Aldi – yes, Aldi – cap­tures gold medal for scotch

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Nathan Bomey

Let us dis­till this for you.

Raise a glass for Aldi – yes, Aldi, the no-frills gro­cery chain that bills it­self as the place for cheap but high-qual­ity house brands – which has pre­vailed in a trade jour­nal that went search­ing for the best bot­tles of scotch.

No, we’re not the least bit tipsy. The Ger­man chain, which is ex­pand­ing rapidly in the U.S., earned high praise from a British publication called “The Spir­its Busi­ness” in its 2018 Scotch Whisky Masters com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, it ap­pears the scotch is not avail­able for sale at U.S. stores. Gro­cery stores in many states can’t legally sell liquor.

But that didn’t stop fans from buzzing about the drinks on so­cial me­dia.

In the cat­e­gory of age-state­ment blends, Aldi’s Highland Black 8-year-old Scotch, with hints of heather, straw­berry leaf and le­mon oil, was one of three prod­ucts to earn a gold medal. Avail­able in Aldi stores in the United King­dom, it sells for the British equiv­a­lent of $17.32.

In the Is­lay sin­gle malts cat­e­gory, Aldi’s Glen Marnoch Is­lay Sin­gle Malt also soaked up a gold medal, along with one other hon­oree. It is priced at about $23.32.

Aldi rep­re­sen­ta­tives were not avail­able for com­ment. Maybe they’re out at the pub cel­e­brat­ing.

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Alas, the gold-medal-win­ning scotch is not avail­able in Aldi stores in the U.S.

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