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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

 

Thursday
Feb042010

Next K&L Whisky Tasting! March 9th 2010 - Burlingame. Be There!

I'm very sensitive to the price attached to some of the events that we do.  I know that $150 per person to attend a Burgundy or Bordeaux dinner, for me at least, is something that cannot be afforded more than once or twice a year - if ever.  They tend to be four course meals at high-end restaurants where everything is very organized and everyone is forced to dine together at a communal table.  They can be very fun, but I don't expect that everyone can attend each event.  I don't want that to be the case for our whisky tastings.  I want everyone to be able to afford to go every single time we have one and I want the whisky to be what people are paying for.  That's why I'm offering the second tasting of 2010 for the bargain price of $50 - and that includes food!  This won't be a full out dinner, but the snacks will be more substantial than the last tasting.  We will be tasting with the boys from both Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail, see the details below, click on the link, and sign up ASAP as we are currently only offering 35 seats.  Email me if you have any questions: daviddriscoll@klwines.com

Single Malt Tasting w/ Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail, March 9th 6 PM - $50

Join us at La Boheme restaurant on Burlingame Ave. in downtown Burlingame on Tuesday March 9th 2010 at 6 PM with representatives from both Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail - two of the leading independent whisky bottlers and owners of both Edradour and Benromach distilleries. Eight whiskies are on the list for that evening (but there are usually one or two more) as well as delicious snacks and small plates that will be served throughout the evening. Already confirmed for the list are aged expressions of: Edradour, Benromach, Laphroaig, Linkwood, Bladnoch, Caol Ila in a port cask, and the Isle of Skye. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to taste rarely available malts, but also to meet and talk with the proprietors about whisky making as well as the business of cask purchasing. I can't wait to go and I can't wait to see you all there. - David Driscoll