Cask : Ex-bourbon, finished 6 mo. There are currently 18 such states, where the distribution of liquor is a monopoly controlled by the state government. Maybe the label wouldn’t impress a real connoisseur but the house whiskies have landed them among the best on Whisky Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. Macallan 12 beats Kirkland/Macallan 15 and 18 on pure taste experience. All of that said, today’s Scotch versus Scotch is a three way battle between some 18 year old offerings. The below table outlines key facts and figures for each Kirkland Scotch. Photo, courtesy Alexander Murray. As I mentioned before, as of 2017 there’s a new version of the Speyside Single Malt 18 that has 46% alcohol, so I hope that the extra proof drastically improves the experience. I was there today and will be back tomorrow. 92 • They have about 12 cases left and the price is $79.99* Years ago, my dad thought that these were an interesting deal, so he bought a case of the 18 Year and one bottle of the 25 Year. Apparently the discount retailer sells a groundbreaking Kirkland Signature collection of booze…including an 18 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish Highlands Scotch for $38. The Macallan’s own 25 Year Old Sherry Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky sells for $1500. It’s a bright and floral smell with a touch of wood and vanilla from the relatively long aging. Kirkland 18 Year Speyside Single Malt tastes very much like it smells. Kirkland 18 year Highland Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish [review #17] ABV: A respectable 46%. Occasionally there is an odd a bit of bronzer or suntan lotion. This results in a scotch that is dark amber in color with aromas of sherry and a subtle smokiness which delivers a complex palate and a dry, slightly floral finish. The flavors overall are good and potentially could be great, but are severely hindered because the Scotch was so heavily watered down. It’s underwhelming for an 18-year Scotch, but good overall as a gentle and non-offensive sipping whiskey. 89 • Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin 44% (USA) $17.99. Costco Stores is the world’s third largest retailer. All of that said, today’s Scotch versus Scotch is a three way battle between some 18 year old offerings. I shared a similar sentiment with the. Score: 86/100.This is a great scotch. Cheers! There probably are better Scotches in the $40-50 range as long as you’re not fixated on the age statement, but you can also do a lot worse at the same time. Whisky : Kirkland Signature Speyside 18 Year Single Malt. Tullibardine sells their own 25-year-old Scotch for around $300 a bottle. If I wasn't trying to cut down on my current inventory, I'd probably pick up a few more bottles as it's a great "everyday" sherried Scotch. Being of Scottish origin, I also love a good bargain! The Kirkland Signature Scotch Whisky Range. The result is a sophisticated, luxurious Scotch whisky. Don’t be mistaken though, Costco is not in the Scotch-making business. Kirkland 18 Year Speyside Single Malt Scotch is a whiskey sold through Costco’s private label brand using Alexander Murray as its independent bottler. I’m no Scotch snob but I do love a good malt, especially Speyside. Thirsty for more? The 18 Year Speyside, as fragrant as it is, falls apart with its flavors. If you have a Costco membership and are lucky enough to live in a place where it sells liquor, you likely have encountered Costco’s private label Kirkland Scotches that are shockingly reasonably priced. Costco buys Scotch from Alexander Murray Co, who in turn buys barrels from distilleries across Scotland. Now, I’m finally doing this Kirkland Scotch comparison, comparing the Kirkland 18 Year Speyside Single Malt and the Kirkland 25 Year Speyside Single Malt. In addition to the 18 year old single malt scotch under $50, we found an enjoyable 12 year old Speyside that’s half the price of Macallan at the same age. What a ridiculously low price for an 18-year old Scotch. Price aside, Kirkland 25 Year Speyside Scotch is the winner of this Kirkland Scotch comparison. 92 • I barely smell any alcohol, in part from the low alcohol content and in part from having adjusted to much higher proof whiskey. On the finish, the 25 Year also leaves pleasant spice and mint notes from the long maturation that are absent in the 18 year. The bourbon aging and sherry finishing are immediately apparent. Kirkland Brand & Scotch. Full disclosure, this 40% Speyside single malt no longer exists, replaced in 2017 with the 46% alcohol version. The Speyside label is a reference to the region, but because it’s a single malt it comes from a single distillery. in Oloroso Sherry. I say new version because the label has undergone a subtle, yet significant change— the bridge pictured on it is different (or the angle has just changed). At the beginning of our quest, we have gathered all the information on the company that stands behind the Kirkland brand scotch. But with THAT said, Kirkland/Macallan is Good Scotch at a Good Price. With 85 flavour notes in every drop, each sip is a new discovery. Cask: Ex-Bourbon, 6 mo.