Some bottles of the brown stuff from the cheaper end of the spectrum have stuck it to the posho varieties, with discount supermarket Aldi managing to win two gold medals from the red-noses of the Scotch Whisky Masters board.
The Masters of alcohol awarded the golds to the supermarket's Highland Black Scotch Whisky and its Glen Marnoch Islay Single Malt, which cost £13 and £18 respectively. And you get to keep the bottle, too. The Highland Black was praised for incorporating notes of heather, strawberry leaf and lemon oil in its compositions, but that's maybe because it was stocked next to the bleach.
Rival supermarket Lidl picked up a gold for one of its bought-in blends too, with its £17.49 Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt winning for the highlands distillery.
Whisky master Gary Kelly said of this year's contest: "Once again, The Scotch Whisky Masters demonstrated the vast diversity of styles and flavours available in the category. But it was also evident that price and age are not necessarily synonymous with 'better quality', and it was great to see this reiterated throughout the competition with some delectable, but affordable, whiskies." [Spirits Business via Metro]