Never been a big fan of blended whiskies, but I might have to make an exception for Aldi's eight-year-old Highland Black Special Reserve. The discount spirit, which retails for $35, has picked up yet another award — Double Gold in this year's Melbourne International Spirits Competition.
The award comes with some caveats, however.
According to an interview with the competition's founder Adam Levy, by News.com.au's Vanessa Brown, the $35 tag contributed significantly to the accolade:
...if it was $20 more expensive, it probably would've only walked away with a silver medal.
"At its price point, it compares to a good quality mass produced whisky,” he said. “To get the double gold award, it means the spirit is in the top 10% of the whole competition."
It's not the first time Aldi's discount drop has been on the receiving end of positive reviews. Going by the product page, it's snagged no less than seven awards since 2015, including the most recent from MISC.
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I'm a single-malt drinker myself (though I've been tempted before), but when the entry price is a mere $35... I reckon it's worth a go.