This Is Who Really Makes Kirkland Tequila

Costco members who have been lucky enough to shop the liquor selection at the big-box retailer know there are some top-notch finds among the Kirkland brand liquor bottles. Some are so good, like the Kirkland tequila, that you might even wonder if it is made by the same distilleries as your favorite high-end brands. And you wouldn't be wrong. Kirkland doesn't actually make its own tequila but contracts it out.

Costco is actually known for defaulting — or at least taking inspiration from — to some of the most popular brands of liquor in the drink industry to make their own spirits. The Kirkland brand of bourbon and rum is made by Jim Beam and Kirkland sources its water from the same region of France as Grey Goose Vodka. And while impressive, you might also be surprised to learn about the distillery behind the retailer's tequila. The same distillery that makes Cielo Tequila actually makes the Kirkland Tequila Anejo, too.

This is where Costco's tequila is made

A distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, actually makes the Tequila Anejo sold at Costcos according to RV and Playa. The tequila is made from the highest quality, hand-picked Agave plants which results in amazing tequila that is well worth the price and forfeiting the brand name association of other notable tequilas. And even though the Kirkland Tequila Anejo is an affordable bottle, the tequila is aged for more than a full year in oak barrels to reach the Anjeo status before bottling.

At just over $20 per bottle, this tequila is definitely a steal and well worth trying. Those who take a closer look at the label will notice that the tequila says it is "created by Fabrica de Tequilas Finos." So you can always look for that to double-check that you are getting the great tequila, and quite frankly, one that you might not expect to find at Costco.