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1992 Clynelish K&L Exclusive 21 Year Old Cadenhead Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2008 Caol Ila 5 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Craigellachie 18 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Miltonduff 19 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2007 Mortlach 7 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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1990 Girvan 24 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1978 Port Dundas 36 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1964 North British 50 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

SMWS 36.82 Benrinnes 17 Year Old "Rare Release" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1988 Blair Athol 25 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Bruichladdich 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Glen Ord 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Glenburgie 19 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Glenrothes 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Imperial 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #344 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #345 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Chieftain's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1983 Caol Ila 30 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1992 Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1988 Balmenach 25 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1997 Dailuaine 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Glen Elgin 18 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1997 Glenlivet 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!!


1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1997 Glengoyne 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


Kilchoman K&L Exclusive Single Bourbon Barrel #172 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Kilchoman K&L Exclusive Single Bourbon Barrel #74 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Monday
Jul272015

Cocktail Lore

When I was visiting with Erik Adkins at Hard Water last week, he was showing me photos from his favorite bar in London called Nightjar (which I have to admit looks incredible). I guess they did a pop up at this year's Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans that just blew people's minds (cocktails out of giant conch shells, things like that). I love pageantry when it comes to drinking (hell, when it comes to just about anything), but I also love simplicity and pure, uncomplicated flavor. In talking about London bars, Erik asked about my favorite cocktails in the city. The answer was easy because it's still one of the best drinks I've ever had: the Blue Moon from Rules; the oldest restaurant in London (they even go there in an episode of Downton Abbey). My wife and I dined there during our honeymoon and we ordered the Blue Moon because, at that time (around 2010), creme de violette was all the rage and we had been making pre-Prohibition drinks at home. It's a simple recipe: gin, creme de violette (Creme Yvette if you're being historically-accurate), and lemon juice; but something about this particular concoction was life-changing.

I love a little shake-and-bake out on the basketball court; a 360 dunk or an alley-oop from a behind-the-back pass. But nothing compares to the sweet swish of a Steph Curry three. That's part of the reason I love drinking at the Interval with Jennifer Colliau. There's something about her drinks that dissects everything else about the cocktail presentation and gets straight to the root of the flavor. That being said, look at the pictures from Nightjar and tell me you don't want to go there tonight. Are they still flying the Concorde?

-David Driscoll

Saturday
Jul252015

History Repeats

I had a conversation with a guy in the store today who said: "I feel like all the whiskies I usually enjoy drinking are going down in quality. They're all losing their age statements, or they're just not as interesting as they once were."

To which I said, "That's the nature of the whiskey business."

He kind of stared at me, a bit confused, until I said: "In the history of this industry, there have been consistent shortages and gluts. The shortages occur when the population rediscovers their love affair with whiskey and rapidly buys what's available. The gluts occur after the market reacts to that newfound popularity, waters down the mature supply, and ultimately lowers the quality in order to meet greater demand. It's inevitable."

"Why don't they just make more?" he asked.

"They are making more. But they have to guess how much more they'll need down the line, and they don't always guess correctly. They're trying to predict demand in 2025 and beyond. History has shown us, however, that strong sales don't last forever."

"If they just made more 20 year old Bourbon, I'd be fine with that," he replied.

"But they can't ever make enough 20 year old Bourbon for everyone without diminishing the quality of the product. That's why people eventually stop drinking whiskey: because sales ultimately take priority over quality. These people are running businesses. The nature of business is always to grow, sell more, and expand."

"So when's the next whiskey glut going to happen?" he finally asked.

"As soon as everyone stops drinking it and moves on to something else," I said.

"When will that happen?"

"As soon as you get tired of diminishing quality."

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jul242015

They're Coming...

Riddle me this, Batman: what do K&L Wine Merchants, St. George Distillery, Frontier Records, and Love & Rockets comic artist Jaime Hernandez all have in common? I'll give you a hint: they've all been changing the face of California's enjoyment since the early 1980s. I think it's time we celebrate that, don't you?

But, really, what could we possibly do (collaboratively, speaking) that would encompass clever retailing, creative distillation, loud punk rock music, and brilliant artistry? Hmmm......I'm thinking.

I'm still thinking....what if these came with matching vinyl? Oh man, what an idea! Spirits geeks, record geeks, and comic book geeks all fighting over the same limited edition merchandise. That might be too much. But, I've always been a fan of "too much". Coming this Fall. 

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jul242015

Friday Prep

Friday is here; another busy weekend awaits. I get to the store, grab a pen and an old piece of cardboard, then walk over to the spirits aisle to take inventory of what needs restocking. We need two bottles of Ardbeg Uigeadail, four bottles of the 1990 Glenfarclas K&L edition, a bottle of Springbank 10, etc. There's a gaping hole where the 20 year old Faultline rum from Uitvlugt used to be, so I'll need a six pack of that. I make my list, grab a shopping cart, then head next-door to the warehouse to retrieve the necessary products. While I'm in the backstock area, I sing a tune that was just playing over the store's digital radio system; "Broken Wings" by Mister Mister. "Are you talking to yourself again?" Julio asks me, able to hear my banter from the domestic wine area adjacent to where I'm working. "Learn to fly again, Julio. Learn to live so free," I tell him with a smile. "What? You're crazy, dude."

Then it's back into the store. It's time to put the bottles in their proper places. It's time to open the front door and say "welcome" to the booze-loving customers.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Jul232015

Hard Nebraskan Water

I have to make sure that the country's best American whiskey bar has all of the country's best American whiskies. That's why starting tonight you can go over to Hard Water along San Francisco's Embarcadero and get yourself a glass of Cut Spike's latest batch of single malt whiskey for $7. Erik Adkins and I had lunch today while distribution made the delivery.

If you're not sure you want to commit to your own bottle of Cut Spike, then head over to Pier 3, pull up a chair, order some fried chicken, and do your own test drive. We make sure to share with all of our close friends; especially Erik and company.

-David Driscoll