Navigation
Search This Blog

Return to KLWines.com

Drinking to Drink Interview Archive

Spirits Journal Podcast Archive

Spirits Journal Twitter Feed

K&L Uncorked Blog

K&L Spirits Tasting Schedule

2015 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

1992 Clynelish K&L Exclusive 21 Year Old Cadenhead Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2008 Caol Ila 5 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Craigellachie 18 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Miltonduff 19 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2007 Mortlach 7 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Laphroaig 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Macallan 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Tamdhu 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Tobermory 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Girvan 24 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1978 Port Dundas 36 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1964 North British 50 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


2014 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky

SMWS 36.82 Benrinnes 17 Year Old "Rare Release" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1988 Blair Athol 25 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1990 Bruichladdich 23 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 IN STOCK NOW!


Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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 SOLD OUT!


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 SOLD OUT!


1997 Glengoyne 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Sovereign" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky SOLD OUT!


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!


Sunday
Jan162011

New Stitzel-Weller Barrel Has Arrived

I'm definitely one for hyperbole, but I'm not a person who uses it unless I am seriously excited.  I have never lied about my enthusiasm for the intention of selling a bottle, so I want you all to know that I am speaking the straight truth when I say that our new batch of Jefferson's is the best Stitzel-Weller whiskey I have ever tasted.  Our staff just tasted the new batch and we stood there, dumbfounded, just staring at each other.  It's so much better than the last two barrels I'm not sure how I'm going to explain it when people ask why.  It's just luck, I guess.  To clarify, we do not get to taste these before they arrive.  We buy them because of the integrity of the source, certain in the fact that they will be high quality whiskies.  However, getting a barrel that really hits the high notes - sweet grains, creamy corn, vanilla and chocolate, grassy on the finish - can really make one's day.  I know that, given the fact that this is Van Winkle whiskey, many of you will be tempted to store this bottle away, saving it for a rainy day, but in this case I would advise you against it.  You all need to taste this right away, then worry about saving extra bottles.  I will admit, I was not a huge fan of our last two barrels.  They were good, but not fantastic in my opinion.  This new batch is Bourbon perfection, however.  I'm simply stunned at how good this whiskey is.  My highest recommendation, if that means anything.

-David Driscoll

Friday
Jan142011

Podcast #2 - Whiskey Expert Chuck Cowdery

This week I interview author/writer/expert Chuck Cowdery, author of the fantastic Bourbon, Straight and featured contributor to the Malt Advocate and Whisky magazines.  We talk about common misconceptions regarding bourbon, the history of the American whiskey industry, and some of the confusion regarding certain products on today's retail market.  Chuck's blog is also a great source of information regarding American whiskey topics.

Click here to download this week's podcast (remember to right click if you have a PC, or hold down option if you have a Mac).  It is also available via iTunes.

Or you can listen via our embedded Flash player:

Friday
Jan142011

Green Lighted

It's on.  March 21st to April 1st - David OG and I will be driving all over this country tasting barrel after barrel after barrel.  This is no vacation.  This is all business.  Watch out, Scotland.

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jan122011

Corsair Single Barrel Rye Is In!

I was really nervous with the arrival of this barrel.  First it was late, then the label was in question, and then all this bad-mouthing of young whiskies starts catching fire across the internet.  Plus, it had been five months since I had last tasted it.  I was expecting these bottles to show up next week, but I walked into the warehouse today and there they were.  157 bottles of K&L exclusive rye whiskey right there in front of me.  I immediately uncorked a bottle and ran to the tasting bar to make sure my reputation wasn't going to go down in flames.  Pheeeeeeeew.......it's delicious.  For such a young whiskey, this is amazingly soft rye.  The rapid maturation that Corsair was able to accomplish is fantastic - soft vanilla, cherries, and a smoky finish, yet still the more austere textures of true rye.  The mouthfeel isn't creamy or sweetened like a bourbon would be, but this is so different that any other rye on the market.  In any case, you all will have to find out on your own.  We sold around twenty bottles today and there's a mass email coming soon, so it isn't going to last forever.  The Corsair K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Kentucky Rye is from a 100% rye mashbill and makes a fantastic new addition to our growing selection. I'm really confident that many of you are going to love it.  Although, I'm bracing myself for those of you who do not! :)

-David Driscoll

Wednesday
Jan122011

Viñas De Oro - Truly Golden

As one of my fellow buyers here at K&L always likes to remind us, one has to keep an open mind when tasting or else you might miss out on something great.  It always seems to go something like this: I'm on my way out the door for lunch, just as I'm stepping out the door I get paged to the sales floor, a vendor is waiting there for me to taste something, and it's never, ever whiskey.  Yesterday it was Pisco.  While I love the grape-based spirits of South America, they're not exactly flying off the shelves.  I've been very happy with both the Soldeica and the new Encanto de Campo already, so I wasn't optimistic that this Viñas de Oro would find a way into our selection.  Again, this is why one is supposed to keep an open mind.

Pisco is a spirit that one is generally not meant to sip, but I've always felt that the great examples hold up against fine Italian grappas.  They can be so perfumy, floral, fruity, and complex.  The Viñas de Oro bottlings are in the league of Encanto quality, yet they have multiple expressions that are all completely different.  The Acholado was incredibly floral and expressive.  The Quarranta was mild, but vibrant like a tequila.  The Torontel was wildly tangy, almost like it was distilled with sour lemon.  The Mosto Verde Torontel was distilled from a grape must with a healthy amount of residual sugar, giving the spirit a creamier and more elegant texture.  All four were mind-expanding.

Next week when I bring all four of these bottles into K&L, I will have to make space for more Pisco.  While we are already cluttered as is, we have a duty to carry the best.  Viñas de Oro Pisco is definitely the best.

-David Driscoll