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- A Drop of Your Finest As Cheap as Chips

A Drop of Your Finest As Cheap as Chips

The finest bottles of Scotch can attract a prince's ransom as tycoons from Beijing to Tulsa Oklahoma bid up the prices. However a recent award winner is being flogged off by the discount supermarket Aldi at 12.99 a bottle which seems a huge bargain. Aldi is a leading global discount supermarket chain with over 9,000 stores in 18 countries, and an estimated turnover of more than 35bn. Based in Germany, the chain is one of the world's largest privately owned companies. The Consumer's Association "Which" magazine recently named Aldi Britain's best supermarket.

The Highland Black 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky picked up a gold medal in a blind taste test at the International Spirit Challenge, and a second at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters awards.

In the Spirits Business awards it received gold alongside the likes of the 75 Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky.

Tony Baines, from Aldi, said in a statement: "We are extremely proud that our own-label whisky range has been recognised by some of the world's leading experts. To win one award is a privilege but to win eight medals at these esteemed competitions is absolutely fantastic."

It's not the first time the supermarket chain's drinks have been recognised for their excellence. In May, the wine range took 43 medals at the International Wine Challenge: including two gold, seven silver and 16 bronze. Meanwhile its range of gin, vodka and liqueurs won five silver medals and two bronze, at the International Spirits Challenge in April.

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Tam O'Ranter

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