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Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:02 am

Costco has been offering different whiskies (and other things) under their own brand Kirkland. I thought we should have a collection of thoughts here.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:06 am

Dug up a note from one available Fall of 2011

Macallan 15 year old Sherry Cask Finish.

Aroma: Fruit cocktail, fino sherry, hint of sulfur, butter scotch, peaches and assorted toasted nuts.

Taste: A peaches fruit cup complete with syrup, spice cake, a bit overly present alcohol, and incredibly oily.

Finish: Peanut brittle, and toasted almonds.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:28 am

Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon 7 yo
51.5
batch 5183

This has been reviewed several times here. This is a well crafted bourbon. One of the best buys on the market (while it lasts). Strong rye component gives it a character above and beyond sweetness. If this is what you like, get one.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:40 am

"Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 20 Years Sherry Cask Finish" 40%

N: Oddly getting cooked banana's and flour. Touch of wood, but some interesting other aromas. Marzipan?

Taste: That odd flavor wave I can not quite place is prevalent in the taste as well. I will say that some air did this whisky good. Oddly candy like, lots of coconut, and vanilla. Good bit of banana as well.

Finish: Short and sweet, banana stays behind.


Take these notes with a grain of salt the sherry finish is almost all but lost as I just had a lot of heavy sherried whiskies earlier.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Courcelles » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:13 pm

Wondering where y'all are finding these Kirkland whiskies? I've checked stores in CT and NJ, and while they have the bourbon and other Kirkland spirits, no Kirkland scotch is available to be found. Did these never make it to the east coast?
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:48 pm

I am out in California, Adam Illinois/Michigan.

Let me ask, do your Costcos carry any scotch whisky?
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:58 pm

Also let me add that over the last 7 to 8 years, Kirkland has had a number of sherry finished Macallans ranging from 14 to 19 yo. All ages represented and some have had a couple of different releases.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:54 am

I also will say that in the Illinois store I visit, they are not found often. It seems they get a shipment and it is there until it sells out and not in a hurry to be replaced. Honestly the bourbon is the only Kirkland Whiskey that I have ever seen in that store consistently.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:37 am

Speyside 20 is STILL in our Costcos. Think it's been 9 mos or so now.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:21 am

New Kirkland out now. Speyside 18. Very reminiscent of Tomatin OBs.

Nice sweet nose with hints of sweet bourbon and a touch of sherry coming through.

The palate reminds me a fair bit of Tomatin 12. Cinnamon, kinda dusty with a little bit of dried orange peal.

Finish has some spice notes but is rather short.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:22 am

Kirkland has added a blended Canadian whisky now. 40% by volume and 6 years old.

Nose: grain alcohol is readily apparent, little bit of sweet corn, burnt sugars
Palate: mixture of ground grains, little oaky notes in the back and more burnt sugars
Finish: rather short, carmel, grain
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby jmrl » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:56 am

I recently picked up their small batch 7yo 51.5% Bourbon distilled by the famous Japanese Beam Corporation - very decent.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:32 pm

Ganga wrote:Kirkland has added a blended Canadian whisky now. 40% by volume and 6 years old.

Nose: grain alcohol is readily apparent, little bit of sweet corn, burnt sugars
Palate: mixture of ground grains, little oaky notes in the back and more burnt sugars
Finish: rather short, carmel, grain

Judging by the rate the bottle is going down in Musky Pete's it must be a pretty good session dram.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:09 am

Little bit tough to start but once you get going..... :insane:
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby legomyego » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:09 am

my brother was telling me how they had some of their whiskies in bulk? guess i'll have to take a look next time I'm there...
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:21 am

legomyego wrote:my brother was telling me how they had some of their whiskies in bulk? guess i'll have to take a look next time I'm there...

I recommend reading the reviews here when looking to buy. Not whether they liked it but rather if what they found fits your tastes. Good luck.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:42 am

Just opened the Kirkland 12 yo blend (1.75).

There's a hint of oily smoke and a crisp sherry finish to it. Not great but better than many bargain blends. Certainly worth the $37 I paid.
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Re: Kirkland Whiskies

Postby whiskgeek » Thu May 22, 2014 5:20 am

I just tried some Kirkland 18y Speyside Sherry Finish. I think it cost about $40, which seems like a good deal, but it was pretty weak. It was dark in color, but obviously artificial, since we could hardly taste any sherry. Must have been second-fill, and it did say "finish." I could detect some Speyside flavors, and a little vanilla. That was about it.

No distillery was listed. It made me wonder if it was Macallan, and the distillery didn't want their name on it, since it wasn't too good. Or it could have been some generic, usually-blended whisky.
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