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Tuesday
Oct032017

New Single Barrel of Auchroisk 23 Year

While our previous cask of Auchroisk 15 year was a hot deal while it lasted, this advanced and equally brilliant 23 year old edition may have it beat. Absolutely brimming with sweet stone fruit, rock sugar candy, and syrup, this barrel of 53.3% cask strength single malt whisky from Diageo's Highland distillery brings yet another bang for your buck under the guise of Old Particular. The nose has all the classic aromas of malted barley, vanilla, and oak spices, but it's the initial blast on the palate where this whisky ultimately shines. Rich and robust on the finish, it's a classic Scottish malt through and through and the unbeatable price reflects our continued effort to combat the current market forces with affordable, mature, and exciting whiskies straight from the source. If you're a fan of straight-up single malt, not saturated sherry or super peaty whiskies, but old school, fruit and vanilla-laden Scotch with a rich and supple mouthfeel, then it doesn't get better than this Auchroisk 23. The Johnnie Walker distillery makes classically flavored whiskies much like its neighbor Benrinnes, loaded with cocktail fruit, sweetness and charm. Any time I can nab a single barrel of 23 year old Highland whisky of this quality (at cask strength, no less) for under $100, I'm going to take that offer. I'm expecting about 200 experienced K&L whisky customers to do the exact same thing.

Auchroisk 23 Year Old "Old Particular" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky $89.99

-David Driscoll

Monday
Oct022017

LV

While I'm touched that many folks have emailed me asking if I'm safe, I wasn't in Las Vegas this past weekend; but there are more than 500 injured people who were and another 50+ whose families have been devastated by the tragedy. I'm finding it difficult to work this morning and to come to terms with the ongoing news in my adopted home. I was just at Mandalay Bay a few weeks ago with my nephews and I know exactly where that concert space is, but my brain is having difficulty reconciling those images with the ones I'm now seeing on TV.

If anyone is in Las Vegas right now, here's a list of places you can donate blood. My wife and I are going on Saturday morning to give. Since you probably enjoy alcohol if you're reading this, no drinking for 48 hours before giving blood. 

-David Driscoll

Sunday
Oct012017

Gotcha

Once again, surfing articles and interviews provide me with incredible comparative analytics. I was reading an interview by Chas Smith this evening from the most recent issue of The Surfer's Journal with former Gotcha clothing founder and surfing stand-out Michael Tomson. When asked about what went wrong with the surf apparel industry, he had this to say:

From 1998 to 2008 the industry went through a period of unprecedented growth.

There were more people surfing than ever.

With that surge in participation came an influx of new brands.

Retailers were allocating large amounts of floor space to the new movement.

Big companies were hitting sales levels in the billions and were on an acquisition spending spree, buying up brands. 

It was reckless investing, corporate swagger at its finest, and to the uninformed it looked like the industry was heading towards an impossibly bright future.

What nobody was considering was the consumer and the speed at which tastes change.

What used to be the ultimate career lifestyle became a shit show of broken dreams with a host of bankruptcies and reorganizations, and today it faces a different set of problems, that being the internet and the changing nature of the way consumers buy products, meaning on their phones and not in stores.

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Now let's look at the booze business:

From 2007 to 2017 the spirits industry has seen unprecedented growth.

There are more people drinking whiskey than ever.

With that surge in participation has come an influx of new brands.

Retailers everywhere are now carrying "craft" spirits including Target and Whole Foods.

Big companies have been hitting record sales numbers and buying out small brands and distilleries like crazy.

There's so much new development in Kentucky alone right now that one must assume the future looks bright for Bourbon.

I'm wondering: is anyone other than me worried about the fashion of alcohol and the speed at which things change?

-David Driscoll

Saturday
Sep302017

Drink with John Glaser for Charity

It's going to get very busy next week in San Francisco as we prepare for WhiskyFest Friday night and the cavalcade of ambassadors, distillers, marketing professionals, and sales reps descends upon the Bay Area. Much like you often hear about at the World Series of Poker or pool championships, it's often the side games and impromptu pop-ups during whisky week that get more attention than the actual event itself! One special addition that just came about that I might go check out myself is John Glaser's special tasting of limited edition Compass Box whiskies to help raise money for bartenders affected by breast cancer. It's happening at the Sky Blue Penthouse on Thursday the 5th at 7 PM and tickets are a reasonable $65 (especially since it's all going to charity). 

There's going to be a slew of side events like this all week long so keep your eyes peeled if you're interested in private tasting parties like this! 

-David Driscoll

Friday
Sep292017

It's Gonna Be a Helluva Day

Hopefully you're keeping your eyes glued to the product feed today because there's going to be some serious American whiskey action. New Four Roses single cask, new Bardstown Bourbon Company editions, some Rebel Yell 10 year wheated, the new impossible to find Kentucky Owl 11 year old rye....you might even see a new single barrel of the 23 year old Auchroisk I just got in. 

It's gonna be a helluva day at K&L.

-David Driscoll