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1990 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1983 Caol Ila 30 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Hogshead Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW


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


1988 Balmenach 26 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Dailuaine 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ORDER


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 IN STOCK NOW!


1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength 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!


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

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!


Thursday
May262011

Things You Need To Know #2

You need to know where Little China Kitchen is in San Mateo.  Why?  Because it's delicious, simple, fresh, and value-priced Chinese food and, if you let them know you shop at K&L, they won't charge you a corkage fee.  That means you can load up on Riesling and Pinot Noir without shelling out $50 for fees.  LCK has become K&L tasting night headquarters for that reason.  Tonight, my man Jimmy C and I headed over to wine and dine.  I thought I'd give you a preview because you need to get over to LCK and enjoy yourself.

First course: German Riesling.  Off-dry and really drinking well with the apps.

Veggie potstickers here are the best.  Get them steamed and then they're healthy.  Really doughy and full of cabbage with tofu. 

Bring some Burgundy for the entreés. 

Green beans are perfectly cooked. Slightly soft with a bit of crunch.  Garlic and savory sauce.

Scallion beef is lean and mean.  We got some fish too, but I got too busy eating to take a picture.

Little China Kitchen is at 215 East 3rd Avenue in downtown San Mateo.  They do NOT charge corkage if you tell them you know me.  Honest.  I asked Christine if she would be down with that and she said "Yes!" TYNTK #2 is an important one.  Make LCK your wine tasting hangout for dinner.  The owners are incredibly nice and you'll be very surprised at the quality.  The Chong Qing specials are their strong point, so make sure and check out the specials!

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
May252011

Heaven Hill Bourbon Tasting

 

So the final line up is set for this Saturday's tasting at Wood&Vine.  Running out of space so sign up now or forever hold your peace.

Great way to start your Saturday night in Hwood. That's $40 with light fare twelve bourbons to taste including the legendary Rittenhouse Rye 25 year ($170) & Parker Heritage 27 year ($200).  Seating is limited, so you have to reserve your seat online @
RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW


You'll be charged $40 at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eli Craig 12 Year
Evan Williams Single Barrel 2001
Eli Craig 18 year

 
Rittenhouse Rye 100 proof
Old Fitzgerald 100 Proof
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

 
Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Special Reserve
Parker Heritage Collection 10 Year Wheated Bourbon Cask Strength
Rittenhouse Rye 25 Year Old
 
Parker Heritage 27 year Old
Heaven Hill Trybox Series New Make Whiskey
Heaven Hill Trybox Series New Make Rye

Wednesday
May252011

Signatory Tasting Pics

We had a great turn out last night for our tasting with JVS and Signatory.  More than 40 people turned out to taste some great booze, in what may have been the strongest line up of single malts we've done in some time.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
May242011

Tuesday Notes

My call for new, interesting tequilas is being answered, thank the Lord!  After bringing in Gran Dovel, we've just picked up 123 Tequila - a super clean, vibrant, 100% organic spirit that gets me excited about booze again.  These are traditional, lighter-styled spirits, not the overly oaked and super sweet stuff that's been taking over as of late.  I can't wait to get these on the shelf because the bottles are also quite striking. 

I also tasted though the Old Pulteney line again and I'm going diehard for the 17 year!  I love old-fashioned, Highland-style malts and this is like a time machine back to what I imagine whisky used to be like.  Soft, but structured.  Vanilla and dried apricots.  Fruit, grains, and a lingering finish at a beautiful 46% - no need to water it down.  Coming in tomorrow!

-David Driscoll

 

Monday
May232011

Another New Barrel Announcement!

This week's special new Scotland cask is a mere octave of old whisky, so there are only going to be 60 bottles available for pre-arrival.  First come, first served!

1988 Auchroisk K&L Exclusive 21 Year Old Duncan Taylor Single Octave Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ARRIVAL $89.99 - There are always a few winners and one or two disappointments from the annual release of Diageo's Rare Malt series.   The 20 Year Old Auchroisk was 2010's darling of the bunch, winning us over completely as well as the experts of the blogosphere.  The U.S. market sees very little from this young Speyside distillery, so Diageo priced their rare malt accordingly at $180 per bottle.  Hence, when David OG and I sat down with Euan and Scott from Duncan Taylor and discovered a 21 year old octave cask of Auchroisk for about half the price, we immediately perked up and took notice. Unlike a standard Speyside whisky, this small barrel is entirely without sherry and devoid of richness.  Because of the mild influence of the octave wood, the brilliance of the spirit is allowed to shine instead.  The nose smells of fresh cut melon with the perfumy aromas of a flower shop. The soft and smooth palate reveals a bit of vanilla and some vibrant stone fruits before finishing as softly as a whisper.  Discovering what makes Auchroisk really tick has never been so tasty.  This fun little number is grace defined and there isn't much of it.  At this ridiculous price, there won't be much for very long either.  Strictly by the name and numbers, this should be the fastest selling release we offer.  But guess what?  It's as good as you hope it will be!  Same age as the Diageo release, same distillery, half the price.

-David Driscoll