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Reviews of Kirkland Brand Wines and Spirits

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I'm amazed at the prices of Kirkland brand alcohol. I was wondering if the quality was just as good or better than a popular competitor? Lets put our collective experiences together and reviews Kirkland brand wines and spirits.

 

Type of alcohol, size, price and location will all be helpful. If you can compare with a leading competitor, that'd be great too.

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I picked this up today.

 

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Kirkland brand prosecco, 750 ml, for $6.99, at the Summerlin Costco. :B

 

Someone gave it a good review, so I decided to give it a shot, how could I not for $7?!

 

I'll try it tonight and report back.

 

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Look forward to your reviews. Are you the only taster or do you intend to enlist a few other palates in the tasting?

 

 

it would be really good if these were blind tastings so there was no perceptual biases 


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@scubadoo97 blind tastings sound great but it's not a requirement to post.


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I really liked  @scubadoo97 idea for blind tastings, so today, I went out and bought this

 

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It's a prosecco by Foss Marai and it had a 90 score at Total Wine & More.

 

https://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-324420-0000-foss-marai-prosecco-extra-dry-veneto-italy

 

I don't know much about proseccos but I'm going to conclude that this is a decent bottle, reasonably priced at $20 (tad high-end for a prosecco).

 

I decided to do a side-by-side comparison with the Kirkland brand.

 

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Smell:

Foss Marai - win, it's complex fruity, grapes with hints of honey. It smells "natural," I guess another word could be funky.

Kirkland - it's ok, it's completely different beast. It's much more astringent, clean smelling. It almost smells like a soda pop.

 


Bubbles:

Kirkland - small win, this is one bubbly drink, five minutes later and the bubbles are raging.

Foss Marai - no more bubbles.

 

Taste:

Now here's the real eye-opener, they taste completely different. If you didn't tell me they're both proseccos, I wouldn't have put them in the same category.

Foss Marai - win. big win. Very dry. Lots of complex flavors that I've already mentioned: honey, grapes, musk. You can taste the earth in here. It's interesting, it entertains my tastebuds and I want more.

Kirkland - taste is ok, it's not bad, it's not great. It's very clean, like it was manufactured in a factory. Single lemony note.

Both go down very easy.

 

Winner: Foss Marai. But I come away with Kirkland being very drinkable at $7 (less than half the price of the Foss Marai) and Kirkland may work better in mixers with it's simple, clean, bright notes.

Actually, you really can't compare, they taste so different. I should've compared it with a more commercialized, standard prosecco that had simpler flavors.

 

I'll try them in some prosecco cocktails and report back.

Both make popcorn delicious!

 

 

 

 

 


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2 hours ago, Smokeydoke said:

I really liked  @scubadoo97 idea for blind tastings, so today, I went out and bought this

 

IMG_2620.JPG.21e9872a3bdeaa6031f2d1b7844a4a6c.JPG

 

It's a prosecco by Foss Marai and it had a 90 score at Total Wine & More.

 

https://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-324420-0000-foss-marai-prosecco-extra-dry-veneto-italy

 

I don't know much about proseccos but I'm going to conclude that this is a decent bottle, reasonably priced at $20 (tad high-end for a prosecco).

 

I decided to do a side-by-side comparison with the Kirkland brand.

 

IMG_2621.JPG.bfe446a509d436e7aa8f09de990abb04.JPG

 

Smell:

Foss Marai - win, it's complex fruity, grapes with hints of honey. It smells "natural," I guess another word could be funky.

Kirkland - it's ok, it's completely different beast. It's much more astringent, clean smelling. It almost smells like a soda pop.

 


Bubbles:

Kirkland - small win, this is one bubbly drink, five minutes later and the bubbles are raging.

Foss Marai - no more bubbles.

 

Taste:

Now here's the real eye-opener, they taste completely different. If you didn't tell me they're both proseccos, I wouldn't have put them in the same category.

Foss Marai - win. big win. Very dry. Lots of complex flavors that I've already mentioned: honey, grapes, musk. You can taste the earth in here. It's interesting, it entertains my tastebuds and I want more.

Kirkland - taste is ok, it's not bad, it's not great. It's very clean, like it was manufactured in a factory. Single lemony note.

Both go down very easy.

 

Winner: Foss Marai. But I come away with Kirkland being very drinkable at $7 (less than half the price of the Foss Marai) and Kirkland may work better in mixers with it's simple, clean, bright notes.

Actually, you really can't compare, they taste so different. I should've compared it with a more commercialized, standard prosecco that had simpler flavors.

 

I'll try them in some prosecco cocktails and report back.

Both make popcorn delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, but the Kirkland bottle's bigger.

 

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^^ yes, I'm on a budget. But I'm always happy to receive donations! You know, for research purposes.

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@Smokeydoke

 

nice review.  thanks

 

prosecco's vary widely I think

 

and there is not a tight correlation w price Ive found.

 

but if you like one , make a note to yourself.

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