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I picked up a bottle at Costco today but as I have a massive head cold, I will wait to crack it open. Has anyone had a chance to taste it? Any guesses as to the source?


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No. but I believe their 7 year old bourbon is source from Jim Beam. And it tastes like it. I wouldn't expect much out of the scotch. Their vodka is fine.


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I'd heard that the Kirkland bourbon was not very good. Costco has been bottling The Macallan under the Kirkland label and I am hoping this unidentified single malt approaches that level of quality. We shall see.


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So'd you crack that bottle yet? How is it?

Ahhhh, I mean how's that cold coming along?

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I have a few logical doubts it's Macallan. I haven't scored a bottle (yet) but reliable conclusions thus far hover around it's o.k., decent enough etc. And a lot of those comments begin with: "For the money, . . ."

A few things come to mind. There's been multiple recent Kirkland bottles that prominently display Macallan on the label. Obviously, something could have changed, but it does make you wonder why this one would hide the origin.

The Kirkland *Macallan* 15 is going for $50 @ Costcos right now. This 20 year undisclosed is being sold for $45. Again, anything's possible but that doesn't make it probable. JMHO


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Well supposedly the Kirkland brand French vodka is actually Grey Goose and it sells for significantly less in 1.75l format than Grey Goose...so it could be Macallan 20. On a side note, I really liked the Kirkland Small Batch 7 yo bourbon and their American vodka (1.75L) for $14.99 is superb.
 
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is actually Grey Goose



Kirkland is a fine vodka. But there is no evidence that it is the same as Grey Goose. Going by taste, the only proof that we have, they are not the same.


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I have not opened the bottle of Kirkland 20 Year old single malt yet. I am probably going to give it to a buddy for this holiday he celebrates on the 25th. I seriously doubt it contains 20 year old Macallan but you never know. If it is, I will be visiting my buddy more often.


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Well supposedly the Kirkland brand French vodka is actually Grey Goose and it sells for significantly less in 1.75l format than Grey Goose...so it could be Macallan 20.


Hopefully I have enough bread to make crumbs to follow along.

The 15 year old KIRKLAND bottle that just so happens to kindly disclose the originating source of the distillate is Macallan ~ costs $49.99. Highlights: 15 years old,,, Kirkland bottle,,,source from Macallan,,, $50 .

This currently discussed 20 year old Kirkland bottle which vaguely discloses "Speyside Sherry Cask" cost $44.95. Highlights: 20 years old,,, Kirkland bottle,,, mystery source,,, $45.


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I have not opened the bottle of Kirkland 20 Year old single malt yet. I am probably going to give it to a buddy for this holiday he celebrates on the 25th. I seriously doubt it contains 20 year old Macallan but you never know. If it is, I will be visiting my buddy more often.




IMHO...................


Whether it's actually Macallan or not, we'll probably never know. And frankly, that's almost beside the point. The real question is, how good is this stuff?

To be honest, I think you're taking a tremendous risk blindly gifting it to a dear friend without knowing whether it's a truly fine single malt, or a bottle of swill.

The prudent thing to do would be to try it, then if it's gift-worthy, get another bottle for your buddy and keep the one you have for yourself. On the other hand, if it's crapola, you've saved yourself untold embarrassment.

Win-Win!!

And of course, you should report back here what you find..........
 
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Noble thoughts but my friend mixes his whisky with ginger ale and I am sure that this will make him quite happy. I am addicted to non chill-filtered cask strength whiskies and still have a half bottle from last years Kirkland Macallan 15 year old and will take a chance on passing on an unopened bottle. Besides, this is a friend who gave me an oil painting of a clown as a gift. Good advice, though.


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