Today brings us an article from a great journalistic venture here in Louisville called Insider Louisville. In it, they attempt to figure out what the heck is going on with Costco selling bourbon. For those who have a Trader Joe’s near them, you have no doubt seen the Trader Joe’s store brand bourbon. Now Costco is getting into the game with the Kirkland Signature Premium Small Batch Bourbon.
This juice is a 7 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It’s important to note, as Insider Louisville does, that there are only 10 distillers of bourbon in Kentucky and yet there are 300 labels that say “Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.” Kentucky distillers known to have sold their stock under other names include Heaven Hill, Jim Beam and Buffalo Trace — of which the latter is most likely the source of the Costco bourbon.
To answer the question in the title, no, Costco bourbon does not come in 5 gallon buckets. But it might be a good thing if it did. According to reviews from around the web, this bourbon tastes remarkably similar to Knob Creek. Since it comes out of Buffalo Trace, though, we are looking at something fairly unique. And for $20 per liter it sounds like a steal.
So next time you’re loading up at Costco with a pallet of paper towels, toss in this bottle and then let us know what you think!