Aldi just scored the prestigious Double Gold at the fourth annual Melbourne International Spirits Competition for a cheap-as-chips $35 whisky.
The Highland Black Eight-Year-Old Scotch Whiskey was one of three whiskies awarded the prize for its “good body, nice colour and soft finish“. As well as the top spot in its price category, the heaps classy bevo which Aldi says “boast[s] rich malt flavours” and a “long fruit-filled finish” nabbed Eight-Year Blended Scotch of the Year.
Cheers to that.
Comp founder and judge Adam Levy described the whisky as “phenomenal for its price“: “To get the double gold award, it means the spirit is in the top 10% of the whole competition.”
Spirits in the competition are blind-judged by a panel of buyers, restaurant owners, distributors and importers according to product and pricing category.
It’s the latest in a string of cheap wines scoring top prizes at international booze competitions, after a $6 bottle of red from Coles earlier in July and an $8 rosé from Aldi last month.
And it’s not the first win for the Highland Black Eight-Year-Old Scotch Whiskey – last month they won the silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge, beating out rye competitors costing three times as much.
You can grab yourself a bottle in licensed Aldi stores in NSW, Victoria and the ACT. Cue this: