Cult Armagnac – L'Encantada Lous Pibous

I don't think I've ever seen an Armagnac develop a cult following in the US, but that seems to be happening with the L'Encantada bottlings – and particularly the L’Encantada Lous Pibous. Perhaps you've seen the bottles with the orange wax pop up here and there – K&L has brought in a few barrels as have a few other retailers. Since I was involved with bringing the first casks to the US, I thought I'd tell the story of how it happened. 

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Sku
Agave Legends @ Republique Los Angeles Monday, March 25th - 7pm

A once in a lifetime opportunity to dine with four of Mexico’s most important figures. These legends of agave are driving a revolution in how we view the complex and historical spirits made from the special plant known by so many different names. We expect it to be one of the best events of the year, but it’s coming up quickly so be sure to reserve your seats ASAP.

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David Othenin-Girard
Travel Notes from Scotland

There’s travel for work - and travel for play. But often, when working in the booze biz, they tend to overlap. Recently our esteemed Redwood City Assistant Store Manager, Cameron Price, spent his vacation in Bonnie Scotland. And while his trip was for pleasure, much of his time was spent visiting Single Malt distilleries. Lucky for us, he brought back some notes which we can all earmark for our next trip.

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Megan Greene
American Blends

There seem to be more and more American whiskeys on the market that are blends of different types of whiskeys from different distillers. In the world of Scotch, it’s pretty easy to determine what a blend is. A combination of two or more single malts from different distilleries is a blended malt and a combination of malt and grain whiskies is a blended whisky.  In America, it’s much more complicated. Most people still associate blended whiskey with the budget blends that combine whiskey with neutral spirts, but there are a lot more types of blends out there that are 100% whiskey.

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Sku
Vinos Por Todo

From the relative security of Pino Bonito to the wild rural distilleries of Rio de Parras, Michoacán continues astonish at every turn. We finished off our special batch of pechuga and finally meet Pedro Ximenez of Mezonte at one of Michoacán’s most legendary mezcaleros.

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David Othenin-Girard
Mezonte Supports Family Producers & Damn Good Mezcal

Founded by Pedro Jimenez Gurria in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now part of Suro imports (which also brings us amazing products like Don Mateo de la Sierra, Siembra Azul, Siembra Valles, and Siembra Metl), Mezonte is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is dedicated to “protect and spread information about traditional mezcales through tastings, videos, texts, academic, biological, cultural, gastronomica aspects, conversations, etc…focused on promoting solely traditional mezcals, especially those from Jalisco and Michoacan.”

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Family First

Our first distillery is the exceptional Don Mateo de la Sierra. It’s not just a story about mezcal, but about the place and people who make it. This is the truest form of terroir, a singular product that can only exist in this one place and time due to every variable in question.  

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David Othenin-Girard
Michoacán Made

The incredible unknown mezcals of Michoacán are going to become more and more important as American’s begin to experience the deep diversity that the category offers. It’s no longer just Oaxaca and Jalisco exporting too quality agave spirits. But, the complex category suffers from a number of complex challenges as it grows. The 

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David Othenin-Girard
Mexico Matters

Agave Spirits are become more and delicious and diverse everyday. We’re finding an incredible array of spirits are being produced in Mexico and one man, David Suro is particularly responsible for bringing these incredible authentic Mexican spirits to us. So I’m spending the next 5 days in Mexico with that man to learn and create together. 

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David Othenin-Girard
A Westland Evening

A rare opportunity to learn from the Master Distiller himself. Join us for an evening with Matt Hofmann in Redwood City at Donato Enoteca. Food and drink will be served, it will be merry.

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Andrew Whiteley
Wide World of Spirits

Does Irish Whiskey have to be made in Ireland? Does all London dry gin come from London? What about Jamaican rum?  Japanese Whisky? There are spirits from all over the world, but the United States doesn’t treat them all the same. So when you see a country or other geographic area on a label, what does it mean? 

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Sku
Avua Dinner @ Dama DTLA TOMORROW NIGHT!

Join K&L at the critically acclaimed DAMA in Downtown Los Angeles tomorrow night (January 23rd from 8-10pm) for a night of delicious food and exceptional cane. One of the only true artisanal cachaça producers available in the states, Avua is on a mission to redefine Brazil’s ubiquitous cane spirit in the States. While most cachaça available is just few adjustments away from what most Brazilians put in their cars, Avua uses traditional methods to create handcrafted cane spirit like no other. DAMA will provide the family style provisions and a welcome cocktails, while we examine Avua’s wonderful line-up of exotic wood aged cachaça. You won’t have more fun in DTLA for less. Don’t miss it.

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David Othenin-Girard
Defining Rum

For all the growing interest in rum, though, the American regulations have very little to say about it. Want to know what dark and light rum are or what is required for a rhum agricole? The TTB’s spirits regulations won’t help you. If you look at the definition of whiskey in the US regulations, you will find about a dozen different categories described, from bourbon and rye to corn, blended, light, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, etc. 

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Sku
Perfect Proof

The perfect bourbon to sip while the ball drops finally bottled at cask strength. This little family owned brand is still under the radar, but there starting to rock the boat a bit and we love it.  It’s been an incredible 2018, but there’s still so much cool stuff on its way - we’re not going to let this party stop!

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David Othenin-Girard