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MACALLAN 19 YEAR OLD - "KIRKLAND" COSTCO UK

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MACALLAN 19 YEAR OLD - "KIRKLAND" COSTCO UK

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:54 pm

Came across this today in my local Costco. I think that it was about £35.

I'm new to Costco, but "Kirkland" just seems to be its in-house own-brand name.

I can't remember who the bottler was. Someone in Broxburn if memory serves.

Is this any good ? Seemed a decent price point.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:52 pm

ive got a bottle today, thought i'd give it a try


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Postby les taylor » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:58 pm

Hi eelbrook Kirkland is Costco's in house brand. Is it a Macallan? can you put a photo up of it?

Regards les.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:48 pm

its from macallan

cant get pic to load at the mo :cry:

it says;

"produced & bottled in Scotland"

"aged 19 years"

"small batch single malt is selected from the reserves of scotch distilled at the famed macallan distillery"


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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:36 pm

Ash

Do please try and post some tasting notes
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:48 pm

eelbrook wrote:Ash

Do please try and post some tasting notes


will try tonight


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pics - sorry about the quality - took it with my phone
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:27 pm

Costco in the UK too? I'm familiar with it back in California, and I wonder if they'll also get the same whisky, or others?? If anybody in the SF Bay Area finds this, or any other whisky offerings for Costco, I'd like to hear about it, thanks!
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Postby les taylor » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:30 pm

Well done Ash thankyou I might make a trip to our store.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:34 pm

hello

phew - tried the whisky last night but was unable to post due to account deletion - no idea why!?!

anyway i'll post up some notes after a further tasting


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Postby lapianoman » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:32 pm

A coworker of mine came across the Kirkland/Macallan today, and we are planning on returning this week to procure a bottle...especially since a bottle of Macallan 18YO goes for almost $160 (USD), and the Kirkland is being sold for $70.

Ash (or anyone else who has tried it for that matter) please let me know what you thought of it
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Postby vitara7 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:35 pm

very good price for a 19yo macallan. i think ill be popping in to costco tommorw on my way to duns...
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Postby sku » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:40 pm

Costco Scotch? Can you buy just one bottle, or do you have to by 12 of them shrink-wrapped together?
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Postby vitara7 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:42 pm

the costco in edinburgh where i goto, you can buy bottles single or by the case, just depends on how many you want to buy i guess.
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Postby Di Blasi » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:54 am

sku wrote:Costco Scotch? Can you buy just one bottle, or do you have to by 12 of them shrink-wrapped together?


Ha ha, so funny! Yea, you probably have to buy it in a 12 bottle case, 1.75 liter bottles! Hey, it costs money to save money at Costco!!!
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Postby peergynt323 » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:00 am

Our costco has Macallan 12, Balvenie Double Wood, and a bunch of JW. That's about it. Their wine selection is more impressive though. :P
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 12, 2006 4:09 pm

I'd still like to know if the "Macallan" was any good before buying it. What do you think Ash ?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:08 am

right

ive done some extensive tasting over the last few days - about 1/3 of the bottle :D at first i wasn't overly impressed, which is why ive waited and persevered

according to pregnant wife its very nice and she'll be after a full dram in april!

40% vol

colour : golden, amber

nose : floral, sherry, spicy

body : full,

palate : spicy, citrus, sherry, cough medicine

finish : warming, medicinal


anyway personally i quite like it

the nose is more intense than the taste, it gives me a kind of numb mouth feeeling in a pleaant way :?

ive tried to be as honest as possible, hope it helps and it is only £30


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Postby martin grant » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:19 pm

£30 for a 19 year macallan does seem a pretty fine price - even if it is labelled with costco's own brand. I'll be picking up a bottle from Costco Edinburgh anyway. Cheers for the tip gents
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Postby lapianoman » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:33 pm

I think I'll be driving to Costco during lunch today.
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Postby vitara7 » Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:40 pm

for an aged macallan at the price, its a very good price...
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Postby lapianoman » Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:56 pm

Just got back from Costco. The cashier wants to know my opinion on it, since there have been many people asking about it, but a bit too afraid to make the $70 plunge.

Of course, if I really enjoy it, I'm going to give her an unfavorable report, so the rest of their stock doesn't get bought out too soon. :twisted:
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Postby Mustardhead » Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:35 pm

No mention of sherry casks on the label. Interesting, I'd like to know what it tastes like.
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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:28 pm

lapianoman wrote:Just got back from Costco. The cashier wants to know my opinion on it, since there have been many people asking about it, but a bit too afraid to make the $70 plunge.

