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Single Malt Scotch

Our spirits department is a lead by Susan Purnell, a bonafide single malt fanatic. When she's not tracking down another great bottle to add to our shelves, she's likely to be found on a flight to Scotland on her way to meet with the distilleries. If you're looking for a great bottle of scotch, check out our selection below...

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Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whisky 750ml

At first we couldn't believe our mouths. We knew that Cut Spike single malt had just taken Double Gold honors at the 2014 San Francisco Spirits competition (the highest possible honor), so obviously other people thought it was good, too. But after tasting so many mediocre American attempts at single malt whisky, we had become accustomed to the idea that the Scottish style of distillation would never be recreated here at home. There would be spin-offs, and experimental grasps at greatness, but that supple, malty profile would simply be something we needed... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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Glenfiddich 12 year old Signature Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $30)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Best Buy** Lush and rich, this honeyed whisky is loaded with dense notes of creamy custard and tropical fruit, finishing with a flourish of baking spice." (12/2013) K&L Notes: Gold Medal winner in the 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition. The Glenfiddich 12 Year is distinctively fresh and fruity with a hint of pear on the nose. The palate for this single malt is characteristically sweet, with undertones of butterscotch, cream, malt and a hint of oak. It finishes long, smooth and mellow. See for yourself why this is one of the world's most popular single ma... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WE 93
Limit of 12 per customer

Lagavulin 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $100) Top Pick!
Lagavulin 16-year-old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $100)

90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Best Buy** Soy sauce, olive brine, peat, honey, oloroso Sherry, brewer’s yeast, bread dough, barley malt and cigar smoke in the bouquet. The flavor that magically includes the innate intense peatiness of Islay malts and the masterly employment of oak barrels phase defines “classy Islay.” Concludes sweetly, without sacrificing the tangy, astringent peatiness that is inherent. Gorgeous." (4/2004)94 points Whisky Advocate: "An old classic, but how do the newest bottlings fare? Rich, chewy, slightly oily texture. Deep peat, thick smoke, iodine, brine, charcoal, seaweed, tea (Earl Gr ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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Ardbeg Uigeadail Traditional Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky (Previously $73) Top Pick!
Ardbeg Uigeadail Traditional Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky (Previously $73)

95 points Whisky Advocate: "With the Ardbeg 17 year old off the market, it's nice to see a new Ardbeg in the line-up. Uigeadail costs about the same as the Ardbeg 17 did but, with Uigeadail, you're getting a much more interesting whisky. Uigeadail consists of a marriage of younger whisky (from 1990 and 1993) with much older whisky matured in sherry casks. The marriage works exceptionally well, with the younger whiskies providing the classic Ardbeg intensity many of us have come to expect, while the older whiskies contribute depth, maturity, and complexity. And bottling the whisky a ...Read More » 


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WA 95

Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $37) Top Pick!
Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $37)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vibrant gold with orange highlights, fruity scent of apples and pears plus a whiff of vanilla. Soft, velvety feel. This is a pleasant and drinkable Scotch, but the flavors are relatively muted. It mixes well with other flavors, making it a good contender for cocktails. Good value." (12/2011) Whisky Advocate: "As with the ‘Fiddich (reviewed in this issue), here’s a malt where an improved wood policy has brought a dram to life and added complexity. The Glenlivet has always been about lightness, but the trick is to have sufficient solid base to allow its flower to blossom, so ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WE 90
Limit of 3 per customer

Glendronach 15 year old "Revival" Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Glendronach 15 year old "Revival" Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml

93 points Whisky Advocate: "Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than the 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on the finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive! (Summer 2010) Reviewed by: John Hansell" K&L Notes: Distillery notes: "Renowned amongst many whisky enthusiasts around the world, this remarkable and full bodied malt is matured for a minimum of 15 years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled ... Read More » 


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Glenfiddich 15 year Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Glenfiddich 15 year Single Malt Whisky 750ml

