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Gray Whale Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 03-13-2019
A certified 1% For The Planet company, Gray Whale Gin not only makes great gin, they put their money where their mouth is and donate 1% of proceeds to Oceana, an environmental non profit dedicated to protecting the oceans. The selection of botanicals from along the whales' migratory route at first feels a bit kitschy, but one sip and you'll let that feeling go. It's a splendid combination of mint, juniper, and limes set off by a pop of fir, floral notes, and a touch of salinity from sea kelp. An interesting take on terroir (wateroir?), Gray Whale makes a wonderful martini, G&T, or even Negroni, making it a triple threat in your cocktail collection.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Mortlach 20 Year Old "Cowie's Blue Seal" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 02-28-2019
Much more bass tones than the 12 or 16 year releases. This has that big meaty quality of Mortlach underpinned by a very savory wood profile. That base of bass flavors is topped by higher toned citrus, particularly orange peel and a bit of fresh lemon zip. Chocolate and mocha make up the middle and give way to another long and clean finish. If you're already a fan of Mortlach, this is not to be missed.
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart

Mortlach 16 Year-Old "Distiller's Dram" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 02-28-2019
The 16 year is the slam dunk of the new Mortlach lineup. If you only try one bottling, this is the one. It's exceptional. Robust sherry of the highest quality imparts a bit of rancio which plays perfectly with the natural meatiness of the spirit and a ton of dried sultanas and figs which lends a beautiful supple sweetness. The palate is extremely full, filling every nook and cranny and hitting every taste bud. The finish lingers on and on and is where you really see the quality of the clean sherry casks used.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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Mortlach 12 Year Old "The Wee Witchie" Single Malt Scotch Whisky 750ml (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape)
Review Date: 02-28-2019
It's incredibly refreshing to see some new distillery releases from Mortlach that come in at excellent prices. The 12 year "Wee Witchie," named for their tiny "extra" still, is robust in flavor, but incredibly smooth and approachable. The meaty character of Mortlach is readily apparent, yet without any trace of the phenolic character the distillery typically shows. This is supple and extravagant daily drinking at it's best. Lots of pretty dried fruits and pleasant woody tones carry throughout the nose, palate, and finish.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Johnnie Walker Blue "Ghost and Rare Port Ellen Edition" Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-23-2019
I was on the fence on personally buying a bottle of this sight unseen. I was lucky enough to snag a taste of this gem and it sold me on the spot. The gentle but full smoke and rich malt of the ancient Port Ellen is immediately apparent. It sits gently sandwiched between the honey, nougat, and creme brulee of the Caledonian and Carsebridge ghost grain distillate. There is a rich tropical fruit provided from these lost grain distillates as well. Add to that the complexity provided by the meatiness of Mortlach, the floral yet rich notes of Cragganmore, the nuttiness of Blair Athol, and the heavy funk of Dailuaine and you have yourself an absolute beauty. It's stylish, graceful, and perfectly balanced. Everything you'd expect from a prestige blend from Johnnie Walker. It dances all over the palate lighting up your taste buds from front to back and fully satisfies the itch for a true luxury whisky. As an aside, most places are selling this bottle for $300-500. You can grab one at K&L for just $250! When you compare that to the many thousands a bottle of Port Ellen single malt will run you, the magnitude of this deal is truly apparent.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart

1987 Invergordon 31 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-15-2019
While most of the old grain whiskies we bottle are first described as smooth, round and gentle, this particular cask also has tremendous power. It's 52% ABV and full of bass tones. Brown sugar, cask spices, a more noticeable tannin structure. It's of course amazingly smooth and round after 31 long years in barrel, but the earthy note that undergirds this whisky makes for a grain of unusual complexity as well. With the addition of a little water the wood spices take a back seat and let the fruit ride shotgun. Winter fruits like apple and orange stand prominently against the backdrop of sweet baking spice. A special single grain for sure.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

