Bought – Lidl, 27th August 2013
89/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
76/100 – Whiskybase (average from 3 member votes)
I can’t be the only one that suffers from a touch of whisky snobbery. To try and cleanse myself of this limiting view I leafed through the pages of the Whisky Bible until I found Lidl’s very own ‘Queen Margot’. It sounds like a ship, so it was quite appropriate that I had a sinking feeling. Could this be any good?! Apparently there are two suppliers of this whisky for Lidl, Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Co whose version gets 84/100 and Wallace & Young whose version scores 89/100. Thankfully my local Lidl had a Queen Margot supplied by the latter.
For £13 for 70cl it seemed worth trying, and I trust Jim Murray to know the different between whisky and paint stripper. 89/100 classifies this blend as “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying” and he says about the taste, “the best blends offer a degree of nip and bite and this doesn’t disappoint. A touch of juiciness early on and then the lightest coating of oil soothes – even as the grains gain the upper hand.” He summaries with “a satisfying blend with a delicious clarity to the light malts and high class grains. Just the right touch of sweetness, too.”
Scoring 76/100 on Whiskybase is a reasonable mark, albeit from only 3 votes so far.