This is a 40 year malt that was bottled by Aldi of all places. It is from a non-disclosed speyside distillery (thought to be possibly Glenfarclas), and was originally sold for £50 when it came out a few years back! It’s bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Sweet sherry notes with barbecue sauce atop burnt hamburger bits, pineapples and banana pudding – a strange nose, but an intriguing one.
Palate: Weird smoke notes up front with heavy oak involvement (although not nearly as heavy as you’d expect from a 40 year expression). It’s missing a lot of those chewy tannins and bitterness thankfully. Pineapple juice, vanilla, and toasted marshmallows.
Finish: Guava and mango emerge with the oak remaining surprisingly tame.
Rating: 90/100 – Very enjoyable and a pleasant surprise it wasn’t an oak bomb. I can’t make a great guess as to the source as it was a bit all over the place, but Glenfarclas is probably a good of guess as any.
Value for the money: At the original retail, it would be a crazy steal. I bought into a sample split at about a $400 bottle valuation, and I wouldn’t buy a bottle at that full price. If this were available in stores, I’d probably pay up to $200 for a bottle.