Scotch | Scotland | Highlands | 750ml
Baked yellow fruits (banana, pear, quince) and round, lightly toasted scents of malt in the aroma. Palate entry offers clean, crisp tastes of dry breakfast cereal and lightly toasted barley malt; by midpalate, the dry to off-dry flavor profile includes oak-induced vanilla, light toffee, and nougat. Ends on a woody note.
Scotch | 750ml
Whisky Advocate 96 PointsPowerful, 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!
The third release of Balblair 1989 is subtly amber in appearance with rose gold highlights. A full bodied malt with aromas of raisin, green apples and hints of banana and lemon. The American oak, ex bourbon casks used in the maturation lend a warm toffee vanilla fragrance. On the palate there are raisins and fruits with rich spiciness leading to a long, complex and ultimately smooth finish.
Golden yellow color. Rich aromas of honeyed figs and dried fruits, caramelized nuts, and toasted muffins follow through on a satiny entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with excellent interplay and balance. Finishes with a long wave of spicy pistachio nougat, sweet cream, toasted grain and minerals. An elegant, almost feminine whisky with an alluring style.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
| Scotland | Islay | 750ml
Recently voted "Best Islay Whisky of 2011" by the Whisky Advocate, the Bruichladdich 10 has finally reached the American west coast where at last we can revel in its glory. Finally, ten long years after re-opening the distillery, Bruichladdich has reached the finish line - a ten year old malt composed entirely of whisky made after the resurrection. The wait has been worth it. Many of us at K&L feel that Bruichladdich's post-2001 whiskies are some of the best distillates in the world - they've always just been a bit too immature. The quality of the spirit coming off their pot stills is simply jaw-dropping (their Botanist gin is also delicious), and we've been excited to see what it can do after a decade in the barrel. That time is finally here. The malt is ultra smooth, creamy with citrus notes, stone fruits, and the trademark saltiness that makes it an Islay whisky through and through. The price is also right. For a small independently-owned distillery, the boys at Bruichladdich have struggled at times, but they've always landed on their feet. The 10 year is one of the most anticipated whiskies of all time and for about $50, it's one of the best single malt deals we'll see this year. For those lamenting the rising cost of good whisky, make sure you take home the Laddie 10 and savor each drop. This is true handcrafted whisky. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)
Scotch | Scotland | Islay | 750ml
Scotch | Scotland | 750ml
The Fourth Edition of Flaming Heart is a big, smoky malt whisky with rich, concentrated vanilla and spice character that combines Highland single malt whiskies aged on the highest quality, new French oak, with a heavy-peated Islay single malt. And for the first time a small portion of whiskies aged in sherry casks, providing added layers of richness and complexity.
Tequila | Mexico | 750ml
Scotch | Scotland | Speyside | 750ml
A delicious 17 year old Glen Grant from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This was distilled in May 1995 and aged in cask 85116 before bottling in May of 2012. A release of just 226 numbered bottles, all at natural cask strength.
Nose: Beautifully fragrant nose, with gooseberries, apricots, watermelon, a touch of honey and spiced oak.
Palate: Intense and rounded, notes of rich spices and malt. A little soft fruit, honey and toffee apples.
Finish: Long and cinnamon-led finish.
Scotch | Scotland | Scotch | 750ml
Nose: A waft of coastal peat smoke followed by stewing dried fruits, notably raisins, dates and currants. The there is a rich hint of Christmas cake chased with a little more smoke.
Palate: The saline coastal quality returns hand-in-hand with Java coffee beans and parma ham.
Finish: The finish is extraordinarily long with notes of fleshy stone fruit and smoked coffee beans.
Overall: An outstanding whisky, the high ageing of this Caol Ila has resulted in a wonderfully complex whisky perfect for contemplating late into the night.
Nose: Big, bold cereal spices, toasty oak, hints of figgy pudding, sherried peels and barley.
Palate: An almost effervescent palate of mustard seed, cinnamon pastry whirls, apple strudel, honey and pepper.
Finish: Long and spiced, hints of walnut and lemon peel.
This comes from The Octave range of whiskies finished in smaller casks for sped-up maturation periods - really very tasty indeed!
Cognac & Armagnac | France | 750ml
Francis Darroze has been described as the Pope of Bas Armagnacs and is widely recognised as the top producer in the region. Darroze owns no vineyard, instead works with small growers ageing the spirits in his own cellars. The end product is totally authentic, each bottle is hand drawn and bottled from its original aging cask. Francis refuses to blend casks from the same Domaine or same vintage feeling that this would diminish each cask's individual charm and integrity. Darroze also refuses to add water to his brandies (a common and legitimate practice in both Armagnac and Cognac). Each cask is carefully monitored and tasted regularly to adequately judge its maturation and evolution. The results speak for themselves. This is why the Bas-Armagnacs of Darroze are served in the world's best restaurants and sold in the finest stores.
The most complex and evolved Gaube we have tasted, showing finesse as opposed to raw power. Rich, round and complex with a beautiful Oloroso Sherry character. Soft and lovely finish showing hints of roasted nuts and toffee. (Bacco grapes dominant)
Initial fragrances are of lead, black pepper and tobacco leaf; with another six minutes of aeration, the bouquet turns bitter, steely and metallic. Palate entry displays semisweet tastes of marshmallow, cola and walnut; midpalate is highlighted by chewy flavors of almond butter and bacon fat. Finish is oily, thick and semisweet. Weirdly appealing.Wine Enthusiast
Cognac & Armagnac | France | Armagnac | 750ml
Cognac & Armagnac | France | Bas Armagnac | 750ml
Francis Darroze has been described as the Pope of Bas Armagnacs and is widely recognised as the top producer in the region. Darroze owns no vineyard, instead works with small growers ageing the spirits in his own cellars. The end product is totally authentic, each bottle is hand drawn and bottled from its original aging cask. Francis refuses to blend casks from the same Domaine or same vintage feeling that this would diminish each cask’s individual charm and integrity. Darroze also refuses to add water to his brandies (a common and legitimate practice in both Armagnac and Cognac). Each cask is carefully monitored and tasted regularly to adequately judge its maturation and evolution. The results speak for themselves. This is why the Bas-Armagnacs of Darroze are served in the world’s best restaurants and sold in the finest stores.
Touches of nail polish remover and boiled cabbage prick the olfactory sense to attention; later passes detect more well-rounded, almost fat, aromas of almond and lanolin. There’s a rush of fatty butter flavor at palate entry, then at midpalate the flavor includes oak, black raisins and dark caramel. Aftertaste is thick, long and sweet.Wine Spectator
This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.
Nose: Loads of fruit. Zesty grapefruit, apples. Dry wood.
Palate: Candied fruits, spicy, toffee, ginger, sherry, syrupy.
Finish: Peels, spices, sherry, sweet ginger, touch of salted toffee.
Single Malt Scotch | Scotland | 750ml
Whiskey | United Kingdom | Scotland | 750ml
Very Limited. A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime's experience. A blend of our oldest whisky - distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site – and spirit matured in a selection of the world's finest casks, this undoubtedly is the richest whisky in our range.
| France | 750ml