Aldi scoops more medals than rivals at The International Wine & Spirits Competition 2021


Aldi’s world-renowned spirits range has received a landslide 32 medals at the 2021 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) adding yet more bling to the supermarket’s extensive trophy case.

With the staggering 32 awards including one ‘outstanding gold’, four gold and 9 silver medals, Aldi received five times the number of awards of Waitrose’s far pricier offering, and more than any other supermarket.

One tipple in particular shone through for the judges, receiving the highest commendation of the competition with an ‘outstanding gold’ medal. The Glen Marnoch 12 YO Speyside Single Malt (£19.99/70cl), an expertly crafted signature single malt whisky, wowed the judges and came out best in show with a whopping 98 points. This whisky is produced exclusively in Speyside and is matured in hand-crafted American oak casks for 12 years for unsurpassed flavour and complexity. What’s more, it’s at least £15 cheaper than comparable brands such as Glenlivet and Aberlour 12 YO Speyside Single Malt Whiskies.

Aldi’s sell-out premium gin range, Haysmith’s, also came out on top, claiming two golds for Haysmith’s Bramble Blackberry & Raspberry Gin (£14.99/70cl) and Haysmith’s London Dry Gin (£14.99/70cl), both elegantly smooth and complex when sipped.

The International Wine & Spirits Competition, spirits category, is the world’s largest and most influential international spirit awards contest, pitting a wide range of boozy tipples from established supermarkets around the world against each other in a series of extensive taste tests.

In the last 12 months alone, Aldi’s booze range has received over 260 medals, including 25 golds, cleaning up in a host of renowned awards. Aldi also currently holds the title of Best Wine Retailer with IWSC. Sip, sip, hooray!

Any shoppers that fancy putting the spirits range to the test themselves, can head to their nearest Aldi store or see the full collection online at