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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 IN STOCK NOW


1992 Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1988 Balmenach 26 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Dailuaine 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


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 IN STOCK NOW!


1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1996 Bowmore 16 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Bladnoch 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Lightly Peated Single Barrel #303 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2005 Glenrothes 8 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Sherry Barrel 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!


2013 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky Still Available

2005 Island Distillery 7 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


2001 Royal Lochnagar 10 Year Old Faultline Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Glendronach 18 Year Old Single PX Barrel Cask Strength Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


1994 Benriach 19 Year Old Single Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1992 Longmorn 21 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1987 Mortlach 25 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1983 Miltonduff 30 Year Old Faultline Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750m IN STOCK NOW!


Thursday
Mar152012

Grand Marnier Visit From Mr. Raguenaud

It's easy to confuse Grand Marnier with the everyday liqueur - yeah, so it's Cognac, orange, and sugar.  What's the big deal?  Truth be told, making an orange-infused Cognac liqueur is no joke - it's an art form.  It's an art form that isn't really recognized here in the U.S., where we value our single barrel, cask strength, unfiltered whiskies and what not, non-blended, unadulterated, pure and untouched.  Nevertheless, Grand Marnier is a serious brand that shouldn't be overlooked.  It would be easy to dismiss it as another notch in the LVMH belt, a luxury brand for those with extra money to burn, but today Patrick Raguenaud came by the store to break down the products and explain just exactly what it is that makes them so special.  Mr. Raguenaud is the master behind the Grand Marnier products, he's the blender and the creator, so he knows how to explain the magic.  The entire Redwood City staff was transfixed, spellbound by his ability to convey the importance of these elixers.  People who never gave two shits about Grand Marnier were coming up to me, confessing their newfound love for the product and admitting how wonderful it was to finally understand what made them so special.  I've got some video here, for those how doubt my word.

If you feel like going crazy, the Grand Marnier Quintessence is freakin' insane.  With only a few bottles available in California, this is made from Cognac taken from the Lapostelle family's private cellar, dating back to 1906, the Quintessence is then macerated in an "essence" of Citrus Bigardia orange. The blend of flavors is then aged in French oak until the perfect balance has been reached. For those truly looking for the world's great liqueur, it doesn't get much better than this. Luxury for those who appreciate it! 2,000 bottles produced world-wide, individually numbered.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Mar142012

Pappy Made By the Pappy

 

So you think you're a baller because you've got a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old?  Please......

If you want to roll out to your next party in style, you show up with one of these bottles and you say, nonchalantly, "I only drink Stitzel Weller whiskey made when the Pappy himself was still running the show."  Then you pull out this 1948 bottle of Old Fitzgerald that was bottled in 1956, toss the valet your keys, and smirk in the most arrogant way possible.

There are only a few of these left.  We sold one yesterday, and David OG and I are each buying one for our personal tasting groups.  Pappy Van Winkle whiskey - literally.

1948 Very Old Fitzgerald 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon $999.99Distilled entirely in 1948 and bottled in 1956, this bourbon comes from the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery when the Van Winkle family was still distilling. This is one of the most historically imporant American whiskies on the market today. Finding a bottle is nearly impossible and quantities are extremely limited. This is the REAL Van Winkle whiskey so you know it won't last long.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Mar142012

Tasting's Tonight!

Make sure you're in town for one of our tastings tonight:

San Francisco will be hosting the smoky Islay single malts of Laphroaig - I've heard they'll be pouring the 18 year old tonight.

Redwood City will be pouring the single malts of Glenfiddich including the fantastic and expensive 30 year old!  Don't miss out on that!

Both tastings start at 5 PM and go til 6:30.  FREE!

-David Driscoll

 

Tuesday
Mar132012

Kyle Kurani's Weekly Update

With two new gins in stock this week, Kyle Kurani has been overwelmed with cocktail options.  He's been dying to talk more about booze with all of you.  Listen to his latest chat about the new K&L exclusive Faultline Gin, as well as the new and improved Rusty Blade.

Also, I've decided that I need to get back into wine writing as well, so I'll be taking more of an active role on the Uncorked Blog if you want to hear my take on the grapes.  There's a new video with Joe Manekin that I just posted focusing on sherry.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Mar132012

Faultline Gin Is Here

Faultline Gin $34.99 - Faultline Spirits is K&L's new label for independently-bottled booze made especially for our stores, with only the most interesting spirits of the highest quality making the cut.  Our newest batch is a super-small run of gin from our good friends over at St. George Distillery in Alameda.  Secretly known as "the 4th gin," the Faultline makes use of celery seed botanicals to create a more savory herbaciousness.  Concentrated juniper with a hint of umami is the best way to describe this dangerously delicious product - so good you may finish it much faster than you originally planned.  While St. George currently produces three other types of fantastic gin, the Faultline is unlike any of them - in fact, it's unlike any other gin we carry.  At the same time, it still tastes like gin, not some wild interpretation of it.  It makes killer martinis (so tasty I had three the first day it landed) and adds wonderful salty notes to grapefruit juice drinks or a Bloody Mary.  We made 900 bottles, so enjoy it while it lasts.  Only available at K&L - at any of our three stores located along the San Andreas fault.

-David Driscoll