I drink a fair amount of single malt scotch, and finally got around to trying the Kirkland. If this was truly 20-year-old Macallan, $46 would be a steal, but the Kirkland is nothing special. It's not bad, but the flavor is nowhere near as complex as a high quality 20-year-old single malt. It's more comparable to a Balvenie Doublewood 12, but even the Balvenie has more depth of flavor. For a similar price at a discount store, you can get a Glenlivet 18, Glenfiddich 15 Solera, or Oban 14, all of which are superior malts. If you were to try all four of those and then take a sip of the Kirkland, it would come in a distant fourth place. Heck, a bottle of Glenlivet 12 at $28 from Costco would be a tight contest. The Kirkland is not bad but it is also not anything approaching a great bargain.
There is a similar bottle at Sam's club for $76 - 19 year Glen Taite. I am curious as to the quality and taste. I know that independent bottlings sometimes produce great product that may even be superior to the original distillery. Just not sure how much time goes into the mixing of the malts and quality of the final product.
Anyone have any feedback or remarks on the quality of the Macallan bottlings from Alexander Murray?
Since both bottles are distributed by the ubiquitous Alexander Murray & Co, regardless of what any CostCo wine guys says, if the 20 year was Distilled at Macallan, it would say so just as the 15 year does. But for $45, how bad a deal can it be.
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