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Aldi Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old Review


14th November 2017
Review of the Aldi Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old.

Aldi Glen Marnoch 29 Year OldThe annual limited release of a few special premium limited edition whiskies from the  budget supermarket Aldi has now become a Christmas tradition that is anticipated by whisky enthusiasts every year now.

This year their premium Scotch single malt offering which has gotten the whisky community excited is the Glen Marnoch 29 Year Old.

Even though it is a single malt whisky Aldi have not declared the whisky region from where this 29 year old whisky originated from, it has been bottled at 40% ABV and is a limited release of 11,000 bottles and it is now on the shelves of your local Aldi supermarket while stocks last and at 39 for a 29 year old whisky stocks won't last long.

For comparison check out what you would pay for a 29 year old single malt whisky from the specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: I suspect there is a sherry or more likely refill sherry cask or 2 in the mix but not much, just a hint of sherry fruit on the nose but mostly refill bourbon cask influence would be my guess which gives some pleasant vanilla and honey notes. Also sweet apple pie and as you would expect oak but not at all overly oaky on the nose, in fact you couldn't tell that this is 29 years old.

Taste: Quite light bodied in the mouth, vanilla being the headline note, some honey, a little lemon citrus, some mature oak tannin's.

Finish: Citrus and a little more than welcome oak tannin.

Comment: I would say refill bourbon Speyside casks are probably making the biggest contribution with a little sherry cask in the mix also.

It is a pleasant enjoyable dram, quite tame and not as high a quality as the sherried Glen Marnoch 28 year old released last year. Yes it is certainly worth 39 considering its age.

SMW Score 84/100
 

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