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8/20 - San Francisco: No Tasting

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

2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #344 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Kilchoman K&L Exclusive 100% Islay Single Bourbon Barrel #345 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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


1997 Bunnahabhain Heavily Peated 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Chieftain's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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


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 IN STOCK NOW!


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!


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

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