1988 Cambus 29 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-15-2019
The very first thing you notice about this 29 year old bottling is how low the cask strength proof is. Just 44.6%, outstandingly smooth and just a little too inviting. Toffee and vanilla custard stand out on the palate along with a gentle tropical fruit. The mix of flaky pastry crust and baked stone fruits is particularly alluring. A sprinkle shredded coconut rounds out the tropical note on the finish. If you've been a fan of Johnnie Blue for a long time this will feel like meeting an old friend.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

The Irishman Founder's Reserve Caribbean Rum Cask Finish (750ml)
Review Date: 02-14-2019
Mix it up this St. Patty's Day with a splendid cask finish on your Irish whisky. Only 12 barrels were put into this unique finishing program from The Irishman. We managed to snag a portion of Cask# 8477 which yielded only 380 bottles at 46%ABV. The rum cask finish is remarkably clear and inviting. The whisky itself, being majority single malt, stands up beautifully to the robust caribbean notes of molasses, fruit, a touch of salinity. The delicacy of Irish whisky is easy to lose when finishing it in unusual barrels, but everything comes together here in perfect harmony. The whisky isn't overwhelmed, but complemented by the rum cask. A great achievement in a category that is loaded with lackluster cask finished bottles.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

1990 Port Dundas 28 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-14-2019
Markedly tropical, this casks displays that special characteristic that whisky can sometimes take on after 25ish+ years. Coconuts and pineapples, it's one of my favorite hallmarks of old grain. I have no idea how or why the chemistry shakes out so that distillate of a grass mixed with years in a tree creates tropical fruits, but I dig it and I'm glad it does. Of course you also have gobs of the usual suspects, oranges, vanillas, baking spices, but the story of this bottle lies between Capricorn and Cancer. Those sweet tones carry from nose through to the finish.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

1988 North British 30 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-14-2019
The plethora of old grain in our portfolio at the moment shows just how much we think of these bottles. They offer some of the best value on the planet in the Brown Water category. I mean seriously, 30 year old cask strength whisky for a buck twenty? In 2019?!? The NB30 bottle is decadent. It's creamy. loaded with syrup, citrus peel, vanilla and a bit of nougat. The finish flourishes with loads of sweet barrel spice. At 49.4% it's almost too friendly.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

1987 Strathclyde 30 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-14-2019
Round, like a loaf of freshly baked bread, the nose of this whisky makes no secret about the fact that it's going to be a soft and easy drinker. It just smells comforting and pleasant, like a warm corner store bakery. A little sweet spice of wood comes through the nose, but the magic really happens when you get around to tasting it. Honeyed graham crackers, nutmeg, and cinnamon coat your palate, A little browned butter shines through. Toast sprinkled with vanilla sugar comes to mind. It's full and gentle, but with a slight piquant note from the 51.8% cask strength. It's one of those 'practically perfect in every way' kinda whiskies.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

