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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!


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!


Tuesday
Jul262011

Tuesday News & Notes

- Had a staff tasting today with Ferrand and their lovely line of products.  It's really tough to beat everything they make for the money.  What Cognac is better than the Ambre for $35?  What gin is better than Citadelle for less than $20?  What liqueurs are better than the Mathildes for $15?  What rum is better than Plantation for $17?  Heck, the Plantation 5 Year Barbados is better than most rums at $30.  They're the Buffalo Trace of European distillation and they're more versatile.

- We had a dinner this past weekend with Bill Blatch and a boat-load of old Bordeaux.  Bill is the super-expert negociant from England behind the Blatch Report - the most detailed and worthwhile annual review of the Bordeaux vintage (i.e. rainfall in each square foot of each vineyard, etc).  I realized that I am not buying enough young Bordeaux to age and old Bordeaux to drink.  How can we turn down things like the 1997 Langoa Barton when it's right in our face and affordable?  I ponied up for this today because we opened it with Bill and it drank like the transcendant wine experience that many people assume old Bordeaux will be, but rarely actually is.

- Rum is becoming more and more the best deal in the booze world.  I never thought that it could outdue bourbon or rye, but there's not much good rye left on the market (and what's tasty and available isn't cheap) and maybe I'm just getting a bit tired of the same old bourbon selections.  The new Banks 5 Island Rum really impressed me the other day with its earthy aromas and complex flavor profile, so we brought it in.  The El Dorado rums are an outstanding value for sipping options, Batiste Agricole is slamming for the price, Lemon Hart 151 is the Rittenhouse Rye of the rum world (and it's readily available for now), and the Smith & Cross continues to make my cocktails taste world class.  I realize now more than ever that I need to learn more about rum, where it's being made and stored, and how to source it for K&L exclusively.  The BBR rums still blow my mind, but they're expensive and not many people are willing to take the plunge.  I need to bring them in directly so we can lower the ticket price and let more people experience the show.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Jul262011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight + More Videos!

Tonight's tasting at Martin's West will be the Bowmore Tempest 10 year Old Cask Strength Single Malt.  Cost should come in at around the $3 mark!  CHEAP!  Come join us at 6 PM for a full glass of whisky for a price that will cost less than a pint of cheap beer.  This is a delicious whisky that many will want to try, but maybe not actually buy so don't miss out.  I won't be there tonight, but the bottle will be so you'll all be OK.  Have fun with Moira and Doug.

 

Nicolas Palazzi just sent me this video of the wax finishing on our new single barrel cask strength Cognac.  Should be on the water soon, on its way to Oakland for direct importation!  Get ready for some serious juice that comes from a real place, not a giant factory.  As you can see, this isn't exactly mass production here.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Jul252011

No Comment (part 2)

This is an interesting article that showed up in today's SF Chronicle.  What shocks me is the disbelief of the reporter writing the article.  This anonymous aggression and anger is a phenomenon on the internet today that makes me want to vomit (no, not in the same way that a certain other whiskey once made me want to).  The fact that the Chronicle is outraged by these comments makes me wonder how often they read their own site or the internet at all for that matter. There's an easy solution to their problem - turn them off.  We'll all be better off.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Jul252011

Faultline Cognac Video

You've got to hand it to Nicolas Palazzi - he knows how to document the bottling process! More media from our first ever Cognac selection, live from Cognac itself.

-David Driscoll

Sunday
Jul242011

More Faultline Cognac Updates

More pictures, live from Cognac.  Coming soon, our first ever single barrel, cask strength brandy!

-David Driscoll