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Wednesday
Feb162011

Tequila Calaveras Son Muy Bonitas

Mirate!  Las calaveras botellas de Kah Tequila son muy intricadas!  Pero es la tequila delicioso también?  Si, pero nadie debe comprar estas botellas porqúe quiere tomar tequila el mejor.  Como siempre, me gusta mucho el tequila blanco.  Tiene especies y un sabor muy tranquilo.  Reposado y añejo son buenos, pero hay mucho madera en los sabores.  No es muy importante porque las botellas son muy bonitas.  Si el tequila no es malísimo, vamos a vender muchas botellas.  Blanco va a costar $39.99, reposado $44.99, y añejo $49.99.  No puedo esperar para ver las caras de la gente cuando las botellas esten en la tienda.  Hasta la tarde.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb152011

What's Wrong With Loving Your Work?

There's a pivotal moment in the film Real Genius where Mitch (played by Gabe Jarrett) decides that he's overloaded his 15-year old brain and needs to flee from Cal Tech.  His roommate, and fellow student, the brilliant Chris Knight (played by Val Kilmer) sits him down and attempts to persuade him that leaving is not the answer, and that Mitch needs to slow down in order to get a grasp on his anxiety.  He proceeds by telling Mitch a story about Lazlo Hollyfeld, the guy currently living in their dorm-room closet (played by Uncle Rico) and how at one point, Lazlo was the top mind the campus had ever known.  He had suffered a nervous breakdown, however, and now lived as a recluse from society, beneath the campus in his own computerized world.  When Mitch asks Chris why this happened, he responds:

"He loved his work."

"Well, what's wrong with that?" Mitch asks in return.

"Nothing," Chris says, "but he thought it was the answer to everything."

I tend to find philosophical importance in 80's cinema and last night this one really struck a chord with me.  I've been mentally and physically drained lately, more so than ever in my life, and I realized that I think about work way too much - from the moment I wake up to the minute I fall asleep.  Tastings, events, dinners, new products, emails, customer requests, criticism, it's all bouncing around my head the entire time I am conscious (and I believe in my unconscious as well).  We need a break as human beings to relax and think about something else otherwise we will eventually crack - even if, like Mitch and Lazlo, we truly enjoy our work.  I used to watch all kinds of old cinema, play basketball every day, record music, cook fancy recipes, and partake in various other hobbies, but currently do very little unrelated to booze.  If you find yourself following the same pattern, think about turning off the Blackberry when you get home and taking some "you" time.  I'm going to start leaving my work at the office more often because I think I might end up living in a closet if I don't.

-David Driscoll


Tuesday
Feb152011

Double Single Tasting Tonight - $4 a Glass!

Martin's West in Redwood City.  Starts at 6 PM and goes until we run out.  Two bottles of Double Single.  Retails for $135.  A whole glass for $4 and more if you want it!  Don't miss the chance to taste one of the year's most compelling and contraversial whiskies.  See you there!

-David Driscoll

Monday
Feb142011

Happy Valentine's Day

Our own Aussie/NZ Buyer Jimmy C gets a special message from his wife via singing telegram on the K&L Redwood City sales floor.  Happy V-Day to you all.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Feb142011

New Four Roses K&L Barrel 

Our third barrel is now upon us and I'm very happy to report that it tastes very different than the previous incarnations.  The strength is a whopping 62.8% and the vanilla sweetness on the entry is just as big.  These two potent forces balance each other out pefectly, in a yin-yang of whiskey harmony, and provide huge Bourbon flavor to those of love that rich, woody style.  We've been blessed to receive some top notch samples from Four Roses and have nothing but positive things to say about our relationship with them so far.  This third barrel should be another customer favorite, without a doubt.  Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

-David Driscoll