Aberlour Casg Annamh "Batch #1" Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 02-07-2019
Supple, rich, and inviting. Aberlour has delivered one of the best balanced whiskies in their portfolio with the Casg Annamh. Soft golden amber in color the nose leaps out of the glass. It's an amalgam of ripe fruits, raisins, orange peel and spicy ginger. The palate is full and amazingly intense without being overwhelming. Darker cocoa and mocha fill your mouth only to be replaced with burnt orange peel and candied ginger snap. Cloves and cinnamon show up on the finish and linger. Uncompromising in quality and true to Aberlour's house style, this whisky offers gentler side to A'bunadh fans, but won't disappoint those used to its bold flavors.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Bapt & Clem 8 Year Old "Alcoholes Finos Dominicos" Dominican Rum Armagnac Finished (750ml)
Review Date: 02-07-2019
The first 7+ years of life for this DR rum was in bourbon barrels. The subsequent 10 months occurred in Gascony in the cellars of Marc Darroze in 30+ year old Armagnac barrels. The final rum is an incredible mixture of intense molasses and wood character with stunning complexity. Dried fruits, sweet cocoa and baking spice, cedarbox, honey, and a silky texture make for a great sipper.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Bapt & Clem 4 Year Old "Oxenham Distillery" Maurice Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 02-07-2019
600L sherry butts aged this combination pot still/column still, combination molasses/cane juice rum. A steep angel's share of 6-8%/year allows for rapid aging and the results after just 4 years are something special. Fresh, earthy, floral, and sweet all come together and are melded perfectly with the nutty sherry. A joy to drink!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Tom's Foolery Cask Strength Single Barrel #121 Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
Soft and sweet, this is absurdly easy drinking. I had to double check that it was indeed full proof. It is. 54.55% in fact, although you'd never know it from the rounded profile and supple nature. Low in corn, yet high in rye and malted barley, the unique profile here is both sweet and a touch grassy. It's full of flavor and much more complex than your typical high corn bourbon. It's honeyed and full of darker sweets like a bowl of granola with dark chocolate chips in it. This is hands down my favorite bourbon we have carried from Tom's Foolery. Bravo!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Tom's Foolery Bottled in Bond Single Barrel #150 Ohio Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
The healthy balance of malted rye gives this a completely different profile than most rye on the market. The nose is something special! It's green and herbal and sweet and yeasty all at the same time. It's like a rising loaf of rye bread on the counter while the baker toasts herbs to crust a freshly baked foccacia. The palate is spicy and darker than expected from the nosing. The sweet backbone of oak fans out into a flourish of candied spice and rolling hills of sweet grass.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Arkansas 21 Year Old Apple Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
If you are a lover of apple distillate, you must add this bottle to your collection. It is a singular example of apple brandy and will certainly never come again at this price. If you set out to make this today, by the time you could bring it to market, the costs would have added up so quickly that you'd have no hope of selling the bottle for a reasonable sum. The juice is mellow and soft, yet amazingly fresh and lively. Golden apples abound. There is a creamy vanilla imparted by over two decades of wood aging that perfectly meld with the gentle spice of the used wood. If this had gone into new barrels it would be impossible to drink after this much time, but the well seasoned casks impart just enough structure and flavor to beautifully balance the eaux-de-vie. If you've ever enjoyed sipping a glass of Camut Calvados, you'd be remiss to not add this to your shelf.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart
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Laird's "Single Cask Selection" Barrel 14E15#1 Cask Strength Single Barrel Apple Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
Compare casks #1 and #4 and you'll quickly realize the importance of the cask selection process and just how different individual barrels can be. While both are exceptional, they are very different. Cask #1 is substantially sweeter on the nose and palate. It's like a candied caramel apple. The savory complexity of skins in cask #4 are gone and in its place is a carnival of pie spices and sweet, ripe apple varieties. If you want to present a drink with a touch more natural sweetness, choose this barrel. Better yet, grab one of each and experiment yourself. They are different enough you will feel like you got two completely different brands of the highest quality.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Tom's Foolery Bottled in Bond "K&L Custom Blend" Ohio Straight Applejack (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
The nose has an apple flavored saltwater taffy quality to it. It smells like it should feel tacky and make you want to smack your lips and just keep on chewing. It's lighter in body and zippier than you'd expect, but this lets the sweet ripe apple character shine on through. Especially soft and easy to drink, this is a perfect summer night sipper. Stock up now so you're in supply through all of the hot months.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Rezpiral Espadin-Capon Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
This "over-ripe" espadin spirit is extremely full and viscous in texture and loaded with ripe tropical fruits on the palate. It's soft, long, mellow, and ripe. It feels like drinking a wonderful fruit smoothie. The agaves are given an extra year to rest after their stalks are cut so that the sugars can be further concentrated into the pina before harvest. Like everything from Rezpiral, the batches are itsy bitsy. Just 135 liters of this incredible juice were produced.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Rezpiral Tobala Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
Hard to describe just how good this is. The best word for this Tobala spirit is integrated. No hard edges, no extreme profiles, this is soft, round, fruity, earthy, saline, and mineral all at the same time. No one component overwhelms the other. There is a gentle smoke, but not pronounced. The finish goes on for days and morphs between the various flavor characteristics. It seems to continually expand and change. It's beguiling and impossible to pin down with anything other than simply "delicious."
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