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Look for rich, rounded flavors with lots of honey, vanilla and baking spice notes. The palate is creamy, with a mouth-filling texture and smoky finish." (12/2013) Wine Spectator: "A deceptive delight that starts sweet with honey, leather and orange peel on the nose, then turns to spice on the palate. After a spot of honey on the tongue tip, the spices come on in earnest, with cinnamon and ginger. Leaves a long, spicy finish. Three types of cask: Sherry, Bourbon and new oak." (2/2011) K&L Notes: Awarded Double Gold Medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 


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WE 95
Limit of 12 per customer

Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky 750ml

Grain whisky is one of the least understood components of the whisky world. When you sip a blended Scotch like Johnnie Walker or Suntory's Hibiki, you're drinking a blend of two types of whisky -- both single malt and grain -- hence the term "blend" (many people assume the "blend" refers to the blend of various distilleries). While we've gone out of our way here at K&L to help our customers understand 100% malted barley single malt whisky, we've never really talked very much about grain whisky -- mostly because there's very little of it available! Grain ... Read More » 


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Balvenie 12 year old Doublewood Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Balvenie 12 year old Doublewood Single Malt Whisky 750ml

90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Superb/Highly Recommended* First nosing exposes dry scents of walnuts, grass and dark toffee. Entry is malty and vanilla—extract bittersweet; midpalate is silky, creamy, Sherry sweet, pruny and black raisin-like. Ends on a dark chocolate note that's chewy, medium-sweet and satisfying." (11/2008) K&L Notes: The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a fi... Read More » 


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WE 90 - 95

2000 Arran 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
2000 Arran 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml

We've grown awfully fond of the little-distillery-that-could on Scotland's Isle of Arran. Every time we make a visit and search for a new cask, we seem to find just the right barrel to bring back home. We're batting 1.000 with their sherry-matured inventory, and this new hogshead cask is quite possibly the grand slam of finds. It's not a sherry bomb by any means, as it beautifully meanders from stonefruit and creamy malt into elements of cakebread and spice, but then back to the soft vanilla of the malt again. At 56.8%, it's a powerful dram, but one that... Read More » 


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Macallan 12 year old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $55)

90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The initial aroma is sweetish, winey and oaky; aeration allows the aroma to expand to include marzipan, treacle, molasses, honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon and cocoa butter. The palate entry is sweet, creamy and assertive; at midpalate the flavor becomes intensely nutty, buttery and bacon fat-like, with the beginnings of rancio. Remains one of Speyside's standard-bearer 12 year olds." (4/2008) K&L Notes: In his book, Kindred Spirits, international Whisky authority Paul Pacult describes The Macallan 12 as "simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around," and we wholehear... Read More » 


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WE 90 - 95

Talisker 10 year old Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Talisker 10 year old Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml

90 points Whisky Advocate: "Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that gives the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker’s smoke, which ain't as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit. (Vol. 21, #2)" Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* The piquant nose offers immediate and stunning notes of sea salt, peat reek and black pepper; aeration time encourages ...Read More » 


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WA 90

1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $160) Top Pick!
1998 Laphroaig 15 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $160)

Des McCagherty is a man of few words, but when he said to us, "You might want to load up on Laphroaig this year," we listened. Apparently, this is one of the most difficult and costly distillates to purchase on the independent market and stocks are depleting faster than ever from Signatory's Pitlochry warehouse. A yearly barrel of two of Laphroaig at K&L has become commonplace since we started our barrel program and we don't want that to change -- at least not while we can help it. That's why we snagged this 15 year old sherry butt of peaty goodness, ful... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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Glenmorangie 10 year old The Original Single Malt Whisky 750ml

93 points Whisky Advocate: "Fresh, vibrant, and beautifully complex. A clean, malty foundation accentuated by bright complex fruit, delicate spice, dried flowers, and gentle honeyed vanilla notes that linger on the palate. This is a wonderful whisky which is very versatile, but I can only imagine what it would taste like at 46% and unchill-filtered like the wood finish expressions. (Vol. 17, #2) Reviewed by: John Hansell"90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Smooth and mellow, like nuts drizzled with honey or Bit O’Honey candy, with a light vanilla finish. Matured in Bourbon casks for 10 years." (12/2011) Wine Spectator: "Even without a ...Read More » 


