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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!


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


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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!


Wednesday
Feb092011

K&L's First Octave Cask In Today

I wanted to let everyone know that we purchased a small octave cask of 1998 11 Year Old Imperial Speyside Whisky and it is exquisite stuff.  Chewy, dense, concentrated sweet malted grains all come at the palate in a flurry of flavor.  Vanilla and cereal notes on the finish.  Imperial is a 114 year old distillery in the Spey that is owned by Pernod Ricard and usually goes into the Chivas blends.  Getting the chance to try it as a single malt was a nice educational opportunity, I thought, and after tasting a bottle today, I'm very happy.  Of course, I chose the barrel based on a tasting sample, but for some reason this bottle tastes so much better than I remember.  Only 70 bottles were produced and I've already sold about 20 of them so they won't be around long.  This is definitely not a MUST buy whisky, but it is very affordable (especially for club members) and there are not many single malts with such pure, clean, malty flavors.  I think every RWC staff member is planning to snag one for themselves today, so it seems to be a favorite amongst my co-workers. A true winner from Duncan Taylor and an ever better deal for our customers.  Enjoy it while it lasts!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb082011

New Kuchan Brandy Arrives!

No hating on Davorin's label this time because I helped him design it (therefore you'll be crushing my graphic artist dreams with your criticism!).  I'm so excited that we can finally offer the Kuchan Alambic Brandy because it fills another cocktail mixing gap - the brandy with a kick that can cut through the sweetness of a liqueur or the tartness of citrus.  While this 6 year old batch can definitely be sipped, it isn't for Cognac or Armagnac lovers.  This is not wood-sweetened juice.  It's not supple, vanilla-rich syrup.  This is wine barrel aged spirit that makes the best punchbowl you've ever tasted.  It makes a Sidecar taste brighter and more expressive.  It makes hot cider taste like a hot toddy.  It basically makes every recipe that calls for brandy just a bit better.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb082011

Scott's Selection Closeouts

Looks like many of the older and rarer indie bottlings from Scott's Selection are being closed out by the distributor, so I'm going to grab what I can for you collectors out there.  Some bottles are more than $100 less than before.  Here's a sample of what's coming in.  Email me if you want me to hold one back for you.

1973 Macallan Scott's Selection Highland Single Malt Whisky $259.99 (was $325.99)

1977 Bunnahabhain Scott's Selection Single Malt Whisky $119.99 (was $249.99)

1965 Glenfarclas Scott's Selection Single Malt Whisky $325.99 (was $439.99)

Very hot deals.  Scorching.

-David Driscoll

 

Tuesday
Feb082011

The Growing Demands of Social Media

I was watching one of the newest episodes of Portlandia (a fantastic new sketch comedy show on IFC about the hipsters in Portland) the other day and was left in hysterics after a scene featured Fred Armisen scrambling in vain to try and monitor Facebook, Twitter, and his iPhone simultaneously.  No matter how badly we want to participate in the modern technological world, and no matter how much they enrich our lives by making communication easier, I can't help but feel that the responsibility attached to them is causing us more stress than pleasure – especially those of us using these tools for work-related reasons.  The New York times featured another thought provoking article on the ever-tilting balance of home life and work life that I consider required reading for anyone with a work email account on their Blackberry.  Just last night I was perusing the Netflix instant selections and settled on a National Geographic documentary about the effects of stress on the human body, and a large portion of the show discussed the impact of work-related stress on our happiness and, more importantly, life expectancy. 

For reasons of personal privacy and control over who I allow to contact me, I do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. After reading numerous studies about how they have decreased our ability to concentrate on important tasks, I really have no desire to get started.  I'm not against the idea of social media or networking, I'm just exploring other options, namely doing it myself via this blog.  I am quite taken by Twitter's ability to deliver quick, succinct bits of information instantly to those who are dedicated to remaining current.  For that reason, I think that updating this blog more than once a day might be a good idea.  There are definitely small announcements that I could provide throughout the time I spend at work and that would be of interest to spirits lovers.  I'm not talking about news such as "I'm eating a sandwich right now" or "I'm so bored. Work sucks. LOL" but rather updates about products and events. 

In the past I've tried to jot down information on a notepad that I would then gather for the weekly email.  The blog was created to supplicate the email with extra information, but I'm finding that I forget to include things from time to time and it might be better to just update as I go.  Therefore, look for maybe 3-4 blog posts everyday, rather than just one.  If you're in the habit of checking every morning, make sure you scroll down a bit as there now may be multiple postings since the last time you checked in.  Those on the RSS feed should get the updates as they happen.

As long as I only have to manage my email and this blog, I think I can continue to do my job well and keep my stress levels relatively low.  Hopefully, a few posts a day will be sufficient to supply enough info to our 24 hour news cycle society.  See you later today, and again after that!

-David Driscoll

Monday
Feb072011

Tuesday Tasting Tomorrow: Glenmorangie Finealta

Make sure you come out and join us tomorrow beginning at 6 PM @ Martin's West in Redwood City.  The Glenmorangie Finealta will be our featured whisky of the night and pours should be around $3 a glass.  We bought two bottles this time so the liquid should last twice as long as last time.  Grab a table in the back if you want to eat together and chit chat.  You can sit at the bar and order a glass, taste and leave, or order some food and hang out.  It's completely up to you.  In all seriousness, the Finealta is a front runner to be my favorite whisky of 2011.  I really, really like this slightly peated formula.  We opened it for the staff yesterday, so that they could be prepared for the big email going out today, and they freaked out.  Everyone was crazy about it, and honestly, they should be.  It's round, elegant, balanced, and delicious.  Similar to the Caol Ila Yquem barrel but with less sweetness.  Come out and taste with us and see for yourself!

-David Driscoll