Some time back while perusing a Costco liquor store I spotted a small display of Kirkland Signature 27 Year Blended Scotch Whiskey Bourbon Cask Matured and snagged a bottle. I seem to recall it being around $55 and so I figured why not. When I got to the counter the clerk indicated several people had purchased a single bottle and then returned the next day after sampling to purchase several more. All they had was what was left and they did not expect to receive anymore. I figured it was a good choice so I stuck it in the queue and recently it found a space with the other open bottle selections in the bar.
As with other Alexander Murray releases there is no actual indication of origin. At 40% ABV I expected the Scotch to be smooth and easy to consume, but the alcohol was slightly off-putting. It wasn’t hot or fusel, but there was something in the alcohol which didn’t make me want to drain the bottle. The flavors seemed muted and almost musty. There was oak, leather, apple, brown sugar, and a myriad of other characteristics, but they just didn’t quite play well together. While I had high hopes for this Scotch, the truth is I found it just a bit difficult to love. Had it been half the price I’d think I’ll still find it just a bit hot and a long in the tooth. If you see it, give it a whirl for the notoriety, but otherwise I’d suggest you find something more interesting and spend your money on that instead.