Back in October 2011, while doing my grocery shopping at Costco, I came across and bought a couple of bottles of this curious spirit, a Costco-branded The Macallan at about $90 each. Familiar with the venerable The Macallan distillery, this seemed like a great deal.
Originally starting life as high-quality Golden Promise Barley, like other The Macallan products, this whisky went through the same small copper stills and also benefited from the fresh spring water from the river Spey. It was only after The Macallan realized, back in the 1990s, they had a surplus of new make spirit that they sold off some of their barrels to independent bottlers, like Alexander Murray and Company. As the label indicates, this particular bottle was distilled when I was 10 or 11 years old, in 1991.
Though not an official The Macallan bottling, Alexander Murray and Company, for Costco’s Kirkland Signature label, did a fine job developing the new make spirit.
Previously enjoying this with a couple of friends, we found this single malt scotch an absolute pleasure, and best enjoyed neat. Rich in amber color, swirling it about revealed skinny legs (the streak marks making its way down the glass). The standard 40% ABV level made nosing the dry, fruity essence easy. Tasting it was just as effortless; its prolonged time in oak barrels smoothed its bite, while its 6 month encounter with sherry casks imparted its character citrus-fruity and toffee sweetness. Its finish was short. If I could improve on the experience, I’d only have the finish linger longer.
Now sold out, I wished I had stocked up on more! It’s a great whisky that will appeal to many different tastes.