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January 16, 2021

Post The Sherry casks imparts telltale fruit and nut tones to the final whisky. Post A single malt Scotch is simply the product of a single distillery, while blended Scotches often combine whiskeys from various spirit producers. Most of their lower-end bottlings come in the popular 1.75 liter “handle,” like Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky ($18) and Kirkland Signature Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey “Premium Small Batch” ($30). “How do they get all the carrots in a supermarket to look like perfect carrots? 9. Finish- very short, woody, bitter. Typically, whisky connoisseurs would want that 25-year-old Scotch to have some decent heft after all those years of concentrating in barrel. Anyone try the 25-yr Speyside, 24-yr blended or 16-yr Highland Kirkland Ex-Bourbon Barrel Scotches? ), ↳   BerserkerDay IX Auctions - OPEN NOW! share. Is it worth the coin? “Milk Caramel.”. “I do think that volume and control of two of the three tiers helps them tremendously.”. Tasting : Neat in a Glencairn @ Home. Post Bright golden amber color. 90% Upvoted. #1 Price includes delivery ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Compare Product. by Kyle Schlachter » January 10th, 2017, 10:29 am, #11 Just How Important Is Sherry to Scotch Whisky? by JKim » December 11th, 2013, 4:31 pm, #2 Post A solid sherry-influenced Speyside Single Malt with a rich and chewy palate. Alexander Murray & Co. is also not willing to disclose any information on the arrangement, but it’s long been rumored the vast majority of the barrels they buy come from Tullibardine. Christopher Null. Today we taste and review Kirkland Signature 20 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch and compare it to Macallan 12. by M. Sai » December 12th, 2017, 7:53 pm, #15 I wish they would release a cask strength product. Meanwhile, the VP of sales claims it’s a well-known fact that Costco only makes a 13 percent gross profit on spirits, while 25 to 35 percent is considered the industry standard. hide . Whisky : Kirkland Signature Speyside 18 Year Single Malt. What Drink Trends Should Disappear in 2021. ABV : 46%. The California-based company has been buying Scotch barrels and releasing products since 2004; they helped start Trader Joe’s private whisky label that same year, and Kirkland’s in 2007. This doesn’t mean that it’s of poor quality; it just has to do with flavor profiles.”, But Costco’s strategy is far more controlled than crossing their collective corporate fingers that some of the large distilleries will want to consistently sell off stock at favorable prices. There’s nothing necessarily nefarious about this. Not any of the above, but I've been drinking the Kirkland 21, and it's pretty decent. Unfortunately, Kirkland brand scotch can only be purchased at Costco – Kirkland is Costco’s store brand. Yep, saw this or something like it at that price.....and laughed.....small market in that price range, smaller still at Costco and perhaps unrecognizable market with the Costco Kirkland label (though I could see someone giving a gift like this, just don't see a gift at this level with the Kirkland monicker). It’s believed that Kirkland’s Canadian whisky comes from Crown Royal and the current Tennessee whiskey from George Dickel, and it’s pretty easy to see that their previous bourbon was Jim Beam juice (according to TTB filings). The name comes from the then location of its headquarters in Kirkland, Washington. The Speyside label is a reference to the region, but because it’s a single malt it comes from a single distillery. 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What he means is, if Costco’s bottles of Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s are already at cut-rate prices, the wholesale giant’s comparable house brands are intentionally sold for even cheaper than that. Has anyone ever seen this at their neighborhood Costco. Mortlach 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2019 Special Release 700ml. “Macallan has very high standards and very particular barrels they’re looking for,” notes Clay Risen, a New York Times senior editor and author of American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye. But all Kirkland Signature Scotches are sold at 80 proof, meaning that these whiskies are watered down to the absolute lowest legal limit and, thus, Costco is able to empty barrels into way more bottles. These Costco house whiskies have likewise landed solid scores on Whisky Advocate and Wine Enthusiast of late; they even nabbed a top prize at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Meanwhile, a typical Speyside 25-year-old from, say, Glenfarclas, hits shelves around $200. The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.18.2013. Tullibardine sells their own 25-year-old Scotch for around $300 a bottle. And in the third corner of our triangle