I am a man with an appreciation for alcohol. Although beer is my vice of choice, I’ve begun to explore the world of distilled spirits, mixed cocktails and fine (typically domestic) wines. On a recent trip to the local arm of Costco in sunny San Luis Obispo California, I happened upon a bottle of bourbon that caught my eye. Kirkland has their own (rumored to be crafted by the makers of Jim Beam) “premium small-batch” bourbon. Review follows:
Appearance: Feels a bit light even for bourbon. A light golden/amber body that leaves a thin sheen of alcohol on the edge of the glass. Not impressed.
Smell: Ouch dude. Okay guys, for serious things go down hill. Harsh, burning alcoholic fumes: borderline chemical. There is a faint trace of the malty essence of distilled spirits and a hint of boozy bourbon warmth but its so masked by the scent of chemical burning that its almost undetectable.
Taste: Kirkland, why have you forsaken us? Bright, acidic, burns the mouth (not a gentle warming burn mind you). The essence of the spirit is thoroughly unpleasant. Not undrinkable, mind you, but decidedly distasteful.
I hate to say it (that’s a lie, I don’t) but this is easily the worst bourbon I’ve ever had. That being said it is 103 proof and is far from the most disgusting alcoholic beverage I’ve ever had. I wonder if its passable to cook with? I’m going to call epic fail on this purchase. Decidedly bad.