Blackstone 18yo

Highland Bastard

Some of you might know Aldi. It is a low-budget supermarket with German origins, that basically doesn’t do brands, it only sells its own products. It is Belgium’s white trash favourite destination for cheap food or household items, but by my own admittance, most of their products aren’t half bad. A couple of years back they had a bastard Highland single malt on offer, 18years old, for only €26. With today’s prices it is only right that some of you might get a bit suspicious. Is it even drinkable and where did it come from. From what I gather, it is 90% certain that a few casks of Glen Ord found their way into German hands. But more importantly how does it taste?

blckstoneDescription: presumable a bastard malt from Glen Ord, matured for 18 years and bottled for Aldi in 2012.

Nose: a perfumed nose of strong lemon grass aromas with a minty edge, grain and custard. Strangely enough it only seems to grow stronger as the years go by.

Mouth: falls flat, vague notes of orange liqueur, walnut, vanilla and tobacco. Overall the palate is just watery and unrecognisable.

Finish: shortish, mainly caramel in the send-off.

The Verdict: judging by the price it wasn’t too bad,  judging it by its age and origin it was a letdown.

Score: 78

Nose: 19

Taste: 18
Finish: 19 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house