Kirkland Signature (distilled at Glenlivet) 40 year old, 40%

Price: $700 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Bottling of a large package of 12 butts and 30 hoggies dating from 1972. The nose is slightly closed initially, but shows good mature distillery character: old apple, potpourri, more raspberry, and furniture polish. The palate is a little dry, with humidor and light chocolate, but needs water to bring out the fruit-sugar sweetness. It's good, but that low bottling strength has sapped it of the energy which is vital for old whiskies. (U.S. only)