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WA 93 WE 90

Oban 14-year-old Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Oban 14-year-old Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Whisky Advocate: "A much-beloved malt in the U.S. Some say it’s because it is easy to pronounce (though having said that, remember it’s ‘OH-bin’ and not ‘O’Bahn’). I’d prefer to think its popularity is because there is something about the fresh cleanliness of the nose, its orange oils, chocolate, and zesty-zingy and yes, occasionally salty spiciness that is instantly appealing. (Vol. 21, #2)" Wine Enthusiast: "The early aroma is a combination of malt, wood and sea breeze; the later bouquet is a deliciously harmonious, even creamy marriage of maritime atmosphere and malted barley. Palate entr ...Read More » 


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Aberlour - A'Bunadh Cask Strength Single Malt 750ml

96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intriguing and challenging bouquet of aromas of roasted nuts, old leather, black pepper, old oak and dried fruit. Palate entry is aggressive in spirit, but sweet and pruny; midpalate is drier and features tastes of leather and grain. Aftertaste teems with oak resin, hard cheese (meaning, rancio), candied nuts, candied fruit and dark honey. Add mineral water." (12/2009)90 points Whisky Advocate: "Amber, with shades of ruby. Notes of complex honey-drenched fruit (sultana, marmalade, peaches, apples), toffee, treacle, and hint of mint. Full, rich texture and lush body. Long, warming, m ...Read More » 


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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml

So you've heard that Japanese whisky is quite popular these days. You're right; it is. But while the mainstream choice is always going to be Suntory, it's Nikka that is quietly bringing the goods to your local boutique retailer. Founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1936, the Nikka whisky company is one of Japan's best kept secrets (at least with other Americans). Taketsuru studied whisky production in Scotland during the 1910s and brought that knowledge back to Nippon to make Scottish style whisky at home. Nikka's Pure Malt Taketsuru is a marriage of single... Read More » 


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1990 Glenfarclas 24 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
1990 Glenfarclas 24 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky 750ml

We've always loved Glenfarclas. As you may or may not know, this distillery is one of the last independently owned in all of Scotland. It's owned by the Grant family. It also happens to be on most knowledgeable people's list of top distilleries and has consistently provided us with excellent sherried Speyside offerings at incredible prices. We've had success finding single casks in their vast warehouse system, but found that current market conditions have made purchasing a single cask from the Grants rather cost-prohibitive. Negotiating the price down on... Read More » 


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Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $50) Top Pick!
Ardbeg 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $50)

93 points Whisky Advocate: "Straw-gold color. On the nose, sweet toffee, citrus notes, seaweed, and spice complement a powerful peat smoke infusion. In body, it is thick and oily. On the palate, a somewhat sweet maltiness up front is run over by a powerful peat smoke locomotive. Again, the whisky is enriched with citrus and pear notes, spice, and seaweed. The finish is powerful, long, and warming. The smoke lingers for minutes, if not hours. Style: Islay single malt Scotch whisky... If you like your Ardbeg to go to a phenolic extreme, you will cherish this one. This big, powerful w ...Read More » 


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WA 93 WE 91

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $82) Top Pick!
Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $82)

96 points Whisky Advocate: "Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! (Vol. 18, #3)" K&L Notes: 2009 Scotch Whisky of the Year from the Malt Advocate! Named for Europe's largest whirlpool, this whisky is now available on a full-time basis, having replaced the beloved Bei... Read More » 


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WA 96

Glenrothes Sherry Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Glendronach 12 and Balvenie Doublewood have a serious new competitor, even without the age statement. The Glenrothes Sherry Reserve is full of that sweet, brown sugar-laden note of fresh Oloroso sherry right on the first sip, and it rounds out beautifully through the mid-palate, all the way through to the finish. It’s clean, malty, chewy, and full of classic Glenrothes character; just without any of that old style funk. I think it's just as good as Aberlour 12 Non-Chillfiltered, softer than Glendronach 12, and just plain better than Balvenie 12 Doublewoo... Read More » 


