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2003 Glentauchers 15 Year Old "Chieftain's" Single Sherry Butt Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-25-2019
My first thought upon pouring the glass is "I really don't know much about Glentauchers." Other than supplying some malt content for Ballantines, there just isn't much of it out there. Then I look at the color and nose the whisky in glass and realize for this bottling it doesn't matter. This is absurdly dark and insanely sherried. Dark and nutty with a gobs of cooked stone fruits burnt citrus peel combine for a real pleasurable dram. At 75 bucks it's a might easy thing to pour for every visitor and friend you've got.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart

Clynelish 21 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-13-2019
The fruit will not be contained. Even just popping the cork you can immediately smell the sweet candied fruits. When you pour a dram it fills the room. Vanilla, creme brulee, stewed apricots and nectarines meld with spiced pear. On the palate you've got pepper dancing with cinnamon, vanilla ice cream smothered in fresh berries and syrup. A kick of honeyed oats and sweet grass round out the finish. It's perfect Clynelish and the pricing is better than any other cask available by 100 bucks or more. Pure insanity.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart

Springbank 22 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-13-2019
The perfect example of why Springbank remains my favorite distillery. This whisky offers a bit of everything. At 22 years old it's as fresh as a daisy with loads of bright fruit, fresh cut grass, and a little minerality on the nose. On the palate the bourbon barrel influence is complex and well developed - there is a fine tannin structure and the alcohol is well integrated into the body of the whisky. It shows stone fruits and that gentle smoke that makes Springbank so lovely. The midpalate has chew. Classic. The finish is long and clean and full of grilled peaches and vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel. A sister cask to last years 22 year old, but with a touch more body and intensity.
Price: $399.99 Add To Cart

Laphroaig 20 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-05-2019
"Salty and smoky and a touch medicinal and beautiful and floral and oh my god." This is all I wrote when we tasted this cask in Scotland. Upon further review - it's pretty much the exact same train of thought I had tasting it again in the States. Hunter Laing has outdone themselves with this cask and pricing. I truly do not believe we will see this kind of value proposition again for aged Blue Chip Islay malt whisky.
Price: $249.99 Add To Cart

Highland Park 21 Year Old "Sovereign Wax Top" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 06-05-2019
My first word upon nosing this glass isn't fit for print. Floral peat, gobs of stone fruit, and sea spray mingle with milk chocolate and smoke. There is incredible richness on the palate and yet again chocolate and sea salt blend with pitted peaches and apricots. The finish lingers for a long time and slowly releases zesty orange peel. Regardless of price, this bottle will be talked about for years to come at K&L. Factor in the price and it's a legend.
Price: $199.99 Add To Cart

McKenzie Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-05-2019
The best wheated bourbon on our shelf. Full Stop. A few things are done differently at the Finger Lakes Distillery to make Mckenzie that contribute to it's full and intense flavor. All of the grain is grown locally in New York state before being distilled to a lower than normal proof, retaining more flavor. The second distillation is carried out on a thumper, an old school technique given up for modern efficiency by most Kentucky producers. It is then barreled at a ridiculously low 100 proof in barrels made from 36 month air dried staves. The end result of these expensive choice is that you need to add almost no water when it comes time to bottle - yet again, the result is MORE flavor. Just ask Michter's who barrels at 103 proof! Each of these production choices sets Mckenzie apart, but the true test comes down to what's in the bottle. Pour a slug of this into a glass and let it sit for a moment. You won't even have to nose the glass before you smell the rich caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, and mellow grain wafting up. Put the liquid to your lips and the first thing you notice is the texture. It's full bodied and creamy. The flavors expand across the palate as a repeat of the nose with the added complexity of cinnamon, nutmeg, and very gentle wood tannin. The finish flourishes into an array of pepper, cocoa, caramel, sweet tea, and caramelized sugar. The 100 proof ties every aspect together in harmony. A complete bourbon and an incredibly showing for the Burdett, NY distillery.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#17-399" (Rick House D, Floor 4, Row 30, Level 1) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 05-29-2019
Sweeter on the nose than barrel 927. Much more caramel, candied corn, and a bit of cooked fruits. The explosion really happens on the palate. One sip and this whiskey takes over everything. The pepper and cassia bark coat your entire mouth leaving behind a very peasant tingling sensation. Despite being the same 55% ABV, barrel 399 feels much warmer. Never hot, just warm and inviting. The hint of fruit that is on the nose carries into the finish keeping just enough sweetness to line everything up and not be blown out by spice. Barrel 927 and 399 side by side illustrate exactly why we keep buying these Russell's Reserve barrels. They're all incredible and shockingly different.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel "#17-927" (Rick House H, Floor 4, Row 21, Level 2) K&L Exclusive Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 05-29-2019
The archetype of spicy yet balanced bourbon. You could spend an hour picking the nose apart. It's loaded with cinnamon, pepper, cotton candy, caramel corn, fresh fruit in whipped cream. Anytime I nose a bourbon and hesitate to taste it simply because the nose is so beguiling I know I'm onto something good. The palate doesn't disappoint. It's rich, very spicy on the forefront and moves back into sweetness towards the end of the palate. A perfect way to finish. It leaves you satisfied and seeking another sip for plain ol' hedonistic pleasure.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

