Scotch has a reputation as an expensive indulgence, which is only fair given all the aging, blending and skill that goes into every bottle. But budget German supermarket Aldi has thrown that stereotype out the window by creating a top shelf dram at a well liquor price. Their Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt, which retails for just 17.49 pounds ($22.50), just beat out brand name competitors that cost twice as much to earn the gold at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters competition. Turns out, when you can’t see the price tags in a blind taste test, some ground level contenders can really make a name for themselves.
Aldi’s cheapo Speyside defeated The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, which weighs way heavier on the wallet at 38 pounds ($49). Meanwhile, the Glen Marnoch Highland Black 8-Year-Old Whisky, at the insanely affordable 13 pounds ($17), took home a silver medal in the Highlands and Islands Single Malt category, and Aldi’s $20 Highland Earl and $17 Highland Black took silvers in Blended competitions. Along with their award-winning $13 gin, not to mention crowd-pleasing boozy items like Bellini and G&T popsicles, Aldi is quickly becoming the go-to liquor store for ballers on a budget. Watch your back, Costco.