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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
Apr142011

SF Tastings Imminent 

For those of you who have been bummed out about our lack of SF tastings, I think we might be right on the verge of a winner.  I have to check out the spot next week, but I like what I've heard so far and the days are going to be just right.  These guys are interested in doing some seminars and serious tastings, so it could be quite the relationship.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.  The location is downtown/North Beach so it should be a hotspot for drinkin'!

As a reminder, anyone interested in joining our secret K&L Whisk(e)y Club should email me and have me add your email address to the list.  We generally don't talk too much about it (first rule of whisk(e)y club is you don't talk about whisk(e)y club), but I thought I'd offer a few open spots.  There are some nice perks. 

Let me know-

-David Driscoll (daviddriscoll@klwines.com)

Thursday
Apr142011

Test 1, Test 2...

So I broke my camera in a Scotland warehouse and said "No More!" with digital point & shoots.  I was a film major in college, so I have a basic working knowledge of photography.  I decided to invest in something more serious to see what I could do with spirits romanticization.  Maybe I can make our bottles look so freakin' amazing that you can't help but want one!  We'll see.  I'm playing around with a few lenses and a few looks.  Above is my "intellectual/whisky drinker/private eye" look.

Better lenses means lower aperture, means narrower depth of field, means subjects that pop when shot in focus.  I think I can take this blog to the next level with some better imaging.  We'll see.  I'll keep toying around with this thing and see what happens.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Apr122011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight!

We're going big tonight at Martin's West.  Tonight, beginning at 6 PM, you can come and order a whole glass of 1984 Yamazaki Japanese Single Malt Whiskey (a $600+ dollar bottle) and it will cost you about $20.  That's less than the average glass of Macallan 15 at most places.  We are only purchasing one bottle, so that leaves 26 pours available for the first 26 people who show up.  Unfortunately we cannot reserve pours in advance. 

If you're new to Japanese whiskey and you're wondering why this is such a big deal, let me tell you first that the Yamazaki was the megahit of WhiskyFest SF.  It was the first bottle everyone who attended the advance VIP session went to try.  I was there early and I still wasn't able to taste it - the bottle was drained within 15 minutes.  Interest in Japanese whiskey has reached a fever pitch stateside, so getting to try something new, especially something rare, is a big deal.

Neyah White, the brand ambassador for Suntory, recently told me that the 1984 was just awarded best whiskey in the world at a recent Whisky Magazine blind tasting, where it went up against the big boys of Scotland and took them down unanimously.  What makes the 1984 so different?

To me, it's the heavy use of ultra-expensive Japanese Oak barrels that comes through in the flavor.  Having tasted the 1984 a few months back, I picked up sandlewood, curry, even Indian spices and I couldn't figure out where these flavors were coming from.  Neyah informed me that these profiles were indicitive of the wood and they were exactly why Japanese oak barrels are amazing vestibules for malt whiskey. However, due to the rarity of the wood, the fact that coopering it is next to impossible, and the amount of leakage that occurs due to its porousness, aging whiskey in Japanese oak is neither easy, nor cost effective - that makes it exclusive.

There are not many bottles of 1984 Yamazaki in the states right now so I'm looking forward to drinking one with you all tonight!  See you there.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Apr112011

Yelp Help

Every now and then I like to check in on Yelp to see what our customers think about our service. I am very sensitive to this kind of thing, so I probably shouldn't look too often.  However, if some of our employees are not doing their job in the eyes of the customer, I definitely want to know about it.  We're not perfect over at K&L so it's always nice to know where we can improve.  We generally have a great five star average, but now and again we mess up and that person lets us know it.  That's the nice part about Yelp - it gives the consumer some power to fight back against crappy service.

The bad part about Yelp is when people get frustrated about something that isn't our fault and then blatantly lie about what happened.  I was perusing our recent reviews and read the report of a customer experience that is just 100% false.  I usually give reviewers the benefit of the doubt, but I happened to remember exactly the incident the person is describing and it couldn't be further from the truth.  The bad part about giving everyone a voice on the internet is that many people choose not to use that voice responsibly.  Some readers take Yelp very seriously, so it pains me to know that some customers will read this review and believe it to be true. 

I ask that those of you who use consumer sites like Yelp to please keep the basic tenants of human nature into account.  I used to rely on these testimonials for restaurants and hotels, but having been on the other side, it's obvious that some people are using reviews on Yelp as a punching bag for their own inner anger. 

-David Driscoll

 

Monday
Apr112011

Highland Scottish

During our first night at Glendronach, David OG and I made our way over to the only establishment within 10 miles of the distillery - a small inn and pub at the end of the main road.  This was the local hangout, but there are only about 5 locals in the whole area.  When they spoke to us, they spoke a language we could understand: English.  However, when they conversed with one another, we couldn't comprehend one word.  I asked them if they were trying to disguise their conversation from us and they said, "What?  You can't understand English?"

-David Driscoll