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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
May052011

News Tidbits For Today

-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.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
May042011

New K&L Exclusive Scotland Barrel Release!

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.

Wednesday
May042011

Special Delivery

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.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
May042011

Signatory Tasting Tuesday 5/24

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.

-daviddriscoll@klwines.com

Tuesday
May032011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight! 

Are you ready to get experimental?  I hope so because tonight at Martin's West we'll be tasting a selection from the ultra-rare Buffalo Trace "Rediscovered" series.  The recent release of experimental barrels contained a 21 year, 19 year, and 17 year without any tweaking or manipulation - just old Buffalo Trace whiskey!  Good luck trying to find these in a store, but you can find them on Ebay for about $200 per HALF bottle.  As I wrote earlier on the blog, I learned while being a teacher that being fair means allowing everyone to have a chance at the cherry popsicle.  Therefore, I gave a few bottles back to the distributor and they sold them to Martin's West instead.  Moira will open them tonight and you can have a full glass of the 1993 17 year old for about $4.  Show starts at 6 PM.  See you there!

-David Driscoll