Navigation
Search This Blog

Return to KLWines.com

Spirits Journal Podcast Archive

Spirits Journal Twitter Feed

K&L Uncorked Blog

K&L Spirits Tasting Schedule:

Weds from 5 - 6:30 PM

10/29 - Redwood City: Alexander Murray Single Malts

11/5 - San Francisco: Alexander Murray Single Malts

2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

1988 Blair Athol 26 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2001 Bowmore 13 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Bruichladdich 24 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 PRE-ORDER


Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


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 IN STOCK NOW!


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 IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Glengoyne 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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!


« Corsair 100% Rye - Coming This Fall (I can't wait) | Main | Embajador Mezcal - The Best Deal We've Ever Offered For Quality »
Tuesday
Jun222010

A Great Cocktail Night @ Martin's West

I must say that, while I was very happy with the turnout and the number of people we had, many of you missed out - big time.  This was by far my favorite tasting we have done and the few single malt fans whose arms I twisted were very impressed.  Jennifer and Erik were complete pros and they gave a fascinating background to the drinks which they so artfully crafted.  The cocktail tastings are always going to be the most outgoing because I really feel like once we get you hooked, you're going to be a whole new type of drinker.  Therefore, I really try to pull out all the stops.  First of all, Erik and Jen did this pro bono, and I of course get nothing, so we lowered the price to $15.  This time the cocktails were all about an ounce of base liquor, plus the additional ingredients, so you got four decent sized drinks - all of which were elegantly mixed.  Then, as if the fun, education, and drinks weren't enough, Jennifer brought a free bottle of her syrups for everyone who attended.  Those things sell for over $10 a bottle, so by the end it was almost a wash.  If you think I'm biased (in which case you would be correct), then take this email I received from Paul this morning - perhaps the most fervent advocate and attendee of our single malt tastings:

"Hi David

In many ways, I'd have to say the cocktail evening trumped our recent single malt tastings. Don't get me wrong....the malt tastings are EXCELLENT but having Jennifer and Erik tell their background and journey and share technique was just great and added that personal passion. And of course the cocktails were fantastic. It was pretty obvious at first sip these were not ordinary drinks. The top end ingredients really showed how good it could be - saddly, I had no idea. I drove home feeling like I had an ephiphany. As Jennifer said...cocktails can be "nourishing"......she brought her own ice to ensure size and shape. man, that is flipping great!"

I hope that the next time we do this we'll get a bigger crowd and then it will be a real party!  Next single malt tasting is July 13th.  Details soon.

-David Driscoll

Reader Comments (3)

Agreed! An awesome event. I only wish I had dragged more than one friend in there with me... she says, "Ohhhh, I get it now." I'm testing the drinks out at home already. Came in for my Gran Classico and orgeat yesterday.

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa W.

That's what I heard. Jeff said someone came in from the tasting and I figured it had to be you

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

Will work for food (and beer).

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererik_ellestad

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>