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Did an $18 Bottle of Scotch Just Win One of the Biggest Awards in Whiskey?


February 27, 2019 Drinks By
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According to Esquire, Good Housekeeping, The Evening Standard and a whole lot of UK-based sites, an $18 Scotch won the World Whiskies Awards “Best Scotch Whisky” crown. According to a spokesperson for World Whiskies Awards, this isn’t true — but it’s still a pretty great bottle to hunt down.

Sold by Lidl, a supermarket chain based in Germany with locations scattered across the US, the Queen Margot 8-Year-Old blend did claim the title of best blended scotch whiskey under a 12-year age statement, according to a team of more than 40 industry experts (beating out whiskies of record like Johnnie Walker Black Label in the process).

Lidl’s website notes the 80 proof whisky is made “using traditional methods and only the finest ingredients” and is aged in oak casks.

In past years World Whiskies Award hasn’t awarded any one bottle “Best Scotch Whisky.” Instead, it’s broken winners into smaller categories. This means that, barring a change in the format of the World Whiskies Awards themselves, it isn’t the world’s best whisky — it’s just a damn fine value bottle.

This is the type of news that tends to trigger the masses to seek out every case of Queen Margot 8 that they can get their hands on, so act quickly.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Aberfeldy 12-Year ($26+)
Highland Park 18-Year-Old ($90+)
Laphroiag 28 ($799+)
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Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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