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Tuesday
Dec132011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Tequila of the Year

This was a tough category for us to pick just one.  Both of us had to declare a tie for our final decision and so we ended up with four different top tequila choices.  All four are entirely deserving of the title.

David Driscoll picks: ArteNOM 1079 Blanco Tequila - Jacob Lustig's project of bottling tequilas by their distillery (rather than by brand) would have been fun to watch even if the tequilas weren't good.  However, he knows his stuff and he wasn't choosing his producers at random.  He knew right where he wanted to go and this blanco from Rancho Buenavista distillery is probably the best blanco tequila I've ever had.  So clean, pure, and vibrant.  It's the kind of bottle where people taste it and say, "Wow, I never knew I liked tequila so much."  It's not you, honey.  It's the tequila.

David Driscoll also picks: ArteNOM 1414 Reposado Tequila - One of the most important things I learned about tequila production from Jacob Lustig is that tequila producers chapitalize their must.  Legally, they can add agave nectar to the washback, increase the sugar, and get more alcohol from their base.  This also results in a sweeter, heavier spirit and when you taste the 1414 you realize what unchapitalized tequila tastes like.  You would never have know their was a difference until tasting this reposado.  It has all the flavor, the spice, the nuance, and the beauty, just without that fat texture on the mouthfeel.  It makes a HUGE difference and, now that I know there is one, I'll be taking my tequila without extra glucose.

David Othenin-Girard picks: IXÁ Blanco Tequila - IXÁ is made in an old and increasingly rare way with fully mature agave plants which are cooked slowly in traditional clay ovens and then fermented and distilled with the agave fiber included, compared to modern distillers who buy agave half the size, pressure cook in a tenth the time, and ferment and distill only the agave juice. This old school method, known to produce excellent tequilas like Siete Leguas, is more time costly, time consuming, and makes all the difference. When you taste IXA you'll understand why they went through the extra effort.

David Othenin-Girard also picks: Grand Mayan Extra Añejo 5 Year Old Tequila - For those in search of the ultimate sipping tequila, look no further.  All the richness of a fine Cognac, without the cloying sweetness of some other big-brand tequilas, is present in the Grand Mayan extra añejo - a bargain when you look at the prices of other extra añejos on the market.

-David Driscoll & David Othenin-Girard

Monday
Dec122011

2011 K&L Awards - Best Gin of the Year

David Othenin-Girard and David Driscoll unanimously pick: Berry Bros & Rudd No. 3 London Gin - In a year that was absolutely packed with exciting, new gins, there was one that simply stood above the rest.  It wasn't the wackiest, the most original, nor did it source its botanicals from somewhere local - it simply tasted like really, really, really, really good London dry gin.  Picture all the flavors you love about gin - the juniper, the herbaciousness, the little hints of citrus peel, the pepper, etc. - and concentrate them.  Then remove the things you may not enjoy - the bitterness, the heat, the burn, etc.  The result is the No. 3 gin.  So freaking good you could drink it straight out of the bottle.  That's five awards given so far with at least three of them going to BBR.  They were really on a roll this year.

-David Driscoll

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