An $18 Supermarket Whisky Was Just Named One of the World's Best

Lidl's Queen Margot beat out serious competition in the Blended Scotch category.

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There's a new value whisky king in town. Just a little under a year since Aldi's Highland Black Scotch Whisky and Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky took home gold medals at the 2018 Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters, the reports that Lidl, their German discount supermarket competitor, has won big at World Whiskies Awards.

Judged by a panel of 40 industry experts, Lidl's Queen Margot, an eight-year blended Scotch whisky, took home a category win for "Scotch Blended 12 Years & Under." The whisky beat out some serious competition from industry giants (and far pricier bottles) including Johnnie Walker Black Label. Queen Margot retails for £13.49, or approximately $17.98 USD, proving that good Scotch doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.

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Lidl's Queen Margot is mellowed for eight years in oak casks, which gives it a "rich sweetness," a "warm, lingering finish," and notes of "dried apricot and plum." Distilled, blended, and bottled in Scotland, it has all the authenticity of any other Scotch you love, just with a price tag that's a little easier on the wallet. And thanks to the judges who named it their favorite, it now carries a little cred in the booze world as well.

It's not over yet, though: As , the World Whiskies Awards still have a couple more rounds to go: The judges' ultimate picks for Best Scotch Blended and World's Best Blended will be announced on March 28 in London at the Whisky Magazine Award Dinner.

Queen Margot can't be purchased online, so if you're looking for the world's best Scotch, you'll have to hoof it to a Lidl in the UK, where the spirit is available in stores. At this price, it probably won't last long.


Correction: An earlier version of this story claimed Lidl’s Queen Margot was named "Best Scotch Whisky." Reporting from Forbes clarified that the specific award was a victory in the "Scotch Blended 12 Years & Under" category. This story has been updated.

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