Kirkland Signature Single Malts

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  1. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    CostCo stores here in Montana can sell beer and wine but no hard liquor. I've tried some of the Kirkland brand wines and I find them to be a very good buy.

    I'm curious about their single malt whiskey. Are they Islay or Highlands peaty (ie Laphroaig), or Speyside smooth and sweet (ie Glenmorangie)?

    Trapper
  2. Salmo_g Active Member

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    The label on Kirkland Scotch says it's made by McCallam, which is a smooth Speyside. I've been tempted, but haven't bought any yet. I buy Kirkland brand wines, and they are easily as good as labels selling for twice as much.

    Sg
  3. troutpocket Active Member

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    Haven't tried Kirkland single malt yet. The small batch bourbon is tasty. Reminiscent of Knob Creek.
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  4. Mark Walker Active Member

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  5. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I like Kirkland french vodka.
  6. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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  7. Mark Walker Active Member

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    Nope, just a hard core fan of bourbon. :D
  8. Robert Engleheart Robert

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  9. FT Active Member

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    I bought a bottle of the Kirkland brand 18 yr single malt. It is a very, very good speyside scotch. It is going to take a while for me to drink it though because I much prefer the heavy peat Islay's, quality 12 yr old Bourbon, or a quality 7 yr or older high rye content (as in 90% or more rye) Rye Whiskey.
  10. Jeff Cheng Jeff Cheng

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    Anyone mind posting some prices so I don't have to run to costco to find out? Or PM me?

    Just starting to look into single malts. Haven't explored past blends yet, except Bookers...
  11. steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    I just bought the 15yr Macallan/Kirkland and did a SXS to standard 12yr Macallan.
    I wish the news was better....
    The Kirkland does not measure up in color or flavor.
    The real deal is richer, more flavorful and has that single-malt bite and complexity.
    The Kirkland does not.
    Kirkland is a decent bottle of scotch, but if you do a blind taste, it doesn't hold up.
  12. steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    Issaquah Costco has the 15yr Macallan/Kirkland for $55.
  13. John Dude Learned skills from George Dickel

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    Still a George Dickel man
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  14. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    All this feedback is really good.

    Trapper
  15. Dan Page Active Member

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    Saw today at the Lacey Costco some 40 yr. old Glenlivet with the Kirkland label for $900. Wow!
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  16. Josh dead in the water

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    Just bought some Kirkland 18yr for I think $39 + the taxes (came out to ~$50 I think?).

    Pretty good I'd say. Probably not as nice as a proper 18 yr from one of the big boys. But then again, I don't usually drop 18yr kind of money. So my experience is limited to some "special occasion" purchases. Overall, a nice value.
  17. Porter Active Member

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    Stay away from their beer!!!!!!! Yuck!
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  18. Dottiesdad Member

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    As an aside, I've not been able to forgive Costco for their part in the "privatization" of liquor sales here in Washington. That fiasco took my beloved Laphroaig from $50-something at the state store to almost $100 at our local Fred Meyer ($79.99 before the new taxes).

    I've not bought a drop of distilled spirits from Costco in Washington and probably will not. When I go to Portland to visit family I see that my Laphroaig is available for under $50 at the state run store. As someone that grew up in Oregon, just the idea that Oregon is now a source for cheap liquor makes my head spin.

    DD
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  19. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    God Bless Oregon (and I'm delighted that the border is fairly close)!
  20. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    This from the Seattle Times -
    Washington shoppers boost Idaho liquor sales

    Question: Does the lower sticker price of Kirkland brand liquors offset the increase in tax?

    Trapper