shaped ring, we have the Macallan 18. Rating 9.0/10. So, in a way, a good percentage of that Speyside 25-year-old is just Kirkland Signature Water. Post by Todd F r e n c h » May 25th, 2016, 3:18 pm, #5 Their Scotch labels, meanwhile, typically credit Alexander Murray & Co, one of those aforementioned independent bottlers. by Jay $$ Winton » December 13th, 2017, 7:51 am, #18 Post Some barrels aren’t going to taste exactly how, say, Macallan wants them to. Then again, even massive distilleries only have so much room in their warehouses. In the second corner we have a bottle of Glenfiddich 18. by Dan.Gord0n » December 11th, 2013, 9:03 pm, #3 We offer a huge selection of whiskey and bourbon, single malt scotch whisky, Irish Whiskey, Canadian Whisky, Japanese Whisky and other world whiskies. Price- $80. “If Costco can control the importation of the whisky, get someone to distribute it to them at cost (or at very slim single-digit margins due to high volume) and then sell it at very low margins, then they’re golden,” explains a friend who is an independent bottler himself, though at a much smaller level. That makes it all the more surprising that, over the past year, there’s been a groundswell of support among geeks for the Kirkland Signature collection. Reply. Kirkland is the own branding of Costco, which is a chain gross market in the USA. “They agree to buy a certain amount of product at a certain price, which is far lower than everyone else is paying. Well, they get rid of all the other carrots.”, While Raymond notes, “My guess would be that [Kirkland Signature Scotch] is liquid from Edrington, which owns Macallan. Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 11th, 2017, 1:36 pm, #14 38 comments. We are experiencing an error, please try again. Magnificent Bastard: Ron Liebman Previous Article . The reason for this? Saw them at local Costco for $90/$70/$50. Recently spotted at Costco: Kirkland 18 yr Speyside sherry cask finished single malt - 92 proof! And Highland Park’s 40-year-old comes out in minimal quantities each year for around $3,500. In the past few years they’ve also offered a rotating, limited selection of premium Scotch, like a blended 24-year-old for $70 and a Speyside 25-year-old for just $89. by Chris Freemott » May 25th, 2016, 6:41 pm, #7 Discussion about beer, spirits, liquor - anything beverage non-wine related. Kirkland 23 year single malt scotch sherry cask finish. Price includes delivery ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Compare Product. $50-ish. Plus, the aging of whisky isn’t a perfect science. by RichardFlack » December 12th, 2017, 10:22 pm, #17 Post Single Malt Scotch Whisky Made in Scotland With Viking Soul Since 1798. by Alan Rath » March 8th, 2017, 10:31 am, #12 Tullibardine sells their own 25-year-old Scotch for around $300 a bottle. Sourcing is a quite widespread practice throughout Ireland and Scotland, however, where so-called independent bottlers buy up excess stock and put it out under their own labels. For comparison, competitor Glenfiddich has a 40yr expression for $2,000. Tagged: by Dustin Buchko » January 5th, 2018, 9:41 pm, #19 Bumping this as I'm very curious as to if anyone has tried it. This weekend I noticed a new version of the 2013 classic: Kirkland (Costco’s brand) has a new version of its 20 year-old Speyside single-malt with a sherry cask finish (link to the last one I reviewed, in 2013, here). I would appreciate feedback from anyone who has had it. Post I've had a number of the other Kirkland/Alexander Murray aged single malts and they were fine. There is a lot to love in this well balanced bottle. Laphroaig’s 27-year-old was just released at $750. They release their own branding of olive oil, soap, chips and thousands of other products under the name of Kirkland and whisky is one of them. Nose : Fresh vanilla creme brûlée lined with raspberries— a terribly tempting dessert.Loads of sweetness from summer cherries which have been soaked in dark syrupy rum. in Oloroso Sherry. On the nostril, there’s a pronounced sherry cask affect of candy dried fruits and almond, adopted by notes of cask wooden, some licorice and only a trace of salinity. But this sherry-finished Kirkland expression from an undisclosed distillery is definitely a decent dram at a bargain-basement price. These distilleries are noted for their use of refilled, ex-Sherry casks in the maturation of their whiskies. Flavor-wise, you'll notice hints of brown sugar, plums, orange, and malt. Post Post Instead, Kirkland Signature whiskies are sourced from other distilleries. Kirkland 18 Year Speyside Single Malt Scotch is a whiskey sold through Costco’s private label brand using Alexander Murray as its independent bottler. best. If you're looking for Pappy Van Winkle, George T. Stagg, Eagle Rare, Thomas Handy and other rare bourbon, we have whiskey lotteries that you can take part in. Though the practice has gotten a bad rap in America ever since The Daily Beast’s Eric Felten informed unwitting consumers that their “craft” whiskey most likely came from a factory called MGP Ingredients in Indiana. Every time Costco’s Kirkland brand releases a single malt Scotch whisky without revealing the distillery that made it, tongues start to wag. 