Here are a few newsworthy items from today's run at the store:
- We'll be bringing in a handful of new whiskies tomorrow - some actual bargains! If you're looking for something cheap, delicious, and affordable, then we've finally got some new options at your disposal. The new Concannon Irish Whisky distilled by Cooley and finished in California Petite Syrah barrels will be $16.99, something far better than Jameson that actually costs about the same. We'll also have Sazerac's new Royal Canadian for $19.99, a veritable steal when you think about how soft, smooth, and drinkable this baby is. Sazerac's other project, the 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, distilled over at the old Tom Moore distillery is also coming back at a reasonable $26.99. I've been very impressed with their new distillates - so much so that I bought an entire barrel! We'll have that in soon enough. In the meantime, try out the regular bottling if you've never gone that route. Another deal of a Bourbon is the new John B. Stetson Kentucky Bourbon for $24.99, an independently bottled 86 proof drinker that's goes down way too easily. Soft, light, with loads of baking spices, this is a great addition to the whiskey drinker's bar. All of these are set for delivery tomorrow.
- I tasted a couple of new Hart Brother's Single Malt offerings this afternoon and was particularly impressed with their Glen Scotia 16 Year Old Single Sherry Barrel for $96.99. Glen Scotia is one of those distilleries whose whisky either completely sucks, or shocks you because it doesn't. This new Hart Brother's obviously falls into the latter. Affectionately known as the "other Campbeltown distillery," Glen Scotia can also be rich and peaty, but it usually tastes rather dirty as well. Luckily this bottling captures this distillery on one of its better days, which I actually find compelling. It's like seeing your favorite, drunken, drug-addicted rock band making it through an entire set without messing up. Smoky residue, oily and earthy undertones riddle this softer, more supple sherry-influenced malt. Definitely worth trying out if you've never ventured into the Loch Lomand pool. Also due in tomorrow.
- Tastings tomorrow! Wednesday, as you all know, is spirits tasting day at K&L. Free booze from 5 PM to 6:30 at the Redwood City and San Francisco stores. We'll have Glenfarclas pouring their single malts in SF, while Laphroaig gets smoky down in RWC.
That's it for tonight. I hope you're all nursing one of our new Sovereign casks somewhere out there. I can't get enough of them right now. I'm nipping on the Girvan, loving the grains over rocks.