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1983 Caol Ila 30 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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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 IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Benrinnes 17 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1997 Dailuaine 16 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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1981 Glenlivet 32 Year Old Signatory K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1996 Bowmore 16 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


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2013 K&L Exclusive Scotland Whisky Still Available

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2001 Royal Lochnagar 10 Year Old Faultline Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


1995 Glendronach 18 Year Old Single PX Barrel Cask Strength Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


1994 Benriach 19 Year Old Single Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml IN STOCK NOW!


1992 Longmorn 21 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


1987 Mortlach 25 Year Old Faultline Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky IN STOCK NOW!


Tuesday
Feb162010

The Wonderful World of Bittermens - FINALLY Available!

Well the timing couldn't have been better for the highly-anticipated cocktail enhancers to hit the domestic market.  Angostura is going into full-blown crisis mode with a shortage of their market-dominating, top-selling bitter and an ETA of April before it gets back behind the bar and onto the shelf.  That leaves a gaping hole in the market and with cocktail afficionados scrambling to find a bottle of bitters in our stores, where ever will they turn?  Enter Bittermens!   Founded by former San Francisco dwellers Avery and Janet Glasser, these fantastic flavors have only been available before if you knew how to make your own homemade batch.  Can you imagine adding chocolate mole to your margarita or celery to your Bloody Mary?  Just a dash can really transform a great drink and when added to sparkling wine or soda water, you get a whole 'nother level of spice.  The first round should be in next week with VERY limited quantities before they re-up with another load in March.  The initial batch will offer Celery, Xocolatl Mole, Aromatic, Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon.  They will retail at $15.99 and I expect them to sell out in a flash.  I first read about these over a year ago and had contacted Germany's Bitter Truth in an attempt to get them shipped over from Europe.  All of the bitters are handmade made in small batches and are the definition of artisinal.  Can't wait!

-David Driscoll

Monday
Feb152010

New Murray McDavid Bottlings Arriving Next Month

Two of our most successful single malt whiskies of the last year have been from independent bottler Murray McDavid - a branch of Bruichladdich that sees Master Distiller Jim McEwan selecting some of the most interesting casks available and then often manipulating them with wine barrel acing (a brief maturation process meant to enhance the flavor).  We are about sold out of the 2000 Caol Ila aced in Ridge Zinfandel and the 1999 Laphroaig aced in Chateau Margaux - two whiskies that were standouts at last years SF WhiskyFest.  I was able to visit my local distributor recently who had cask strength samples of the new selections that will be hitting the docks this March.  I was very excited by some of them.  The real standout was a Springbank 9 Year Old aced in Yquem Sauternes cask.  The Cambeltown malt is rarely seen outside of its distillery release, so to find one for a reasonable price is a bargain.  The sweetness of the wine barrel truly enhances the malt, much like the old Bruichladdich 15 release that I loved so much.  The whisky will be diluted down by the time it gets here, but I'm super psyched to get this guy in stock.  We're working on a big deal now that should get it close to $50 a bottle and bring in most of what will be available to California.  That's a fantastic price.  Other candidates that we will likely see are a Macallan 14 and Bowmore 13 aced in Petrus.  We might do a pre-arrival price on the Springbank to offer you all a chance to reserve one in advance.  Stay tuned!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb092010

New Edradour?! I Love Edradour! 

The newest bottle from Scotland's wee tiniest distillery is due to hit the shelves next week.  Named after musician Dougie MacLean's Caledonia guitar, MacLean was visiting Edradour in the summer of 2009 to help select the first cask and take part in the bottling.  Remember that only 3 men work at the distillery and they are only able to produce about 12 casks a week, which is barely enough to satisfy any kind of commerical demand.  Their standard 10 year old bottling is one of the most unique whiskies in existence, and was a runaway hit at our last Scotch tasting in Redwood City.  I can't wait to taste this new expression of 12 year old and I'm guessing it's going to make the list at our next tasting coming up March 9th in Burlingame.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Feb082010

Rollercoaster 

Word is that a new Ardbeg is hitting the world state on February 15th, one week from now.  The bottling is for committee members only, but we should be getting an allocation here, at least according to the people at Ardbeg (which is who I would want to hear it from).  The whisky will be called Rollercoaster and it will be bottled at 57.3%, composed of 10 different whiskies with the oldest being from 1997.  Some of it was casked in bourbon and some in sherry, so it will be interesting to see which flavor dominates.  As of right now we are not taking pre-orders, but more information will be made available as I get it.  I can't wait to try this!

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Feb042010

I Get Interviewed For A Podcast

If you want to hear me talk about whisk(e)y for about 10 minutes or so, tune into SF Wine Chef's website and click on the podcast link.  You can also get it via iTunes.  I haven't heard it yet, but I lived it, so I'm pretty sure of what it sounds like.  -David Driscoll