2015 Rippon "Mature Vine" Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 04-18-2019
It might be controversial, but I'm willing to commit myself to the claim that Rippon Pinot Noir is one of the best pinots in the world. The whole world. It belongs in the same sentence as the greats of Burgundy, California, and Oregon. It's really got the entire package; stunning location, incredible varied soils, a winemaker who previously worked at DRC, and biodynamic farming of old vines (many of which are DRC clones). So what's the wine actually like? Intense and powerful, yet remarkably elegant. I've been socking away Rippon since the 2007 vintage, and honestly, the '07s are still short of their peak drinking window. 2015 promises to be a wine for the ages. A hot and dry year, the 15's lend themselves to a slightly fatter fruit making this a beautiful drinker now with decanting, but the power, acidity, and structure is there for the long haul. I have put away more bottles than usual this year because I know I'll have a hard time keeping my hands off of them before they're truly expressing everything they have to offer.

Darroze Les Grand Assemblages "20 Year Old" Bas-Armagnac (750ml)
Review Date: 04-18-2019
The Armagnac discussion has recently been dominated by single cask, vintage, ultra rare bottlings. While that focus is well deserved due to exceptional quality, rarity, and affordability, I think that has come as the disservice of some of the classic blends. Marc Darroze and his family have been distilling Armagnac for farmers for decades. By taking payment for their services in the form of distillate, they have amassed one of the greatest collections of Armagnac stocks on the planet. Marc's prowess as a blender is unmatched and the results I think reach an apex of quality/price in the 20 year assemblages. It's nearly impossible to beat for complexity of flavor, accessibility of profile, and pure deliciousness. All for just a hundred bucks. The nose is packed with fruit, wood spice, and a touch of sweet tobacco leaf. The palate is expansive and soft without ever being flabby. An unparallelled finish where everything lingers in its purest and clearest form, is the true achievement and mark of unrivaled quality.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 111.3 Proof Barrel 2380 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-18-2019
The lowest in proof of our current round of overaged Whistle Pig casks, this barrel highlights the darker nature of things. More cocoa and mocha to go with brandied fruits and a gentle but persistent herbal quality. A bit surprisingly this feels bigger on the palate than some of the higher proofed barrels, but that's not a bad thing. I find it particularly exceptional in a Manhattan.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Whistle Pig 10 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" 113.9 Proof Barrel #2346 Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-18-2019
More baked bread and brioche/melted butter flavors are present in this cask than all of the others. It's wonderfully sweet on the palate, but all spice and yeasty, crumbly bread on the nose. At 113.9 proof, its very accessible. With water it softens up even more and unlocks a shocking array of fruit notes, almost drinking like a Calvados.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #4093 (Warehouse H, Floor 5) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 04-18-2019
A beautiful sweet cherry note sits on top of the bouquet of this whiskey. As you go deeper into the whiskey the layers of wood spice, dark cocoa powder, and caramelized sugar unfold. The palate is exceptionally soft and approachable, almost velvety in texture. One of the most easy drinking, yet fully flavored whiskies on our shelf at any price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

1997 Macduff 21 Year Old "Hepburn's Choice" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 04-12-2019
Rich, malty, and possessing just a touch of chewiness. This is an incredibly clean and pure malt. Cereal and honey are the high tones. A bit of caramel and chocolate make up the bass. A real workhorse for the blending industry, it's a bit of a rarity in the US to see the single malt on its own. That's a real shame, since it's an exemplar of pristine malt flavor. A gentle fruitiness rounds out the inherent flavor of the barley. If you like old school Highland Scotch, this cask is for you. It's a thing of beauty.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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