Kirkland 16 Year Highland

Scotch Review #92: Kirkland 16 Year Highland Single Malt Whisky

Distillery: Unknown

Bottler: Alexander Murray & Co

Region: Highland

Cask Info: Bourbon Cask

ABV: 40%

Age: 16 Year

Price: Bottle swap courtesy of /u/kelthfire

Color: 0.6, Old Gold.


Nose (according to the wife): Very sweet. Lots of honey and malt barley sweetness up front. There’s also raisins and peaches along with some vanilla.

Palate: It is a sweet dram. There’s lots of honey and malt sweetness accompanied by crisp green apples. It’s incredibly smooth and has a very silky mouthfeel. There’s a hint of peach, a hint of ginger, and some caramel as well. With some water, the fruits do come a little more forward with a little less honey.

Finish: Short. It’s a tad oily/creamy. More honey and lots of vanilla. With some water, some oak spice pokes out as well.

Conclusion: This is a dram I could drink for days. It’s not the most complex dram in the world, the nose basically gives it all away, but it is incredibly well put together and so easy to drink. I love the bit of oiliness and creaminess that comes toward the tail end as it plays very well with the rich honey and fruit. If I had this blind, I would think that it’s a Glenmorangie or perhaps a Glengoyne. Would I buy a bottle? Absolutely if I could find one.

Final Score: 80.

Scotch Whisky review #93, Highland Whisky Review #25, Whisky Network Review #121


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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