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Whiske(e)y News - A Còdigo Exclusive Bottling and Deep Whisky Discounts - 12/22/2017 - Single Malt Scotch

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml) $99.99 View
1990 Mannochmore 25 Year Old Special Release 2016 Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (2 bottle limit) (Elsewhere $380) $219.99 View
Auchroisk 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml) $249.99 View
Dailuaine 34 Year Old Special Release Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $700) $389.99 View
1983 Port Ellen 32 Year Old 15th Edition Special Release Year Old Cask Strength (750ml) $3,999.99 View

Còdigo 1530 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Anejo Tequila (750ml) ($99.99)

Since its launch into the California market about a year ago, Codigo has been our top-selling Tequila brand at K&L for good reason: it's flavor-profile is in line with what today's drinker wants. The spirits are clean, well-made, high in quality, without additives, yet smooth and refined on the palate with richness and weight that speak to any Tequila fan, expert or novice. Codigo 1530 started as private recipe tequila that has been contracted by a family in Los Cabos for almost a decade, before finally becoming a commercial product in the U.S. Made at NOM 1500 by Tequileria las Juntas, the product was nameless for many years, existing solely as the house brand for family members and friends. Beacuse of our relationship and success with Codigo thus far, we worked together to do a private barrel edition of the anjeo, available only at K&L. Of the five Tequila expressions available from Codigo, the anejo is the one that really showcases the quality of the brand due to its year-long maturation in French oak ex-wine casks. As a result, it's full of that exotic oak spice that only French oak can exert, and the wine influence acts like a milder Sherry note, adding that little hint of chewiness that whisky fans tend to really enjoy. It's a high end anejo tequila, but it's one that absolutely delivers on all fronts. This single cask expression is rich and supple on the palate with agave notes of savory and citrus accented and lifted by the French oak flavors of sweet spice.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 22, 2018

This single barrel is pure, delicious and pretty. It has beautiful citrus aromas. In the mouth it is soft with citrus and pepper notes. The aging in wood seems to have softened the spirit but does not dominate with caramel flavors.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 21, 2017

I reached out to Codigo for a single cask of anejo because I knew if I could find the right barrel and negotiate the right price, we could introduce our customers to the NEXT GREAT $100 TEQUILA. The Codigo is an updated and better version of Don Julio 1942, a bellwether Tequila that has for over a decade been the go-to gift bottle for those looking to present a loved one or friend with Mexico's finest distillate. This single cask of Codigo smashes that paradigm wide open, bringing all the smooth-textured, rich oak of a classic anejo, but with none of the sticky-sweet viscosity. It's loaded with decadent flavors, notes of chocolate, citrus peel, and exotic spice, but it's still clean and spicy on the finish. Simply put, it's a 100% pure expression of Tequila that tastes luxurious while maintaining its roots in classic production. I'm just sad we don't have more of it. It's going to be a HUGE hit.

1990 Mannochmore 25 Year Old Special Release 2016 Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (2 bottle limit) (Elsewhere $380) - 0 available ($219.99)

Whisky Advocate: "Along with Auchroisk, Mannochmore is one of Diageos well-kept secrets. This 1990 distillate was matured in first-fill American oak hogsheads and European oak butts. Oily orange notes on the nose, plus vanilla, brittle toffee, and honey. The palate is substantial, rich, and sweet, with figs, sultanas, banana, and more honey, plus developing cloves. Raisins and plain chocolate in the long, spicy finish. Diageo Special Releases 2016 bottling. (GS, Winter 2016)"

K&L Notes: The excellent Mannochmore distillery was founded in 1971 on the road in between Aberlour and Elgin. The distillery is situated a stone's throw from the Glenlossie distillery. This obscure producer isn't a household name, but was cranking out solid single malt in solemn silence until the late nineties, when it released the infamous Loch Dhu--a controversial single malt that was marketed as "Black Whisky" and garnered plenty of detractors. This bottling couldn't be more of a departure from that outrageous offering. With only 2954 bottles, the 25-year Mannochmore aged in all-American oak is one of the best examples from this special distillery.

Auchroisk 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml) - 0 available ($249.99)

The wonderful Auchroisk distillery is one of the least understood and most mispronounced malts in Scotland. This wonderful Speyside distillery is actually one of Diageo's youngest. Founded in 1974, the distillery was marketed for years under the Singleton brand, likely due to the incompressible mangle of letters that make up its name. The humble and efficient Auchroisk has become a stalwart of the Special Release line, having been featured in the 2010 and 2012 line ups. The 2015 release is inarguably the best of recent official bottlings and at 25 years of age it's in perfect form. The 3954 bottles were meant to fetch upwards of $500, but it taste way better at $250.

Dailuaine 34 Year Old Special Release Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Previously $700) - -1 available ($389.99)

The exceptional Dailuaine distillery is not one we see very often and even less frequently as an official distillery bottling. The old distillery on the road between Glenfarclas and Aberlour isn't on the tourist routes. It was founded in 1852 and like her neighbor Benrinnes, she's found a home as a consistent component in many of the Diageo blends. The first highland distillery to feature a pagoda roof, it's now the home to Diageo's dark grains plant where spent grain from all over the highlands is processed for animal feed. This is probably why they don't want you poking around the place, but they continue to make a solid savory style malt and with some age it can be superlatively good. This special release of Dailuaine is widely considered to be one of the finest offerings from this unsung distillery. Only 2592 bottles were drawn from a handful of refill American oak casks and bottled at cask strength. At this price it's one of the most special malts in the shop.

1983 Port Ellen 32 Year Old 15th Edition Special Release Year Old Cask Strength (750ml) - 0 available ($3,999.99)

Whisky Advocate: "Matured in refill European oak sherry butts, this years Special Release has more weight than many previous expressions and a fascinating smokiness that comes across like a just-lit fire: fire lighter, burning paper, fire grate, and wood smoke. The more active oak adds walnut skin notes and rich dried fruits before the smoke returns. All very sophisticated with enough sweetness to balance. Excellent, but, ouch, that price! (DB, Winter 2015)"

K&L Notes: The exceptional Port Ellen distillery has recently been tapped to be reopened, but it's unlikely that the new facility will replicate the incredible heights that were achieved there before the closure in the year that this special whisky was distilled. One of the most celebrated modern bottlings of Port Ellen, the 15th release is also the year Diageo really jumped the shark. Suggested retail for this bottle was well above $4000 when it was originally offered to us. It continues to trade world wide for around $3000. We are extremely lucky to get a small amount at this unthinkably low price. It's still very expensive, but it's easily the best price for any Diageo-bottled Port Ellen in the United States and perhaps even the world. This legendary whisky has garnered praise from critics and cognoscenti and represents some of the final stocks distilled before the tragic closure of this special distillery.