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1978 Port Dundas 36 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I'll say it: this is my favorite barrel from the new shipment of casks that just landed. It's just ridiculously awesome, especially for the stupidly cheap price. 36 year old whisky for the price of most 18 year old single malts, and it's full of rich vanilla, decadent caramel, and a long, enveloping finish. It's like sucking on a Werther's Original candy. Incredible stuff, and again: the price. It's just crazy how undervalued grain whisky is right now.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I opened this magnum as business petered off on Christmas eve for the staff here in the Redwood City store, and it made me a popular man at K&L. Carrying a magnum around to the various work stations put a smile on many faces here, and the wine inside the bottle kept those smiles. This wine is single vineyard, from the very steep Gouttes d’Or site in Brouillet, and has a very different style than the Chardonnay from the Cotes de Blancs. This is creamy, decadent wine, and great on its own in the final moments of the retail rush…or just about any time! I need to buy this for my cellar.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1964 North British 50 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
When was the last time we had 50 year old whisky at any price, let alone less than $1000? Grain whisky is just completely undervalued and appreciated at the moment, so we snapped up this cask of grain whisky for the price of a 20 year old single malt. It's still surprisingly soft and youthful despite five decades in wood, with creamy vanilla and plenty of fruit. The great part is the gift-ability: you can buy this for anyone and they'll love it. 50th b-days, anniversaries, go for it. This is universal stuff.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L)  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
It is embarrassing to have hogged so much of this tiny production beauty for myself, but an embarrassment that I am willing to live with. Olivier Bonville only makes a handful of these magnums each year. Out of 750ml, this Champagne is one of our best. Out of magnum, it is transcendent. Take it away from me- please!

Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
This is one of my very favorite non-vintage Champagnes! Cinnamon and I shipped this to Costanoa, a resort by the beach (better than carrying it on our bicycle!) and enjoyed it alfresco after a day in the saddle. We carried Riedel "O" stemless glasses in our jersey pockets (don't try this at home kids!) because we forgot to ship them... We were glad we did. This wine has so much complexity and subtlety it would have been a shame to drink it out of substandard glassware. The Grand Cuvee is very powerful Pinot-based stuff, with a hint of smoke on the nose, a very supple texture and a bone dry, persistent finish. A great reward after a long ride!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bollinger Brut Rosé Champagne  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
This spectacular bottle delivers the vinous power that one would expect from Bollinger, but with elegant panache. It is one of the best rosés available at any price.

1998 Tamdhu 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
Another one we almost passed on that really came around after bottling. Lovely Highland whisky with rich fruit and vanilla on the nose and more of that texture right from the initial sip. Delicious.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1997 Laphroaig 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I love finding mid-range Laphroaig simply because I find I really like the Islay stalwart right between 15-20 years of age. There's more weight and soft, supple texture than the classic 10 year, but the medicinal peat isn't completely eaten up by the oak. This is no-nonsense, no-gimmick Laphroaig. Peaty and complete.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1996 Tobermory 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I was on the fence with this cask when we tasted it in Scotland, but now that it's here and I've gone back to it, I'm not sure what I was originally thinking. It's awesome whisky; lots of oak spice and sweet vanilla with malty grains and nice texture.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1993 Macallan 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I would've been happy just to get a cask of Macallan 21 that was just good. To get one that's absolutely stellar was like a cherry on top. Soft vanilla, but despite the lack of classic Macallan sherry, there's still plenty of weight and richness. The vintage character is still there, but it's effortless and easy-going. We really lucked out with this one: especially given the price and availability of Macallan right now. You might wanna get one of these ASAP.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
Those who enjoyed the Ledaig cask we did with the Exclusive Malts will really dig this one. The peat is clean and fresh, the flavors are pronounced and linear. It's Island whisky without the medicinal notes or the oily, dirty smoke. It's just peat and salt and bright, fresh flavor.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2001 Bowmore 12 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I cannot get enough Bowmore 12 year. This is like the fifth cask of 12 year old Bowmore we've bought in the last few years and it might be the best one yet. It's the most complete with equal levels of peat, vanilla, and supple weight on the palate.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Miltonduff 19 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
Classic Scotch whisky. If you like Glenlivet, or Glenfiddich, but want a little more punch and vivacity, then this is for you. Sweet grains, vanilla, balanced wood integration. Classic. And for a good price.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Caol Ila 5 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
I love this whisky. It's young and fiery with lots of phenolic Islay action, yet with a soft core of round fruit and hints of vanilla on the finish. It's like getting a glimpse at a planet in the early stages of development. If you're a fan of Caol Ila, you can't afford NOT to buy this whisky. It's classic Caol Ila, but at an almost blinding level of brightness.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Craigellachie 18 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml  
Review Date: 3-3-2015
For those who enjoyed the sherry casks we once were able to secure from Glendronach, this is our current replacement--and it's far less expensive. Lovely richness, cakebread and spice, good weight on the palate. It's a solid 18 year old sherry-aged whisky for an outstanding price.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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