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Is anyone going to try to get a bottle of Aldi's 40 yr old malt?

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Is anyone going to try to get a bottle of Aldi's 40 yr old malt? I can't get to the shops before it will undoubtedly sell out, and would love to know if it lives up to the hype.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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  1. For another seven quid you can get an 18 yr old Highland Park.
    I think I'd rather spend the money on that than on a bit of an unknown quantity even if it is a 40yr old malt.
    Just because it's a 40 yr old doesn't mean it's any good.

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    1. re: Paprikaboy

      It's alleged to be excellent. That said, 40 years is a hell of a long time, and I say there must be some intrinsic value in whiskey that sits for such a long time, whether its excellent or merely different.

      I spoke to a dude at Vintage House on Old Compton in Soho, and he was saying a customer bought a bottle of 1940's Macallan for over £10,000. The customer gave him a 'wee dram' and he said it wasn't better than other newer whiskeys, but had a range of flavours he'd never encountered.

      Highland Park 18 can be bought at Waitrose any day of the year -- might as well try something different and unique for such a low price.

      1. re: brokentelephone

        Exactly my thoughts - why pass up the opportunity?