Drink to this: supermarket chain Lidl’s Queen Margot Blend Scotch Whisky rated the bestWorld | 1 Mar 2019 7:08 pm
A bottle of whisky costing just ?£13.49 (HK$140.20) from the budget German supermarket chain Lidl has won big at the first round of this year's World Whiskies Awards, scooping the prize for 'Best Scotch Whisky' in the '12-year-old and under' category in the 'Blended' section, The Independent reports.
More than 40 international experts sampled whiskies from around the world for the competition.
The World Whiskies Awards is an annual event that recognizes the "very best in all internationally recognized styles of drinks".
It is presented by TheDrinksReport.com, an online resource for professionals within the drinks industry.
Among those beaten by Lidl's entry in its category included the Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky, which retails at £22 at Sainsbury's.
The Lidl Queen Margot Blend Scotch Whisky is produced by 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 flavor" and is mellowed for eight years in oak casks.
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.