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Friday
Apr272012

New Faultline - Soft Launch

The fourth Faultline Spirits release is here and this one is very limited - only 196 bottles total of our new 20 year old Cragganmore bottled at 49.9% cask strength.  For those of you who are unaware, Faultline is the label we use at K&L for our super exclusive releases - only the best bottles get to use the name.  Fans of our 18 year old Bladnoch will be happy about this one.  The stone fruit is there with soft vanilla and a lovely floral note.  This is soooooooooooo much better than the official Diageo release Cragganmore 21 - and it's $100 less.  At $75.99, this is a steal.  We're releasing it today on the blog for our loyal readers so grab one while they're here.  I don't believe we'll ever get around to a mass email because I don't think it will last long enough.  

Cragganmore 20 Year Old Faultline Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $75.99 - Our goal when we first envisioned Faultline was to create a world class brand that bottled only world class spirits. Most retail bottlings focus on the lowest common denominator, how can we get the most saleable product for the absolute lowest price possible. Usually, that means sacrificing quality just so that you can have a big name on the label. Here at K&L's spirits department, we've decided to use a different model. We seek out the absolute finest products and bring them to you at the lowest possible price. These are products that normally a supplier would not part with for a label other than their own. We use our incredible persuasiveness and handsome good looks to convince these revered suppliers to part with some of their best stock (for no other reason that they love us!).

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Apr262012

Kurani is Back to Talk Yak

It's been too long since we heard from young Kyle Kurani, but he's returned this week to discuss two of our new exclusive brandies.  Make sure you get to know Kyle.  He'll be running the show when David OG and I take off for Scotland in a few weeks, so it's best to stay on his good side. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Apr262012

All I Want to Drink is Weller

The Pappy demand shut down our server.  We sold 100+ bottles of Jefferson's Stitzel Weller in 45 minutes yesterday.  The wheated Bourbon craze is at an all-time high, yet every day people walk right past the Weller whiskies.  Even though the Weller 12 and the Pappy 12 are pretty much the exact same whiskey (Lot B is just chosen from barrels in specific parts of the warehouse).  Even though the Antique might be the best whiskey value in the entire store.  These are not expensive bottles, which I think must throw people off.  The Weller 12 is $25.  The Antique is $19.99 (although we have liter bottles in Redwood City and SF for $25).  Buffalo Trace's wheated formula is simply difficult to improve upon, hence why you won't find me drinking much else right now.  These aren't new expressions, but they were on lockdown for a while from the supplier due to a brief shortage.  The allocations are off now, however, and I can buy as much as I like.  I'm happy to share them with you, but I drink fast and this is all I am drinking right now.  Hopefully there's enough for all of us.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Apr252012

Tastings Tonight + A Fun Article

Tonight in Redwood City we'll have the Isle of Jura whiskies, while San Francisco will be pouring Benriach single malts.  The events begin at 5 PM and last until 6:30.  Free of charge.

In other news, this morning I read an interesting article (in the SF Chronicle of all places!) about Mark Zuckerberg and his nonchalance regarding Facebook's profits.  I almost laughed out loud because there's so much I relate to in his approach (except for not caring about your clothes or house).  There's a certain amount of business sense to not caring about business.  While it may seem oxymoronic, if your entire business is based around your credibility then shying away from money can be a very powerful strategy. 

For the first two years that I worked at K&L as spirits buyer I never looked at our sales numbers.  I didn't even know how!  David OG and I are required to meet with ownership on a monthly basis to discuss the department, but I would literally just nod and agree when the figures were discussed.  Like Zuckerberg, I have no interest in the money.  My primary concern is expanding our selection to as many people as possible and finding creative new ways to include everyone (without invading your privacy, however).  My satisfaction is derived from customer satisfaction.  I could probably be convinced to work for positive reenforcement if my bosses wanted to save money.  My classic only-child syndrome values "Good job, David" over a fat check for some reason.

Like Facebook, our profits have increased over the last few years despite the complete lack of business sense on my part.  I believe that profits will come if you do your job well and I've left it at that.  However, once you start focusing on $ you can lose sight of the main goal: better booze, in our case.  I know that the minute I start obsessing about money is the moment I stop doing my job well.  I don't think anyone at the top of Facebook is complaining about their financial situation right now, do you?

-David Driscoll

Saturday
Apr212012

Early Yak Impressions - Staff & Friends

Of course, we popped four bottles of our newly arrived Cognac and Armagnac yesterday to get the staff acquainted with the new brands.  Some tasted just as I remembered, while some surprised me a bit.  Here are some observations from our tasting yesterday.

-The 1985 Baraillon needs to blow off some steam.  Much like the 1975 Banff we brought in last year, it tastes much better after a day of being open.  I about had a heartattack because I had hyped this as one of the overall best, and it is, it just needs to warm up a bit.  Give it a headstart if you picked one up.  Once we had it open for a while people came back to taste and were very impressed.

-While I thought the Armagnacs would rule the day, most people were captivated by the Ragnaud Reserve Rare Cognac.  It's so much better than I remember it tasting.  I mean, I knew it was good, but now it just tastes transcendent.

-The Lassaubatju brandies taste more like Bourbon than any other Armagnacs I've ever tasted.  Nevertheless, they are not Bourbon.  They are made from grapes. While I want to help facilitate a crossover, I don't want anyone expecting big sweet corn spirit. 

-I asked our Champagne buyer Gary Westby if he thought the 85 Baraillon tasted "off."  He said, "If that 85 is wrong, then I don't want to be right."  That took a load off my shoulders.

-While I think the 85 Baraillon is the most complex, I personally plan on purchasing one of the Lassaubatju selections to drink at home.  They're just so accessible and easy to drink.  Our manager Jason commented, "We are going to crush with these.  They're too good."

-However, I tasted some well-versed friends on all four and the clear winner in their mind was the 85 Baraillon.  In the end, though, the consensus was that all four brandies kicked some serious ass.

-David Driscoll