Laird's "Single Cask Selection" Barrel 14E15#4 Cask Strength Single Barrel Apple Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
I lost my mind when I tasted this. No one is more important in United States apple distillation than Laird's. We have all long loved the classic 100 proof, but this is some next-level stuff. The singular intensity of these individual barrels is unrivaled in applejack anywhere. Barrel #4 is full of sweet pure apple aroma and loads of savory apple skins on the palate. The finish lasts for days. It lingers and lingers and struts its complexity with each subsequent breath. The perfect choice for drier applejack cocktails in particular.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Rezpiral Tobala-Tobasiche Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
The master Mezcalero, Berta Vasquez has shot herself to the top of my list with this bottling and her Mexicanito bottling. This blend is a tiny batch of just 225L and has one of the best texture profiles I've ever encountered. It's creamy, but has such intense flavors that creamy isn't quite right. There is a pine resin component that brings sweet sap to the earthy and vegetal nature of the spirit. There is a herb garden heavily planted to shisho and dill, soaking wet after a rain. Sweet cucumber comes to the foreground. It's a masterpiece.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

Rezpiral Tepeztate Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
This Rezpiral feels the most full of smoke. It's not overwhelming, just a little more present. The earthy intensity of it is the perfect foil to the sweet cooked agave and cracked pepper of the Tepeztate. A full and voluminous spirit, this is not for the faint of heart. Go boldly.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
I never thought I'd see the day we could secure enough of this to shout it from the roof tops! Colonel Taylor Small Batch is finally here in more than six-bottle-at-a-time quantities! Hallelujah. If you're a fan of Buffalo Trace bottlings and you've never been able to snag a bottle of their smaller production stuff, this is the perfect place to start. The high corn mashbill in combination with a big woody profile gives an incredible combination of sweet and spicy without relying heavily on rye grain. The 100 proof required by the bottled in bond act is actually a perfect spot for sipping. It's robust enough to stand up in cocktails and sexy enough to enjoy on its own. The flavors are sweet candied corn, mature floral notes and tons of spicy wood and clove and burnt orange peel. It's time to case up, 'cause we have no idea if or when this opportunity will come again.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Rezpiral Mexicanito Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 02-06-2019
This drinks like the Riesling of the agave world. It's light bodied, but full of zip, acidity, and complex aromas. It's piney and herbal, like Ürziger Würzgarten. Incredibly high-toned in aroma and flavor, this is another masterpiece from Berta Vasquez.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

2009 Talisker 8 Year Old "Old Particular - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 01-29-2019
While independent casks of Tali are indeed rare, this bottling is perhaps as classic as Talisker gets. Until 1998, Talisker's predominantly available malt was 8 years of age. Check. The remote distillery on the Isle of Skye with a very long history has always been unique. Its five still setup really utilizes the wash stills' unique shape to produce a huge amount of reflux without a ton of copper contact. This contributes to the fruity, yet full bodied and peppery nature of the house. Add to that the peat smoke and saline environs and you have a splendid combination that defines the malts of Talisker. All of that is on full display here. Check, check. It's like sucking down a fresh oyster while sitting on a beach with a blazing fire keeping you warm. Add to that some salty snacks and you have yourself a Talisker afternoon. The malt carries through in a big way here, there is tons of rich cereal to stand up to that incredible and unwavering salinity. Add to that a chance to enjoy it at full proof and you've got the real deal.
Price: $72.99 Add To Cart

