I just opened my second 1.75 l bottle of Kirkland (Costco) Blended Scotch Whiskey. The first one was very pleasant, but simple. Easy to drink, but without distinction.
This second one is IMO a bit phenolic. It is not unpleasant, but right on the border. It tastes of band-aids, smoke, sea-water, cinnamon and (I'm reaching here) marshmallow. As I taste a little more of it, sea water or oyster shell is what comes to mind more than anything else.
Dang it! I think my palate training is ruining my drinking.
I liked the first bottle better. It was unremarkable but pleasant. This one...right on the fence... but more to think about.