Maker: Alexander Murray & Co, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Age: NAS (at 3 y/o)
Michigan state minimum: $23/1.75 liter (~$10/750 ml; only available at Costco)
Appearance: Medium copper (caramel color likely added)
Nose: Vanilla custard, lemon zest, butterscotch.
Palate: Full-bodied, mild and dry. Toffee, oak, alcohol, touch of smoke.
Finish: Alcohol, butterscotch, oak.
Parting words: Costco sources its basic blended Scotch from Alexander Murray & Co, an independent bottler out of Aberdeen. There’s nothing earth-shattering about this blend. It has two things going for it: it’s pretty good and it’s very cheap. I like it best in hot toddies (great for sipping out of a travel mug while the kids trick-or-treat) but it does well in other cocktails, with soda or neat in a tumbler. Kirkland Blended Scotch is recommended.