Octomore "9.1 - Dialogos" Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 01-18-2019
Another great achievement by Adam Hannett. Stunningly elegant for such a peated beast. The Ocotmore bottlings get better with every single release. Even at 156ppm, this 5 year old, 100% Scottish Barley masterpiece is a wonder to behold. The nose, while you'd expect it to just bowl you over with smoke, is in fact "restrained." It smells a bit like KC Masterpiece BBQ chips at first. It then climbs into grassy and iodine tones, showing moss and sea. All that restraint in the nose utterly explodes into the palate. One sip and you're awash in smoke, sea salt, and stewed fruits. Even at 59.1% it's quite drinkable. A little water and the fruit amps up, the smoke becomes broader on the nose and the palate is a symphony of classic bourbon notes melded with candied malt, salted caramel and heavy fog. For fans of peat and fans of the extraordinary, it is not to be missed.
Price: $159.99 Add To Cart

Bapt & Clem 12 Year Old "Savanna Distillery" Réunion Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 01-16-2019
A stunning amber/topaz in color you might be forgiven for thinking this was Cognac at first blush. The dark color, candied fruit, and ethereal nose of cigar box and dried petals scream Cognac. The palate is all spicy and rich molasses based rum. Aged in 3-5year old ex-Cognac barrels, this makes perfect sense. The young and flashy fruit of the Cognac had just enough time to permeate the barrel and has really left its mark on the Savanna distillate. The hot and humid aging has brought everything together in one seamless package. Pure elegance and finesse. The best of Cognac and rum, all in one.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Bapt & Clem 5 Year Old "Foursquare Distillery" Barbados Rum Finished at Darroze in Late Harvest Jurancon Barrels (750ml)
Review Date: 01-16-2019
One of the most unique rums we have ever carried. Finished in sweet Jurancon wine casks, this comes across sweeter than most Foursquare, but is still wonderfully dry. There are no hard edges here, everything fits neatly into a smooth and beautiful whole. Each sip reveals a new dimension layered on top of the last. The base is complex brown sugar and corn bread. The first story herbal, bits of fresh tea, sage, alfalfa. Second story - fruit. Whole peaches, apricots, figs. The penthouse is more like a rooftop garden, verbena, blossoms, decorative grasses and cooking herbs. Through it all is a coating of dessert wine in the finest glaze. It's glorious.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Bapt & Clem 18 Year Old "Oliver and Oliver" Dominican Republic Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 01-16-2019
A stunning combination of 3 different rums, this is a light and bright rum of incredible complexity. It's light golden color belies it's depth and intrigue. It's subtle nose is a dance of honeyed floral notes and fruit compote. The taste is spicy and laden with dried fruits, figs and stone fruit in particular. The feel is astounding in its level of richness given that no sugar was added to this rum prior to bottling. At 43% ABV it's a dream.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2016 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 01-04-2019
Dark, glossy, intense, and remarkably fresh and fruity at the same time. I love this wine every vintage, but this one feels particular glorious. The velvety texture is splendid and the dark plummy fruit is concentrated, pure, and clean. Another great achievement from John Duval.
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George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8263K1002 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 01-03-2019
High toned in comparison to its sister cask K1006. K1002 is brimming with buttered popcorn, caramel, hard candy, and lighter fruitier tones. The fruit really comes through once your glass is empty. With the alcohol evaporated and just the aromatics left in the glass there is a world of banana cream and apple pies and cooked stone fruits that opens. It's a characteristic that makes this one of the sexiest G.D. casks we've ever bottled.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8269K1006 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 01-03-2019
Sweet milk chocolate marries beautifully with spicy dark cocoa nibs and freshly churned butter. The sweet and salty nature of roasted corn shines through. There is a charming pepper spice that livens up the finish and leaves this cask feeling brighter and fresher than the first nosing would indicate. Caramel and vanilla dance throughout the glass, weaving in and out from start to finish. It's a gem of a Dickel cask. As always, proofed at 51.5, just right.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill "Tom Cat" Barrel Aged Gin (375ml)
Review Date: 12-28-2018
Caledonia Spirits has done a wonderful job on this gin through intense focus. There is only one botanical - Juniper. The complexity comes from one added ingredient. The gin is finished with raw honey from the local Vermont bees. This special spirit is then aged in new virgin oak casks for a short period of time. The end result is spectacular. The nose is bursting with juniper, floral blossoms, and graceful oak spice. The mouth feel is rich and bright with the endless complexities of high quality honey highlighted through the sweet oak spices. Many gins see oak because it's the trendy thing to do. This gin see oak because it elevates the quality to a whole new level. This is far and away the best barrel aged gin I've had.
Price: $30.99 Add To Cart
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1980 The Rare Armagnac Collection "Mars" (Domaine de Pouchegu) 38 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Armagnac (750ml)
Review Date: 12-12-2018
Look out L'Encantada! Glorious after its 38 years in new oak this Armagnac is thriving and alive. Candied apples and almonds jive together in an array of spice and baked sugar. Vanilla and caramel blend with toffee and pepper. If intense old Armagnac is your thing, do not miss these bottles from Pouchegu - a lost legend of Ténarèze.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

