The Difference Between The Cheapest And Most Expensive Kirkland Vodka

If you have an affinity for high-end vodka brands like Grey Goose, buying such brands frequently can really start to break the bank. Depending on where you do your liquor shopping, the price of Grey Goose can begin to push $50 for a 1.75-liter bottle (via Hangover Prices). 

Luckily there are alternatives out there. Membership-only shopper's club Costco offers its customers a couple of different vodka options under its Kirkland brand. Costco Kirkland Signature American Vodka and Costco Kirkland Signature French Vodka are both available to shoppers with a Costco card. 

Kirkland's American Vodka retails for around $16.99 for a 1.75-liter bottle and is 80 proof (via 20 Something Finance). As the name suggests, it is made in the United States — California, to be specific — and Costco's tasting notes for the bottle say that it has been distilled six times and "offers an extraordinarily smooth mildly sweet finish." Kirkland's French Vodka, on the other hand, sells for around $24.99 per 1.75-liter bottle. It's manufactured in France, in the same region of the country where Grey Goose is produced, which may help to fuel a rumor we'll discuss later.

Is Kirkland's most expensive vodka worth it?

While you might be tempted to think that the vodka with a higher price tag is of higher quality, the cheaper American vodka gets good consumer reviews. Especially if you are interested in using your vodka to blend with mixers, such as fruit juice or soda, you might try the cheaper option first before moving to the proverbial top-shelf stuff. 

However, the French blend might be worth a try as well. Rumors persist that the Kirkland-brand French Vodka is actually Grey Goose just in a Kirkland bottle. The rumors grew to such an extent that the manufacturers of Grey Goose actually went so far as to deny that they produce the Kirkland blend (via Business Insider). And while there's nothing to back this theory up besides the taste buds of some drinkers, if it's good enough to be mistaken for Grey Goose, it's a definite buy at just half the price.