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Glendronach 12 year old Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Whisky Advocate: "Nicely sherried. Rich, with maple syrup, honey-drenched citrus, sultana, and a good dried oak spice finish for balance. Well done for a 12 year old, and definite competition for Macallan of the same age. (Vol. 19, #2)" K&L Notes: Glendronach was one of our favorite distilleries on our recent trip to Scotland and this 12 year is the best whisky that no one is drinking. Soft, supple, rich, and complex, and finished in PX sherry butts for a kiss of sweetness. This is my new house whisky and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's not going to blow your mind, it's just ... Read More » 


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Clear Creek McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey 750ml (Previously $57) Top Pick!
Clear Creek McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey 750ml (Previously $57)

Whisky Advocate: "3 year old peated malt whisky, aged in Oregon oak. Rich nose of peat—burning leaves, a touch of sweet diesel—and fresh oak. There's no stinting on the peat; it's young, it's in your face. Whiskey to stand toe-to-toe with Portland's hopped-to-blazes beers. Not just peat: creamy malt makes a solid floor and an exit that may be the most complex part of the experience. Refined for a 3 year old. Limited annual release. (Vol. 22, #4)" K&L Notes: The new Fall 2014 release of McCarthy's is here and it's the last batch that will come from the actual McCarthy era. While Steve ... Read More » 


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Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Lagavulin Distiller's Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml

The 2014 limited edition is here! Loaded with extra sherry for a softer, more restrained and elegant version of the peaty Islay whisky. Fans of the 16 year will revel in the pure peated flavor and rejoice over the creamy, supple mouthfeel. 


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1996 Tobermory 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
1996 Tobermory 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Tobermory is kind of hot right now. While this distillery is often listed as a highlander, it is actually from the majestic and mystical Isle of Mull. There the picturesque hamlet of Tobermory, contains one of the Scotland's most underappreciated malt producers. Their current flagship 15 year old is now on the market for a staggering $150 a bottle and while it's a fine malt, we've always found it to be slightly over priced. Now this wonderful 18 year old expression from a refill sherry butt, makes a mature version of this fun distillery available to all.... Read More » 


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2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
2004 Smoky & Peaty Tobermory (Ledaig) 8 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Nearly half of Tobermory's production is dedicated to peated malt whisky. This is known typically as Ledaig, but for some reason that word never actually makes it onto our independently bottled offerings of this special whisky. Labeled here as "Smoky & Peaty," for those of you who've been following us for a while you'll know that we love these young Ledaigs. This is the third young smokey Tobermory we've offered and shockingly the price is the same as last year's even though this is a year old (and arguably a better whisky). The rugged peaty malt that co... Read More » 


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Glendronach Cask Strength Batch #3 Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Glendronach has steadily risen over the last decade to be renowned as one of the leaders for sherried single malt scotch. Single handedly redefining the eastern highland category, Glendronach has stepped up into the upper echelons of Scotland's many distilleries. Often cited with names like Macallan, Glenfarclas, Aberlour and the other great sherried houses, the new(ish) ownership at the Valley of the Blackberries distillery has spared no expense. Filling and recasking into high quality sherry butts got them noticed and now the world is obsessed. With st... Read More » 


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Laphroaig 10 year old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Laphroaig 10 year old Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml

92 points Whisky Advocate: "Amber with gold streaks. Its aroma and flavor is fresh, powerful, and medicinal, with notes of peat smoke, band-aids, tar, rich toffee, seaweed, and brine. Thick in body, with an almost molasses-like viscosity." Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of new shoe leather, iodine, smoked trout, flowers, intense grain, soft cheese, peat-reek and dried seaweed. The palate entry is pleasantly smoky and grainy sweet; the midpalate flavors range from olive brine, seaweed, iodine, and wood smoke to baked pear, toffee and marshmallow. Concludes warm and toasty." (12/2007) K&L Notes: This 10 year old malt epit... Read More » 


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WA 92

Oban 18 Year Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $150) Top Pick!
Oban 18 Year Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $150)

