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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.


Reviews

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1999 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-16-2014
While we carried the 1999 Reserva in the past, this most recent batch tastes more evolved and the flavors more integrated. The fruit is still there, although it takes a back seat to the soft tannins and the hints of earth that have appeared during maturation. The Puelles wines have always offered supreme value for the money and this wine is no different. Put the 1999 up against a great Bordeaux at your next steak dinner and see which wine wins out.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 4-9-2014
Anyone who enjoys lighter whiskies like the Midleton Rare Irish or our classic Benriach 19 year cask will really appreciate the inner workings of this 25 year old Littlemill. It's a kiss of sweet barley on the initial sip with a delicate burst of vanilla and oak spice on the finish -- nothing more. But it's so integrated, in a way that young whisky simply cannot be. The full proof doesn't get in the way, either, which was surprising to me. You think 25 years, then cask strength, and single barrel, and already we should be talking about $150 or more. But then you throw in the Littlemill name -- a distillery demolished in the 1990s that will never make whisky again -- and now you're talking collector's item. Yet, we still brought it in for $140. That's also quite surprising. A good surprise, however.
Price: $139.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Bladnoch "Young" K&L Exclusive Heavily Peated Single Barrel #57 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 2-27-2014
Three year old whisky? Really? I know that's what you're thinking, but believe me: we wouldn't have bought an entire cask of three year old whisky if it wasn't worth taking! Big smoke, spice, cloves, cinnamon, and fruit. If this is what's laying down at Bladnoch right now I can't wait to see what happens down the line! A preview of fun things to come, but delicious right now.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Glen Carlou Chardonnay Paarl South Africa
Review Date: 1-30-2014
This is just a no-brainer Chardonnay--no matter what kind of Chardonnay you like. It's a richer, Burgundian style, so if you want the oak, it's there, but if you value acidity and crispness, it's got plenty of that, too. For the price, it's crazy.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Jacques Bavard Monthelie Rouge
Review Date: 1-16-2014
This is always one of the staff's favorite wines and it's easy to see why. Just a gorgeous nose of fresh cranberry, a vibrant acidity on the mid-palate, and a fresh, fruity finish. Monthelie is a small village that lies between the better-known communes of Volnay and Auxey-Duresses in the Cote de Beaune. There are fifteen premier cru sites in Monthelie, but I've never tasted a wine from them as pretty as this Bavard.
Price: $29.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 1-16-2014
A complete and utter steal. This is seamless wine. This wine should serve as the definition of what that means. It means it starts with fresh acidity, transitions flawlessly into rich texture and soft fruit, and then morphs into mineral and saline notes on the finish without a hitch. Top notch Chardonnay that left most of the staff buzzing.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Lot 40 Rye 2012 Release Canadian Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
Like other "American" rye whiskies, such as Whistle Pig, Masterson's, and Jefferson's, the Lot 40 showcases more of that great Canadian-distilled rye whiskey backstock. I was blown away by this whisky when I tasted it. Then I read Davin de Kergommeaux's amazing review and learned about the story behind the brand. This has been one of the most talked about whiskies by Canadian and European collectors for years. For the entire back story, check out Davin's post here: http://www.canadianwhisky.org/reviews/lot-no-40-2012-release-43-alcvol.html
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-15-2014
With the prices of almost all single malt whisky brands increasing by $2 every few months, it's rare to see a brand actually going down in price. But the new owners of Glenrothes (Berry Bros & Rudd, the K&L of London) want to get competitive with their new label and we've been able to bring the select reserve down to sub-$40. Many of us at K&L cut our teeth on this malt. It's soft and supple due to the sherry aging, and easy to drink. It's a huge step up over Glenlivet 12, but not as expensive as say Macallan 12. For an everyday sipper, it's pleasant and simple, hitting all the right sweet spots. It's Scotch that tastes like Scotch for people who like Scotch and it's a very fair price.
Price: $38.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Fuenteseca Reserva K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-4-2013
Never have I received such feedback about a spirit we've offered at K&L like I have about the Fuenteseca. I knew that the tequila was good (because just tasting the various components you knew you were playing with magical stuff), but I never expected people to go so crazy for this stuff. I've received more than 100+ emails from people writing back to talk about how much they enjoyed drinking the Fuenteseca, many of whom said it was by far the best tequila they'd ever tasted -- and maybe the best tequila ever made. I can't go that far in my own praise, but I will say that there is nothing else like this on the tequila market and I don't know that there ever will be. The only producer with 20+ year old tequilas in his arsenal is Enrique Fonseca, and so far he's only releasing them to K&L.
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1995 Glendronach 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single PX Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-26-2013
This is what we call the Macallan 18 killer. It's softer, more supple, more complex, and surprisingly less sweet than what you'd get from the renowned Highland giant. Our barrel is incredibly cakey -- as in full of Christmas spice cake. Lovely stuff that just about any one can enjoy, especially at a lower-than-normal 52% alcohol. This one glides right over the tongue and into the belly -- quickly and easily. A no-brainer.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-15-2013
There's a load of rich, round, wonderfully tasting fruit right on the entry of the 2005 special club. The steely minerality balances it all out, however. Lots of biscuity goodness on the back end. I love this.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Michel Arnould Vintage "Carte d'Or" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Stunning champagne! The aromas are bready, leesy and full of life. There's more of that on the palate with a rich and savory finish that goes on forever. The acidity is piercingly refreshing and the fruit never fades underneath it. Wonderful stuff!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-2-2013
Always the most elegant and refined of our Tuscan Rosso producers, the 2011 vintage from Sesta is no different. Everything is in perfect balance: the fruit, the acidity, the tannic structure, and the earthy notes on the finish. Absolutely wonderful wine, year after year.
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Rey Fernando de Castilla Amontillado Jerez
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This is a crazy complex sherry full of candied caramel, nutty almondy flavors, and a rich, deep, long-lasting finish. Super good.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Goyo García Viadero "Finca Valdeolmos" Ribera del Duero
Review Date: 9-19-2013
These Goyo Garcia wines are simply amazing. This Finca Valdeolmos is even better than the wonderful Finca el Peruco. It's more balanced with riper fruit and a complex mingling of baking spices with deep, rich, berry fruit on the finish.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart W&S 94 BC 0

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