Kirkland Green Tea is the familiar store brand associated with Costco stores. Kirkland signature is not well-known for tea; it is comparatively much more well-known for other products, including food, clothing, and many other types of goods. However, Kirkland signature does carry tea. This tea is provided by the tea company ITO EN, through an agreement with Costco, even though it is branded with the Kirkland name.
Varieties of Kirkland Signature Green Tea:
Currently, only green tea is available under the Kirkland name. There are at least two varieties available. One is a generic Japanese tea (green); the particular style or region of production is not specified. The other is a green tea matcha blend, in which tea leaves have been blended with matcha powder, a powdered form of Japanese tea. Both of these offerings are only available in tea bags.
About ITO EN, the provider of Kirkland Signature Green Tea:
ITO EN is a trans-national tea company headquartered in Japan. It is primarily a Japanese company, and is the largest Japanese tea company, but it has more recently established operations in the United States, where it has a small but growing presence. In the US, ITO EN is best known for several brands of bottled tea, which include Teas’ Tea.
As one would expect from a Japanese company, ITO EN focuses on greens, and accordingly, the Kirkland signature brand does not currently offer any black, oolong, or white teas in Costco stores.
Where can I buy Kirkland tea?
You can buy this product in Costco stores. It is also available from a number of online retailers.
What does it taste like? Is it any good?
My personal opinion, based on trying a large number of other teas, is that there are better brands to choose from. I encourage people to purchase high-quality loose-leaf tea from reputable companies. Costco stores, while they are outstanding for purchasing a wide variety of bulk products, including many types of food, may not be the best place to shop for Japanese teas.