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Thursday
Oct302014

Good Times

In 2010, I was in my living room. In 2012, I was at a bar in Burlingame. In 2014, I was at work counting inventory with my colleagues, watching the stream from a computer at the register. I worked from 8 AM until 11:30 PM today and it was amazing. You will always remember where you were if your team wins the World Series. I'm happy to have been with my friends Jason and Jim: two huge Giants fans as well. We hugged, opened a beer, and continued our task at hand. I was surging with energy. No one has ever counted liquor bottles with such enthusiasm.

This is turning out to be some week. 

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Oct292014

Stuff

I was going to leave all this fun stuff for the in-store shoppers tonight; HOWEVER, because Game 7 of the World Series is on at 5 PM and you'll probably want to be at home watching the Giants, I won’t force you to come to today’s tasting in order to get the jump on the goods. I’ll let you have at them right now. Man, are they good. And MAN are they cheap! They’re not single barrel, but rather vattings of several casks, and they’re all bottled at 40%. Check this out:

Alexander Murray "Bon Accord" Single Malt Whisky $31.99 – Lovely, easy drinking, stone-fruited with soft vanilla, single malt whisky. They don’t divulge the distillery, but you won’t care. It’s not expensive and it’s delicious.

Alexander Murray 30 Year Old "Monumental Blend" Scotch Whisky $129.99 – This is a hot deal. THIRTY year old blended whisky finished in sherry butts. If you need a 30 year old whisky for a gift or anniversary, but don’t want to break the bank, then this is your guy. It’s richer and more interesting than Johnnie Blue, that’s for sure. Grab one.

Longmorn 21 Year Old Alexander Murray Single Malt Whisky $85.99 – The Longmorn is the showstopper when you start breaking down value for money. 21 year old CLASSIC Longmorn for sub-$100. It has a lot of that same supple, oily goodness that made our Longmorn 20 Exclusive Malt cask a while back so beloved. I’d say it’s EASILY as good as our Faultline edition and that’s $30 more per bottle. Again, nothing that’s going to go down in history as the best bottle you’ve ever had, but considering the market it’s a no-brainer.

Tobermory 19 Year Old Alexander Murray Single Malt Whisky $84.99 – Tobermory can be great when it’s really fat and fruity, with a heavy mouthfeel and rather viscous finish. This bottling falls into that category of Tobermory and—looking at the price, it’s too good to pass up.

You can take my word for it now, or you can come taste them tonight! We’ll be here watching the game on the computer and crossing our fingers!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Oct282014

10/29/14

Round two of our 2014 Scotland barrel program arrives on October 29th. Get ready for another onslaught. It's going to be intense.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Oct282014

Free Alexander Murray Tasting Tomorrow 

With all of the new stuff coming in right now it's hard to keep everyone up-to-speed! Tomorrow night you'll want to come by the Redwood City store between 5 PM and 6:30 if you can. William Lipp, former professional rugby player and nephew of Duncan Taylor boss Euan Shand, will be in the store to launch his Alexander Murray label in California. Surely you've noticed that Costco and Trader Joe's have been doing their own generic single malt expressions as of late. Alexander Murray has been the source of this whisky, providing larger retail outlets with the volume they need to make these deals worthwhile. Costco and Trader Joe's have not been interested in smaller quantities of single casks, so now William has set up base in-state to start peddling these more-niche items. 

They're offering some pretty amazing prices for these whiskies. Sure, they're chill-filtered and bottled at 40%, but man are they tasty, and man are they cheap! I'm going to make these available to in-store shoppers first, so if you come by the tasting event tomorrow you'll get first dibs. And I'm going to pass along the aggressive pricing to all of you. How about a knockout expression of Longmorn 21 (that tastes eerily similar to our Exclusive Malts cask a while back) for around $85? How about ripe-fruited, luscious 19 year old Tobermory for the same? 

Come taste tomorrow. You'll be happy you did.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Oct282014

Fuenteseca 2014 Edition

Here it is. The sequel to Fuenteseca part one:

Fuenteseca Reserva "2014 Edition" K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila $99.99 -While our last batch of Fuenteseca K&L Extra Añejo Tequila was a huge hit, instantly becoming the most successful agave spirit in the history of our store, there were two factors that made some Tequila lovers hesitant to pull the trigger: the price and the richness. It was an anomaly in that it was so rich and beyond anything we were familiar with, it almost resembled a whiskey more than a Tequila. The next time around we not only wanted to craft something entirely different, we also wanted to showcase both value and how much Enrique's mid-range spirits retained their pure Tequila flavor. This past Spring we met with Enrique at his gigantic hacienda in Atotonlico, Jalisco to work on a sequel. Once again, working with the rich and butterscotch profile of his stupendous four year old Tequilas, we wanted to accent that flavor with spice and intensity. Using 60% four year 20% seven year, and 20% eight year old Tequilas we managed to build an extra añejo that offered all the complexity of extra maturation with all of the pepper and panache of true, unadulterated, rustic Tequila flavor. This 2014 edition of Fuenteseca is an explosion of intensity. It begins with a blast of black pepper, lime, salt, and clean agave flavor (like chewing on the sweet, cooked fibers) and quickly moves into a flurry of clove and cinnamon. The finish, however, is where the magic happens: holiday spice cake, cocoa, and cinnamon warm the minute-long finale. It's the best of youth and age in one Tequila.

It's all the vivacious, expressive, and endearing flavors of blanco tequila on the entry, with the warming, mellow, complexity of age on the finish. It's entirely different than the first Fuenteseca, yet it's no less exciting. This time around, however, it's half the price. Whereas the goal last time around was to make a ultra-mature tequila for whisky drinkers, the goal this time was to make an ultra-mature tequila for tequila drinkers.

I really hope you all enjoy this. I'm very proud of our effort.

-David Driscoll