91 points Whisky Advocate: "Drier, less toffee and fruit, more dried spice and oak when compared to the standard Oban 14 year old. A beautiful combination of rich, nutty toffee balanced by polished oak, salt, pepper, seaweed, distant smoke, and dried fruit. Somewhat oily in texture. Wonderful depth, too! An improvement on what is already the biggest-selling Diageo single malt scotch in the U.S. Very exciting and dynamic. (Vol. 17, #4, by John Hansell)" K&L Notes: Always tough to find - this is a limited edition bottling for the US only. As the canister states, "only so much can be made, i... Read More » 


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WA 91

Highland Park 12 year old, Isle of Orkney Single Malt Whisky 750ml

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 50 Spirits, 2011* Elegant, light and pretty. This amber spirit has a light, briny vanilla scent and a silky feel. A veil of smoke rises through the Scotch (but fades out fast), leaving behind a sweet nutty, vanilla finish." (12/2011)90 points Whisky Advocate: "Highland Park 12 Year Old boasts individuality and complexity, thanks in part to the use of Orcadian peat in the distillery floor maltings and the employment of ex-sherry casks for maturation. The nose is fragrant and floral, with hints of heather and some spice. Smooth and honeyed on the palate, with citrus fruits, malt, ...Read More » 


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Laphroaig "Quarter Cask" Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml

91 points Whisky Advocate: "The whisky begins sweet and creamy, with notes of vanilla, honey, and ripe malt (reminiscent of a malting floor). Then the Laphroaig signature peat smoke, seaweed, tar, and medicinal notes emerge. Bottling at 48% and without chill-filtering keeps the whisky from being dulled down. A whisky that is very dynamic. Nicely done. (Vol. 15, #2)" K&L Notes: Two hundred years ago, malt whisky was carried through Scotland in small casks that were easily transported on the backs of pack horses. As transportation methods improved, Scottish distillers turned to more economical la... Read More » 


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WA 91

Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chillfiltered Single Malt Whisky 750ml

We've long felt that the Aberlour 12 year was one of the great deals in single malt. Now, Aberlour has stepped it up a bit by releasing their double-matured malt (like Balvenie, but not advertised as such) in a higher proof (48%), non chill-filtered edition. The difference is remarkable. It's so much better that I want to forget the normal Aberlour exists. The fruit pops more, the richness is spicier, and the finish is longer. I love high proof whisky that isn't cask strength, and this is now a new favorite. Lots of sherry, lots of fruit Newton cookie... Read More » 


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Glenmorangie 18 year old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere 140)

Whisky Advocate: "43% abv. When compared to the 10 year old, this one's richer, with darker fruit and more caramelized sweet notes, paired with accentuated dried wood spice, while the 10 year old is more vibrant and floral. Like the 10 year old, there's good balance here. (Vol. 17, #2)" K&L Notes: If I had to pick my favorite whisky from the LVMH line up, including all the Ardbeg expressions, I'd easily choose the 18 year old from Glenmorangie. It's the best whisky they make for the price and everybody likes it: beginners, casual sippers, experts, whisky geeks. It's so gentle, suppl... Read More » 


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Laphroaig 10 year old Original Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Laphroaig 10 year old Original Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml

90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A veritable aromatic feast of maritime notes: seaweed, iodine, pine needle, matchstick and olive brine. The palate entry is full of mint, Sherry, pork rind, bacon fat, chimney soot and rancio tastes; by midpalate flavors of cocoa, coffee, pipe tobacco, chocolate-covered orange, marzipan and vanilla extract proliferate. Luscious and stupendously good." (12/2007) Whisky Advocate: "Pungent and medicinal in personality, with gobs of peat, tar, iodine, brine, and seaweed. These are all good things.in case you were wondering. A gentle vanilla sweetness tries to tame this savage b ...Read More » 


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1990 Bruichladdich 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
1990 Bruichladdich 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Clearly, we went a little Refill Sherry crazy this year, but how could we resist. We've been tasting this special cask every year since we first set foot in Signatory's wonderful warehouses and we finally felt that it had reached its true peak. Bruichladdich is probably pretty sore that they don't own this cask because it's the perfect example of the unpeated Islay Malt. This hits every note without skipping a beat (while skipping the peat). The perfect amount of ripe round malty spice mixed with zesty citrus fruit. An ever so subtle oceany brine. The su... Read More » 


