Whisky Reviews

Kirkland Signature 18 Year Highland Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish


Distiller: Undisclosed
Bottler: Alexander Murray & Co.
ABV: 46%
Age: 18
Paid: $50.00

Tasting Notes

Color: Dark gold. The marketing write-up on the label implies that it is a natural color, but it isn’t stated as such, so my guess is that there is some caramel coloring added. No statement on chill/non-chill filtering.

Pour: Neat in a Glencairn, rested for 20 minutes. Later added 2 drops of purified water.

Nose: Oranges, peaches, strawberries, and recently sharpened pencils. After I added water, I noticed more of an emphasis on earthy notes and a the scent of a library full of old, leather books.

Palate: Creamy, slightly oily/waxy with an immediate sherry and vanilla hit. Orange, lemon, tart pear & apple, strawberry, vanilla, honey, and oak. Faint smoke, as if someone had a peat fire in a home near the distillery while this was being distilled. 2 drops of water bring out more leathery, peppery, and tobacco undertones.

Finish: Warm, lingering back-of-the-throat oak and leather. Slightly spicy! This was definitely aged in ex-bourbon casks. Interestingly, 2 drops of water reveal just a hint of over-steeped black tea bitterness. Tobacco, and a bit of sea air.


Summary: I really enjoyed this whisky! I was walking through Costco earlier this week and had to do a double-take when I saw this on the shelf for $49.99. What a ridiculously low price for an 18-year old Scotch. I could only find one review of this edition (thanks u/redascot for your take on this!), but it was positive so I picked it up.

Overall a very good bottle, especially if you factor in price! I tried not to for this review, but I am human :). If you see a bottle of this in your local Costco, it’s absolutely worth a try.

Score: 7

Ratings Scale Explained

1 | Disgusting. Get rid of it.
2 | Terrible. I would not drink this.
3 | Bad. Might work in a mixed drink.
4 | Bearable. Decent but probably won’t buy again.
5 | Good. Good whisky.
6 | Very Good. Very good whisky.
7 | Great. Would buy again.
8 | Amazing. Will try to keep this around no matter what.
9 | Incredible. Unique, complex, exceptional.
10 | Perfect.

Average Score: 7.33 - Total Reviews: 9