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Thursday
Jul142016

London: March 10th, 2016

Jeff Jones and I fly out to London in March to have dinner with John and taste the final blend. The original 19 year old Glen Ord sherry butt and 31 year old Caol Ila hogshead have now been marrying the cask for almost an additional year. By the time it's bottled, the whisky will have seen an extra year of maturation. We taste the final product and go over the final artwork. We're absolutely overjoyed by the outcome. Five years after proposing the idea of a custom Compass Box/K&L blend, I can safely say that I never thought it would result in a whisky of this level of quality. The 5th & Harrison strays from a Flaming Heart prototype to become more of an unintentional Port Ellen homage. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Jul142016

San Francisco: November, 14th, 2015

John Glaser sends me a line letting me know he'll be in town in November. I tell him he should swing by the new San Francisco store to check out the digs. "Good news," he says on his arrival. "We're going to bottle your blend this coming Spring. We need to come up with artwork and a name now." We discuss the new store and the potential for increased business and selection. I mention that it's on the corner of 5th and Harrison.

"5th & Harrison?" John asks. "That sounds like an old song. Maybe that's what we should call it."

"A tribute to the new store?" I ponder.

We move forward with that idea.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Jul142016

London: June 26th, 2015

It's only been a couple of months since we returned from the UK and our trip to Compass Box. I get a call from John that summer. The whiskies for our custom blend have been married and are ready, but there's a hold up in the bottling line and some other projects that are going to have to take priority. Unfortunately, due to the surge in Compass Box commitments, our blend won't be ready by the end of summer, nor likely at any point within 2015. It will continue to age in the barrel however as a finished marriage, hopefully adding to the harmony of the finished product.

"That's OK," I reply. "We're in no hurry at this point. We don't even have a name for it."

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jul132016

Gerald Casale in LA Store Tomorrow Night!

If you can't make it up for our Drinking to Drink dinner spectacular on July 27th, don't fret. All you SoCal folks can drop by the Hollywood store tomorrow night and taste wine with Devo's Gerald Casale for a mere five dollars! Jerry will be on hand to pour the 50 by 50 Sonoma Coast pinot noir as well as his stunning 50 by 50 rosé. No reservations are needed. The fun starts at 5:30 PM. Bring your vinyl edition records if you want an autograph!

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jul132016

London: April 7th, 2015

Our idea to create an exclusive K&L/Compass Box blend came to screeching halt in 2014 when the company's business began to pick up and John was forced to table our little project. Things were also in flux at K&L and we were busier than ever. An entire year went by and nothing was said until we reached out to John in early 2015 about rekindling our idea. "Come by the office if you can," John wrote, "I have another idea." David and I flew into London on a cool April morning and met with Compass Box blender Gregg Glass to taste that idea. Knowing we were big fans of the Flaming Heart, the concept was to take 31 year old Caol Ila and combine it with something richer and fuller than Clynelish. Something like a 19 year old fresh sherry butt of Glen Ord.

We absolutely loved it. We were over the moon! We figured summer of 2015 would be the release date, but then things got busy again.

-David Driscoll