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McCarthy Drops In

Steve McCarthy's single barrel cask strength whiskey that he bottled exclusively for K&L last year (the first and likely only time this will ever happen specially for a retailer) was so good that Steve himself flew down here today with the sole intention of buying some of it back.  "Do you still have any left?" he asked me on the phone a few weeks back.  Luckily we did so we packed up a case for him to check in on the plane ride back to Portland today.  Steve also brought us a quick sneak peak of the newest batch of whiskey he'll be bottling this June (which I may or may not have on me tonight at Martin's West :)).  A recent spirits competition in Oregon voted his pear brandy, his plum brandy, his cranberry liqueur, and his whiskey all top honors in their respective categories.  Another notch in the belt for his amazing distillery.

It's not surprising these bottles were easily top of their class.  A pear eau de vie is generally the measuring stick for the skill of any distiller, and despite my love for our local California distilleries, Steve's is just better.  It's the best I've ever had.  You all should know the cranberry well after my Christmas freakout of 2009 where we sold 600+ bottles, and the plum is also delicious and perfect for today as it's now certified Kosher!  Can't wait to try the new whiskey later!

-David Driscoll

Reader Comments (5)

I remember looking at his offerings this afternoon, when I stopped in, hoping you'd be there so I could meet you. If I liked cranberries better, or if I liked fruit brandies/eaux-de-vie, I'd have bought something from his line.

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. Marina Fournier

Sorry to have missed you!

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid d

Why is he buying it back David? I've been selfishly nursing my bottle in hopes that more will eventually become available. McCarthy's is always very good, but this K&L bottling is spectacular.

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel Muindi

Because he's never going to make it again and he wants to give it to friends as a gift. Nurse it!

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid d

David, I managed to miss both men I was hoping to see along ECR, although the other was really at a place on Encinal. He happened to be someone I'd known when we both lived in Santa Cruz. Ah, well, at least I scored a single-variety cider and a perry from K&L, and a Tasmanian Ferntree, two lavenders, and a tomato 'Persimmon', which I'd been hoping to find.

I know know that I will very rarely find you available on Tuesdays!

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA. Marina Fournier

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