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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!


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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!


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2013 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky Still Available

1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


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
Sep082011

St. George Gins Will Arrive Tomorrow

Apparently the whole world knows about the Friday release date for the three new St. George gins.  Unfortunately, no one from the their distribution knew anything about it and failed to mention to me.  No worries though, as the barrage of phone calls and voicemails from excited customers put me on the trail and I have secured copious amounts of each product for delivery tomorrow.  Here's the scoop:

St. George Botanivore Gin $30.99 - From St. George distillery: Botanivore Gin (our "botanical eater") earned its name because it's loaded with botanical ingredients. We distilled 19 different botanicals to compose this spirit (no small feat!) and the resulting gin is beautifully balanced and vibrant. Lance compares this gin to an orchestra where all the components are working in harmony. Deliciously herbacious and bright, Botanivore is a versatile addition to any gin cocktail.

St. George Dry Rye Gin $30.99 - From St. George distillery: Dry Rye Gin has twice as much juniper in its recipe as either of the other two St. George gins, and a base of pot-distilled rye that provides structure and spice. Warm bass notes of pepper and caraway give Dry Rye Gin an intriguing depth of flavor, while the rye provides a sweet maltiness reminiscent of a genever. Try our Dry Rye Gin in your favorite cocktails that call for either gin or rye or sip it straight for a gin experience like no other.

St. George Terroir Mt. Tam Gin $30.99 - From St. George distillery: Terroir Gin is our ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State. Distiller Lance Winters has a passion for exploring place and memory through distillation, and the aromas of the coastal forests on California's Mount Tam were what inspired him to start making gin in the first place. Terroir Gin has an intense earthy, woodsy nose and flavor derived from Douglas fir, California bay laurel, and California coastal sage complemented by bright, citrusy top notes. This is a unique and proudly Californian gin with a sense of place and poetry.

I really have no idea how fast these are going to sell, but if the phone demand is any clue then it could be fast.  I would get it early if you are interested.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Sep072011

Ardbeg Alligator Launch Party & Chopper Event

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th 7-9PM @ Wood & Vine

Please Join us this Friday at Wood & Vine in Hollywood for the Ardbeg Alligator & Chopper Launch Event.  The first 50 guests get a wee taste of the Ardbeg Alligator, Uigeadail, Corryvrecken, and/or 10 year.  We'll also have the outrageous Ardbeg Choppers on hand for you to ogle.  In addition, Head Barman Jason Macbeth has created a special Ardbeg Cocktail for us to enjoy as well.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the tasting starts promptly at 7pm so don't miss out!  First come first serve!  There is absolutely no charge to attend.  If you miss the tasting you can stay for Islay cocktails and drams of Ardbeg at a very special price.  If you are interested in having dinner after you taste your Ardbeg, I highly recommend you make reservations as the restaurant tends to fill up on Friday nights.  The coordinates for Wood & Vine are below.  Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions.   

Wood&Vine

The Taft Building

6280 Hollywood Boulevard at Vine Street

www.woodandvine.com – 323-334-3360

davidgirard@klwines.com

-David Girard

Wednesday
Sep072011

Ardbeg Alligator In Stock & Tasting News

Ardbeg Alligator Islay Single Malt Whisky $99.99 - Long awaited the 2011 Limited Release will surely be in stock for only a moment.  Getting the largest allocation in California does not necessarily mean we'll have a lot so please don't delay if you think you might want one.  The Alligator is a unique expression for Ardbeg, and indeed for Scotland in general.  This young whisky is aged for an undisclosed amount of time in heavily charred new oak barrels, like a bourbon.  The resulting whisky is mingled with the standard 10 year old expression and allowed to age further for one more season in refill casks.  The resulting whisky is something completely unique and straddles the line between American Whiskey and Single Malt.  Don't let it pass you by.

Limit of one per customer.  These will sell out by the end of the day.

Also, don't forget to visit our tasting bar tonight!  Free spirits tastings beginning at 5 PM in both the SF and RWC stores.

SF - Camut Calvados - former podcast interviewee Charles Neal will be in the house.  If you've never tasted these, you might faint your first time.  They're that good.

RWC - Oban Single Malts - Diageo's Steve Beal to pour the three expressions.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Sep072011

Metaphysical Crisises & The Purging of Your Booze Collection

Every now and again (and by that I mean about once every few months) I experience a torturous inner conflict about the nature of life, the importance of material goods, and my existence as a catalyst for these forces.  In these moments, which are usually booze-related, I am usually ubalanced in some way - not chemically or psychologically so to speak, but maybe emotionally.  My sleep is usually poor, my dreams are bizarre and intricate, and I'll usually be worried about something like my hair falling out.  In these moments I step back, look at my life and ask "What the heck am I doing?"  For example, I might look at my booze collection and say, "My God, why am I so consumed with these bottles?"  All the money spent, the focus given, the evenings I've turned into nothing more than a hazy blur - is this what it's all about? 

Sometimes, in these depths of metaphysical turmoil, the best thing to do is to reorganize your liquor collection - drink that last drop of Port Ellen you've been saving, give some bottles away to friends or colleagues, and exorcise the ghost from your mind.  Many of us find whisk(e)y so appealing because, unlike wine, once you open the bottle the booze won't spoil in the short term, meaning that you can keep numerous open bottles at once.  The problem with this phenomenon, however, is that it opens the door for hoarding tendencies - "I can't possibly finish that last bottle of Talisker 30, it's too important to me!"  No one wants to arrive at the point where their liquor shelf becomes an object of frustration for a loved-one, or a monsterous calamity in the course of everyday life. The best remedy for any booze collection crisis is purging, and it usually feels terrific when you're done. 

This weekend I gave away open bottles to co-workers, brought bottles home to my parents, relaxed with the wee bit of Brora 30 I had left, and cleared out over half of my inventory.  I felt so good that I then packed up all that old vinyl that I never listen to and drove to Amoeba for some serious selling.  $125 richer than when I arrived, I then bought some cleaning supplies and scrubbed down the apartment.  Now, I'm sitting at my dining room table, looking at my spotless surroundings, and feeling like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  All I have left on the bar are some full bottles of Scotch that I bought within the past few weeks, some Campari, and a few other staples like Four Roses bourbon and El Dorado rum. 

I feel cleansed, empowered, and proud that I had the ability to put my own emotional well-being over the stack of bottles that was piling up over in the corner of my living room. 

I feel so renewed, that I might just use what's left of my vinyl profits to treat myself to a new bottle of Alligator today, or maybe the Auchroisk 20.

Booze tastes so much better when you're guilt free!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Sep062011

More Ardbeg Alligator Tomorrow (Wed.)

Another 150 bottles coming in tomorrow.  Whisk(e)y email list people will get a message when the product is in stock.  One bottle limit!  Good luck!

-David Driscoll