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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!


Thursday
Apr212011

E.H. Taylor Night

Tuesday night we opened a bottle of the ultra-rare E.H. Taylor bourbon from Buffalo Trace to see what everyone thought.  It being my first sampling of this whiskey as well, I was excited to get in on the action.  The consensus from our group seems to match the reviews I've been reading on the internet, namely that it's very good, but not life changing.  We all would happily drink the E.H. Taylor were it available, but we might not go out of our way (say paying $150 on EBay) to secure one.  K&L customer Gary Goldstein was there drinking with us and he nailed the best tasting note of the night, which was that the bourbon draws its sweetness from the fruit, rather than from the wood.  That's an interesting truth because most bourbons taste like sweet vanilla due to the new charred oak barrels they're aged in.  The Taylor however has more of a fruitcake flavor going on finishing with cinnamon spices and cloves.  Buffalo Trace has created another fantastic bourbon that goes well with their already extensive line up, however, they've already set the bar so high it's difficult to live up to the expectations.  Bring on the so-called "perfect bourbon" we've been hearing about.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Apr202011

Glendronach Pre-Sales On Hold

Just a heads up, as I've received a few emails and calls about this already, we're trying to straighten out a snag in the Glendronach deal so I've discontinued sales for the moment.  Don't worry, there will be a Glendronach barrel, but it may actually be LESS expensive, so until we get that straightened out I don't want to put anymore orders into the system.  Those of you who already placed one have nothing to worry about.  You may see a credit coming soon or we may be back on track in a week as planned.  Thanks for your understanding everyone.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Apr192011

Signatory Additions

My goal in creating this blog was to offer everyone an insight into what it's like being a spirits buyer for a big retail store.  Therefore, if I keep getting inundated with appointments and tastings, I have to keep adding them to the blog!  Later this afternoon, after Mr. McCarthy exited, I met up with my favorite vendors to taste some new Signatory offerings and retaste some old ones.  The first was this delicious 19 year old Highland Park that we need to bring in ASAP.  It's going to cost less that the standard 18 year and this guy comes from a beautiful sherry cask.  I learned a lot about wood in Scotland, so I'm really paying attention to the barrels these whiskies come in.  This HP came out of a nice sherry butt, so the richness really marries well with the smoky notes of the malt.  Well made.

This lovely new 10 year Laphroaig is going to be a real treat for Islay lovers.  Another sherry butt barrel whisky that combines chewy raisined fruits with medicinal notes and smoke.  It should come in around $55 which makes it an even better deal.  I think this will be our whisky to taste next week at Martin's West.

Glen Ord is a distillery we don't see too often, so I always jump at the chance to get some.  A Diageo-owned distillery from the Northeast Highlands, this 11 year old single barrel cask strength malt is brimming with sweet grains and stonefruits.  A super fun whisky that I really enjoyed.  Should be around $80.  Keep your eyes peeled.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Apr192011

McCarthy Drops In

Steve McCarthy's single barrel cask strength whiskey that he bottled exclusively for K&L last year (the first and likely only time this will ever happen specially for a retailer) was so good that Steve himself flew down here today with the sole intention of buying some of it back.  "Do you still have any left?" he asked me on the phone a few weeks back.  Luckily we did so we packed up a case for him to check in on the plane ride back to Portland today.  Steve also brought us a quick sneak peak of the newest batch of whiskey he'll be bottling this June (which I may or may not have on me tonight at Martin's West :)).  A recent spirits competition in Oregon voted his pear brandy, his plum brandy, his cranberry liqueur, and his whiskey all top honors in their respective categories.  Another notch in the belt for his amazing distillery.

It's not surprising these bottles were easily top of their class.  A pear eau de vie is generally the measuring stick for the skill of any distiller, and despite my love for our local California distilleries, Steve's is just better.  It's the best I've ever had.  You all should know the cranberry well after my Christmas freakout of 2009 where we sold 600+ bottles, and the plum is also delicious and perfect for today as it's now certified Kosher!  Can't wait to try the new whiskey later!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Apr192011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight!

Yes, tonight we'll be heading over to Martin's West once again for another round of Tuesday night tasting.  The subject will be the ultra-rare and brand new E.H. Taylor release from Buffalo Trace, a sour mash bourbon that is getting some very high marks from those in the know.  I've yet to taste it so I'll be right there along side you, but from what I've heard it's a more restrained and subtle style of whiskey, not like the big spicy monsters like Stagg or Weller that we associate with the more exclusive BT releases.  I didn't have enough to go around for everyone to buy, so I gave a bottle back to the distributor and they sold it to Moira.  I figured we could all try it together.  Once again, we only bought one bottle to taste, so that's about 25 pours.  Please come right at 6 PM if you want to ensure yourself a glass.  Should be $4 or less.  What a crazy deal!

-David Driscoll