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Weds from 5 - 6:30 PM

9/24 - San Francisco: Monkey 47 w/Christoph Keller!

9/24 - Redwood City: Germain Robin K&L Exclusive Brandy!

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!


Monday
Jun062011

Tasting Schedule This Week

Here's what's on tap for this week in the two locations:

Tuesday - Redwood City @ Martin's West 6 PM - Springbank 18 - $6 - ish (final cost TBA) - This is one of Campbeltown's best values, especially when you consider that the 21 year retails for upwards of $600.  One of Scotland's most exciting distilleries and independently owned.  This is essentially mandatory purchase for all those Single Malt obsessed, if no other reason than to gloat about actually tasting one.  Plus it tastes great - classic Campbeltown rusticity balanced by 80% sherry casking. 

Thursday - San Francisco @ Gitane 5:30 PM - Rittenhouse 25 - $9 - ish (final cost TBA) - The oldest and best tasting rye currently available on the market.  Come taste this legendary Heaven Hill whiskey with us for a pretty nice little price. 

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jun032011

Alchemist Closeouts Coming - Advanced Warning

Get ready for some AWESOME whiskies at low low low prices.  Sometime late next week (if all goes well) we should get a large batch of the absolute LAST Alchemist bottles that were imported into the U.S.  There were dropped by the former importer and closed out at ridiculous prices. I did my homework on this deal, made sure I got over to the importer's warehouse once they arrived, tasted through these, and jumped all over every bottle of the best expressions.  The Alchemist single malts are independent whiskies from Gordon Wright, a member of the Springbank family with close associations to Bruichladdich as well.  That explains how he got all the good stuff.  There are other expressions besides the four that I cornered, and while they are also less expensive, they don't represent the slam bang deal that the others do.  There are other spirits as well such as a 15 year old Calvados, an older Armagnac, and some aged Guadalupe Agricole rhum.  Those will also be brought in most likely, but I'm sticking with these four as the highlights and I bought over 100 bottles of each.  We will be shooting out an email to the big list when these arrive but you will have plenty of time to nab as many as you want.

Macallan 18 Year Old Alchemist (elsewhere $150) $79.99 - I've seen this as high as $150 in other countries and over $100 in the UK, but it is not available in the U.S.!!  While not as heavily sherried as the standard distillery offering, the Alchemist version still brings the elegance. Vanilla, hints of stone fruit, soft textures, a smooth and lasting finish, and hints of sweet baking spices - everything one would expect from well-aged Macallan. Do not wait to secure your order. These could very well sell through in minutes.

Macallan 15 Year Old Alchemist (elsewhere $80) $65.99 - While everyone else is out there eyeing the fantastic price on the Macallan 18 Alchemist, trust me folks, the 15 year is the jewel of the bunch. This whisky simply explodes with flavor in the traditional Speyside style. Big, chewy, intensely rich flavors of toffee, raisined fruit, candied orange peel, and thick, malty goodness. This is personally the best Macallan I've had in....well, I can't actually remember tasting another Macallan I liked this much! Simply wonderful whisky and I can't recommend it highly enough. This whisky delivers the goods in everyway possible, both for beginners and for single malt experts. Stock up for holiday gifts, or save for yourself because once this is gone, that's it forever. At this price it's hard to decide how many I want!!

Bruichladdich 15 Year Old Alchemist (previously $75) $52.99 - Gordon Wright, the man behind the Alchemist bottlings, used his great relationship with Bruichladdich to secure this super batch of whisky from their library of casks. It's everything you want from the classic style of the distillery - grassy, herbal aromas that lead into a saline, and fruity palate. The finish is rich and warming, brimming with toasted vanilla and barrel spice. When you think that that standard distillery bottlings of Bruichladdich 15 retail for over $70, you realize what a crazy, ridiculous price this is for a whisky this good. Classic in every way and one of the best deals we've stumbled across in some time. This won't last long - especially once our old whisky buyer and Bruichladdich super fan, Susan Purnell, realizes it's here. This is unavailable anywhere else in the U.S. right now, so grab it and grab it quickly.

