Two of our most successful single malt whiskies of the last year have been from independent bottler Murray McDavid - a branch of Bruichladdich that sees Master Distiller Jim McEwan selecting some of the most interesting casks available and then often manipulating them with wine barrel acing (a brief maturation process meant to enhance the flavor). We are about sold out of the 2000 Caol Ila aced in Ridge Zinfandel and the 1999 Laphroaig aced in Chateau Margaux - two whiskies that were standouts at last years SF WhiskyFest. I was able to visit my local distributor recently who had cask strength samples of the new selections that will be hitting the docks this March. I was very excited by some of them. The real standout was a Springbank 9 Year Old aced in Yquem Sauternes cask. The Cambeltown malt is rarely seen outside of its distillery release, so to find one for a reasonable price is a bargain. The sweetness of the wine barrel truly enhances the malt, much like the old Bruichladdich 15 release that I loved so much. The whisky will be diluted down by the time it gets here, but I'm super psyched to get this guy in stock. We're working on a big deal now that should get it close to $50 a bottle and bring in most of what will be available to California. That's a fantastic price. Other candidates that we will likely see are a Macallan 14 and Bowmore 13 aced in Petrus. We might do a pre-arrival price on the Springbank to offer you all a chance to reserve one in advance. Stay tuned!