With Christmas looming, Aldi have a big range of tempting wines & spirits.
Although their Islay Single Malt is a bargain at £18, I was very interested to see a 28 year old Speyside single malt for £39.99.
Now, I know it’s hard to use the word “bargain” next to a £40 bottle of own-brand Aldi whisky, but if there was a famous name attached to specifications like that you’d be paying over £100.
I was in Llandrindod Wells at the weekend, saw this, and I took the plunge.
Is it worth £40? Is it worth £100? Let’s see …
Continue reading Glen Marnoch 28 Year Old (Aldi)
Penderyn are the first new Welsh distillers in a century.
They have a unique still designed by a descendent of Michael Faraday, and the spirit is matured in a mixture of bourbon & Madeira casks.
“Legend” is their entry-level whisky, and usually around £30.
Morrisons had it on offer for £24, so I gave it a whirl.
I wanted to like it, I tried to like it, but I couldn’t.
Continue reading Penderyn Legend Whisky
I’m always being rude about Morrisons, so props to them for offering a great lunch deal.
Posh sandwiches, a posh drink, and a dessert or pie or fruit is a good deal for £3.
It’s just weird that the store itself is laid out like the home of an alcoholic.
Everywhere you turn, there are great big piles of booze.
Continue reading Morrisons Lunch Deal (And Living With Alcoholism)
It’s a month till Christmas, and both Lidl & Aldi are pushing their high-end, higher-price whiskies to compete with higher-quality supermarkets.
But there are still bargains to be had.
We put two £17.99 whiskies from Lidl & Aldi together to see if they compete with the big brands.
Continue reading Whisky Shoot-Out – Lidl Abrachan vs Aldi Glen Marnach
On a trip to the big city recently, Asda had Woodford Reserve bourbon reduced to £23 from £30.
This was a very good offer, so I had to have some, and share my observations as we don’t hear so much about bourbon in Britain.
Continue reading Woodford Reserve Bourbon (and Old-Fashioned cocktail)
Every few months there seems to be an article saying supermarket own-label gins are better than the big brands.
There was a big one recently from Which, reported here in the Guardian:
Guardian Gins Article
The gist of all of these articles is that own-label gins are better than the big brands.
Not better value – that’s pretty obvious – but actually tastier.
The Which report scored Morrisons as the best gin by taste, and following a big find of sloes at the Trefeddian hotel, we happened to have several different types kicking about.
So we decided to put the supermarket own-labels up against some big brands.
And added Appendices on the Perfect Martini recipe, and why gin is such a great business to be in.
Continue reading Gin – (Morrisons) Supermarket Own-Label v Big-Name Brands (Plymouth & Tanqueray)