have the infrastructure, but more likely they taste test all their heavily aged whiskey, sell the good stuff under their own brand (often done through niche independent bottlers who will deal with the marketing etc.) and sell the rest under Aldi's - knowing that the average consumer won't know what a good 30yr old whisky should taste like.

Look at reviews for some of these 'bargain' aged whisky deals - theyre rarely complimentary
Disappointing with the port - I really enjoyed the 40yr one last year and it was only £29.99. I also think the 30 year old whisky last year (still Glen Marnoch) was fairly bland and over-priced at £40, so given its now £10 more I think I will leave it.....
My thoughts on this from a non-drinker. The distillery that made this thinks it’s not good enough to bottle and sell under its own name. OR there’s not enough to make it worthwhile, so they bottle and brand it for a supermarket to sell.
peradon14/11/2018 13:46

Maybe the distillery doesn't have the infrastructure, but more likely they …Maybe the distillery doesn't have the infrastructure, but more likely they taste test all their heavily aged whiskey, sell the good stuff under their own brand (often done through niche independent bottlers who will deal with the marketing etc.) and sell the rest under Aldi's - knowing that the average consumer won't know what a good 30yr old whisky should taste like.Look at reviews for some of these 'bargain' aged whisky deals - theyre rarely complimentary


this is partly true, it's not their best stuff they sell to aldi (or any supermarket) but quite often it's stuff that doesn't sit with their flavour profile for that distillery and they would rather sell it to someone else than upset their brand.

For me I've had 50/50 success with these bargain aged whiskies, some lidl ones have been amazing (34yo glen alba for one) - whilst many have not been as good as I would expect a 30 to 40yo whisky to be - I have never felt ripped off as all have been great for their price
Geemac14/11/2018 13:57

My thoughts on this from a non-drinker. The distillery that made this …My thoughts on this from a non-drinker. The distillery that made this thinks it’s not good enough to bottle and sell under its own name. OR there’s not enough to make it worthwhile, so they bottle and brand it for a supermarket to sell.


Probably the case, but a whisky this age normally sells for £250-£500 depending on the brand. So when you get it for £50 there will be a reduction in quality.
Age is absolutely no indicator of quality or taste compatbility with your palate. Unless you can get some provenance or a taste, it's pot luck. I know to my cost of trying aged whisky from the top shelf at awful expense, and being mightily disappointed.
Geemac14/11/2018 13:57

My thoughts on this from a non-drinker. The distillery that made this …My thoughts on this from a non-drinker. The distillery that made this thinks it’s not good enough to bottle and sell under its own name. OR there’s not enough to make it worthwhile, so they bottle and brand it for a supermarket to sell.


That's not how it works.

The distillery makes guaranteed sales to a supermarket. (ie current sales of future stock in guaranteed quantities)

The name is left off because of the branding and is no indication of quality.
booroo14/11/2018 15:05

That's not how it works.The distillery makes guaranteed sales to a …That's not how it works.The distillery makes guaranteed sales to a supermarket. (ie current sales of future stock in guaranteed quantities)The name is left off because of the branding and is no indication of quality.



So a distillery would never sell current stock it believes to be below par to a supermarket.
Geemac12 m ago

So a distillery would never sell current stock it believes to be below par …So a distillery would never sell current stock it believes to be below par to a supermarket.


Not really. Remember, we're talking about spirits which are aged for 3 years minimum. These distilleries have been producing whisky for a long time and know what they are doing - a "below-par" spirit is simply blended until the desired taste is achieved (and yes, this includes for single malts).

As for whisky produced for a super market - it would have been produced for a specific market with a taste in mind. They don't produce something that tastes pants and then go "Aldi will take it".
None in my local aldi
And the words "distillers reserve" are a big red flag as well !!
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 14th Nov 2018
I suspect it was bottled before the 30 year point but don't want to put 29yo on the bottle like last years offering
Brian_Leyden14/11/2018 16:36

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Cool. I would not have expected Aldi to do a slight of hand, but best to check. Whats the ABV%
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 14th Nov 2018
The_Bounty_Bear14/11/2018 16:37

Cool. I would not have expected Aldi to do a slight of hand, but best to …Cool. I would not have expected Aldi to do a slight of hand, but best to check. Whats the ABV%


40%, bare minimum, never like to see
I got 1 bottle yesterday (they were putting them out ready for today’s official launch, but happily sold it)and opened it and tasted last night. Much better than last years, but not quite as good as the year before that. I wouldn’t rush back for another but would not be upset to pick one up discounted to <£40
Edited by: "SteveVarley" 14th Nov 2018
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