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. You simply are not going to find something else at a similar age, with a similar complex profile, bottled at 46% anywhere else. That one has been tempting but I haven't brought myself to grab a bottle yet. Kinda intrigues me, supposedly priced at $700. Thanks for watching the Scotch Test Dummies. (Close at 8pm PST), ↳   BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes, ↳   BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes, ↳   BerserkerDay Auctions BD11 - AUCTIONS CLOSED, Kirkland Signature™ Glenlivet Distillery 40-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, http://whiskyadvocate.com/shelf_talker. We are independent reviewers. Wa Costco sells this for 42 base, when you’re done adding taxes and fees it’s $53.43. “It’s called undercutting their own undercutting,” the vice president of sales for a major spirits company told me [he didn’t wish to be identified]. That’s surely one reason they sell nearly $4 billion-worth of alcohol per year. by Dustin Buchko » December 12th, 2017, 10:14 pm, #16 You can find some of the best prices on whiskey and single malt scotch right here. by Jack Johnson » May 25th, 2016, 8:43 pm, #8 A 22 year single malt for $80? The Kirkland Original Blended Scotch Whisky has a nice, caramel color and scent notes of vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and — of course — peat. Kirkland Signature Highland 18 year old Sherry Cask Finish, 40% Single Malt Scotch | $33 An 18 year old single malt for just $33 should set alarm bells ringing. by Chris Freemott » May 25th, 2016, 3:02 pm, #4 Apparently I'm lazy, have a narrow agenda, and offer little in the way of content and substance (RMP), BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes, JOIN THE GRAND CRU CRÜ - no more ads, loads of extra benefits, Special Wine Guests - Clark Smith 2/10/14 - 2/15/14, ↳   Special Wine Guests - James Suckling (Archive), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Terry Theise (Archive), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Aline Baly (Archive), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Serge Hochar 6/10/13 - 6/14/13, ↳   Special Wine Guests - Thomas Duroux (Oct 22-27, 2012), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Dr Ernst Loosen 3/4/13 - 3/9/13, ↳   Special Wine Guests - Florian Beck Hartweig (Archive), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Pinot Days Winemakers (Archive), ↳   Special Wine Guests - Guillaume Michel (Archive), ↳   Stoneking Benefit Fundraiser Auctions, BerserkerDay Archive (BerserkerDays 1-11), ↳   BerserkerDay III Forum (Jan 27, 2012), ↳   BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy! Kirkland 22 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is an interesting one. Dalwhinnie 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2019 Special Release 700ml. Speyside Single Malt Scotch Speyside refers whisky made by the 50+ distilleries near the river Spey in the Scottish highlands. Whisky: Kirkland Signature Speyside 22 Year; ... Well for $80 I would say it is a pretty solid 22 year old single malt. Aaron Goldfarb lives in Brooklyn and is a novelist and the author of Hacking Whiskey. Sort by. ... ew_id=2255, https://scotchnsniff.com/2014/06/30/the-glenlivet-40/. Getting barrels out the door and sold is a top priority. Costco started off with just one Kirkland single malt scotch, and has grown into blended scotch, Canadian whisky, bourbon, and Irish whiskey. Post Log in or sign up to leave a comment Log In Sign Up. Cask : Ex-bourbon, finished 6 mo. Tim says: February 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm . MarcJ says: January 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm . As soon as the Kirkland brand releases a single malt Scotch whiskey, people start to talk. It’s this downright impossible price that has the online geeks playing a guessing game as to not only where, exactly, these whiskies are coming from, but how Costco gets the prices—specifically on age-statement whiskies—so low. For products like Johnnie Walker Blue or Macallan, it’s virtually impossible to beat Costco on price.”. (And, that same VP claims, intentionally designed to look like well-known bottles from major brands.). 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. Alcohol is a conduit for flavor, after all. Hell yeah, thanks Costco. Post Post Anything beverage non-wine related and review Kirkland Signature, which is a priority... Old Sherry cask finished Single Malt VP claims, intentionally designed to look like well-known bottles from major brands ). 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