Kirkland tequila is part of Costco’s Kirkland signature brands which are their private label bottles. Costco sells various products, but they do not own a distillery. The question now is, who makes Kirkland tequila?
Let us find out who is behind this Kirkland bottle and if Costco sells quality spirit.
So, Who’s Making Kirkland Tequila?
Kirkland Signature American Vodka is made by two distilleries in Mexico – La Madrileña and Fabrica de Tequilas Finos. Kirkland acquired their services to produce Kirkland vodka since they do not have a distillery. They have other products made by various manufacturers, too.
Jim Beam American Stillhouse creates small-batch bourbon, labeled as Kirkland bourbon. Kirkland Signature XO Cognac is made by Peyrat-Associés et CIE. Kirkland Vodka is by Levecke Corp. While Kirkland rum and blended scotch whisky are from different distilleries.
Where Is Costco’s Kirkland Tequila Made?
La Madrileña is from Tototlan Jalisco, Mexico where they produce Costco Silver Tequila, Reposado, and Añejo. Their product is sold as Costco brand like other manufacturers like Jim Beam Distilleries.
Alexander Murray works with Kirkland, too, despite not having a big name in the liquor industry. Costco sells the same bottle of blended Scotch whiskey under their label in the same way as Jim Beam.
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Fabrica de Tequilas Finos
This distillery produced Kirkland Signature Silver Tequila in 2019 from the Cognac region in France. The same distillery manufactures other tequila brands like Cielo tequila, Ed Hardy Tequila. It also makes Grey Goose vodka. But is tequila really stronger than vodka?
This is just one of the many manufacturers teaming up with Costco. The group that makes Kirkland golf balls is SM Global LLC, a Korean Company. Having a Costco membership gives you access to many items sold at a retail price.
Why Kirkland Doesn’t Make Their Own Tequila
Kirkland doesn’t make their tequila because they do not own a distillery. Instead, they work with other manufacturers who agree to sell their products under their label. Distillers who make Kirkland vodka use distillation techniques sourced from neighboring cognac houses such as Grey Goose.
They also worked with Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur, Kirkland gin, and Kirkland bourbon manufacturers. These spirits develop a taste like brown sugar while inside oak barrels. Kirkland also sells Columbia Valley Red Wine that contains Cabernet Sauvignon. So, what does tequila taste like?
But other than liquors, there are other Kirkland products made by other manufacturers like Costco golf balls.
What Is A CRT NOM Number?
CRT NOM Number or Norma Oficial Mexicana is the official number provided by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT). It is proof of authenticity that they manufacture their tequila in Mexico. Each Kirkland bottle has either 1173 or 1472.
The famous skull tequila KAH Tequila Blanco bottle has the same NOM since the same manufacturer distills this. This number is also on bottles such as Cielo, Sol Dios, and El Tesoro, among other known tequila brands. If you want to track who makes brands of tequila, check the NOM rather than rely on a booze rating site.
Is Kirkland Tequila Silver made by Patron?
No, Kirkland Tequila Silver is not made by Patron. It is made by La Madrileña which is located in Tototlan, Jalisco, Mexico. Patron Silver Tequila is also made in Jalisco but at Hacienda Tequila. They use special ingredients similar to Kirkland’s Columbia Valley Red Wine. Here’s the difference between silver and gold tequila.
How is Kirkland Tequila related to Cielo Tequila?
There is no relation between Cielo Tequila and Kirkland Tequila. The only similarity is that Cielo and Kirkland are made at the same distillery. However, whoever makes Kirkland Silver Tequila is not using the same ingredients and process as Cielo does.
Why is Costco out of Kirkland Anejo Tequila?
Costo is out of Kirkland Añejo Tequila because they have to outsource this product to another distillery. Kirkland does not have a manufacturing distillery. Acquiring the end-product and labeling it under Kirkland Signature Brands is written down in a contract, sold at the same bottle with a different Costco price.
Now we know where they make Kirkland tequila. And we also know that they didn’t make the Costco brand cheaply because the distilleries they partnered with also make other quality tequila brands.
Kirkland’s tequila does define premium tequila. It is an organic certified tequila brand with a great agave flavor. It can be drunk neat or mixed in a nice margarita cocktail. It’s time to taste that agave spirit then!
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds!