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10/29 - Redwood City: Alexander Murray Single Malts

11/5 - San Francisco: Alexander Murray Single Malts

2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

1988 Blair Athol 26 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2001 Bowmore 13 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Bruichladdich 24 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
Apr262011

Tuesday Tasting Tonight

I wanted to start a little educational series about how the barrel type effects the flavor of a whisky, but I was having trouble finding a really fine example that was neither too obvious nor too subtle.  This new ten year Laphroaig from Signatory is perfect and will prove as tasty as it will pedagogical.  Aged in a refill sherry butt, the richness of the wood is on display, but remains restrained due to the fact that another whisky has already soaked up much of the intensity.  Come and taste a magnificant Islay for pennies on the dollar.  Should be around $4 or less.  And that's for a full glass, Jack!  Martin's West, Redwood City, 6 PM, one bottle only, first come first served.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Apr252011

New Buffalo Trace Barrel In Stock

Here's a secret photo that someone with an iPhone smuggled out of our tasting bar earlier today.  We can't confirm reports just yet, but word is that the bourbon is delicious.  Here's what we know:

Buffalo Trace K&L Exclusive Single Cask #171 Lot 2089 Kentucky Straight Bourbon $24.99 - When given the opportunity to continuously buy casks directly from one of the best distilleries in the country, it makes sense to take advantage of it as frequently as possible.  Every time Buffalo Trace has provided us with single barrel samples, we've no problem selecting a winner.  These guys only make outstanding bourbon and the quality is apparent in both their normal distillery bottling and once again in our exclusive K&L single cask.  This is supple, rich, and robust whiskey - going down soft and easy while exhibiting warm baking spices with vanilla and oak.  It's difficult to imagine any bourbon fan not enjoying this immensely - especially for the price.  American distilleries offer tremendous value for the money and no whiskey could display this phenomenon better than this one.  180 bottles available.

-David Driscoll

 

Friday
Apr222011

Podcast #15 - Cocktails With Erik Ellestad

Erik Ellestad's cocktail blog, The Underhill Lounge, has chronicled his attempt to make every single drink in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  His passion and enthusiasm for this educational adventure led him to opportunities behind the best bars in the Bay Area and features in both the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle.  His website has become THE place to find information on how to mix cocktails period.  His humble personality and easy-going manner make him both approachable and admirable.  Today we talk cocktails, bartending, recipes, and the Bay Area bar scene.

If you want to meet Erik and taste some of his amazing libations, head over to the Alembic on Haight St for Savoy Cocktail Night this Easter Sunday.  If you tell him you listened to our conversation on the podcast, he just might make you an extra special surprise.

This podcast episode can be downloaded here.  Previous episodes are archived here and on our iTunes site.  You can also listen via our embedded Flash player below:

-David Driscoll


Thursday
Apr212011

Busy Thursday

Staff tasting with Ardbeg and the guys from LVMH first thing in the morning.  They have to make sure that the top Ardbeg account in the U.S. is up to date on their product.  Our new guy Matt needed to be briefied as did our new phone guy Sal.  Corryvreckan at 10 AM?  Mmmmm......

Lincoln Henderson's bourbon project landed today as well. The well-hyped Angel's Envy showed up at 11 AM to our warehouse and I scrambled to start placing orders for all you folks that ordered one yesterday.  Still a good amount left over for the general public to try as well.

At noon, my boy Todd Smith from Pacific Edge rolled in with boxes full of new booze to taste.  Todd was one of the founders of Bourbon & Branch and, as an experienced bartender, I really love hearing what he has to say about the latest goods.  We tasted some new rums that both of us quite liked (including some from the makers of Zacapa), but I was most excited about this:

Hot damn!  Watch out Carpano Antica, you've got a new competitor in the world of Italian vermouth.  From Eric Seed and Haus Alpenz, the guys who brought you Dolin and Cocchi Americano, comes a better, sweeter, more bitter, more concentrated Italian sweet vermouth that costs less than Carpano ($18.99) and in my opinion tastes even better.  What a bombshell!  It also comes in half bottles!  Can't wait til this comes in on Wednesday.

Todd also brought a new A.D. Rattray bottle of 20 year old Bowmore that I really fell for.  It's smoky and peaty, of course, but so much more retrained than the other big guns.  This has a lot concentrated sweet cereal notes and fruit that I can't quite put my finger on.  Complex and haunting.  Should be $105.99 when it hits.  That's pretty reasonable for a cask strength 20 year old.

After Todd, Rich, and I hit Martin's West for lunch, I had to get back for a late-afternoon meeting with Montanya distillery, a high-altitude outfit in the Colorado mountains making rum from cane sugar.  I was pretty surprised at the quality and immediately bought some for both NorCal stores.  I've heard that Martin Cate at Smuggler's Cove is quite fond of these so maybe head over there if you want to get an idea of how to mix them.

After I ran upstairs to place a few orders, I had to come back down and taste the Arran line up that for some reason had avoided me until now.  All the K&L staff members had tasted while David OG and I were in Scotland, so I needed to play catch up.  The Arran malts are all very solid and they're so well priced.  Where am I going to put all of these?  They have a 14 year, a single bourbon cask, and a single sherry cask, in addition to the 10 year that we already carry.  They all have well-balanced flavors of grain, sweet vanilla, and stonefruits.  More stuff to buy.  Add it to the list.

Now that I'm home, I'm going to call up my buddy Erik Ellestad and do a podcast about cocktails for this week's show.  Erik just finished working his way through every drink in the Savoy Cocktail book, so he's got a lot of info to share with us.  No rest for the wicked.  Back to work.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Apr212011

Los Angeles Steps Up!

Thanks to the gods of whisky, we've finally found a partner to host spirits tastings in the Los Angeles area.  Wood & Vine, a new bar/restaurant located appropriately at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street, will be hosting our the first Spirits Tasting in the SoCal area in a long time.  Start your night out off just right, Saturday May 28th from 5-6:30PM.  We'll have the wonderful Andie Brokaw of Heaven Hill Distillery in house to give us the run down.  The cost will be $40, but it will be worth your while, as Wood & Vine will be bringing out the big guns - think Rittenhouse 25 year & Parker's 27 year, both of which cost at least $40 a shot in Hollywood.  A little bit of food will be served, but the focus will be on the whisky!  Tasting through pretty much their whole line up as well as the new Try Box Series, which showcases the different styles Heaven Hill produces as fresh distillates.  The place is pretty popular so if you'd like to eat dinner after the tasting, PLEASE PLEASE make a reservation by calling (323) 334-3360.  Anyone who'd like to attend should contact me directly or click the link below, payment will be at the door directly to Wood & Vine, but I'll be facilitating reservations.  Space is very limited!  Don't wait...hopefully we'll be following up with at cost tasting à la Tuesday Night Tastings @ Martin's West. Click here to reserve your seat, again WE ARE NOT SELLING TICKETS and YOU will not be charged, despite the $.01 cost listed, this is simply to secure your reservation.  Allow 72 hours for cancellation.  Please be prepared to pay $40 cash or credit at the door. 

Heaven Hill Tasting@Wood & Vine, Saturday May 28th from 5-6:30pm

For any questions please email me at

-Davidgirard@klwines.com