Of course, if I really enjoy it, I'm going to give her an unfavorable report, so the rest of their stock doesn't get bought out too soon. :twisted:


Smart move lapianoman! Then they'll have to lower the price to get it sold, then you step in to buy the remaining stock, if it ends up being worth it. Welcome to the forum!!
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Postby lapianoman » Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:18 pm

Di Blasi wrote:
lapianoman wrote:Just got back from Costco. The cashier wants to know my opinion on it, since there have been many people asking about it, but a bit too afraid to make the $70 plunge.

Of course, if I really enjoy it, I'm going to give her an unfavorable report, so the rest of their stock doesn't get bought out too soon. :twisted:


Smart move lapianoman! Then they'll have to lower the price to get it sold, then you step in to buy the remaining stock, if it ends up being worth it. Welcome to the forum!!

Thanks for the welcome!

I agree with Ash's assessment of the Kirkland, although I didn't really notice much in the way of cough medicine. I found it to be very smooth.

It's definitely a Macallan, and although I'm not partial to Macallan, I'll most likely pick up another bottle. Kinda hard to pass up for the price.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:45 pm

I really love aged sherried Macallans. But I'm a little put off by the reference to "cough medicine". Doesn't make it sound very appetising.
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Postby Mustardhead » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:10 pm

eelbrook wrote:I really love aged sherried Macallans. But I'm a little put off by the reference to "cough medicine". Doesn't make it sound very appetising.


But is it a sherried Macallan? No mention of sherry casks on the label so is it another 'Fine Oak' offering or is it just a labelling issue?
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Postby lapianoman » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:23 pm

Mustardhead wrote:
eelbrook wrote:I really love aged sherried Macallans. But I'm a little put off by the reference to "cough medicine". Doesn't make it sound very appetising.


But is it a sherried Macallan? No mention of sherry casks on the label so is it another 'Fine Oak' offering or is it just a labelling issue?

There's definite sherry. Not like a Glendronach 15, but sherry indeed.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:44 pm

lapianoman wrote:
Mustardhead wrote:
eelbrook wrote:I really love aged sherried Macallans. But I'm a little put off by the reference to "cough medicine". Doesn't make it sound very appetising.


But is it a sherried Macallan? No mention of sherry casks on the label so is it another 'Fine Oak' offering or is it just a labelling issue?

There's definite sherry. Not like a Glendronach 15, but sherry indeed.


im having some more now

i stll get a mecidinal aftertaste, not unpleasant though and yes i agree it is very smooth & warming

i'd have got another bottle today but my a'dunadh turned up, so maybe next week :D


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Tasting this weekend

Postby MacallanFTW » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:03 am

Hi everyone, new to this board. I too was doing a search for information regarding the Costco Macallan 19yr. I picked up a bottle this week and will do a side by side tasting with my favorite 18yr Macallan ('87 distilled)

Macallan is my favorite scotch, so I will probably be a bit critical, but objective.

I'll post my findings this weekend.


Salud! :wink:
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Postby MGillespie » Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:03 am

Too bad the Costco near my house doesn't have a liquor license...

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Postby MacallanFTW » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:56 pm

I was curious so i sent an e-mail to the good folks at Macallan regarding this bottling. Here is their response:

This is not an official Macallan bottling. In the last decade, we were still producing more liquid than we could sell so when we had filled enough casks for our own uses, we sold the surplus new make spirit to independent bottlers to store and bottle in their own time under their own label. This is a case in point.

Once the casks are sold to the third party, we have no control over the storage conditions or the quality of the final bottled liquid. The only connection to The Macallan is that we produced the new make spirit but in this case, that spirit was not monitored by The Macallan Whisky Maker like the whisky that we bottle is.

We have not tasted it as it is not available in this country so are not in a position to give a comparison to The Macallan 18 years old.

I hope this clarifies.

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This sheds a little light on the bottling and where it came from, I think the taste will ultimately tell the tale whether this is a good buy or not. I've got my bottle ready to go this weekend, side by side with my 18yr Mac I'll compare the drams and report back.
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Postby sku » Thu Dec 21, 2006 6:52 pm

MGillespie wrote:Too bad the Costco near my house doesn't have a liquor license...

Mark


I guess that makes it the "regretably dry" Costco in New Jersey.
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Postby MGillespie » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:00 am

I should have seen that one coming...

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Postby MGillespie » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:01 am

I should have seen that one coming...

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Postby mumike » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:12 am

I'll be interested to hear the report, MacallanFTW!

I don't have a Costco near me, so group buy anyone? :wink:
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