1995 The Rare Armagnac Collection "Venus" (Domaine de Pouchegu) 23 Year Old K&L Exclusive Vintage Armagnac (750ml)
Review Date: 12-12-2018
I've heard the story of Pierre Laport from the Davids for the last 5 years. A lament for the loss of a great man and a great stock of brandy. My only exposure to the juice itself was the 1986 bottling we had back in 2014. Getting to explore these two bottlings from The Rare Armagnac Collection today is a real treat. The intensity of the new Limousine oak is spectacularly balanced by the added intensity of the high proof (56.2%). The robust Baco from which the brandy is distilled provides enough backbone to stand up to the massive wood spice and long aging. At 23 years old, this Armagnac is a glorious example of the function of time on complexity, but it never sacrifices the sweet and candied fruit that makes Armagnac so appealing.
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

1990 Bruichladdich "Black Art - Edition 6.1" 26 Year Old Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
Glorious. An amazing array of flavors and decidedly the kind of whisky you can spend all night dissecting. The complexity of cask selection indeed speaks to the blender's Black Arts. The whole comes together in such a seamless way that it is very difficult to describe and pick out individual components. It is clear that there is a fair influence of wine casks of various types. Sherry of all persuasions seem to meld together with sweet red notes of the finest French reds of Burgundy and Bordeaux. The liquid is honeyed, nutty, and laden with fruits both fresh and dry. While I tend to enjoy whisky on its own, I would love to tuck into a bottle with a smorgasbord of cheese and charcuterie. It's fantastic by itself, but it calls out for food in a way that I rarely experience in whisky. Want to build a cozy holiday dinner around a dram with your closest friends? This is the bottle to do it with.
Price: $399.99 Add To Cart

1996 Tobermory 22 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
Salty like ramen noodles. Malty like a vanilla shake. Spicy like a ginger snap. This is a very special whisky from a refill butt that combines freshness and maturity. It is beautiful golden straw in color like a fine Manzanilla sherry and has the zip to match. But on the palate it's a super rich compilation of citrus, ginger, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and just a touch of fresh cut hay. Long and lingering the finish reminds me of standing on a foggy beach wrapped in a warm jacket watching a storm roll in. You can smell the salt, the seaweed, the cold wind carrying the notes of some far off island. It's beautiful.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Somerset Cider Brandy Co. 10 Year Old Apple Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
Incredibly intense in comparison to the 5 year old. This 10 year old brandy retains a huge amount of mouth watering acidity. The final result is a satisfying and dangerously easy to drink rich and mature apple brandy. The same beguiling complex mineral drive of the 5 year is still present and enveloped by a velvety robe of fresh and wild apple varieties. It has a flinty component that is unique to these brandies. I daresay a spectacular terroir is responsible for it without having seen it myself. It offers both the freshness of biting into an apple plucked from the tree and enjoying the complex and earthy tones of cooked fruits baked in a pie.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Somerset Cider Brandy Co. 5 Year Old Apple Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
Robust and very apply. This is a slam dunk for any cocktail calling for Apple brandy of any type. It's smooth and refined enough to play as Calvados and has enough apple kick to be Applejack. It just so happens to be inexpensive due to our direct relationship with the producer, so you can basically do whatever you please with it and not feel guilty! It's also fantastic on it's own. I prefer it over ice as an aperitif. There is a strong mineral component that provides a shocking amount of complexity for only being 5 years old.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #0755 (Warehouse H, Floor 7) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
This is one of the richest barrels of Old Forester we have had the pleasure of selling. It's sweet and full bodied and deeply spicy all at the same time. The brown sugar notes are off the charts. The nose and palate are both full of sweet wood spices, tobacco leaf, creme brulee, and toffee. The tannins are super fine and bring in an earthy and savory component that keeps everything lined up. Vanilla and cream abound on the finish. All in all, this is a perfect classic bourbon. Rich and smooth, a delight to sip.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