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1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
1998 Mortlach 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Sherry Butt Finish Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Can we keep the Mortlach momentum rolling? It seems that ever since we released that amazing sherry butt of Mortlach from Chieftain's all those years ago, we've been riding a wave of Mortlach enthusiasm for the sherry-aged Speyside beast. Diageo even released their own single malt version (maybe we had something to do with that, eh?) We're always on the lookout for more Mortlach, especially sherry-aged barrels, and it turns out that Signatory had a sherry-finished butt sitting in their Pitlochry location just there for the taking. The first sip is all yo... Read More » 


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Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Seattle's single malt sensation Westland Distillery is back with a new expression aged in sherry that mimics some of the finest and most beloved Speyside malts from Scotland's Highland region. In the style of Macallan or Glenfarclas, the supple, soft, fudgy, cocoa flavors are more pronounced from the sherry maturation and the richness of the palate is enhanced beyond what we've seen in the standard Westland ex pression. It's a more decadent version of what we already love about America's top single malt distillery and an exciting glimpse into what's prom... Read More » 


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Clynelish 14 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $60.00)

90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* The initial aroma is large, biscuity and grainy sweet; the aroma then becomes more sugar biscuit-like and a touch salty. Palate entry finds generous and malty-sweet flavors; by midpalate distinctive notes of black pepper, seaweed, oaky vanilla, honey and dark caramel are added. Finishes elegantly, sweetly and malty, with just a barely discernable influence of the sea." (7/2005) Whisky Advocate: "Ahh, Clynelish. The enigma of the northeast coast. A single malt whose waxy character — and it does smell of snuffed candles — is highly prized by blenders. This is a pa ...Read More » 


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WE 90 - 95

Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $300) Top Pick!
Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $300)

Macallan's new Rare Cask uses handpicked first-fill sherry casks from the top 1% of barrels currently aging at the distillery. The result is a richer, darker, more chocolately version of Macallan with a thicker profile and a complex palate of raisins, sultana, orange peel, and ginger. With the current market craze for first-fill sherry whisky, a la Aberlour A'Bunadh and Glendronach, the Rare Cask represents an aggressive and more modern approach from the typically conservative Macallan. This is bold, chewy, full-bodied single malt that showcases the deep... Read More » 


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Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky 750ml Back In Stock!
Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky 750ml

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fans of smoky Islay Scotches will enjoy this smoky single malt that’s made at Suntory’s Hakashu Distillery, which is “surrounded by forest at the foot of the Southern Japan Alps.” Despite the delicate aromas of tropical fruit and light peat, the smoke note is considerably amplified on the palate, especially on the resonant finish, where it pushes those dainty fruit tones completely off the map." (2/2013) K&L Notes: The newest Japanese whisky to hit the U.S. market is Suntory's Hakushu - known as the "Forest Distillery". Built in 1973 as a sister distillery to Suntor... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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WE 90

Springbank 15 year old, Distillery Bottling Single Malt Whisky 750ml

96-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "The complex, understated bouquet finds aromas of barley malt, seaweed, heather, oaky vanilla, honey, sherry cask, scrambled egg and minerals. The palate entry is oily, buttery and oaky sweet; by midpalate the flavors include assertive tastes of marzipan, marshmallow, baked pear/peach pastry and bacon fat. Finishes with a luscious fruit/grape thrust. A masterpiece." (4/2008) Whisky Advocate: "Powerful, mature, and nicely rounded. Similar in some ways to the Springer 10 year old 46% reviewed below, with the addition of toasted coconut and caramel. It’s also more rounded and w ...Read More » 


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WE 96 - 100


1997 Laphroaig 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
1997 Laphroaig 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Laphroaig is one of those special things that you either love or hate. You may be aware already, but we LOVE Laphroaig. This particular cask of Laphroaig came as a wonderful contrast to our other spectacular teenage Laphroaig from Signatory. That whisky, in a refill hogs head, was Laphroaig in name and spirit, but world's away from the distillery bottlings. This one coming at the Old Particular bottlings strength of 97 proof falls much more in line with the expectations from the distillery. Heady aromas of peat, salt, and subtle smoked fish (the perfect ... Read More » 


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Glenfarclas 12 year old, Distillery Bottlilng 750ml

This is a great introduction to the Glenfarclas style. This Highland distillery's 12 year is aged in Sherry casks and has a nose and palate with spice and Sherried fruit, with hints of peat and a lingering spiciness. 