Highland Park 16 Year Old Calvados Finished Alchemist (unavailable in the U.S.) $72.99 - Currently unavailable anywhere else in the U.S.! A rarely seen gem has suddenly re-emerged and fallen right into our lap at a ridiculously low price! This Calvados-finished Highland Park is astoundingly good, supremely delicious, and likely to sell out as fast as it came in! Imagine all the grace and balance of Highland Park, with the campfire smoke and sweet grains, maturing inside of an apple brandy cask! I couldn't believe my mouth when I tasted this! The apple highlights linger softly on the entry and brood slowly on the palate before they give way to the bit of peat smoke and subtle richness that coat the finish all the way down. I've never seen a Calvados-aged HP and I don't think I'll ever see one again. After tasting this, I can't imagine why that would be the case - this stuff rules.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Jun022011

Piramide Is Here! El Autentico

A while back I posted an article on this blog asking for"real" tequila. There's a glut of tasty tequila on the market, but no one knows anything about it.  Where did it come from?  How was it made? Heck, who even made it?  That info is irrelevant to most people, but tequila is one of the last few spirits we stock where the people selling it have nothing to do with the people making it and I want to change that.  That's when Karolina from Piramide called me up and was so happy that I could speak some Spanish because she had to tell me about her family's new tequila.  Made from 100% certified organic agave plants, these guys grow it, harvest it, distill it, import it, distribute it, and promote it.  They can tell you about the soil in Jalisco where it is grown and about the pure fermentation process that results in the virbrant flavor.  The bottle is simple and to the point because they're all about the spirit inside.  The blanco is zesty, full of citrus, cinnamon, and pepper. The finish is clean and the texture is supple, remarkable tequila with no frills.  The reposado straddles the line between spicy and smooth with fantastic depth of flavor.  Cinnamon, cloves, and baking spices galore without ever losing its gusto. I love this stuff and the price is incredible, but I also love to support people who are passionate about making tequila.  Thank heaven we've found some.

Piramide 100% Organic Blanco Tequila $25.99

Piramide 100% Organic Reposado Tequila $31.99

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jun012011

Alligator Come and Gone

Ardbeg's Alligator has come and gone!  I can't say I'm sad about that either.  While I get as excited as the next person when it comes to these special releases, the scarcity and the collectable nature of these bottles seem to bring out the rage in people.  I think we did a fair and reasonable sale of our generous allocation.  We made sure that NO ONE got more than one bottle (I had to watch every order and cancel the repeats......you sneaky guys) and we made them available online, via phone, or via email.  The Alligator batches lasted for more than an hour each, so there was no real rush.  You couldn't sit around and twiddle your thumbs, but it wasn't a mad dash or anything.

That's the nature of these bottles.  There were some unhappy people who missed out and to those people I can say this in consolation: this won't be the only time we see the Alligator.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more pop up in the near future.  However, you cannot assume they'll be here waiting for you.  These are like U2 concert tickets and there's nothing Ticketmaster can do once they're gone.  It's first come first served.

The days of trying something special and coming back for it later are over.  If you've heard about it, read about,  or seen it on a blog, then so have thousands of other people - and they're all shopping at K&L too. 

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
May312011

Elmer T Lee and ME

Our new single barrel from Buffalo Trace just landed.  Elmer T. Lee was responsible for the first single barrel expression of bourbon, the legendary Blanton's, which was released in 1984 while he was plant manager at the Distillery.  In 1985, he retired from daily plant operations, but continued to share his great knowledge and passion for bourbon as Master Distiller Emeritus.  His name sake bottling is one of my favorite expressions from the current line up.  However, due to the high standard of the regular bottling we do not regularly purchase single barrels.  The quality of this barrel, however, is EXCEPTIONAL.  It shows a similar profile to the standard bottling, but more with more intensity. 

Here are my tasting notes: Not sure how we topped the extremely generous standard bottling, but this barrel stood head and shoulders above the other samples we tasted.  Barrel #007 came from a distinct part of the rickhouse.  Its barrel number plays perfectly to its strengths.  Sleek, but powerful.  Mysterious and sexy...his name is Lee... Elmer T.  It amplifies all of the most exciting qualities that we know and love about the Elmer T.  The depth on the nose is astounding, running the spectrum from spice, rawhide, and sandalwood to plums, tea and violets.  Those nose is sensual and familiar, but the palate is where this bourbon really set itself apart.  Awesomely honeyed, the taffy and clove move swiftly into stone fruits and vanilla bean. This barrel is showing very little oak tannin.  Super complex, yet strangely easy to wrap your head around.  I have a feeling we'll be talking about this one for some time to come.

Elmer T. Lee K&L Exclusive Single Cask #007 Bourbon 750ml

-David Girard