Glen Alba classed as “Superstar whisky that gives us a reason to live” by Jim Murray.
Lidl’s own label 34 Year Glen Alba Sherry Cask Finish Scotch Whisky has been classified as a ‘magnificent’, ‘truly superb’ whisky with a ‘beautiful liquid Jaffa Cake effect’ by whisky legend Jim Murray as it is on special offer for £44.99, over 92% cheaper than other whiskies in the same category.
The whisky scored a 95.5 points out of a possible 100, beating premium brands including Cutty Sark, The Famous Grouse and William Grant’s, in spirits expert Jim Murray’s annual Whisky Bible. Jim, who tasted over 4,600 whiskies to create the annual bible characterised it as ‘Magnificent!’ stating it had a “beautiful liquid Jaffa Cake effect, with the fruit converting into tangy citrus, under a crisp cocoa shell [with] something akin to smoke making a meandering appearance.”
“The spices are so busy yet beautifully balanced against the softness of the grape; long and perfectly assisted by the light oils which coat the palate with high class sherry. The spices buzz with contentment, while a late interplay of tannin and malt underlines a lingering complexity; a beautifully dry and sophisticated blend”
Lidl’s Glen Alba 34 Year Sherry Cask Finish Scotch is priced at just £44.99 – a fraction of its category competitors, such as a Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky 2014, which scored 90 points and retails at £575. It is available in all stores in England, Scotland and Wales now and comes in a sleek presentation tube making it perfect to give to loved ones this Christmas.
The accolade comes shortly after the Lidl took home the prestigious title of ‘Own-Label Supermarket Range of the Year’ at the International Spirits Challenge for the second year in a row. Earlier in the year its sister whisky, the 22 Year Glen Alba Sherry Cask Finish Scotch Whisky, was crowned ‘World’s Best Blended Limited Release’ at the World Whiskies Awards.