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Staff Favorites - Kyle Kurani
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1988 Littlemill 25 Year Old K&L "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Lowland Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 4-15-2014
Toasted golden corn in the glass. The nose is intense and driven, notes of wood spice, burnt orange, and savory herbs, the sort of mix that only evolves with time. The palate is much less savory; more on the toasty and grainy side. Butterscotch and sweet oak dominate but there are hints of stone fruit at the back that add complexity. A touch of honey and graham cracker round out a very classic “scotchy” flavor profile. This distillery is both closed and demolished, so these remnants of single casks are always a treat to have while they still exist.
1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 11-4-2013
I love when our inner Whisky geek can come out into the light of day and show off a little bit. This rarely found bottling shows just how good something can be and still not be a household name. This off the beaten path Scotch is so darn good, and will certainly change peoples opinions of how good high quality grain whisky can be. There are so many layers to this dram I don't know where to start, it is supple and soft, baked apple and toffee, a hit of vanilla from the time in barrel, and a light effortless mouth feel all combine to create an extraordinary sip of Scotch!
2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-15-2013
Another amazing vintage of Special Club! 2005 in Champagne ended with smiles on the faces of all the wine makers, an even growing season, perfect harvest mid-October, and beautiful fruit. This 2005 is everything you would expect from such an exceptional year. The Special Club is Launois’ crown jewel and is annually one of my favorite wines in the decadent, richer style of Champagne. The nose is full of vanilla shortbread and peaches with cream. The palate is one layer of confectionary richness after another: angel food cake, toasted hazel nut, and graham cracker, are all intertwined. Like walking into your favorite bakery and being enveloped with the aroma of all your childhood favorites.
2005 Island Distillery 7 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 10-9-2013
I love the intense and young whiskies. Malts that haven’t lost their youthful vigour, that are unabashedly smoky and intense. The mystery malt behind door #1 is bright and fresh, with intense smoke delivered on a palate of grainy sweetness. Bold but in balance, this peaty little number is already on my bar and waiting to impress my friends who think it is Islay or go home for peated malts in Scotland.
2002 Bowmore 11 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 10-8-2013
When David gets this excited about a Whisky, I usually sit up a little straighter when I finally get a chance to taste it for myself. This barrel lives up to the billing, tons of the dark and brooding smoke you expect from Bowmore, not sooty smoke, rich full smoke that is round and delicious. There is tons of fruit and that great Islay saltiness that makes this a very complex and complete dram. What struck me was the depth and layers of flavor that kept unfolding in such a young Whisky; it is rounded and full, without any harsh edges. For you peat lovers out there, a must try.
2002 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvée Rare" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-25-2013
A glamorous wine inside and out. Don’t let the fancy gold bottle fool you; this is some seriously great Champagne, rich and opulent, with drive and finesse. I have had this bottle three times over the past year and have been impressed on all occasions. Aromas a ripe peach and candied apricot greet you on the nose, the palate is full and yeasty, layers of brioche and hazelnut. For those of us who love the rich and decadent style of Champagne, this fits the bill perfectly. Suitable for any occasion that I can think of, a wonderful bottle.
Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Champagne
Review Date: 9-17-2013
The Grand Siècle is a prestige bottling with the stuffing to back it up. I was well impressed with this bottle in our last tasting, it has all the complexity and richness that you would expect from the top bottling of a Champagne House. A true multi-vintage wine, this combines the strengths of three great vintages into a sum that is greater than the three parts. This wine is driven decadence, ripe off the tree peaches and cream envelope your palate at the first sip, followed by dense shortbread and white flowers. Layers or citrus and ginger follow, supported by a subtle nuttiness from the lengthy aging, this wine is complete, without a single edge to be found.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-17-2013
The LP non-vintage is made in a very open-knit, pleasing style. Layers of rich apple and golden pear are enveloped by toasted bread and candied citrus peel. This wine is on the opulent side for the category, with the brightness of the citrus enough to balance out the creaminess. Overall this is very pretty Champagne, there are layered flavors that impress for the price, and this comes across as very well made.
2005 Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-17-2013
The crown jewel of the Roederer house, the 2005 Cristal certainly lives up to the reputation it has so rightly established for itself. To borrow from the jewelry world, the cut and clarity of this wine are commendable. The pure vein of minerality that cuts through this wine gives focus and definition, only serving to highlight the purity of stone and citrus fruits that are present in abundance. This minerality is balanced by the richness of 5 years on the lees, baking spices and other confectionary qualities really lend to the depth of this wine. What strikes me about this version of Cristal is the immediate allure of the wine, usually one of the most prematurely opened bottles in the Champagne world, the 2005 has so much beauty to offer right now. It was absolutely a pleasure to taste this wine and a good reminder of just how world class Champagne can be. Something to drink now, or tuck away for a future special occasion, please enjoy this wine with fellow Champagne enthusiasts.
Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 9-11-2013
One of the most unique and exciting Whiskey's I have had this year! I always love off the beaten path Spirits that just wow you. This is the ultimate in soft, supple, and yummy unmalted grain Whiskey. Notes of caramel, candied nuts and sweet sweet grains all combine to make something that is absolutely delicious. The finish is velvety vanilla and hazel nut and lengthier than I would have expected. With the other expressions from Nikka being so highly allocated, jump on this while you can!
2004 Bodegas Fernandez "Escudo de Plata" Gran Reserva Jumilla
Review Date: 9-2-2013
Mourvèdre! Delicious and savory, dark fruited and often misunderstood, the grape is beautifully showcased in this bottle. I have come back to this wine about three times since it has been in stock, and am consistently impressed with the amount of wine packed into this bottle. The nose is a fragrant mix of dark fruit, sweet floral spice, and a newly developed nuttiness that has just come on in the last month. The palate is squarely medium bodied, a beautiful weight that is a product of soft, rich fruit and silky edges to the wine. There is earthiness here to compliment the richness of the fruit, and for me, this is a very proper representation of what Mourvèdre should taste like.
Campeòn K&L Exclusive Blanco Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 8-29-2013
Blanco Tequila is the purest form and expression of the skill of a Tequila House. There is no wood to soften the edges and hide blemishes, any harshness or bite is apparent right away. The Campeon Blanco shows off just how good pure fresh Agave can taste. When Blue Agave is grown at higher altitude, it takes longer to mature, but lends itself to a more complete Tequila. This Blanco has beautiful freshness, notes of citrus combined with a hint of spice, with a mouth feel that is so texturally pleasing, I am always sadly surprised at how quickly I find my glass empty. A great new partnership for us that holds a bright future for those of us who love well crafted Tequila.
Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-2-2013
I am just one in a long line of staff members at K&L to fall head over heels for this wine. It is the balance of mineral freshness with the pure and elegant fruit qualities that really set this wine apart. Great for the wine geek, and any sort of setting. Really delicious.
2010 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 5-31-2013
Proper Napa Cab. My tasting notes of this read like they were taken right out of what a Rutherford Cab is supposed to taste like; dark blue and black fruits, a dusty earthiness, cassis and sweet oak. This is a very good example of what balanced Cab tastes like, drinkable now, certainly worth drinking over the next 10 years as well.
2010 Erik Banti "Ciabatta" Morellino di Scansano Riserva
Review Date: 5-31-2013
Another great value from Banti. This is a richer style of wine, dark fruited with medium tannin, broad and lush this is the perfect catchall for your Italian cuisine.
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