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.