- Lidl’s Queen Margot Blend Scotch Whisky has been named the best in the world.
- The budget supermarket’s offering was named ‘Best Scotch Whisky’ at the World Whiskies Awards.
- It costs just £13.49 ($17.98).
A bottle of whisky costing just £13.49 ($17.98) at Lidl has won big at this year’s World Whiskies Awards, scooping the prize for ‘Best Scotch Whisky.’
More than 40 international experts sampled whiskies from around the world for the competition.
The World Whiskies Awards is an annual event that recognises the "very best in all internationally recognised styles of drinks."
It’s presented by TheDrinksReport.com, an online resource for professionals within the drinks industry.
Among those beaten by Lidl’s entry included the Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky, which retails at £22 ($29.32) at UK supermarket Sainsbury’s.
The Lidl Queen Margot Blend Scotch Whisky is produced using traditional whisky-making methods, which will have included malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.
It contains dried apricot and plum, which the supermarket says imbue it with "a rich sweetness and depth of flavour" and is mellowed for eight years in oak casks.
Whisky is made from three basic ingredients: water, malted barley, and yeast.
Once the barley has been dried, it’s mixed with hot water to make "mash."
The mash is then fermented and distilled, before being placed in wooden barrels to mature.
This isn’t the first time Lidl has triumphed at an alcohol award ceremony.
In April 2018, the supermarket’s Hortus Artisan Dry Gin beat other more expensive rivals during a blind taste test conducted by the Good Housekeeping Institute.
Furthermore, it was recently announced that Lidl had been awarded the prize for Own Brand Gin Supermarket of the Year at Gin magazine’s 2019 Icons of Gin awards.
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