Costco is one of the most popular and successful wholesale grocers and home goods chains in the world. If you’re a member, you’ve certainly delighted with their proprietary line of Kirkland products.
Costco partners with respected producers and companies to create its vast assortment of Kirkland products.
Their Kirkland brand of liquors is a great budget-friendly line that comes from many silent partnerships with well-known distilleries.
Read on to discover the best Kirkland brand liquors.
Kirkland Signature French Vodka
Kirkland Signature French Vodka is a smooth and high-quality vodka produced in France and distilled five times for a crisp finish. It is a wheat-based vodka with a subtle palate of bitter chocolate. It thus tastes great in a creamy vodka cocktail like a White Russian or Chocolate Martini.
Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon
Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon is a collaboration between Costco and the Kentucky-based Barton distillery. It is aged in American oak barrels and is one of the highest-scoring Kirkland Spirits on the Beverage Testing Institute’s tasting review.
This small-batch bourbon is highly complex, with aromas and tasting notes of vanilla, apricot, chocolate, and corn, with a peppery and spicy finish.
Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whiskey
Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whiskey encompasses a 3-year, 12-year, 20-year, and 23-year aged blend of whiskies from the Scottish isles. These blends have received praise from Forbes.
The 12-year is the highest-scoring bottle, with a smooth, oily mouthfeel and a sweet honey and dried fruit flavor palate. It’s the perfect sipping scotch and one of the best values for its low price tag.
Kirkland Signature Irish Cream Liqueur
Kirkland Signature Irish Cream Liqueur is a rich and creamy liqueur that many prefer over the more famous Bailey’s brand. It is produced in Ireland, using a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and hazelnut.
The low alcohol content makes it even richer and sweeter without the after-burn. It tastes like creamy chocolate milk with notes of caramel and hazelnut. You could spike your coffee or your dessert with this delectable Kirkland liqueur.
Kirkland Signature Spiced Rum
Distilled on the Caribbean Island of St. Croix, Kirkland Signature Spiced Rum gets embellished with caramel and natural flavors stateside through the LeVecke Corp spirits producer. Many surmise that this spiced rum gets distilled at the iconic Cruzan distillery, but Kirkland has yet to confirm.
This great spiced rum has a buttery aroma and a rich vanilla and baking spice palate. It’s a great spirit for the classic rum and coke cocktail.
Kirkland Signature American Vodka
Kirkland Signature American Vodka is a sweeter, more alcohol-forward vodka than the French vodka. It uses a mix of American-sourced grains, distilled six times for clarity and a smooth, light-bodied mouth feel.
The American Vodka is a bit cheaper than the French Vodka and is a better choice for spicier cocktails like a Moscow Mule.
Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin
Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin comes in a bottle that eerily resembles the famous Bombay Sapphire brand. However, this gin has a unique botanical blend that differs from Bombay Sapphire. Among its botanicals are rose and cardamom, adding floral undertones to the juniper-forward flavor palate. It has the super-dry finish that London dry gin is famous for.
Kirkland Signature Añejo Tequila
Kirkland Signature Anejo tequila is a Mexican product sourced from Blue Weber Agave plants from the lowlands of Jalisco. The roasted agave is double-distilled and aged in American oak barrels. This Anejo Tequila has a gentle palate of caramel and vanilla with a warming, slightly smokey finish. It tastes nice in a simple margarita on the rocks.
Kirkland Signature Blended Canadian Whiskey
This Canadian Whiskey Blend comes in a bottle resembling the famous Crown Royal brand, and its contents are on par with any leading Canadian whiskey. Receiving top scores from the Beverage Tasting Institute, this blended Canadian whiskey from Kirkland is aged six years, delivering a rich flavor palate of rye bread, maple, pepper, and caramel apple.
Kirkland Signature Silver Tequila
Kirkland Signature Silver Tequila uses the same high-quality blue agave from the Jalisco lowlands distilled twice in accordance with strict Mexican guidelines. The only difference between silver and Anejo is that silver tequila is unaged, and bottled directly after distillation.
The silver tequila from Kirkland thus has a harsher alcoholic kick and tastes best in a zesty cocktail.
Kirkland Signature XO Cognac
Kirkland Signature XO Cognac uses a blend of eaux de vies, aged 12-21 years, from Ugni Blanc grapes sourced from 6 different Cognac teriors. The XO Cognac blend has a flavor palate of sweet molasses, apricot, and baking spices that leaves a soft yet spicy finish. Considering the cost of XO Cognacs, this may be the best value for your money.
Kirkland Signature Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey
A proud product of deep-rooted Tennessee tradition, Kirkland Signature Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is a blend of grain and malted barley with remnants of a previously fermented mash. This blend is aged for four years, with a light amber hue and a medium-bodied mouthfeel with maple syrup and oak mid-palate.
Kirkland Brand may be a generic brand of liquors, but that doesn’t mean its products are low-quality.
Kirkland’s silent partners are famed distillers and spirit blenders that help create the best Kirkland brand liquors at a fraction of the price of name-brand counterparts.
After trying your preferred Kirkland brand spirits, let me know what you think of my list in the comments below.
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