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Queen Margot Blended Scotch Whisky

Queen Margot

It’s been a while since I purchased a supermarket blended Scotch whisky to review. I’ve raided various stores over the years and you can see the list of bottles by clicking here. These have proven popular on the site as not many whisky enthusiasts will actually purchase such bargain basement offerings nor spend a bit of time reviewing and appreciating them for what they truly are.

This Queen Margot blend has won several awards including most recently a gold award in 2014 from the International Spirits Challenge. So an appearance here is long overdue and I’ve already reviewed 2 other Lidl blends in the form of the Abrachan and the Glen Orchy 5 year old. Both I felt were decent enough examples and viable alternatives to some of the headline blends that dominate the market. These huge names have cut corners over recent years to keep profits high and their decline can be shown simply by comparing a current release against an older bottle from 10 or 20 years ago. Such established names are relying on previous heights and slick marketing nowadays to maintain their price point and retail attraction.

As I explained during the Glen Orchy review the company responsible for these two blends is the Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Co. that just happens to share the same postcode as Whyte & Mackay. Look at the picture above and in particular does that caramel shadow remind you of anything? Yes, its Paterson’s fake tan in a bottle!

Seriously, lets see how good this blend actually is.

Distillery: its a blend likely Invergordon, Fettercairn, Jura and who knows maybe a teaspoon of Dalmore?
Age: proudly states aged 5 years
Strength: 40% vol
Price: £11.49 (currently on special for £10.49)

Queen Margot Blended Scotch Whisky review

Colour: a Paterson fake tan
Nose: unsurprisingly grain whisky which takes me back to those banana fritters at the end of a Chinese buffet meal. Matching this sweetness is a heavy syrup sponge, then cream soda, honey and a little butter.
Taste: watery at first but not unpleasant. This is a very light blend for the masses with a fresh texture. A scattering of oranges and more toffee. Ground coffee beans, sugar and more of that banana fritter once again.

Conclusions

I paid £10.49 for this and I think that’s very reasonable even with too much E150 colouring. Bells will be around £15 and Whyte & Mackay slightly more. So you’re saving a decent amount in comparison by purchasing this Queen Margot and I’d argue having a far more enjoyable experience.  

Score: 6/10

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    Frank Hodson says:

    As always, thanks for the review. I haven’t tried this one or even seem it available, but I have tried the 8 year old equivalent of this from Lidl, the ‘Queen Margot 8 Year Old’, which may or may not have replaced this 5 year offering? Anyway, as I say, I can’t comment on this 5 year version as I haven’t had it, but the 8 year version is really impressive for the price I paid (£12.99 70cl). I’ve recently begun drinking Blended Malts since they are on average much more affordable than Single Malts, and with offerings like ‘Queen Margot 8 Years Aged’ available at Lidl, and ‘Highland Black 8 Years Aged’ available from Aldi, then I certainly won’t be complaining with this quality for the asking price. I’m looking to try ‘Chivas Regal 12 Years’ (recommend by a friend), though I know you guys here scores it at a 5/10, and ‘Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years’, which, assuming you have done a review for, I’ll be searching for your review of now.

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      Frank Hodson says:

      Sorry, I should say I’ve recently begun drinking Blended Whiskies as most are not strictly just Blended Malts but probably contain Grain Whisky as well?!

      1. Jason
        Jason says:

        Hi Frank, great to have you dropping by and feel free to explore and ask whatever you like. A blended whisky will have grain in its recipe. Nowadays grains form a large percentage of the make-up to keep the price low. You can still purchase blends with a higher malt ratio i.e. 50/50 but these are often limited runs, independently bottled and more costly.

        A blended malt will only contain malt whiskies, but from 2 or more distilleries so it cannot be labelled a single malt. Cheers, Jason.

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      Jo dancy says:

      Just bought a bottle of 8 year Queen margot..it’s ok..I suppose.they say it beats Johnny Walker black label? It doesn’t…I won’t buy Queen margot again as it’s all blow and no show!

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    stanley says:

    I would like to buy a bottle of Queen Margot Whiskey, but cannot find a retail store, liquour store that sells it. If anyone knows of any place that sells the whiskey in 33487 area let me know.

    1. Jason
      Jason says:

      Hi Stanley, it is a German supermarket exclusive so might not be widely available in some countries? It’s proving very popular given the recent coverage.

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