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2007 Mortlach 7 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
2007 Mortlach 7 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml

We absolutely the loved our sample of young Mortlach when we tasted in Scotland last year. But getting back to the states with only the memory of this lovely young whisky meant that when we actually ordered this whisky, we simply weren't certain what to expect. On paper it looks great, inexpensive, unadulterated young malt from one of Scotland's greatest distilleries at a great price. But, every time you put a young age statement on a whisky you're bound to have some push back. To our great delight, we know that our educated customer base will appreciate... Read More » 


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Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Whisky 750ml

A simple working-man's whisky that really hits the spot and covers a lot of ground for a bargain of a price. Made from various whiskies aged in refill bourbon barrels, the Auchentoshan American oak is full of sweet vanilla, hints of coconut, with a finish that goes almost tropical. I love this whisky. It's no frills, to-the-point, yet hip and conscious of what it has to offer. Use it in a cocktail in place of your favorite bourbon and watch it shine. 


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Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Whisky Advocate: "A new addition to the permanent Balvenie range. Lovely bright gold color. Layers of sweetness (the characteristic Balvenie honey, along with vanilla fudge, nougat, and rich toffee) peppered with dried spice and a hint of tropical fruit (papaya, guava, tangerine). Nice viscosity with good grip on the finish. I really like the balance and complexity of this whisky. A very solid effort and the price is right." K&L Notes: This exciting new expression follows the acclaim of 2008's limited edition Balvenie 17 Year Old Rum Cask, and the subsequent popularity of rum cask-fin... Read More » 


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Oban Little Bay Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Oban Little Bay Limited Edition Single Malt Whisky 750ml

It's not often we see the classic malts of Diageo expand into new releases of their iconic whiskies, but the Oban Little Bay marks that very occasion. Aged in smaller casks to increase the ratio of wood to whisky, the influence is perceptible in the weight of the Little Bay and not so much the flavor (which is a welcome relief!). There is no toasty quarter cask flavor, but rather a soft and supple nose of stonefruit and a rounded, mellow mouthful of dried apricots with just a bit of phenolics on the finish. Those looking for bold flavor should look towar... Read More » 


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Highland Park 18 year old, Isle of Orkney Single Malt Whisky 750ml

94 points Whisky Advocate: "Introduced to the Highland Park portfolio in 1997. Gentle peat, soft toffee, floral notes, and honey on the beautifully fragrant nose. Superbly balanced on the velvety palate, with brittle toffee, stewed fruits, peat, honey, and a hint of coffee. Smoke and more toffee mingle in the long, elegant finish. (Vol. 21, #1)"92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Scotch is a big boy—look for assertive, brawny flavors and alcohol burn. However, it still has nuance. Aging in Sherry oak casks draws out a dark amber cast and rich caramel, honey and dried-fruit aromas. The flavor grows more interestin ...Read More » 


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WA 94 WE 92

Dalwhinnie 15 year old Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Whisky Advocate: "Along with Cragganmore, this is one of the underrated members of the original Classic Six. Quite why has always slightly baffled me. OK, it isn't smoky, but the nose has a deep, soft, honeyed sweetness: think caramelized fruits, hints of thick cream, and a light touch of fennel and sharp citrus. Thick in the center and very gentle, it's that chunkiness in the middle that is the secret to its beauty." Wine Enthusiast: "Opening aroma is assertive, dry, with peppery scents of barley husk, grainy oil and cracked wheat wafer; seven more minutes bring out a mildly sweeter, slight ...Read More » 


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