Kurani Sends One Out To The Ladies

We know there's such a thing as a whisky expert for girls (see Kyle in the above video).  The questions he asks, however: Is there such a thing as whisky for girls?


The Clynelish is on the Shelf

After an amazingly positive pre-arrival campaign, our two newest casks of Chieftain's have arrived - a 30 year old Brora from a Sherry butt, along side a sister cask of 21 year old Clynelish, also aged in a Sherry butt.  Whereas the Brora sold out immediately, we had more of the Clynelish to offer and still do!  Both whiskies are quite similar in that both offer a glimpse at what Clynelish tastes like when the Sherry component is isolated (remember that Brora is just the old Clynelish distillery with a different name).  The oiliness and waxiness of the Clynelish is there, but it quickly becomes integrated with the richness of the Sherry - until it ends up drinking more like 21 year old Springbank, rather than 21 year old Clynelish.  It's absolutely fascinating to see what Sherry-aging does to one of the great unsherried malts.  Much like the 27 year old Clynelish we bottled with A.D. Rattray a few years back, this Chieftain's bottle really needs water.  It needs a lot of water.  Even a few drops do absolutely nothing - the fire completely overwhelms the flavor.  A teaspoon to a tablespoon works wonders, opening up the fruit and bringing the alcohol into balance.  You almost get an extra half bottle of booze because it's like Clynelish concentrate.  There are about 200 bottles left and they are on the shelf in Redwood City as of now.  SF will get their bottles tomorrow, while LA will have it next week.

-David Driscoll


Tastings Tonight!

Tonight in Redwood City we'll have a sneak preview of the Glenglassaugh/PVI dinner we'll be hosting later at Donato's.  Val from JVS will be here to pour off some fantastic single malts before we head over to the restaurant.  Unlike the dinner event, this tasting is open to everyone and is free!

San Francisco will host Osocalis Santa Cruz Mountain brandies. 

Free as always!  From 5 PM to 6:30 PM.

-David Driscoll


Early Pappy Games Begin

For all of those who cannot get Pappy Van Winkle when they want it, I offer you the following…..

1991 Jefferson’s 18 Year Old Reserve Kentucky Bourbon $75.99 (elsewhere $90 - $100) - Everyone wants the Van Winkle whiskey – the legendary Stitzel Weller Bourbon from the now-defunct distillery.  Unbeknownst to most people, there are other ways of getting it besides directly from the Van Winkles.  Willett has put out a few casks of SW over the last few years, and we’ve been lucky enough to work with Jefferson’s as well.  Now, the time as finally come when that finite supply of SW Bourbon has run dry.  There are no more single barrels to purchase and Jefferson’s is putting together the last of what they have in stock into this 18 year old batch.  It IS chill-filtered and it is not from a single barrel, but it is Stitzel Weller Bourbon and it is delicious.  It’s rich, full of spice, and most importantly – it’s about $15 to $25 cheaper than other places.  We snagged the last 210 bottles available at the distributor. 

We will be getting more SW Bourbon from Willett later this year, but it will be cask strength and 20 years old.  It will also be at least $100 MORE per bottle, so around $180 or so.  We will also be getting more Pappy in the next few weeks, but only about 12 bottles of the 20.  This is the LAST, best chance to get what you need at a reasonable price.  Use the link and take what you need

UPDATE: We've sold over 100 in the first hour.  These WILL sell out by 3PM PST. 

-David Driscoll


Customers Respond to the Pappy Games

We have one entry already.  Tim from Los Angeles.  In his request, he wrote:

David To The North, 

I write you regarding your Pappy Van Winkle allocation. 

I would link you to the copious photos of my endless hoard of Pappy, all years and all expressions, but I believe that those who flaunt do not have a true understanding of what it means to TRULY hoard. I have accumulated vast numbers of bottles - so many that I could kill the entire state of California with alcohol poisoning six times over - that spill out from five or six storage units in Los Angeles. I do not post photos because my hoard is not to be seen by human eyes. In fact, I believe that the mere light of my iPhone's camera can irreversibly taint the delicate molecules of alcohol. Thus, all of my bottles are stored in their velvet bags, inside styrofoam containers, double boxed, double taped and then wrapped with kraft paper. The storage units are secured with a Mul-T-Lok which is bump-proof and pick-resistant. I have no intention of ever drinking any of this fine whiskey; I only get enjoyment from an ever-increasing stash of it. 

I tell you this because I believe you are the only whisky merchant who would have an appreciation as to why it's so important that this whiskey is appropriately hoarded. I do not buy it for investment or speculative value; I buy it merely to own it and not drink it. (This is similar to my viewpoint on many items I own - I also bought our kitchen table for the sole purpose of ownership and it is strictly NOT TO BE EATEN UPON).

Finally, I find it important to tell you that I trained with world-renowned Serge of the Valentins and he gave me a 93, adding, "thanks for the sample, Steffen!". 

While we have yet to review Tim officially, he appears to be a fierce contestant.  When the Pappy Games finally begin, they will function as follows: we will set all 24 contestants in front of a computer, linking them to the K&L website.  We will put the bottles on sale at a specific time and the participants must move quickly to login, add the bottles to their cart, then check out as quickly as possible.  All contestants will be wearing a destructive collar around their neck while typing.  Those who check out successfully and win the bottle of Pappy will live to drink their award.  Those who fail to check out in time will have their head exploded by the collar. 

Good luck to all those who play, and may the odds ever be in your favor.

-David Driscoll