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K&L Spirits Tasting Schedule:

Weds from 5 - 6:30 PM

8/20 - San Francisco: No Tasting

8/20 - Redwood City: K&L Signatory Single Malts

2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #344 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #345 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


1997 Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Chieftain's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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 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!!


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!


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!


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!


Saturday
Dec102011

Carl Sutton's New Cider

Crazy Carl Sutton, wine maker and creator of Sutton's Brown Label Vermouth, is now back at K&L with a new, uncarbonated, unpasturized, totally wonderful Sonoma cider.  22 oz of slightly sour, tangy, crisp, fresh apple - non-filtered and bursting with flavor.  It's another highly-combustable, hyper-natural product from a guy who likes to make interesting booze.  I love it and I'm happy we're carrying it now in Redwood City.  For $6.50, you have to try one. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Dec082011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Liqueur of the Year

David Othenin-Girard picks: Tempus Fugit Creme de Menthe/Cacao - Another exemplary effort from Tempus Fugit. Nothing on the market comes close to the amazing and authentic flavors exhibited here. Even the high end French producers settle for using mint extracts rather than fresh mint and Tempus refuses to compromise. This has fresh spearmint and peppermint as well as a host of botanicals to provide depth. The cacao is the only Creme de Cacao available of acceptable quality. Leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Try a Stinger, it might change your life.

David Driscoll picks: Berry Bros & Rudd King's Ginger - Already the second BBR product to win an award from me.  The legendary British merchant was all over the place this year, bringing us this fantastic ginger liqueur made from Glenrothes single malt whisky, macerated ginger, lemon peel, and a bit of cane sugar.  You can drink it alone, with ginger beer for an extra kick, or in numerous cocktails.  I've been through 3 bottles this year which is a lot of liqueur for me.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Dec082011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Vodka of the Year

I guess it might be a bit helpful to discuss what goes into the criteria for selecting the best spirits of 2011.  We think about quality, sales reports, customer feedback, our own personal taste, and general drinkability when determining these picks.  It's not an exact science, but we know better than to just choose the esoteric thing that no one bought, but we absolutely adored.  There needed to be a substantial consumer response in addition to our own positive feedback.

David Othenin-Girard chooses: Boyd & Blair Vodka - Potato vodka from Pennsylvania.  This bottle took our store by storm this year.  We sell a case a week just out of Redwood City alone and the word seems to be spreading.  Creamy, soft, easy going and textural - all things we want from vodka.  Great stuff.

David Driscoll choses: Potocki Polish Rye Vodka - Not only my vodka of the year, but maybe the absolute best vodka I've ever had.  If the goal of a vodka is to be pure, clean, smooth, soft, and textural, then this is the jackpot of all vodkas.  I could sip this stuff out of the bottle - no problem.  A milestone for spirits.  Purists - rejoice!

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Dec072011

Free Spirits Tastings Tonight!

San Francisco will once again host David Nava pouring the Springbank 10 (possibly my all time favorite whisky) as well as some Berry Bros and Rudd stuff like the No 3 gin!

Redwood City will have Todd Smith pouring some of the new Willett Cask Strength Bourbons. 

Tastings start at 5 PM and finish at 6:30 PM.  They are free!

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Dec072011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Rum of the Year

You can tell that my generation has taken over the news media because sources of information that once contained legitimate news are now nothing but top ten lists.  The children of the late 70's/early 80's would rather talk about their all-time favorite screwball movies, or the top ten places to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon than spend their time actually digging up a story.  Seeing that both Mr. Girard and I are firmly from this generation, it only seems fitting that we would also engage in such behavior.  Therefore, since it's December and the new year is almost upon us, we will begin what is now a yearly tradition for us (and a daily tradition for the San Francisco Chronicle) - we will list our favorite products of 2011.  Let's start with rum:

David Driscoll picks: Berry Bros & Rudd St Lucia 11 Year Old Rum - Best rum of the year and a leading contender for my overall spirit of the year.  Honey, cherries, menthol, fruit tea, and bitter spice.  It's pretty freaking odd.  It's also pretty freaking delicious.  I don't know what makes it taste this way, but I wish I could find more rums like it.

David Othenin-Girard picks: El Dorado 12 Year Old Demerara Rum - David OG told me today that lately he's been putting this stuff away like water.  That doesn't surprise me.  The last time I was in LA we spent an hour emptying his rum collection into our bellies.  The El Dorado 12 is a staple of fine sipping rum.  Better balanced than Ron Zacapa, better richness than Zaya, more sweetness than Zafra, and $10 less per bottle than all of them.

-David Driscoll