Highland Earl

Highland Earl (40%, Aldi, 2014)

  • Category: Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Origin:?
  • Bottling: Aldi
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cost: £11.49


What they say

Highland Earl is a blend of the finest grain and malt whiskies from Scotland. The blend is created using a range of the highest quality Speyside and Highland malt whiskies blended expertly together with the grain whisky from the Lowlands of Scotland.

What I say

Highland Earl is the premium blended whisky from Aldi, at a mere £0.49 more than there standard blend is it really worth all that extra money – well I guess I may never know as I haven’t tried Aldi’s basic ‘Scotch Whisky’. However, here are our thoughts on Highland Earl…

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Full refractive gold with strong tears
  • Nose: Initially citric then vaporous ethanol, grain whisky, nail polish acetone, banana-y esters and new paint
  • Taste: Buttery in texture and flavour with hints of toffee butterscotch and orange, a little cereal comes through and generates a sweet and sour sensation like pineapple and grapefruit
  • Finish: Sweet wins out in the finish with lemon barley sugars, slightly chemical /grain whisky aftertaste and quite heart warming


Would I buy it again, probably not. This is however a decent young blend with heavy grain whisky influence, drinkable on its own but very usable for cocktails and short drinks / with mixers. I can see how this picked up the few awards it has gained. As Aldi’s age statement Malt is only 5 years old my guess is that this is probably of the same age? It has picked up some nice flavours but they have been diluted a little to far out by the grain whisky for me.

Score 60/100

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6 replies »

  1. I don’t agree. You must prefer turpentine to blended scotch. Highland Earl is a clean, honest scotch, better than many of the branded scotch that believe you drink the label instead of the spirit


    • Well said M8
      Probably Bottled at Cautirn (CATRINE ) (Ayrshire )
      Me Knows 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺👌👌👌👌👌
      Same as their Vodka 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌😂😂😂😂😂😂


  2. Hi Marc, Thanks for your comment, variety is after all the spice of life and different people will have different tastes . I’m not totally sure what you don’t agree with? I think this blend is excellent value for money. Compared to other blends I have reviewed this only scores slightly less on my scale than JW black label or Naked Grouse – both of which have more complex palates which I personally enjoyed more, and all falling into the 60 percentile bracket I usually award to ‘Good solid whisky’. I tend to score my whisky blind and look at the label afterwards, on your point about honesty though the producers could have put a number on the label representing the youngest component of this blend but have clearly decided not to? My guess is that number would be larger than 4 but less than 6…


  3. I thinks its OK. I like its sweetness. Its a bit spirity and not particularly smooth, but it compares well with things like Teachers or Bells, if not quite up to J and B. For the money, pour a good glug over ice and enjoy it with nuts and raisins.

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  4. Good to see a review of supermarket whisky. I have tried Queen Margot from Lidl which is OK and cheap – but didn’t like Clontarf from Aldi which you could get a far better dram for the same price!


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