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Sunday
Jun262011

Help Wanted!

It's not everyday that someone brings an old bottle of whisky to authenticate.  Is even more unusual when that whisky is filled with gold flakes.  Please help me identify this ridiculous bottling.  The top says Cardhu Single Malt, but otherwise there is no distillery information.  The label and box say AURUM or AVRVM XXIV.  Let me know if you've ever seen or heard of it, apparently it was given by a member of the some UAE Royal family...who knows.  If you have any info please share...

-David Girard

Sunday
Jun262011

Vacation & Guest Blogging

Summer is here and I need a break.  On Monday I will be heading to the UK and then over to Paris for some old fashioned R&R.  Under no circumstances will I be checking email or blogging for the K&L site, so I've taken some measures to ensure that you'll all be taken care of in my absence.  David OG will be handling all orders and Whiskey News emails, as well as blogging duties, but you'll also be hearing from some other K&L employees.  Joe Manekin, our Spanish/Latin American wine buyer has been excited to tell you all a bit about our new expanded sherry collection.  He'll be posting an article or two and you might here from some other folks here as well.

Any questions? Make sure you check in via our new department email address: whiskey@klwines.com.

Just in case you're drinking single malts, you can also reach us at whisky@klwines.com.

See you all in a few weeks!

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jun242011

ARDBEG CHOPPERS!!!

I love the Mission. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Jun232011

Ardbeg Party in SF Tonight!

 

 

Make sure you head over to the Hideout tonight at 7 PM to feast your tastebuds on some Ardbeg 10, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan courtesy of K&L and LVMH.  Just a heads up - the Hideout is aptly named.  You need to go into Dalva Bar which is right next door to the Roxie Theater and then go all the way into the back where there is an entirely separate bar.  I'll be lurking back in there with some open bottles to taste.

What I'm most curious about is the reaction to the choppers outside.  On Main St. in downtown Redwood City there isn't much foot traffic and those that do walk by are only mildly interested.  16th st in the Mission is home to quite a colorful cast of characters so it will be interesting to see how Mark the motorcycle man handles the crowd.  He's a pretty big guy so I think he'll be OK.

See you all there!

 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Jun232011

More Kilchoman Talk

We had a great discussion a few days back about Kilchoman and what they're doing.  Now they've just announced this and I have to say I'm a bit excited.  Self-sustained whisky is NOT easy, therefore why every distiller on Islay gets their malted barley from the same place - Port Ellen - and that barley is NOT grown on Islay.  This all-Islay bottling is very similar to what Springbank does every now and they with their Local Barley series.  Those bottles have become mega-collectable and they send the right message to the food/booze community.  However, we've become spoiled in that mass-production and homogenization of the farming process has kept down whisky costs for decades.  Doing it on your own takes money and you have to re-coup expenses.  My question to all of you is: are you willing to pay more for a distillery that does everything locally?  Is it worth the extra cash? We do it at the Farmer's market all the time, so why not with whisky? Here are the details and should be here later this year:

KILCHOMAN LAUNCHES THE INAUGURAL 100% ISLAY SINGLE MALT  

Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, is proud to announce the release of its first single malt produced from barley, grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery.

It has been matured for 3 years in first fill bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Kentucky, USA and is lightly peated (10 to 20ppm of phenols) and bottled at 50% alcohol strength

Colour :         Light Golden

Nose:           Soft peaty aromas and a blend of citrus, lemon and pear drops

Palate:          An initial sweetness is followed by soft peat smoke and then the mixed fruits

Finish:           Long and clean with a lovely sweet aftertaste.

Kilchoman ‘100% Islay’ is available from twenty six specialist whisky retailers in the UK at a retail price of £69.00 per bottle and twenty nine markets worldwide. 11,300 bottles have been released worldwide.

There is also a special edition, available only at the distillery, of 1060 bottles at cask strength 61.3% ABV. Presented in a hand crafted American white oak presentation box, this edition at £149.00 is available only from the distillery.

For more information visit www.kilchomandistillery.com

Anthony Wills, Managing Director, commented:  “Being able to release a single malt produced from raw materials sourced locally was what the Kilchoman project was all about and I’m delighted to be able to share this exceptional young aged single malt with whisky enthusiasts around the world”.

-David Driscoll