One thing I love about Wednesday evenings in the Redwood City store is the amount of loyal K&L customers that we get roaming the spirits aisle during tasting hour. I love shooting the shit with all the hardcore whisk(e)y fans and talking booze with people who love drinking booze. Today, I was discussing the Smooth Ambler/Pappy 15 comparison with Nick Kiest, a K&L customer with an affinity for rye - particularly his bottle of Sazerac 18. He picked up a bottle of the Very Old Scout today and, to him, the high rye content of the Bourbon reminded him of the Sazerac. The richness of the mature casks, married with the peppery rye flavor, didn't at all remind him of Pappy Van Winkle, but rather another legend of the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Nick's also a big fan of Four Roses and he thought the Smooth Ambler was more similar to their high-rye recipe than anything wheated.
I found that fascinating. I never would have compared the two, but it's been a while since I've tasted the Sazerac 18. That's why I love Wednesday nights. I love talking booze with people and hearing from customers with their own personal experience and perspective. Come join us one of these Wednesday nights and talk shop with us.