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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!


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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!


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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
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

Tuesday
May312011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight

Come join me in Redwood City @ Martin's West where we will open a bottle of Old Pulteney 17 year old for about $4 a glass!  6 PM sharp and bring your raincoat because it is not quite summer yet in the Bay Area.

For all you East Coasters, our K&L presence has invaded New York City.  Go and visit Nicolas Palazzi tonight: @ Stella - 213 Front St (Seaport) – 6:30 PM – McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt (2010 release) $3. Same rules as our tasting here: get there on time, one bottle only, it goes until it’s gone.  If you need specifics send him an email: nicolas@npalazziwine.com

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
May312011

Appreciating What's Around You

I went to college in San Diego.  There's probably some great beaches, wonderful restaurants, lovely hikes, and interesting culture there, but I couldn't tell you.  I spent most of my time in my apartment playing video games, smoking cigarettes, and eating Domino's pizza.  When I graduated I left because I was bored.  Later on of course I felt the pangs of regret as I cleaned myself up, lost the pizza weight, and quit smoking.  "All the opportunities I wasted!" I still think sometimes.  For that reason, I want to stress to everyone living in Northern California: Do not take what we have for granted!

I decided to open two bottles of local wine last night because, although I taste many domestic wines as part of our staff training program, I show little enthusiasm beyond what's necessary - and that's a shame.  It's a shame because, while I'm geeking out for the French Arbois or a small Burgundy plot, there really are many outstanding wines close by that we have access to.  I could visit these places on the weekends, take a drive to Sonoma, enjoy the landscape and its inherent beauty, but I don't.  No longer.  I will not relive my college apathy!!

It's not just wine either.  We've got St. George distillery, Charbay, Germain-Robin, Old World Spirits, and others still making their mark.  You can visit these places and sample their products, see how they're made, and embrace the local community.  When I traveled extensively through Europe as a young adult, I found all cultures enjoying and taking pride in their local wines and spirits.  Yet, here I sit, ignoring so many outstanding local vintners, lusting after products from afar that have no special importance or significance in my life. 

I vow to appreciate my Northern California alcohol community now by learning more about the wines from this region.  I work in the best wine store on the West Coast, located in NorCal, but I can't tell you details about the local wines?  That's pathetic.  No More!!

-David Driscoll