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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!


Tuesday
Apr052011

The Return of Cyrus Noble

Cyrus Noble Bourbon first appeared in 1871 where it became a favorite amongst San Franciscans and those with gold rush fever, who were thirsty for Kentucky-made whiskey.  Little has changed since then amongst Bay Area natives.  They're still thirsty for more Kentucky brown water and no matter how much we buy, it's never enough.  The Haas Brothers, who have owned the label since 1922, are now bringing it back by sourcing some fine casks from Kentucky and bottling it under their old trademark.  This release is a five year old from Heaven Hill and it's a fine one at that.  Soft, creamy, and loaded with barrel spice and vanilla, it reminds me of the last Hirsch selection that I loved so much, albeit this one is much less expensive.  Should be $25 a bottle and should be in stock tomorrow afternoon! 

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Apr052011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight!

See you all at 6 PM tonight over at Martin's West where we'll be tasting something from the new Gordon & MacPhail collection, the 1975 Banff!  The Diageo-owned distillery's backstock hasn't made an official appearance since 2004 as part of Diageo's Rare Malt series.  G&M seem to have some nice barrels in their collection so I'm happy to get the chance to taste tonight.  Banff was a Speyside distillery that was closed in 1983, partly demolished in 1985, and then completely gutted by a fire in 1991.  Obviously, it will remain a silent distillery.  Come out and learn about the rare malts of the Scotch whisky world tonight!  Full pours should cost around $6 and that's a fantastic price for a $140 bottle of extinct whisky.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Apr042011

New Gordon & MacPhail

I really like the Gordon & MacPhail palate.  They seem to often choose smart casks for their bottlings and that only enhances the reputation of their brand's quality.  What I especially like is that some of their bottlings are at 43%, bucking the current trend that believes malt tastes better at 46% (as if that's a magic number).  Euan from G&M told me in person that he doesn't understand the fascination with percentages, saying that a whisky tastes best at the level where it tastes best, not necessarily a set ABV.  I completely trust that G&M has tried their barrels at both cask strength and with water.  If they decide to bottle at 43% then I assume that it tasted better at that proof.  The previous releases (Glenlivet, Glen Grant, Rosebank) that were at 43% were fantastic and I assume these will be as well.  Can't wait to taste them.  Here's what just came in.  I had to pre-order them to secure them, so haven't sampled them yet, but the selection is fascinating.  A load of distilleries that are closed or rarely available.

1991 Ardmore 16 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $94.99

1976 Banff 28 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $139.99

1984 Convalmore 22 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $149.99

1975 Glen Albyn 31 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $195.99

1984 Glenesk 20 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky $139.99

-David Driscoll

Monday
Apr042011

Floor Maltings at Bowmore

Very few distilleries still do this, so this was a treat.  Jamie MacKenzie explains (at 2 AM):

-David Driscoll

Sunday
Apr032011

2.5x Distilled? Flamethrower?!

Peter Currie breaks it down at Springbank distillery

-David Driscoll