Kirkland 18

Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Costco
ABV: 40%
Score: 77 points

This is the infamous “Costco Macallan” available only at Costco warehouse club stores in the U.S. after the chain acquired casks of 18-year-old Macallan from a blender. It’s vaguely similar to the official Macallan 18, with a nose of dried fruits, sweet oak, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The taste is peppery, yet still sweet with a caramel note and touches of orange peel and brandy that come out as the spices die down. The finish is tart, brandy-like and fades quickly. It costs about a third of the price of the Macallan 18, and is about a third as good.

Mark Gillespie

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