Glen Marnoch – the Islay version.

Aldi’s Glen Marnoch is a bit of an odd one. The standard bottle is quite good but not they have three ‘limited release’ Glen Marnochs too. An Islay, a Highland and a Speyside.

That’s not how whisky works. The name derives from where it is made and you don’t see one brand claiming all three sources. Well, not until now.

I suspect they are doing what the supermarket own-brands do. Buying malt whiskies that are not quite up to the distiller’s high standards and putting them in their own bottles. Anyway, it’s only a couple of quid extra to try these limited editions. I bought the Islay.

It does indeed have the peatiness but not too strong. I’d say it resembles Ledaig but the taste is somehow a bit thin. Still perfectly palatable but not as full-bodied as a true single malt should be.

It’s 40% alcohol so it’s not simply a diluted whisky. It’s most likely from rejected barrels that didn’t develop the full flavour of the original and were sold off to the discount whisky market.

For the price though (£18) it’s an Islay single malt for sure, very pleasant indeed. Not up to the standard of a true branded malt but a long way off the price of one. I’d buy it again.

It’s good to have a single malt available under £20 these days. I’ll have to try the others.

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13 thoughts on “Glen Marnoch – the Islay version.

  1. Bought a bottle of Glen Marnoch Islay single malt and a bottle of Asda Extra Special Islay last week. I like both, just can’t tell them apart except the Asda one is £4 more expensive.

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  2. Tried all 3, the Islay, the Highland and the Speyside. At £17.99 at is there to moan about ? OK, not as nice as the 15yo Glenfiddich Solera my mate brought round last week but still phenomenal for the price.

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  3. I’m on my fourth bottle of the islay edition as I’m an Islay whisky fan and for the price this is amazing. I’ve just bought a Highland one but still haven’t tried it yet but hopefully looking forward to it.

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  4. Ive had four bottles of the Islam edition and it’s consistently delicious. Just bought a Highland one but not tried it yet but looking forward to it if it’s the same high standard

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  5. It is very plain and I actually think it would taste bad without the caramel added! That said it has the basic characteristics of an islay with none of the fine touches. Nose: smoke, ash. Palate: peat smoke, salt, medicinal. Finish: suprisingly long and not unpleasant. I would hazard at reject Laphroiag?

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  6. The Glen Marnoch Islay is fast becoming my whisky of choice. its not upto the standard of a Laphroaig or Bowmore but at almost half the price its a no-brainer.

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  7. I’m drinking it right now – it is really nice, hits all the Islay notes, and an absolute bargain. No, I have nothing to do with Aldi! 🙂 P.S. Can’t wait to try the Islam Malt!

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