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Friday
Jan142011

Podcast #2 - Whiskey Expert Chuck Cowdery

This week I interview author/writer/expert Chuck Cowdery, author of the fantastic Bourbon, Straight and featured contributor to the Malt Advocate and Whisky magazines.  We talk about common misconceptions regarding bourbon, the history of the American whiskey industry, and some of the confusion regarding certain products on today's retail market.  Chuck's blog is also a great source of information regarding American whiskey topics.

Click here to download this week's podcast (remember to right click if you have a PC, or hold down option if you have a Mac).  It is also available via iTunes.

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Friday
Jan142011

Green Lighted

It's on.  March 21st to April 1st - David OG and I will be driving all over this country tasting barrel after barrel after barrel.  This is no vacation.  This is all business.  Watch out, Scotland.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jan122011

Corsair Single Barrel Rye Is In!

I was really nervous with the arrival of this barrel.  First it was late, then the label was in question, and then all this bad-mouthing of young whiskies starts catching fire across the internet.  Plus, it had been five months since I had last tasted it.  I was expecting these bottles to show up next week, but I walked into the warehouse today and there they were.  157 bottles of K&L exclusive rye whiskey right there in front of me.  I immediately uncorked a bottle and ran to the tasting bar to make sure my reputation wasn't going to go down in flames.  Pheeeeeeeew.......it's delicious.  For such a young whiskey, this is amazingly soft rye.  The rapid maturation that Corsair was able to accomplish is fantastic - soft vanilla, cherries, and a smoky finish, yet still the more austere textures of true rye.  The mouthfeel isn't creamy or sweetened like a bourbon would be, but this is so different that any other rye on the market.  In any case, you all will have to find out on your own.  We sold around twenty bottles today and there's a mass email coming soon, so it isn't going to last forever.  The Corsair K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Kentucky Rye is from a 100% rye mashbill and makes a fantastic new addition to our growing selection. I'm really confident that many of you are going to love it.  Although, I'm bracing myself for those of you who do not! :)

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jan122011

Viñas De Oro - Truly Golden

As one of my fellow buyers here at K&L always likes to remind us, one has to keep an open mind when tasting or else you might miss out on something great.  It always seems to go something like this: I'm on my way out the door for lunch, just as I'm stepping out the door I get paged to the sales floor, a vendor is waiting there for me to taste something, and it's never, ever whiskey.  Yesterday it was Pisco.  While I love the grape-based spirits of South America, they're not exactly flying off the shelves.  I've been very happy with both the Soldeica and the new Encanto de Campo already, so I wasn't optimistic that this Viñas de Oro would find a way into our selection.  Again, this is why one is supposed to keep an open mind.

Pisco is a spirit that one is generally not meant to sip, but I've always felt that the great examples hold up against fine Italian grappas.  They can be so perfumy, floral, fruity, and complex.  The Viñas de Oro bottlings are in the league of Encanto quality, yet they have multiple expressions that are all completely different.  The Acholado was incredibly floral and expressive.  The Quarranta was mild, but vibrant like a tequila.  The Torontel was wildly tangy, almost like it was distilled with sour lemon.  The Mosto Verde Torontel was distilled from a grape must with a healthy amount of residual sugar, giving the spirit a creamier and more elegant texture.  All four were mind-expanding.

Next week when I bring all four of these bottles into K&L, I will have to make space for more Pisco.  While we are already cluttered as is, we have a duty to carry the best.  Viñas de Oro Pisco is definitely the best.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Jan112011

Bourbon Seminar w/ Jim Rutledge

The Barbary Coast Conservatory in San Francisco is finally starting to host some great public events, so I want to do everything I can to help these guys get this program going.  For those of you who don't remember, last year's SF cocktail week was centered around the opening of the Boothby Center on Mission St, a facility that will allow for seminars, lectures, and cocktail training. It's like a library, but only for booze-related subjects! Now that the guys are actively bringing in guest speakers, it's time to start supporting our local treasure by attending some wonderful events.  Coming up this January 27th, Four Rose's Jim Rutledge will be doing a two hour bourbon seminar, talking history, distilling, and the nature of American whiskey.  Tastings of Four Roses Bourbon will be provided, as well as a specially designed Four Roses cocktail from the bartenders present.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the link below.  This should be a fantastic event, as anyone who has ever met Jim will tell you how fascinating he is.  To spend two hours with him in a small, intimate setting is a real treat.  He might be the best distiller alive.

Tickets can be purchased online here!

All proceeds go to support the Conservatory!  That's a wonderful thing.

-David Driscoll