LIDL has won eight awards for Scotch whisky at the International Spirits Challenge, a global competition that receives around 1,300 entries a year from nearly 70 countries.

The discount retailer was the highest achieving supermarket in the Scotch whisky category, beating rivals including Aldi, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

Lidl launched its whisky in UK stores in November 2015 as part of its Christmas collection and says it has established a place among longstanding brands from globally renowned distilleries such as William Grant and Glenmorangie.