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Weds from 5 - 6:30 PM

10/29 - Redwood City: Alexander Murray Single Malts

11/5 - San Francisco: Alexander Murray Single Malts

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2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1992 Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1988 Balmenach 25 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


1997 Dailuaine 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Glen Elgin 18 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Glenlivet 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!!


1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 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!


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Sunday
Dec112011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Brandy of the Year

David Othenin-Girard picks: Paul Marie & Fils Faultline Single Barrel Cask Strength Cognac - Sure this is the easy, obvious choice because it's our exclusive product, but what do you want me to do - lie?  This is absolutely the best brandy I tasted all year long - tons of concentrated fruit with more complexity and beauty than any other Cognac in the store.  A no brainer.

David Driscoll picks: Guillon Painturaud VSOP Grand Champagne Cognac - For $60 there's never been a better spirit available at K&L.  The GP VSOP is textural, complex, and layered in a way that no other Cognac, or brandy for that matter, could ever be under $100.  Dried apricots, a thick and chewy mouthfeel, and sweet honey round out the palate.  It's so much better than our other brandy options that it's not even a real competition.  Absolutely the best brandy of the year because it drinks like a $150 bottle of XO for less than half the price.  How often can you find that?

-David Driscoll & David Othenin-Girard

Saturday
Dec102011

Carl Sutton's New Cider

Crazy Carl Sutton, wine maker and creator of Sutton's Brown Label Vermouth, is now back at K&L with a new, uncarbonated, unpasturized, totally wonderful Sonoma cider.  22 oz of slightly sour, tangy, crisp, fresh apple - non-filtered and bursting with flavor.  It's another highly-combustable, hyper-natural product from a guy who likes to make interesting booze.  I love it and I'm happy we're carrying it now in Redwood City.  For $6.50, you have to try one. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Dec082011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Liqueur of the Year

David Othenin-Girard picks: Tempus Fugit Creme de Menthe/Cacao - Another exemplary effort from Tempus Fugit. Nothing on the market comes close to the amazing and authentic flavors exhibited here. Even the high end French producers settle for using mint extracts rather than fresh mint and Tempus refuses to compromise. This has fresh spearmint and peppermint as well as a host of botanicals to provide depth. The cacao is the only Creme de Cacao available of acceptable quality. Leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Try a Stinger, it might change your life.

David Driscoll picks: Berry Bros & Rudd King's Ginger - Already the second BBR product to win an award from me.  The legendary British merchant was all over the place this year, bringing us this fantastic ginger liqueur made from Glenrothes single malt whisky, macerated ginger, lemon peel, and a bit of cane sugar.  You can drink it alone, with ginger beer for an extra kick, or in numerous cocktails.  I've been through 3 bottles this year which is a lot of liqueur for me.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Dec082011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Vodka of the Year

I guess it might be a bit helpful to discuss what goes into the criteria for selecting the best spirits of 2011.  We think about quality, sales reports, customer feedback, our own personal taste, and general drinkability when determining these picks.  It's not an exact science, but we know better than to just choose the esoteric thing that no one bought, but we absolutely adored.  There needed to be a substantial consumer response in addition to our own positive feedback.

David Othenin-Girard chooses: Boyd & Blair Vodka - Potato vodka from Pennsylvania.  This bottle took our store by storm this year.  We sell a case a week just out of Redwood City alone and the word seems to be spreading.  Creamy, soft, easy going and textural - all things we want from vodka.  Great stuff.

David Driscoll choses: Potocki Polish Rye Vodka - Not only my vodka of the year, but maybe the absolute best vodka I've ever had.  If the goal of a vodka is to be pure, clean, smooth, soft, and textural, then this is the jackpot of all vodkas.  I could sip this stuff out of the bottle - no problem.  A milestone for spirits.  Purists - rejoice!

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Dec072011

Free Spirits Tastings Tonight!

San Francisco will once again host David Nava pouring the Springbank 10 (possibly my all time favorite whisky) as well as some Berry Bros and Rudd stuff like the No 3 gin!

Redwood City will have Todd Smith pouring some of the new Willett Cask Strength Bourbons. 

Tastings start at 5 PM and finish at 6:30 PM.  They are free!

-David Driscoll