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1988 Balmenach 25 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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 IN STOCK NOW!


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 SOLD OUT!!


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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!


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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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!


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!


Friday
Mar162012

Bruichladdich 10 - Value For Those Seeking It

One of the biggest complaints about single malt whisky is the price.  There are more and more customers everyday who are turning to American Bourbon and rye because of the bang for the buck, but good single malt whisky is hard to beat - especially when it's priced right.  

In 2001, Jim McEwan left Bowmore distillery to re-open the long dormant Bruichladdich and fire its stills once again. Ten years later, we’re finally able to taste the initial test of that long journey. One of the most anticipated whiskies of all time, we’ve finally gotten our hands on it and the results are in – the Bruichladdich 10 is one of the best value whiskies ever, destined to please a wide spectrum of Scotch lovers.  It's an unpeated Islay malt and it's the core of Bruichladdich through and through.  Soft vanilla, brine from the sea, stone fruits in caramel, and salt - all mingling together as one.  There's no one who wouldn't like this, yet the malt is distinctly different than something from the more accessible Highland style.

And then there's the story behind it....

Bruichladdich 10 year old "The Laddie" Islay Single Malt Whisky $52.99 - Finally, ten long years after re-opening the distillery, Bruichladdich has reached the finish line - a ten year old malt composed entirely of whisky made after the resurrection.  The wait has been worth it.  Many of us at K&L feel that Bruichladdich's post-2001 whiskies are some of the best distillates in the world - they've always just been a bit too immature.  The quality of the spirit coming off their pot stills is simply jaw-dropping (their Botanist gin is also delicious), and we've been excited to see what it can do after a decade in the barrel.  That time is finally here.  Recently voted "Best Islay Whisky of 2011" by the Whisky Advocate, the Bruichladdich 10 has finally reached the American west coast where at last we can revel in its glory.  For a small independently-owned distillery, the boys at Bruichladdich have struggled at times, but they've always landed on their feet.  The 10 year is one of the most anticipated whiskies of all time and for about $50, it's one of the best single malt deals we'll see this year.  For those lamenting the rising cost of good whisky, make sure you take home the Laddie 10 and savor each drop. This is true handcrafted whisky.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Mar152012

The Baby Wolverine Talks Booze Integrity

 

It's interesting how some people react to the advice of a K&L employee concerning a recommendation.  We're not car salesmen earning a commission on the transaction, but sometimes people still think we're selling them a load of hot air.  While our advice isn't always biased, just making onto the K&L shelf is a sign that a wine or spirit is well made.  We all have our opinion on each product in the store, but our real job is to provide a quality selection that people of all palates could enjoy, then help customers navigate through that selection.  For more on liquor store integrity, Kyle Kurani, the smaller stand-in for Hugh Jackman, shares his feelings on the subject.

-David Driscoll

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