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4/23 - Redwood City: Ardbeg Single Malts (w/the chopper!)

2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland 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!


Bladnoch 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive Lightly Peated Single Barrel #303 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Bladnoch 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #1054 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Talisker "The Speakeasy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2005 Glenrothes 8 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Sherry Barrel 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

1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


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!


1989 Cragganmore 23 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 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!


1983 Miltonduff 30 Year Old Faultline Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750m IN STOCK NOW!


Monday
May162011

Another Fantastic New Barrel Annoucement!

Another week, another new barrel to reveal to our wonderful whisky customers with a special low price for those who pre-order!

1983 Dailuaine K&L Exclusive 27 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $124.99 - Cask maturation is a fascinating process, namely because 20+ years in a barrel doesn't affect all whisky in quite the same way.  Three decades in fresh sherry barrel, for example, sometimes results in a single malt so rich that the original flavors may no longer be recognizable.  However, 27 years of slow aging in a refill hogshead can be like simmering a pot of stew over multiple days - the flavors congeal and are coerced into action.  That's a pretty good description of the Dailuaine 27 year cask we found at the Chieftain's warehouse on our recent trip to Scotland.  Another Diageo-owned distillery primarily used for blends, this Speyside malt is quite the little tease. The nose is full of fresh blossoms with vanilla and mulled grains which spring into further action on the palate - rather delicate and soft.  The finish, however, comes roaring in with smoked almonds and a powerful mouthfeel.  We're always on the look out for older whiskies that seem to have been forgotten and we really lucked out with this find.  This whisky reminds me of the Mannochmore barrel we did from Chieftain's last Christmas in that we're getting a delicious, ancient malt for pennies.  The difference between them is that the Dailuaine is better. 

-David Driscoll

Sunday
May152011

Open Call To Tequila Vendors

I'm really struggling with tequila right now because I can't find anything new to sell to my customers.  Everything is either the result of a large production label with no soul or so esoteric and expensive that no one will take the risk.  I'm begging tequila producers who have estate-grown agave, hands-on production, and a well-priced bottles to email me and set up an appointment to taste.  I need something new to keep this category exciting.  Please send me a description of your product and make time to come by the store!  Please.  I am begging you.  I need new tequila that has a source and a story.

-David Driscoll

Saturday
May142011

Insider Trading

I've been learning more about the financial world lately, especially following the trial of Raj Rajaratnam, and the whole idea of insider trading seems like it is completely possible in the booze world, albeit not with stocks.  Large quantity purchasing of particular products can stem from early access to insider info.  For example, I was able to get a sneak peak at Steve McCarthy's new summer release of Islay-style whiskey.  I know for a fact that I was the first person to taste it and get a chance to buy it.  I might go really deep and buy a ton of it in order to corner the market because it's easily the best whiskey he's ever made for the white label release.  Because Steve came to me with a sample before anyone else, that gives me insider info that I can use to make large purchasing in advance and therefore help K&L's sales.  Granted, I still have to do the selling, but my experience tells me that this won't be a problem.

Am I going to jail?

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May122011

San Francisco Tastings Begin Thursday 5/19

Well loyal SF customers, we've finally done it!  FINALLY, after pitching this idea to a number of local bars whom I thought would have jumped all over this opportunity, FINALLY, after telling establishments that they don't need to turn this into a money-making scheme, FINALLY, after volunteering to do all the work for them to bring people in, I have found the new K&L Spirits Tasting Bar North.  On Claude Lane, next to the Loehmann's in Union Square, sits a small alley with a little unassuming bar named Gitane.  One must go in the door and travel down the steps to find this lovely little place, but the interior is quite breathtaking.  We will run the tastings exactly the same way as in RWC at Martin's West - starts early, one bottle total, pours at wholesale cost, first come first served.  

 Gitane opens at 5:30 so I say let's start it then.  All you East Bay BART commuters can then come and catch a dram before heading under the tube, and those who work downtown and come straight from work before going home.  Gitane is small, so we need to be in and out unless we plan on staying for dinner.  I'm thinking we start with something nice, like maybe Springbank 18 for $7 a glass?  I'll update again later with a final product announcement so that we can all make plans to be there.

I can't wait to get this started and I think I can finally meet all you local SF people who never make it down to Redwood City!

See you there,

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May122011

1512 Barbershop Makes Its Debut

 

It's here and in stock.  The first rye whiskey we've carried that was made by a local SF barber.  I'm super stoked on this new batch that just got dropped off today.  I'm even more excited to taste the aged expressions later on this Fall.  Try a bottle of this and then imagine what's possible!

24 bottles in SF now.  24 to RWC later this afternoon.  24 to LA next week.  Enjoy!

-David Driscoll