+ Ex-Sherry Finish. Palate: Wax, honey, lemon peel, Luxardo cherries, cloves. Nose : The dry floral spice of Potpourri with a bowl of apple sauce.There are more subtle notes of oak and leather in the background. Thanks for signing up! Price aside, Kirkland 25 Year Speyside Scotch is the winner of this Kirkland Scotch comparison. Interestingly, the buttercream sweetness sometimes fades and it kind of tastes like melted butter. Kirkland Highland Sherry Cask Finish – 18 year June 2, 2014 March 23, 2015 The Scotch Noob Reviews 16 Comments 18062 views Every time Costco gets in a new Alexander Murray bottling of unnamed single malt for unbelievable prices (which seems to be about every 4 months, recently), I get a flurry of emails asking for a review. It’s a good start. If you have a Costco membership and are lucky enough to live in a place where it sells liquor, you likely have encountered Costco’s private label Kirkland Scotches that are shockingly reasonably priced. Kirkland 24 Year Blended ScotchKirkland 25 Year Speyside Single Malt. Whisky: Kirkland Signature Speyside 22 Year; Alexander Murray Country/Region : Scotland/Speyside ABV: 46%. While she was there, she saw a bottle of 18 year old scotch sporting both the Kirkland brand, which is Costco’s private label, and The Macallan Distillery! And in the third corner of our triangle shaped ring, we have the Macallan 18. Chewing brings out a little more sweet, oily, and bitter citrus, very much like the aftertaste of eating an orange with a little peel left on it. For those that are still curious or interested the Kirkland/Macallan 18 year old Sherry wood Single Malt is also at whse #443 (SW Denver - Littleton). Still, $90 is a steal for a Scotch this old. This scotch whisky also has a thinner mouthfeel and is quite astringent upon first taste. Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky Aged 27 Years. There’s so much promise, but it’s all diluted by the low proof. In the second corner we have a bottle of Glenfiddich 18. In my humble opinion, 40% is a terrible proof for older single malts. Kirkland 18 Speyside Sherry Cask Finish / 46% ABV. Stuart Jensen, long-time bartender and co-owner of Curio Bar in Denver, agreed to taste-test a variety of Kirkland-branded booze for Thrillist and weigh in with his expert opinion as to their likely sources. In the second corner we have a bottle of Glenfiddich 18. On my first sniff, I smell moderate amounts of bright and vibrant oranges, peaches, green grapes, and papaya with flowery and earthy honey nectar and just a little malt. It’s also possible that the Kirkland’s Speyside 25-year-old bottling is Mortlach, Longmorn or even Macallan, the latter of whom Kirkland has openly partnered with in the past. With that said, I’m with Christopher on this. The exact distillery is kept secret but is rumored to be Macallan or Aberlour. Overall, the aroma lacks depth and complexity. The Kirkland 18 finishes slightly sweet but mostly woody with a gentle dark and oily bitterness, showing its age. Whisky : Kirkland Signature Speyside 20 Year. Palate: Medium to light body with a mild dryness.Savory notes of sweet barbecue, rye … Cask : Ex-Bourbon, finished 6 mo. I state that as an observation and not necessarily as a derogatory remark. The flavors overall are good and potentially could be great, but are severely hindered because the Scotch was so heavily watered down. In fact, I’ve never seen any other Scotch from Kirkland that is not Macallan. Why let whiskey age for nearly two decades just to water it down and take away from everything it has to offer? Tasting : Neat in a Glencairn @ Home. He thinks the Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whiskey is likely distilled either by Diageo (who owns Johnnie Walker) or Bacardi (who produce Dewar's, according to The Whiskey Wash). 89 • Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin 44% (USA) $17.99. They’ve more recently been replaced with a 20 Year version with 46% alcohol, and possibly other ones that I haven’t seen yet. Price includes delivery ... Kirkland Signature 3 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 1.75L. Given that they’ve offered a range of Scotches over the years, I’ve always wondered how similar some of them are. Kirkland Speyside Single Malt 18 is a drinkable and enjoyable, if not unspectacular, whiskey, very much like the Kirkland 25 Blended Scotch, although I prefer the 18 to the 25 year. Notes: Looks like 2020 has brought another new Kirkland Signature single malt to the market!Earlier this year saw the release of a 22 Year sherry finished Speyside and now we have a new version of the 20 Year sherry finished Speyside. Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky ... Costco sells 100,000+ cases of its scotch per year. Chivas 18 Year Old is a uniquely rich and multi-layered blend that includes over twenty of Scotland&rsquo:s rarest single malt Scotch whiskies. Correction: My wife found the 15 year, not the 18 year, and it was $49.99. You now have FREE access to nearly 300,000 wine, beer and spirit reviews.