If you've ever come to K&L and thought, "I like the wines that K&L selects and the unique products they're able to find from small producers in other countries," then we've achieved our goal. However, there are a number of importers who do the same thing we do, only they sell directly to retailers like us rather than to the public. Charles Neal makes a living by going to the French countryside, in search of the finest alcoholic beverages that never quite make it stateside. His selection of fine Cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados is unmatched by any other portfolio, namely because Charles has gone and found the finest, most interesting expressions. Listen to him talk about his history, the products he imports, and the people who make them.
-Pappy 20 and 15 are sold out. 12 year is still available in LA as of now.
-Just picked up some of the Springbank 12 Year Fino Sherry Single Barrel Cask Strength. Good price at $85.99 and the whisky is amazing. Nutty, rich, and spicy.
-Word on the street is that Del Maguey released a super secret mezcal to restaurants and bars only this week. We followed up on it and we'll be one of only 3 stores to get some of it in a few weeks. Stay tuned.
-I'm in SF all day today if anyone wants to stop by and say hi.
It’s about that time everyone! Time for us to make another new barrel available at a special pre-arrival price for you whisky club email members.
Today’s release represents what we hope will be the beginning of a great new relationship with one of Scotland’s best independent bottlers – Douglas Laing.
David and I sat in a Glasgow office and poured over samples taken from the Laing Brothers’ collection. There were so many bargains and so many great whiskies at fantastic prices! We were in heaven.
Of course, we’re always looking for something rather exclusive, interesting, fun, or rare, as well as tasty, so we decided to go with this little gem as the first step towards more business with the Laings.
1998 Blair Athol K&L Exclusive 12 Year Old Provenance Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ARRIVAL PRICE $69.99 (retail price to be $79.99) - One of the most exciting parts of our recent trip to Scotland was the visit we had with the Laing brothers, a pair of independent bottlers who don't dabble too much in the U.S. market. We were pretty sure that these guys were sitting on a veritable treasure trove of barrels, however, and our tasting with them did not disappoint. One of the best deals our journey uncovered was an explosive little cask of Blair Athol, a Diageo-owned distillery in the Eastern Highland town of Pittlochary. Located just a few miles from Edradour, this quaint little operation is one of the oldest in Scotland (founded in 1798), but is more widely regarded for its role in Bell's Blended than for its single malt potential. This 12 year old barrel will open some eyes, however - big, rich, enticing aromas of dried fruits, a supple mouthfeel with roasted almond skin flavors, and, while we don't think it was peated, there are definitely traces of smoke on the finish. David OG and I both double-starred this entry on our tasting notes as a sure-fire winner. For the price, it may be the best overall deal we found in Scotland.
This Blair Athol represents what may be the value of the trip. A stupendous whisky from a Diageo-owned distillery that we rarely ever see bottled as a single malt. Only 150 bottles total in what was a smaller cask. That made it a no brainer.
Sometimes things just fall right into your hands! An extra case of rare BT bottles?! Thanks! However, I'm feeling nice today, so I won't keep these 12 experimentals that were delivered to the wrong store and sell them for a quick $1200. We're too nice of a store and I wouldn't be able to sleep well at night.
Signatory has just released a new batch of fantastic new single malts. I've tasted through them and they're wonderful. There's a new Laphroaig 10 year in refill sherry, a gorgeous Highland Park 19 in 1st fill sherry, a bourbon cask of Bowmore 11 that I love, a tempting Blair Athol, plus some rare cask strength bottlings from producers like Glen Ord. Should be about 8 or 9 malts in all plus food. All for $25! The date is Tuesday May 24th. 7 PM at La Boheme Restaurant in Burlingame Ave in downtown Burlingame. Space is limited. Email me to RSVP.