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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

 

Tuesday
Mar132012

Kyle Kurani's Weekly Update

With two new gins in stock this week, Kyle Kurani has been overwelmed with cocktail options.  He's been dying to talk more about booze with all of you.  Listen to his latest chat about the new K&L exclusive Faultline Gin, as well as the new and improved Rusty Blade.

Also, I've decided that I need to get back into wine writing as well, so I'll be taking more of an active role on the Uncorked Blog if you want to hear my take on the grapes.  There's a new video with Joe Manekin that I just posted focusing on sherry.

-David Driscoll