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1988 Blair Athol 25 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Bruichladdich 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Glen Ord 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Glenburgie 19 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Glenrothes 17 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Imperial 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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 SOLD OUT!


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 SOLD OUT!


1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


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 SOLD OUT!


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!


Tuesday
May242011

Tuesday Notes

My call for new, interesting tequilas is being answered, thank the Lord!  After bringing in Gran Dovel, we've just picked up 123 Tequila - a super clean, vibrant, 100% organic spirit that gets me excited about booze again.  These are traditional, lighter-styled spirits, not the overly oaked and super sweet stuff that's been taking over as of late.  I can't wait to get these on the shelf because the bottles are also quite striking. 

I also tasted though the Old Pulteney line again and I'm going diehard for the 17 year!  I love old-fashioned, Highland-style malts and this is like a time machine back to what I imagine whisky used to be like.  Soft, but structured.  Vanilla and dried apricots.  Fruit, grains, and a lingering finish at a beautiful 46% - no need to water it down.  Coming in tomorrow!

-David Driscoll

 

Monday
May232011

Another New Barrel Announcement!

This week's special new Scotland cask is a mere octave of old whisky, so there are only going to be 60 bottles available for pre-arrival.  First come, first served!

1988 Auchroisk K&L Exclusive 21 Year Old Duncan Taylor Single Octave Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky PRE-ARRIVAL $89.99 - There are always a few winners and one or two disappointments from the annual release of Diageo's Rare Malt series.   The 20 Year Old Auchroisk was 2010's darling of the bunch, winning us over completely as well as the experts of the blogosphere.  The U.S. market sees very little from this young Speyside distillery, so Diageo priced their rare malt accordingly at $180 per bottle.  Hence, when David OG and I sat down with Euan and Scott from Duncan Taylor and discovered a 21 year old octave cask of Auchroisk for about half the price, we immediately perked up and took notice. Unlike a standard Speyside whisky, this small barrel is entirely without sherry and devoid of richness.  Because of the mild influence of the octave wood, the brilliance of the spirit is allowed to shine instead.  The nose smells of fresh cut melon with the perfumy aromas of a flower shop. The soft and smooth palate reveals a bit of vanilla and some vibrant stone fruits before finishing as softly as a whisper.  Discovering what makes Auchroisk really tick has never been so tasty.  This fun little number is grace defined and there isn't much of it.  At this ridiculous price, there won't be much for very long either.  Strictly by the name and numbers, this should be the fastest selling release we offer.  But guess what?  It's as good as you hope it will be!  Same age as the Diageo release, same distillery, half the price.

-David Driscoll

Sunday
May222011

Things You Need To Know About #1

This is the first post in what will be a series of articles concerning valuable resources in the California drinking community.  I want to highlight the fact that I have no reason other than my own admiration to write these pieces or offer my endorsement.  Many people have found their way to this blog and K&L in general due to a friend's recommendation or a positive web review, so I want to pass along the same service to a few choice establishments that I feel do booze right.  Hopefully they'll get a bit of a rub from any readers I can send their way as they fully deserve it.

TYNTKA #1 - The Los Angeles Whiskey Society -  The guys at LAWS have the best whiskey webpage on the internet - hands down.  If I need to get some tasting notes for a bottle or an idea of what a customer can expect for something I've never tried, I don't pick up the Whisky Bible, nor do I reach for a monthly publication with Parker points and numerical evaluations - my first destination is always the LAWS webpage.  The layout is fantastic, the number of whiskies reviewed is outrageous, and the site is easy to navigate with helpful, detailed tasting notes.  The question is: can you trust their reviews?  Having dealt with Adam and Steve on a somewhat regular basis, I can tell you that they are stingy critics, and I mean that in a good way.  There's no point in asking someone who likes everything what their opinion is.  I'm not always to best person to ask either because I have to answer to the companies I criticize, therefore limiting how honest I can really be.  When these guys enjoy a whiskey, you can count on their endorsement holding some weight.  When they don't like a whiskey, they don't pull any punches.  No one else on the web who has the tasting experience of LAWS can say the same thing.  Bad whiskies get treated with kid gloves by most writers because there's too much business at risk.  LAWS is just a group of passionate guys who love whisky and who maintain an incredible database, so they're free to be as honest as they please.  Anyone who reads my paltry blog, should definitely be checking in with their site.

-David Driscoll

Sunday
May222011

Special Laphroaig Due This Summer

If you thought that the other Islay distilleries were going to sit back and let Ardbeg hog the special release spotlight, well then think again!  Laphroaig has announced that they will be releasing a new batch of their Cairdeas line, a bottling normally sold only at the Islay festival each May, to the U.S. market this summer (note: the photo above is for an older batch).   The 2011 release will be bottled at 50.5%, according to the press statement I received,  and was aged in Maker's Mark casks.  The tasting notes read "hints of salt and seaweed, layered with vibrant peat."  Sounds like every bottle of Laphroaig ever.  Should retail for $60 or so.  Can't wait! 

-David Driscoll

Saturday
May212011

SF Tasting #1 Review

We finally got our first downtown tasting up and running this past Thursday and I was pretty satisfied with how it came off.  Thanks to the rabid SF thirst for whisky, we had Gitane packed and full before we had time even to pour one glass. I'm glad that everyone got the memo about this tasting starting at 5:30 because these one bottle tastings are like going to the movies - you get there when it starts, not half an hour later.  We blew through a bottle of 20 year old Bowmore in about 20-25 minutes and Andrew Morrison from A.D. Rattray combed through the crowd to answer questions and talk about his booze.  I'm going to talk to Gitane about a few things to work on for next week. They were worried about the fact that we ran out so fast and suggested we do a second bottle. However, they also want the thing to end by 6:30 so their dinner guests have space at the bar and with a second bottle I think this thing would linger on until 7:30.  I say we keep it one bottle, first 25 people, and if you can't get there at 5:30 then so be it.  There will be other tastings and other events.  In fact, I'm working on doing a 2nd tasting that would start at 7 PM on the exact same night!  We're working on turning the Hideout, located at the back of the Delva Bar on 16th St. between Valencia and Guererro, into a little after hours party where we pour a few different things - again all for the low, low price of wholesale cost!

-David Driscoll