One look at the bottle of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub…
You’re going to see many brands that your familiar with when you’re looking at the liquor shelves behind a bar. One thing that you won’t see – if you’re in any kind of reputable establishment – is store brand spirits like those that you can pick up at Trader Joe’s or at Costco. These stores often have producers package products under their private label so that they can sell them at a lower price. Sometimes these types of spirits are a fantastic deal and sometimes they’re not, and I am always interested to try them because I like the idea of stocking my home bar with premium spirits for less.
Kirkland Signature Tequila Anejo is Costco’s store brand of tequila, which they’ve offered in stores for a while now and were promoting heavily before Cinco de Mayo. It’s a 100% blue agave tequila blended by Master Distiller Arturo Fuente and is a bargain in the 1L bottles that it comes in. The rich amber tequila smells amazing right out of the bottle, sweet enough that you might thing that you were smelling a perfectly crafted margarita and not a bottle of straight tequila. It has notes of vanilla, caramel, oak and a hint of citrus, all tied together by an incredibly smooth mouthfeel and finish. I really enjoyed it straight and it made some fantastic margaritas for my Cinco de Mayo weekend – much better than a less expensive tequila would have produced.
Worth another round? Definitely. This tequila was not only delicious, but it offered excellent value for the money. This 1L bottle cost just around $20 at my local Costco and I think that tequila of a similar quality and flavor profile easily would have gone for quite a bit more than that at a specialty liquor store. You’ll notice that the bottle is empty and that is because I made good use of this at a Cinco de Mayo party, so I’ll have to go out and pick up another bottle before I can pour myself another round of it.