1984 Caol Ila 34 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
"Buried how long?" Almost 35 years. "You had abandoned all hope of being dug out?" "Long ago." My personal tastes for whisky have changed dramatically over the years. I've at times found myself going gaga over loaded sherry bombs, exalting the finesse of delicate drams, and seeking out the peatiest of peatys. One thing that has been a constant over the last decade of my Scotch drinking life is my affection for well-aged smoke. As heavily peated spirits age the intensity of the smoke falls away into richness and body. It's a particular and special characteristic that cannot be counterfeit or short cut. This specimen is a perfect example of why it is so compelling. I'm not saying this isn't a smoky whisky, it certainly is. It's just also so much more than that. The smoke has become a rich and oily slip'n'slide of flavor. There is a slight brine characteristic to it, not iodine, but a lighter kind of salinity. Sweet malt marries perfectly with a bit of tangy BBQ sauce. The freshness of fruit, once readily apparent in this whisky's younger days has developed into a rich tapestry of salted and cured fruits. A refilled hogshead was undoubtedly the perfect vessel for this whisky, tame enough to stand up to many long seasons in the warehouse, and rich enough to make sure that this whiskey, after many long years in darkness would be "recalled to life."
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1994 Miltonduff 24 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
An especially clean and pure spirit, even at such an age. Miltonduff is most well known for being the top dressing malt for Ballantine's wonderful and elegant blends. It's quite a rare thing to see it bottled on its own as a single malt, and we're supremely happy to have had the chance to do it. There is lots of butterscotch and Werther's Original cream and caramel notes to this malt. A bit of buttered popcorn and a fine drizzle of melted milk chocolate round it all out. For those who normally drink the classic malts of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, this is a luxurious rise to the top of that style ladder without paying the premium associated with the very old bottles from those illustrious distilleries. Not a hint of smoke here, just a little dried nuttiness and faint herbal note round out everything with a slight savor. At the natural cask strength of 50.8% ABV, this is utter perfection.
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1982 Cambus 35 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
It's fair to say in the whisky world, that 35 years is old. Not a lot of juice hangs around that long, and what does make it through the long night, almost always finds itself at break of day to be worth a pretty penny. While not inexpensive, this incredible grain whisky from the long closed Cambus distillery is decidedly an affordable luxury. It's full bodied, soft and sleek, redolent of the sweet and syrupy canned fruits of childhood. It has a bit of an ancient aged bourbon quality to it, but without all the wood tannin, it's so much softer than that. Instead, it's the vanilla, caramel, and sweet wood spice of Kentucky's finest. More tropical notes find their way to the surface the longer you hold the whisky in your attention. Banana bread, a bit of coconut milk, and sometimes a little kiwi spring forth. A singular single grain if we've ever bottled one.
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2006 Isle of Jura 12 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Refill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
I absolutely fell in love with Jura on my last trip to Scotland in May. I didn't travel to the island, although there is a spectacular view of the famous Paps of Jura from the new Ardnahoe distillery on Islay which we did visit. I did however find myself ordering and drinking Jura in damn near every bar in Glasgow. At first it was just because it was on a happy hour special at a couple of places. Then it quickly grew into a love affair seeking out odd one off casks in champion whisky bars like The Pot Still. While I found the 10yo, 18yo, and a few NAS to be lovely drams, the lightning really stuck me upon my first cask strength taste. When later in the trip we were offered the chance at this cask, after a quick nose, we had to take it. It's sweet and salty at first blush, like a sliced apple sprinkled with a pinch of finely ground sea salt. Candied oranges and brandied pears find themselves paired perfectly with the dried fruit sweetness of the refilled sherry butt. The palate confirms what the nose knows. It also adds more baking spices, dates, and a dusting of powdered sugar. The final wave of sea salt laps against your palate, a gentle tide splashing your legs on a late summer day at the beach. Such is the beauty of unadulterated, full proof Jura.
