The August 2009 Costco Connection newsletter contained some exciting news: “The latest Kirkland Signature spirits venture is Añejo tequila, scheduled to hit Costco warehouses in the fall. The hand-selected and handpicked 100 percent blue agave tequila is aged for an average of 36 months in bourbon barrels. This double distilled gem is ultra-smooth, with a smoky wood character and sweet spice and pepper flavors.”
Even more exciting is the price: a 1 liter bottle will only set you back $23.99. What a steal!
The NOM is 1472 – Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, producer of Tenoch, Tonala and Don Camilo tequilas; however, judging a tequila based on NOM alone “can be very misleading if you think that the NOM tells you where the brand was produced,” says Dr. Javier Martinez, former head of the International Affairs Committee of Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council and owner of PaQuí Tequila. “There are a few NOMs that share the same actual facility. The NOM is a link to a government permit not the a physical distillery.”
Kirkland Signature Añejo Tasting Notes
The tinted bottle makes the tequila look darker in the bottle than it actually is, and in the glass it is a golden amber. It’s a great color and has a medium body, with long, thin legs. The aroma is surprisingly harsh, but let it air for a few minutes and you will pick up some tones of wood. It has an easy entry that lacks a strong flavor, but you get quite a bite in the back of the palate. It’s a quick tasting experience that’s, unfortunately, not very satisfying. After some time on the shelf, I gave it another chance and found the air in the bottle had worked a bit of magic. I now detected strong notes of wood and an ever so slight taste of vanilla somewhere way in the back of my palate. The finish was lacking in both of my tastings.
Tequila Examiner Grade, Kirkland Signature Añejo: C+
Cocktail Mixing Notes
Mellowed out in a margarita, the Kirkland Signature Añejo is surprisingly tasty. The wood notes feature prominently in the cocktail and are a nice contrast to the lime juice. If you don’t want to waste your good añejo sippers in a cocktail, try the Kirkland Signature Añejo instead.
For more info: Trader Joe’s Distinqt Reposado tequila is a better bargain-priced 100% agave tequila that is available at Trader Joe’s stores. Other good bargains include Muchote Reposado, Teteo Blanco, Capaz Añejo, as well as the tequilas on this list from Mike Morales. If you want more opinions on the Kirkland Signature Añejo Tequila, here’s the perspective of a few other experts: Scarlet and Grover from Taste Tequila, Tequila Whisperer, and Booze Blog.
And, if you like vodka: Read what the Vodka Examiner, Christopher Schmidt, has to say about Costco’s Kirkland Signature Vodka.
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