Drunken Whiskey Review: Kirkland Canadian Whiskey


Listen, Kirkland is our boy. He really won us over with his 1 Liter of pretty damn good bourbon basically for free, and now I suddenly find a 1.75 L of Kirkland Canadian whiskey for $20. Talk about buying wholesale.  Now it’s important to take this price into account when reviewing this whiskey. This shit is dirt cheap. If you have a party coming up, or if you’re just about ready to do some anger drinking, pick yourself up a handle of this stuff and you’ll be good to go.

How to Drink It

Shots. Take shots of this stuff. I’ve always thought that the best thing about Canadian whiskey is how perfect it is for taking shots, and Kirkland Canadian whiskey is no different. This stuff doesn’t hip check you on the way down, it more pats you on the back and says “oh I’m sorry eh” while gently consoling you into getting extremely hammered. The initial taste when taking a shot is a little rough, but just think of Canadians in Saskatchawan ice fishing and you’ll be relaxed and good to go. We did try this whiskey in sort of an impromptu Manhattan Toronto, and I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  It actually mixes pretty damn well for a Canadian whiskey. I don’t really recommend drinking it full strempf, but if you’re one of those hockey players who just smiles when they lose 14 teeth after taking a slapper to the dome, you probably like to live dangerously, so go ahead ya loon.


To get a little more specific on flavor, you first smell sweetness when bringing it up to your mouth. Nothing too extreme, because there’s still a spice smell in there, but again it’s more of a Canadian apology than a punch in the gut. On your tongue, I definitely tasted more sweetness, hockey pucks, peppermint, chipped ice, and warm spice. There’s a legitimate kick to it right when it goes down your gullet, but it’s all worth it in the end. The finish actually lasts a while which is nice, so you can keep the train moving while you pour yourself another shot, ya hoser.

Wrap Up

Kirkland, you dirty dawg you. We couldn’t really figure out where this shit was from, but we’re going to assume it’s some spinoff of Crown Royal. I even tried calling Kirkland himself, but he swiftly told me to go fuck myself in a kind, wholesale way. That’s pretty much the story of this whiskey. It provides a nice kick and will definitely get you drunk, but it basically comes with a kind Canadian farm guy who follows you around apologizing for shit. Can definitely get annoying, but it’s actually kinda nice. Definitely a must buy for any party or for anyone whose jimmies tingle when buying wholesale.


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24 Replies to “Drunken Whiskey Review: Kirkland Canadian Whiskey”

  1. I am of big fan of Kirkland..expecially their Vodka’s…but sorry this stuff is rot gut!
    It has to be the worst Canadian Whiskey I have tasted. I tried to take it back to a Costco in Las Vegas…and Costco takes everything back if you are not satisfied…but they said it was against state law to return alcohol. I still have it…but only serve it to people I don’t want hanging around too long.

    1. your an idiot and a whiskey snob…I have personally have drank over 100 bottles of Crown Royal yes it’s not quite as good but “Rot Gut”? Not at all..

    2. I suggest using your Whiskey to make a few Perfect Manhattans. Using a jigger that has a small end and a larger end: Small jigger of Sweet Vermouth; Small jigger of Dry Vermouth; Large jigger of Whiskey + a bit more. Shake and serve as an “Up” martini or on the rocks. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Some like a shake of bitters – not me! Cheers

  2. Damn good stuff. Throw in the price and it doesn’t get any better. We gave friends and crown royal for 40th anniversary. They invited us over to help drink I. We took some of this over, and Bill liked it as well as Crown.

  3. The flavor and price are “right on the nose”. We drank Crown Royal for years and loved it. The price just got to the point that I figured lets try something more affordable. I swore we weren’t gonna drink Costco whiskey at one time but here we are. We like.

  4. I love this stuff. Costs $50 Canadian hear in Canada but cheap for here. I like it on the rocks or with soda water. Definitely makes you walk funny if you drink enough, eh!

  5. This is my go-to hooch. I like it better than Crown Royal, I think that it has a creamier finish than Crown. And now Costco might be discontinuing it. So I have to fine out who makes it. So far, I’ve got Diaego and Fairmont as possibilities for manufacturer. If anyone can shed any more light on the subject, I’d be obliged. Thanks.


  6. Fairmont is a subsidiary of the Le Vecke Corporation, who actually distills the Kirkland Canadian Whiskey. According to them, it has NOT been discontinued, as my local Costco #643 told me. If #643 is in fact opting to NOT carry this whiskey, I will do my shopping at the other Costco.
    Le Vecke Corp. is located in Mira Loma, CA. (951) 681-8600.


  7. I have been a Crown Royal lover for years but I really like the Kirkland Canadian. The bad news is that Cosco has discontinued selling, Is this product available under a different label in the Southern California area?
    Thanks hope to hear back with good news

  8. checked bout 6 liquor stores and no one has it. Then found out Costco handles it. Any place else sell it. We have none of the Costco stores close. Good stuff. Love it. Got a bottle for retirement .

  9. In the state of Illinois, USA. For reasons unknown, Canadian Club (my go-to whiskey) has been bumped from the Shelves of Costco (probably crowded out by whiskey snobs buying their overpriced hooch).
    I was in a hurry, and thought I would try this. I was running low at home, and for the few dollars I would have saved, making a trip to Binny’s for a 1.75 of CC, I thought, “let’s give this a try”
    Not as smooth as Canadian Club. Big Glass bottle looks cool, is very difficult to handle. Unless you happen to be Gigantor, you will need two hands to pour. Will probably go back to CC when this runs out

  10. Have been trying for 14 month now to get the Costco brand whiskey at our local store in the Edmonton Alberta Canada area but they do not seem to want to carry any. They do stock Kirkland brand vodka but I want the Kirkland whiskey. Anybody know what the deal is with Costco regarding this?

  11. Just taking a few sips of this whisky and it ain’t bad at all. Especially, as mentioned, is the outrageously cheap price. Adding a heavier, rather than weak, sweet vermouth makes it better. Thanks too, for a well-written and enjoyable review.
    Oh, right now, I’m watching the Toronto Maple Leafs beat some team called the “Blue Jackets.” WTH?
    “Put the puck in the net, eh?”

  12. This is good stuff. 3 of us did a side by side taste test with Crown Royal. Verdict: both very good, just a little different, but Kirkland a little smoother. Costco stopped having it available for a time due to an issue/defect with the bottle (glass). But it’s back & we love it on ice.

  13. I prefer it to Crown Royal, but I’ve never been a CR fan. I like all of Weiser’s whiskies, especially their 18 year old. Kirkland’s certainly doesn’t match that, but I’d say it is as good a Weiser’s Deluxe. More flavor. I was really surprised because the last time I bought Costco’s Canadian, I didn’t like it. This is September of 2017, maybe 3 years later. Different maker? BTW, my bottle does not say ‘Fairmont’ or give any other indicator other than ‘product of Canada.’

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