Top Value!
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2004 Fettercairn 14 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
There is only one disappointing thing about this independent cask of Fettercairn. It doesn't come adorned with the unicorn that is the official logo of the distillery and that's a shame. Everything else is pretty much perfect. It's sweet and malty, has a rich and full body and the sweet balance and grace off a refilled hogshead. There is some earthy intrigue, a lot of nutty goodness - like fresh cashews, lightly roasted almonds, and oily filberts and macadamias. Couple that with sweet vanilla and fluffy brioche buns and it's a glorious dram. A particularly honeyed finish comes out with more intensity with a little water to soften the otherwise quite accessible 56.9% proof.
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2010 Glen Garioch 8 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
Some folks balk at a relatively low age statement like 8 years. In whisky, as in life, it's often best to not judge a book by its cover. This wonderful Suntory owned property puts out tremendously high quality juice, but receives relatively little attention in their portfolio behind crown jewels like Laphroaig, Yamazaki, and Hakushu. This whippersnapper of a whisky has some feisty spicy notes of pepper, ginger and a bit of cinnamon bark. These piquant flavors mellow gracefully into a more melted butter, rich cream, and decadent vanilla middle. A smidge of lemon zest and pudding brighten up the finish. It turns out that at 8 years, this whisky as matured enough to hang with its older friends, but still shows a little bit of the fire of youth. A precocious adolescent.
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2006 Balmenach 11 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
Both upon first tasting this in Scotland, and again once the cask arrived, the very first thing to pop into my head when nosing the glass is sake. It's a bit unusual for a whisky to remind me of one of Japan's other great exports, but there is a magical umami savor in the nose of this whisky coupled with a delicate fruitiness that I can't shake as reminiscent of one of the finest Junmai sakes I've ever tasted. Moving into the more traditional realm of baked fruit pies and coarse brown sugar in the raw, this whisky also has a gentle and sweet side to it. Baking spices on the back end of the palate coupled with a surprisingly lengthy and dry finish make this 11 year old from an obscure distillery a secret winner in our extensive lineup of new casks. It is infinitely more complex than you'd expect such a young whisky to be.
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2007 Benrinnes 11 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-01-2018
I couldn't be happier with the first peek at a new distillation method at Benrinnes. This refilled hogshead immediately shows off some sweet spices with a zesty kick. It folds into brandied apples sprinkled with lemon zest and served on a bed of nutty granola. The palate delivers the richness that makes Benrinnes so enjoyable, even at the youthful age of 11, a clear sign they didn't make any sacrifices in the change over at the distillery. It's creamy and fresh, with a gentle herbal quality and an abundance of shortbread. This is a grand example of why whisky is so fun. While it's easy to get excited about ancient age statements or ultra collectible rarities, it's this kind of whisky that keeps me engaged every day. The workhorses that offer value, enjoyment, and a simple pleasure without costing a fortune are the whiskies I gravitate to in my casual drinking at home. This is the whisky I share with my close friends when I don't need to impress anyone with the technical specs. Of course, it never hurts to look like you have a hidden gem!
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