Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
The internet’s opinion: You’ve probably never heard of Alexander Murray & Company, but according to Market Watch Magazine, as of 2016, Costco sells 100,000+ cases of its scotch per year. Alexander Murray works with about 12 distilleries in Scotland like Caol Ila, Tomintoul, Dalmore, Mortlach, Glenrothes and Tullibardine to fill up private-label bottles at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Total Wine. Which juice ends up in the Kirkland bottle? The rumor is that it’s Tullibardine. But! As The Scotch Noob points out, Alexander Murray has “definitely bottled Macallan before, and is reported to have contracts with both Diageo and Edrington.” Diageo owns brands like Johnnie Walker. Edrington produces Cutty Sark (and Macallan). Take your pick.
The expert’s opinion: Be aware that the smell of this scotch is… not ideal. “There’s something funky in there,” he says. “That smells very strange.” Based on his knowledge of the scotch market, he says it’s likely sourced from Diageo or Bacardi. “This is reminiscent of a Dewar’s White Label, but it has a bit more color on it,” notes Jensen. He notes that it could also be a blend from one of Johnnie Walker’s distilleries, but he leans towards Dewar’s. Overall, he didn’t mind the taste, and said if you can cover the scotch in a cocktail like a Penicillin, it’ll be fine -- though his overall recommendation is to spend a little more money on another brand.