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October 24, 2015


Review: Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur

by Jeff Ellingson

Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur - CopyKirkland Irish Cream Liqueur is made in Ireland.  Kirkland is the house brand of Costco, so you will need a membership to purchase this product.  The listed ingredients include fresh dairy cream, Irish Whiskey, whey spirits, and hazelnut, but the label also promises chocolate and caramel flavor.  Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur is only available in 1.75 liter bottles, but at $15.99 a bottle, the price is comparable to a 750ml bottle of Baileys.It pours to a chocolate milk color.  The aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, and whiskey.  The feel is both thick and creamy.  The creamy milk chocolate entry is joined by hazelnut.  The chocolate flavor builds in intensity to a chocolate caramel peak.  It fades with real Irish whiskey flavor that continues through a smooth caramel finish that has a hint of coconut.  I was a little disappointed that Costco only sold a 1.75 liter bottle, until I tasted it.  The double size bottle won’t be a problem.

Made in Ireland

17% Alcohol

Grade 93  Award Gold Medal

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Durand D Berg
    Nov 26 2015

    Purchased this product recently and am very impressed with the quality for the price vs. Bailey’s. I recommend this product.

  2. nate
    Dec 2 2015

    You don’t need a membership to get into the costco liquor store as it is against the law in canada to require a membership to a liquor store. Anyone can go in because they are outside of the main warehouse.

  3. Eva Deccio
    Jan 25 2016

    Got a bottle of this irish cream before the holidays and it ticks all the boxes for me, creamy with great chocolate and hazelnut notes! A definite must for those of you who normally buy Baileys you gotta try this!

  4. sasha
    Jan 29 2016

    SO.. does anyone know if you can leave it out from the fridge .. like is there milk or cream in it? Im asking because i had mine in the fridge then took it out & left it out on accident now its been a month i want some… is it ok to drink? i don’t curdled liquor! ew.

  5. Jan 29 2016

    Most Irish Creams are OK to leave unrefrigerated. Kirkland does not have a refrigerate after opening on the bottle so you should be OK. You will know if it has gone bad because it will be chunky. Kirkland recommends consuming within six months of opening. This is a conservative estimate.

  6. Eric H
    Jan 29 2016

    Thanks Eva ! Picked up a bottle yesterday and it does not disappoint, im also getting slight coffee notes but I love this drink.

    Sasha Irish Creams can be stored out of the fridge generally, I prefer mine from the fridge as I hate adding ice.

  7. char koblick
    Mar 15 2016

    I did a taste test against Baileys I could personally taste a slight difference and do prefer Baileys but the difference in cost per size- I take Kirkland n the 1.75 liter.

    just wish it had calorie count on it.

  8. Ray Cardona
    Apr 8 2016

    147 empty calories per 1.5 oz.

    • Cat
      Aug 25 2016

      Right on!! Especially over ice. 🙂

  9. Big Blue
    Aug 1 2016

    I’ve been drinking Bailey’s since it was introduced to the US in the late 1970’s. If there is a difference with Kirkland Irish Crème, I can’t taste it. I’ve had 4 or 5 bottles so far, and you can’t beat the price, so Kirkland is my new favorite

  10. Ireland Cat
    Aug 25 2016

    I bought a bottle of Kirkland’s Irish Cream a couple weeks ago and I have to say for an Irish Cream, I am dancin’ a jig!! Yeah Baily’s is good, oh but of course with it’s notes of yummines! But for the price, this Kirkland’s Irish Cream made me feel like a wee bonny lass singin’ at the Brigadoon; and I am only Irish by marriage! But me ayes’re smylin’. 🙂

  11. Delmoreen Welsh
    Aug 27 2016

    I usually use Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur to make a drink called Brown Cow (Jamaican). I am not a big drinker, but I absolutely love the taste of Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur. I definitely recommend it and will buy it again. I actually bought it for a friend of mine….who is a huge Bailey’s drinker. He was impressed with the taste and even went so far as to admitting that it tasted better that Bailey’s.

  12. Krystle Rab
    Apr 27 2017

    you do NOT need a membership to shop at Costco’s liquor store.. I am not a big drinker, I get sick very easily. Bailey’s gives me heartburn but the Kirkland Signature Irish Cream is delicious. It goes perfectly with the coffee I drink and does not effect my stomach or give me heartburn AT ALL. Now that I have discovered the Kirkland Signature Irish Cream I will never buy Bailey’s again.

  13. Jm
    Dec 5 2017

    Is it made with real hazelnuts? Allergies.

    • Dec 5 2017

      The fact that they list hazelnuts as an ingredient tells me real hazelnuts are included. If it was just hazelnut flavor, the ingredient list would state natural flavors. If I had a contact or even knew which distillery made this for Kirkland I would ask.

  14. shawn
    Dec 13 2017

    Drinking it as I type. Bought a bottle last week and compared it to the Bailey’s we had on hand. Honestly could not tell a difference. Went back today and bought a dozen bottles. $14.99 here in Ohio; about 14 the cost of Baileys. Only available seasonally at Costco.
    Wow, what a deal.


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