Drinking Kirkland (UPDATED)

When I first started patronizing Costco, lo these many years ago, I stayed away from Kirkland products, figuring they were cheesy. No longer. It's pretty obvious that many of them are name brands under the Kirkland label. Great deals.

Of course, there are mysteries. Is Kirkland Vodka Grey Goose in disguise at half the price? And now, more importantly what's the "premium small batch Bourbon" they are flogging for eleven bucks? Knob Creek or, as the whiskey cognoscenti say, "KC" - or some lesser brand? A debate is taking place at Rowley's Whiskey Forge (check the comments). I'll crack our bottle in a few hours and let you know what I think.

UPDATE: Cocktail hour in the City of Angels and I toasted the sad end of Whitney Houston in a comparison test of the Kirkland Mystery Bourbon and Maker's Mark, both over rocks. The Kirkland, at 51.5% alcohol, was definitely stronger and, if pressed, I would have to give my nod to the Maker's Mark, which has been my bourbon-of-choice for some time. Nevertheless, I liked the Kirkland (probably some variant of Knob's Creek) and, for the price, it's not to be sneezed at. In fact, I'm about to pour a second round. Over to you, Steve.