Food and Drink

Aldi's $15 Spiced Rum Just Won Gold Over Pricier Competition

Aldi / Lumikk555 / Shutterstock
Aldi / Lumikk555 / Shutterstock
Aldi / Lumikk555 / Shutterstock

German grocery chain Aldi is at it again. While 2017 was a big year for Aldi-branded budget alcohol (the retailer won more than 200 medals for its alcohol in 12 short months), it’s not done scooping up accolades just yet. Aldi’s $15 Old Hopking Spiced Rum won gold in a recent rum tasting, beating out competition that costs more than three times as much.

The tasting was The Spirits Business Rum Masters 2018 held in London. Industry professionals broke up the broader category of rum into 24 specific categories from white rum, to rhum agricole, to cachaça. It was in the competitive and packed spiced rum category that Aldi stood out most. The tasters gave Old Hopking Spiced Rum a gold medal and emphasized the rum’s chocolate and hazelnut notes.

“People often see spiced rum as a commercial venture; there’s a snobbery around it and a lot of rum connoisseurs turn their noses up at it,” Nicola Thomson, a beverage director and one of the panel’s tasters, told The Spirits Business. “But it brings new rum drinkers into the category, so it’s important to have a high quality offering.”

It doesn’t hurt when those high quality offerings come at such a low price. Other affordable winners include Bayou Spiced Rum from Louisiana ($20) and Negrita Spiced ($14). Aldi is one place where it appears you just can’t go wrong, though. If you’re looking for consistent value you can trust-whether that be in budget scotch, $13 gin or mini Champagne bottles and now rum-Aldi’s got you covered.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.

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