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2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland 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!


Bladnoch 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #1054 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Talisker "The Speakeasy" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel 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

1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


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
Feb102011

Podcast Tomorrow Will Be...

Since we're doing the Cognac/Armagnac/Calvados seminar at Martin's West tonight, I thought it would be appropriate to continue the brandy education by sitting down with my favorite Frenchman Nicolas Palazzi and discussing the ins and outs of the spirits francoises.  For those of you who cannot make it to the event tonight, I am going to have Nic breakdown the fundamentals of Cognac, the differences between it and Armagnac, and the practices that go into producing both of them.  After four straight weeks of whisk(e)y talk, I figured it was high time for some diversity.  Join us tonight at Martin's West, or tomorrow via podcast (available via iTunes or here on the blog).

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Feb102011

Future Gordon & MacPhail Selections

I have been quite impressed with the quality, price, and selection of the Gordon & MacPhail bottlings as of late and I am now even happier with their list of upcoming arrivals.  I was given a special pre-order sheet to secure quantities of these selections and, even without having tasted them, there are obviously some fantastic deals to be had with interesting names and vintages.  Here is a sample of a few i immediately picked up on:

1976 Banff 28 Year - should retail for around $155

1984 Glenesk 20 Year - same as above

1991 Ardmore 16 Year - should come in at $99

1969 Linkwood 36 Year - should be $225-ish

1998 Isle of Arran 8 Year - around $35

Good deals at various ages and price points.  Good job G&M.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Feb092011

K&L's First Octave Cask In Today

I wanted to let everyone know that we purchased a small octave cask of 1998 11 Year Old Imperial Speyside Whisky and it is exquisite stuff.  Chewy, dense, concentrated sweet malted grains all come at the palate in a flurry of flavor.  Vanilla and cereal notes on the finish.  Imperial is a 114 year old distillery in the Spey that is owned by Pernod Ricard and usually goes into the Chivas blends.  Getting the chance to try it as a single malt was a nice educational opportunity, I thought, and after tasting a bottle today, I'm very happy.  Of course, I chose the barrel based on a tasting sample, but for some reason this bottle tastes so much better than I remember.  Only 70 bottles were produced and I've already sold about 20 of them so they won't be around long.  This is definitely not a MUST buy whisky, but it is very affordable (especially for club members) and there are not many single malts with such pure, clean, malty flavors.  I think every RWC staff member is planning to snag one for themselves today, so it seems to be a favorite amongst my co-workers. A true winner from Duncan Taylor and an ever better deal for our customers.  Enjoy it while it lasts!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb082011

New Kuchan Brandy Arrives!

No hating on Davorin's label this time because I helped him design it (therefore you'll be crushing my graphic artist dreams with your criticism!).  I'm so excited that we can finally offer the Kuchan Alambic Brandy because it fills another cocktail mixing gap - the brandy with a kick that can cut through the sweetness of a liqueur or the tartness of citrus.  While this 6 year old batch can definitely be sipped, it isn't for Cognac or Armagnac lovers.  This is not wood-sweetened juice.  It's not supple, vanilla-rich syrup.  This is wine barrel aged spirit that makes the best punchbowl you've ever tasted.  It makes a Sidecar taste brighter and more expressive.  It makes hot cider taste like a hot toddy.  It basically makes every recipe that calls for brandy just a bit better.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb082011

Scott's Selection Closeouts

Looks like many of the older and rarer indie bottlings from Scott's Selection are being closed out by the distributor, so I'm going to grab what I can for you collectors out there.  Some bottles are more than $100 less than before.  Here's a sample of what's coming in.  Email me if you want me to hold one back for you.

1973 Macallan Scott's Selection Highland Single Malt Whisky $259.99 (was $325.99)

1977 Bunnahabhain Scott's Selection Single Malt Whisky $119.99 (was $249.99)

1965 Glenfarclas Scott's Selection Single Malt Whisky $325.99 (was $439.99)

Very hot deals.  Scorching.

-David Driscoll