Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream Review

Irish cream is a smooth, sweet and decadent liqueur made of Irish whiskey and cream. It can be used to make Irish coffee or in cocktails, served straight or even used as an ingredient in baking and desserts. How does the Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream compare to the famous Baileys Irish Cream?

Image of the Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream bottle sitting on a table.
Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream.

I’m not usually a huge fan of Baileys, I find it pretty sweet and if I’m having a drink it’s usually a margarita but once a year I’ll indulge in a Baileys and coffee around Christmas at least once. I’ve never tried the Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream and when Sean brought some home to try and review I wasn’t overly excited.

Closeup image of the label on the front of the bottle of the Costco Irish cream.
The Irish cream from Costco is a product of Ireland.

Some other Kirkland Signature alcohols and liqueurs I’ve reviewed are the Kirkland Signature Original Spiced Rum, Kirkland Signature Scotch and Whiskey, Kirkland Signature Vodka, Kirkland Signature Anejo Tequila, Kirkland Signature Silver Tequila, Kirkland Signature Prosecco and the Kirkland Signature Traditional Holiday Egg Nog Alcoholic Beverage.

Location in Store

You can find this in the Costco liquor store. The item number is 999639.

Image of the Irish cream served in a glass with ice sitting on a table.
Irish cream and ice is a perfect combination in my opinion.

Taste

I really enjoyed this. I’m pleasantly surprised at how drinkable this Irish Cream is despite containing 17% alcohol! I poured a glass of Irish Cream with ice to take photos and take a small taste and I ended up finishing it. It has the same amount of alcohol as Baileys Irish Cream, but it tasted less strong to me (though I didn’t have Baileys around to do a head-to-head comparison).

Image of the Irish cream served in a glass with ice sitting on a table.
Very creamy and easy to drink!

The taste of alcohol is quite noticeable, but the balance of creaminess and sweetness is really nice. If I’m being really picky, I’d say this Irish Cream is a tiny bit too sweet, but definitely not enough to stop me from enjoying it. The caramel in the Irish Cream is noticeable. I could almost talk myself into it having a slight chocolate flavor too, despite the fact that there isn’t any cocoa or chocolate in it.

Closeup image of the back label on the bottle of Irish cream.
The Irish cream needs to be consumed within six months from when it was opened.

In some ways, served on ice the Costco Irish Cream reminded me of the Costco Traditional Holiday Egg Nog. Maybe because there’s whiskey in both?

Image of a cup of coffee sitting on a table with Irish cream in the coffee.
Irish coffee.

I put a generous amount of the Irish Cream in my coffee and it’s tasty but very sweet. It’s still a very tasty and enjoyable drink, but I was hoping for more coffee flavor and the Irish Cream flavor was pretty overpowering. Next time I’d try a smaller amount – more like the amount of cream I’d normally put in coffee rather than a whole shot.

Cost

The 1.75-liter bottle of Irish cream from Costco costs $39.99 Canadian.

Image of a cup of coffee sitting on a table with Irish cream in the coffee.
You definitely don’t need cream if you’re adding Irish cream to coffee.

Serving Suggestions

Some ways to enjoy the Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream are to have it poured over ice, in a cocktail like a martini or a mudslide or as Irish coffee.

Image of the back label of the Irish cream from Costco with storage instructions and stating to consume within 6 months of opening.
Store the Irish cream between 32 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can also use it in a lot of different baking and dessert recipes! You can make brownies, cakes, ice cream, trifle, cookies, mousse or even cheesecake with this Irish cream as an ingredient.

Image of the Costco Kirkland Irish cream ingredients label from the bottle.
Ingredients.

Scoring

Taste: 8.5/10

Cost: 9/10

Overall

Must buy!

I actually really like this Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream, I look forward to having some at Christmas and recommend this for any Irish cream fans.

Have you tried the Costco Irish cream? What do you think of it?


Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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6 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Irish Cream Review”

  1. Can I order some? Live in Northern Minn. Unless you know of a store that sells it. Live near Hibbing, 60 miles north of Duluth. I live in Chisholm.

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  2. This product is a great value if you are an Irish Cream fan, which I am along with my friends.

    I did a side by side taste test in a non-scientific blind comparison, my friends could tell the difference between Baily’s and the Kirkland product served over the rocks. It was described as being more alcoholic.

    In hot drinks (coffee or hot cocoa with whipped cream on top) most people could not tell the difference between the two.

    I use it in a cake recipe and have made Irish Cream Custard and also rice pudding for the holidays, added it to a vanilla sauce to pour over bread pudding.

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  3. Irish Cream Liqueur is meant to be sweet, very sweet. You only consume small amounts or mix it with other “bitters” or spirits to offset the sweetness.

    I love Irish Cream. I love Baileys’. This is not Bailey’s. It tastes like some cheap knock-off you might buy at some gas station which carries alcohol.

    While I love Bailey’s, their chocolates are quite gross.

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  4. Hello,

    I love your reviews and look forward to reading them!
    For the Irish Cream, from Kirkland, this is what you wrote:
    The Irish cream needs to be consumed within six months from when it was opened.

    Yet, the pic that you took shows the date of 05/24 which is rather 18 months away …

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