Make sure you head over to the Hideout tonight at 7 PM to feast your tastebuds on some Ardbeg 10, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan courtesy of K&L and LVMH. Just a heads up - the Hideout is aptly named. You need to go into Dalva Bar which is right next door to the Roxie Theater and then go all the way into the back where there is an entirely separate bar. I'll be lurking back in there with some open bottles to taste.
What I'm most curious about is the reaction to the choppers outside. On Main St. in downtown Redwood City there isn't much foot traffic and those that do walk by are only mildly interested. 16th st in the Mission is home to quite a colorful cast of characters so it will be interesting to see how Mark the motorcycle man handles the crowd. He's a pretty big guy so I think he'll be OK.
See you all there!
We had a great discussion a few days back about Kilchoman and what they're doing. Now they've just announced this and I have to say I'm a bit excited. Self-sustained whisky is NOT easy, therefore why every distiller on Islay gets their malted barley from the same place - Port Ellen - and that barley is NOT grown on Islay. This all-Islay bottling is very similar to what Springbank does every now and they with their Local Barley series. Those bottles have become mega-collectable and they send the right message to the food/booze community. However, we've become spoiled in that mass-production and homogenization of the farming process has kept down whisky costs for decades. Doing it on your own takes money and you have to re-coup expenses. My question to all of you is: are you willing to pay more for a distillery that does everything locally? Is it worth the extra cash? We do it at the Farmer's market all the time, so why not with whisky? Here are the details and should be here later this year:
KILCHOMAN LAUNCHES THE INAUGURAL 100% ISLAY SINGLE MALT
Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, is proud to announce the release of its first single malt produced from barley, grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery.
It has been matured for 3 years in first fill bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Kentucky, USA and is lightly peated (10 to 20ppm of phenols) and bottled at 50% alcohol strength
Colour : Light Golden
Nose: Soft peaty aromas and a blend of citrus, lemon and pear drops
Palate: An initial sweetness is followed by soft peat smoke and then the mixed fruits
Finish: Long and clean with a lovely sweet aftertaste.
Kilchoman ‘100% Islay’ is available from twenty six specialist whisky retailers in the UK at a retail price of £69.00 per bottle and twenty nine markets worldwide. 11,300 bottles have been released worldwide.
There is also a special edition, available only at the distillery, of 1060 bottles at cask strength 61.3% ABV. Presented in a hand crafted American white oak presentation box, this edition at £149.00 is available only from the distillery.
For more information visit www.kilchomandistillery.com
Anthony Wills, Managing Director, commented: “Being able to release a single malt produced from raw materials sourced locally was what the Kilchoman project was all about and I’m delighted to be able to share this exceptional young aged single malt with whisky enthusiasts around the world”.
Finally. Finally. The Educacational Tasting License has been filed and we have posted notice. TZ our esteemed owner did the honors.
Now we just have to wait out the 30 day notice period and wait for the rest of the paper work to get filed and we'll be one step closer! Get ready to taste some liquor in our tasting bar! Can't wait for this to go through!
We brought in the Wylie Howell corn whiskey today. It's a jug and it comes in 1.75L format only. Therefore it's $109.99. That's not cheap, but it's a whole lotta corn whiskey. Aged 2 weeks in new charred barrels. Pears, stonefruits, and corn on the palate. It's a camping trip dream come true. Check out Greg's website for more info. I think people are really going to like this. In stock in RWC right now.
I'm wiped out. That's it for tonight.
The good news about last night was that the choppers showed up, as did plenty of loyal K&L shoppers. The bad news was that the guy who was supposed to bring the whisky and do all the pouring did not. Luckily, the guy who rides the choppers had some samples in his truck. Unlucky for us, the samples were all about 95 degrees after sitting in his hot car all day. However, a few minutes in an ice water bath got them down to room temp. I rolled up my sleeves, got behind the bar, and did the job instead. In the end, we had a great time. Thanks to all who came.