Costco Kirkland Signature Vodka Review

Costco liquor stores carry two different kinds of Kirkland Signature vodka. Today I’m reviewing both of them – the more expensive French one and the cheaper American version. This was a tricky review for me as I’m not a big vodka drinker but I shared my vodka with a few friends to get different opinions. Kirkland Signature products are usually great value for the money, so I wanted to find out if that was true for their vodka as well.

Image of Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka on the left and American on the right sitting on a table.
Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka on the left and American on the right.

Other Kirkland Signature liquor products I’ve reviewed are the Costco Kirkland Signature Anejo Tequila, Costco Kirkland Signature Traditional Holiday Egg Nog, Costco Kirkland Signature Premium Golden Margarita, Costco Kirkland Signature Strawberry Margarita, Costco Kirkland Signature Silver Tequila, Costco Kirkland Signature Prosecco, Costco Kirkland Signature Sangria and the Costco Kirkland Signature Anejo Tequila.

Costco French Vodka bottle stating five times distilled.
The French vodka from Costco is distilled five times.

Location in Store

You can find both the French and American Kirkland Signature Vodka in the Costco liquor store. The item number for the French Kirkland Signature Vodka is the 999910 and the number for the American Kirkland Signature Vodka is 349025.

Taste

Is Costco French vodka Grey Goose in Disguise?

There’s been major speculation the French Vodka at Costco is made from the same company that manufactures Grey Goose, however, this is not true. I found an article on Vice that points to the only similarity being that Grey Goose and the Kirkland French vodka are produced in France using the same water from a spring in the Cognac region.

Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka bottle sitting on a table.
The tall French Vodka bottle is harder to store than the short American vodka bottle.

Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka versus Costco Kirkland Signature American Vodka

We made Moscow Mules with both vodkas and also tried them straight.

Image of a Moscow Mule in a copper cup made with Costco vodka.
The Moscow Mules we made!

The French vodka from Costco tastes much more premium in flavor and viscosity. It’s not watery like some vodkas. It has a richness that the American vodka doesn’t, and is inoffensive and easy to drink. The vodka is smooth and doesn’t have that sharp alcoholic bite that vodka usually does. Of course this is all relative – I’m sure many people won’t find any vodka easy to drink, smooth and lacking a sharp bite when they drink it straight.

Closeup of front of the Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka. bottle.
The French vodka is very smooth and easy to drink!

The American is six times distilled tastes more watery. It has a strong alcohol bite, and the alcohol flavor lingers in your mouth and chest. Our friend described it as, “tasting similar to the big bottle of $17 dollar vodka I’ve been buying”.

Costco Kirkland Signature American Vodka Bottle sitting on a table.
The American vodka bottle is easier to store because it’s not as tall.

Hands down the Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka beats the Costco Kirkland Signature American Vodka in a taste test, at least when you try them alone. Things are more competitive when you use them in cocktails/mixed drinks. We made Moscow Mules for our friends using both types of vodka and nobody could tell the difference in a blind taste test.

Close up image of the front of the Costco American Vodka bottle saying six times distilled.
The American vodka is distilled six times.

Cost

The price of the French vodka is $49.99 Canadian for the 1.75 liter bottle. The price of the American vodka is $44.99 Canadian for the 1.75 liter bottle. I think the French vodka is a really great deal, and for such a small difference in price, I recommend choosing it over the American one. If you’re only going to use your vodka in mixed drinks, it might be harder to justify the extra $5. The premium French vodka is probably worth it for stronger cocktails, but you may not notice the difference in weaker mixed drinks (our Moscow Mules weren’t exactly “weak”, and we couldn’t tell the difference).

Close up image of the back of the French vodka bottle.
The French vodka is distilled from grain, like Grey Goose.

Serving Suggestions

Some people out there may enjoy straight vodka, but I’m definitely not one of them! For me, vodka needs to be mixed into some sort of cocktail or drink. We both of these vodkas in Moscow Mules using a recipe from Cookie and Kate. I enjoy vodka in cosmopolitans and various flavored martinis as well. Currently my favorite way to enjoy a bit of vodka is mixed into a hard seltzer like White Claw or Truly, it’s easy and adds a little extra to a pretty mild hard seltzer.

Closeup image of the back of the American vodka bottle.
It’s hard to read – it says “Kirkland Signature Premium Vodka is distilled 6 times and offers an extraordinarily smooth mildly sweet finish”.

Scoring

Taste: French – 10/10 American – 7/10

Cost: 9/10

Overall

Must buy!

If you’re looking for a premium vodka at a great price, you can’t go wrong with the French vodka. The American vodka is even cheaper and still fine in cocktails and mixed drinks.

Have you tried either of these vodkas from Costco? What did you think of them?


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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8 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Vodka Review”

  1. I’ve been buying Costco vodka for years and both are great values (I actually feel kind of guilty now when I indulge and get “name brand” vodka lol).
    Whenever I go into their liquor store I always notice at least one other person buying Kirkland vodka.
    I just can’t believe the price difference in Canada!
    I live in Atlanta and at my Costco the American one is $12.99 and the French one is $19.99

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  2. We did a taste test with my sister in law, who is a Grey Goose on the rocks drinker,and Kirkland French vodka.There were 3 cups. 2 Kirkland, I Goose. She picked the 2 Kirkland first, and didn’t care for # 3 at all, which was the Goose.She now drinks Kirkland and saves a lot of money!
    Love reading all your reviews!

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  3. I was standing in front of the vodka’s at Costco, looking at the prices. I needed vodka to make vanilla extract and limoncello. A customer walks by, and says to me – this Costco vodka is very good, pointing at the large bottle. He grabbed a bottle. So I have one also – the bottle is very large.

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  4. Great review! But I’m jealous, no alcohol is sold in Ontario Costcos 🙁. I would definitely buy the French one at only $5 more since it leaves one with more options and my husband likes a very dry vodka martini. Maybe you and your friends could do a taste test with the French and Grey Goose?
    Cheers!

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