Highland Black 8 Year Old (Aldi)

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whiskey differently from me.

Near the end of 2017 I took part in series 2 of #BlindTasting set up my Brian of Malt Musings. It’s taken me a while to get around to typing up my tasting notes from then but I’m getting there at last. If you’ve not heard of the #BlindTasting’s then you can get the low-down HERE and you can also find out more detail about Series 2 HERE on Malt Musing’s website.

The second whisky sample from Brian (@MaltMusings) in Series 2 was Highland Black: 8 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky from Aldi. My full tasting notes are below:


Light gold.


Malty and sweet – honey, chocolate/ coco powder. A touch of smoke, cinnamon and green apples giving it a slight sour tang.


Sweet – caramel and honey. Some bitter oak.


Honey, malt, oak and chocolate. Again a touch of smoke at the end.


This particular dram featured in Ian Buxtons: 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die (not sure which edition(s) specifically though). It also only costs £12.99 a bottle which is a bargain price… although it’s only a bargain if it’s any good, so the big question is whether it is any good or not?

It was a bit watery on the palate and I expected it to be young but otherwise it wasn’t too bad. Not an outstanding whisky but for £12.99 what do you expect? Then again I’ve had more expensive whiskies which have been much worse! So certainly worth a try if you ask me!


Taken from the Aldi website:

Highland Black is an award winning Blend having secured Gold Medals at both the IWSC and ISC industry awards over recent years. The blend is created using a range of the finest Speyside and Highland Malt whiskies blended expertly together with the Grain whisky from Girvan in the Lowlands of Scotland. Each oak cask used in creating Highland Black is matured for the very minimum of 8 years before being selected by our master blender to create the final award winning blend.

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