Highland Black 8 Years Old (40%, Aldi, 2016)
- Category: Blended Scotch Whisky
- Origin: Unknown
- Bottling: Aldi
- ABV: 40%
- Cost: £12.99
What they say
Highland Black is an award winning Blend having secured Gold Medals at both the IWSC and ISC industry awards over recent years. The blend is created using a range of the finest Speyside and Highland Malt whiskies blended expertly together with the Grain whisky from Girvan in the Lowlands of Scotland. Each oak cask used in creating Highland Black is matured for the very minimum of 8 years before being selected by our master blender to create the final award winning blend. Boasting rich malt flavours, our Highland Black Scotch Whisky’s smooth flow leads into a long, fruit-filled finish.
Try with a smokey Cheddar to compliment this whisky’s full-bodied flavour.
What I say
Another supermarket special. This time it is Aldi’s 8 Year Old blended scotch whisky ‘Special Reserve’. I am just thankful that Aldi are proud to declare an age-statement on this blend and a perfectly respectable one too. Having previously sampled Aldi’s Highland Earl and found it to be a little young in places we have higher hopes for this blend.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Full ‘caramel’ amber gold (9/20), slow medium-sized tears leave fine legs
- Nose: Banana (esters) and polish, acetone/nail polish remover, toffee, slightly and mildly spiced, cinnamon and white pepper, toffee-coated popcorn, a little sharp and abrasive on the nose
- Taste: Toffee apple, sticky toffee pudding, polished oak wood, a touch of rich malt and dark chocolate, fudge, caramel, butterscotch and vanilla essence
- Finish: Medium-short, toffee and woody oak, quite sweet
Unfortunately a little weird and raw chemicals (esters/acetone) on the nose but once you get past this the palate and finish really are quite solid and good for a blend. There is a depth of flavour which strongly hints at quite a rich bourbon-cask maturation which does this blend a lot of favours. Perhaps leave this one to breath a little before drinking or more than solid enough to use it with mixers if that is your preferred serve.
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