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Weds from 5 - 6:30 PM

8/20 - San Francisco: No Tasting

8/20 - Redwood City: K&L Signatory Single Malts

2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

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 SOLD OUT!!


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!


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!


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!


Monday
May302011

Yet Another New Barrel Direct From Scotland!

This is another of the real gems from the trip.  One of the best whiskies we tried in Scotland, made even better by its collectable status!

1975 Banff K&L Exclusive 35 Year Old Duncan Taylor Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ARRIVAL $199.99 - Getting to roam the warehouses of the Scottish Highlands, in search of forgotten treasures, was an experience that David OG and I will never forget.  Finding a hidden barrel from one of Scotland's most undervalued and unknown mothballed distilleries was just icing on the cake.  Banff was a Highland institution that was dismantled and demolished back in 1983.  Destined to become the next Brora or Port Ellen, malt enthusiasts are only now beginning to understand just what exactly we've been missing.  A good Banff whisky will usually exhibit some stong grainy notes, bright stone fruits, and a kick of vanilla on the finish.  The 35 year old single cask we found at the Duncan Taylor estate is the best Banff we've ever had the chance to taste. The initial flavors are saline and oily (think Clynelish at its best) before transitioning into a mouthfull of vanilla cream with cereal grain and white peach accents. The finish is ultra-delicate, almost transcendent in its grace, and at 45.2% there's no need to water it down.  Just sit back, pour, and enjoy one of the finest barrels we were lucky enough to stumble across.  Banff is gone and it will never produce any whisky again which adds to the collectability of the bottle, but you'll want to drink every drop of this, trust us. Along with the Ladyburn, this was one of the top whiskies from our trip, hands down.

-David Driscoll

Sunday
May292011

Heaven Hill Here We Come...

Hollywood & VineK&L Hollywood's first spirits tasting in over a year went off last night.  We finally found a great partner to host our events in their beautiful new restaurant Wood&Vine.  Despite the holiday weekend, we had a nice intimate crowd and some America's finest Bourbon and Rye.  The restaurant is lovely and we packed into the courtyard to taste as the sun was setting.  I think there were definitely a couple of surprises for the guests in the line up.  First, about 90% of the guests LOVED the Old Fitzegerald 100 Proof, which is the wheated bourbon brother of the infamously popular Rittenhouse 100 Proof.  It's out of stock at the moment, but represents one of the best values in bourbon.  It's easy going wheat based bourbon and bottled in bond.  Anyway, for $15 its a silly deal and nice to have something around that you don't feel guilty going through quickly or experimenting with.  Other highlights were more obvious.  Both the Rittenhouse Rye 25 Year and the Parker's Heritage Collection 27 Year showed incredibly well, as was expected.  These two bottles are considered legendary for a reason and anyone who loves american whiskey needs to try them.  We're on the last few bottles of the 27 Year and its sold out in distribution, so please don't wait.  Finally, something that I personally fell back in love with was the Parker's Heritage Collection 10 Year Wheated Cask Strength. We decided this was our bourbon of the year, but I have not touched my bottle in a few months and having a refreshly was very welcome.  Bourbon does not need to be 20 or 30 years old to be great.  In fact, for most bourbon 10 years is the sweet spot.  Parker Beam really shows of that fact with this lovely, complex, and viscerally pleasurable.  We should have our next tasting announcement in a week or so and we'll be ramping up the tastings significantly in the coming months.  We've got two GREAT new locations to work with, so hopefully we'll be doing AT COST TASTINGS, spirits dinners, and standard spirits tastings at three different locations throughout Hollywood  Thank you to everyone who came and thank you to Wood&Vine for being such great hosts. 

-David Girard

Friday
May272011

Thusday Tasting Review #2

This Rare Malt Edition of Auchroisk seemed to go over quite well.  The heavy, dense textures of the whisky were a hit amongst the tasters I spoke with and I think we all appreciated the chance to taste something we'd never usually purchase.  My new goal may be to taste every single distillery and move down a list, finding unique expressions from each one.  Not next week, though.  Next week we're at the K&L San Francisco store tasting wine-based spirits i.e. vermouth, Chinato, Amari, etc. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May262011

Thursday SF Notes

Another busy day of appointments in the SF store.  I finally got around to meeting Kiki from Pür Spirits aus Deutschland and we went through her fascinating line up of liqueurs and "Geiste." We always get asked about our selection of German spirits (which amounts to zero) and we always apologize for our lack of schnapps.  I'm proud to say that we will now be carrying the whole Pür line up and I couldn't be more excited.  The Pear Liqueur is subtle, delicate, and pure - not at all like Clear Creek or J Pear which are much more viscous and hearty.  This is a slightly sweet elixer that could turn sparkling prosecco into a heavenly cocktail.  The elderflower liqeuer will prove to be St Germain's worst nightmare.  This is the real deal folks and it's amazing - huge sales projections.  The Bierschnapps is always quite special - aged in chestnut wood - and reminiscent of Bock Bier.  Our beer guys are going to wet their pants.  Should be in stock by next week.

My call for real tequila continues to be answered.  I'm going to take a chance and bring in the Piramide tequilas because they are "el autentico."  These guys grow the 100% organic agave, they harvest it, they distill it, they import it, they distribute it.  It's all them every step of the way.  The bottle design leaves a bit to be desired, but these guys aren't about image.  It's about pride.  We had to do half the tasting in Spanish because they're not used to presenting in English.  I found that endearing.  What a difference between these producers and the suits that usually come into the store with their flashy brand logos.  This is the tequila company you want to root for, so I'm going to bring it in.  The tequilas are clean, tasty, and peppery, which I think people will appreciate.  All estate!

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May262011

Thursday Tasting Tonight

Auchroisk 20 Year Diageo 2010 Rare Malt Edition.  $180 per bottle.  $9 a glass tonight including your tip!  This was the best reviewed of the 2010 Diageo releases that also saw an ancient Glenkinchie, Glen Elgin, and Cragganmore.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.  Gitane in downtown SF.  5:30 PM sharp.  25 glasses available.

-David Driscoll