Reviews

Review No.11. Highland Black 8 Year Old

This is a blended scotch whisky from Aldi (German based budget supermarket in the UK).  I think the name and design of the bottle hints at trying to compete with the well known Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old blended scotch whisky.  I am a fan of the Johnnie Walker Black so was interested to see what this one had to offer, and at the price (£12.99 at time of purchase) I judged it to be a punt worth taking.

 

Whisky: Highland Black Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Apples, berries, clove, leather

Taste: Blackberries, blueberries, butterscotch, smoke

Finish: Short and smokey

Score: 2.5

Summary: I would say that this is a solid blended scotch but at £12.99 I actually think this is a really good whisky.  It delivers on fruity flavours and the balance of this leathery note and smoke in background compliment those flavours well.  If you don’t like smokey whiskies I still think you would enjoy this as the smoke does not take over.  I tried this with water, ice and mixed with cola and enjoyed it all the same as having it neat. I also want to point out how great it is to see an age statement on a bottle that is less than 10 years old.  Many distilleries do not state such younger ages in the fear that it would put off consumers on the basis that older is better.  It hasn’t put me off and it shouldn’t put you off either.

 

Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf

 

Image source: http://www.aldi.co.uk