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David Driscoll
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David Driscoll likes to drink alcohol when he is not working at K&L. His main interests include wine, beer, and distilled spirits. Before he worked here he went to college at a decent school, got a masters degree from an OK school, worked as a waiter and taught elementary school in Chinatown. He decided to get into the wine business after reading a few books about wine and realizing that one cannot seriously learn about wine solely through reading. His career goals include: trying to convince K&L customers that he does know something despite his youthful appearance, and learning everything about everything about every single wine ever made.


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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

Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-3-2015
This whisky will eventually speak for itself. The reviews are in, the news has hit the internet, and the buzz is ablaze. You cannot beat the Faultline Blended Whisky for the money. The question now is: how much of it can you drink?
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon 375ml
Review Date: 2-26-2015
I can promise you that every store from here to Bangor, Maine is sick and tired of the question, "Do you guys have any Pappy?" The only question even more frustrating that that one is: "What do you have that tastes like Pappy?" Not because it's a stupid question, but mainly because there isn't anything available that even remotely tastes like Pappy that isn't Pappy. Except the Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon. Now HERE is a whiskey that DOES rather taste like Pappy. The only problem is getting your hands on some. Big power, creamy texture from the wheat, and bold spice on the finish. This is something you can hang your hat on if you're tired of the Pappy hunt. If you ask me, the MM cask strength is even better than many of the younger Van Winkle expressions.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruichladdich Botanist Gin 750ml
Review Date: 2-19-2015
Fantastic gin from Bruichladdich distillery on the famous island of Islay. Potent and punchy flavor with an elegant mouthfeel. You can't go wrong.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml
Review Date: 2-19-2015
10 year old Bourbon for a hot price. Buffalo Trace's classic whiskey is still a steal of a deal.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml (oversized bottle, ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 2-19-2015
Blanton's is always my first choice when someone asks me for a "nice" bottle of Bourbon. It's about as "nice" as Bourbon gets. Extra richness, a smooth and silky finish, and an elegant bottle. It's still the one great value in today's high-end Bourbon market.
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart WE 95 BC 0

Sazerac 90-Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml (3 bottle limit)
Review Date: 2-19-2015
The ultimate rye whiskey for the money. It doesn't get better.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WE 95 BC 0

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml
Review Date: 2-19-2015
Still one of the best bang for your buck spirits of any kind on the market. Serious Bourbon that gets overlooked in the face of Pappy, even though this is the distillery's flagship product. There's a reason the distillery is called Buffalo Trace. This is the workhorse.

2009 Château Musar "Hochar Père et Fils" Red Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-20-2015
This is a total shocker. It's not like I didn't know that Musar has a reputation for greatness, it's that I didn't think their wines would be this good for the money. The Hochar vineyard gives this great old school Bordeaux flavor, but with a concentrated core of sweet red fruit (almost like a combo of Rioja with Bordeaux). This is a fantastic wine that no one should be afraid to spend money on. It's not esoteric or weird, just classic old school wine with great flavor.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart W&S 92 BC 0

2006 Château Musar Blanc Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-20-2015
If you're going to splurge on a white wine, you want one with complexity and stunning nuance. This is that wine. Slightly oxidative on the nose, the aromas are nutty and slightly earthy. The palate has a bit of subtle oak flavor before moving into a saline note and a bit more mineral of a direction. Fascinating and delicious.
Price: $46.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Musar "Jeune" Rouge Bekaa Valley
Review Date: 1-20-2015
This unoaked Musar is juicy, balanced, and showcases a lovely mouthful of pure red fruit. A charming wine that really delivers for the money.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 1-15-2015
Off vintages? Cos d'Estournel doesn't have off vintages. That's why their 2011 (an "off vintage") is still loaded with soft, succulent fruit, an earthy core of integrated goodness, and pretty notes of flowers and spice on the finish. The price is right as well. A good Cos vintage to invest in considering the lower bottle cost and the outstanding quality here.

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