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2018 Bonny Doon Vineyard "Le Cigare Volant" Monterey County Rhône Blend
Review Date: 11-12-2019
Bonny Doon's Le Cigare Volant is a great, fun red Rhone-inspired blend. It's vibrant in its fruit character of mixed berries, but there are more layers going on here. I like the earthy tones that border on savoriness grooving into deeper spicy notes. I'm happy the winery brought Le Cigare Volant back into its repertoire, and at this price it's a new go-to weeknight red in my house.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
WE 93 VN 91

2017 Oakridge "Henk Vineyard - Block 864" Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 11-12-2019
I'm usually a big fan of Oakridge Pinots and this new bottling we got in from the Henk Vineyard is no exception. The nose opens with inviting floral aromatics, forest floor rancio, and spiced blackberry jam. The palate presents more tart berries and white pepper that transitions to white pepper with a little green leafiness. The finish is long with lingering cherries and baking spice.

2012 Nicolas Maillart "Franc de Pied" Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
The interesting name refers to the exceptional fact that this is a rare Champagne grown completely on vines with their original French roots - meaning that these vines are ungrafted because they escaped the scourge of phylloxera with the help of the extremely sandy soils on this site. It’s 100% Pinot Noir, 100% barrel fermented, and 0 dosage. The nose is fresh with ripe pear and orange blossom. The palate offers deeper complexity with baking spices, salty minerality, and fizzy lemon drops.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2015 Nicolas Maillart "Jolivettes" Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
At K&L, we get to try a lot of interesting wines that change your perspective, and this is certainly a new high point on this list because I’ve never had something quite like it. It’s 100% Pinot Noir fully of Bouzy Grand Cru grapes, all barrel fermented and just 1 gram dosage. The color is an interesting straw color that borders on blush. This Champagne is rich with buttery brioche and baked spiced apples. The palate has richness, but is also surprisingly light. I pick up fresh yellow apples, delicate florality, and gentle minerality.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2012 Nicolas Maillart "Les Chaillots Gilles" 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
This offering from Maillart is 100% barrel fermented and there’s no dosage (but you wouldn’t know that from the creamy richness in this Champagne). The nose presents fresh Granny Smith apples, stewed pears, baking spice, and light floral notes. The palate has a beautiful fruit-and-floral balance. This slips into a very creamy character with savory spices into a long satisfying finish.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Nicolas Maillart "Platine" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
Maillart makes Platine with 78% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Meunier. It is 40% barrel fermented, and the wine spends 4 years on the lees. This is a bright and zippy Champagne with big-time citrus, focusing particularly on grapefruit elements. The palate has a great, full mouthfeel plus a decadent creamy toastiness. Notes of stone fruit emerge with cherry and peach. Another wonderful direct import for K&L here that matches complexity with bargain pricing.

2009 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Dilection" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
Dilection is made from 85% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier from the oldest vines in Champagne post-phylloxera (circa 1910). Beautiful fruit jumps from the glass as raspberry, red apple, and fresh lemon. The palate holds great minerality with more red fruit character that fades into a long, dry and tart finish.
Price: $58.99 Add To Cart

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
This Champagne is all Chardonnay and comes from a single plot in the Monts Aigu parcel of the Grand Cru of Chouilly. The nose floods with rich brioche, cream, crushed autumn leaves, and Bartlett pears. The palate offers the same richness but matched with a grapefruit acidity. This is a great food Champagne.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Trudon "Cuvée Magnificence" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
A tribute to wisdom through patience, Trudon’s Magnificence is composed of 60% wines from 2010 aged in oak barrels and 40% wines from 2011 in stainless and spent 6 years on the lees. For Champagne with this much age, the nose is airy, light and delicately floral. The palate presents sharp with lemon pith and apple skins. As expected for wine of this age, there are impressive savoy brioche notes, and the creamy texture on the palate is a luxury.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2012 Trudon "Cuvée Instantannée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
Instantannee keeps the 70% Meunier of the Emblematis, but with a remaining composition of 20% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. It’s almost shocking how different these two wines are though! While the Emblematis is soft fruits and savory characteristics, Cuvee Instantannee crushes it with huge citrus. Tangerine, lemon, and orange blossom with a nice little kick of green apple too. The palate begins with grapefruit then manages to get richer with further sipping without ever losing that mineral line of acidity. Quite complex and infinitely pleasurable.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Trudon "Emblematis" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
Emblematis is a supple yet subdued Champagne. It’s made with 70% Meunier and 30% Pinot Noir, and with 60% blocked malolactic fermentation the wine takes on a very creamy texture while retaining a lot of fresh fruit. Notes of pear, light baguette, berries, and yellow apple. The mouthfeel is so rounded and full, and there’s an elegantly earthy character that comes back to the soft fruits for the finish.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Lanson Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
The Lanson Rose starts out as the same wine as the house’s Black Label, but then they add 7% Bouzy Rouge still red wine of Pinot Noir to get the Rose effect with luscious dark fruit elements. This wine is very aromatic with deep floral notes, soft raspberries, and zippy citrus. On the palate there’s strawberries fizzling into lemon curd that lasts into a long finish.

Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-18-2019
Using no malolactic fermentation, you get a lot of fresh fruit from this sparkler and all the creaminess comes from time spent aging on lees and extensive backstock of reserve wines going into this cuvee. The nose has pretty citrus, poached pears, and a lovely toastiness. The palate has brisk acidity, fresh pear, peach, yellow apple, and chalky minerality.

Maker's Mark 46 K&L Exclusive "Barrel #5" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2019
This was such a fun project, and I'm glad that Maker's Mark invited Andrew and I to blend not just one, but TWO batches of Private Select for K&L. It was amazing how different the bourbon could be with slight changes to the stave additions. So it isn't too much of a surprise that Andrew's barrel is vastly different from mine. The Neal barrel is clearly superior, but this barrel of Andrew's is really killer too. When I sip this I think to myself that this is classic Maker's Mark... but greatly intensified. Luscious caramel spills out of the glass with apricot and a little buttered popcorn. There's very soft baking spices with a bit of coconut coming from the high amount of baked American oak staves that give Andrew's batch its central character. This decadent bourbon is a sweetie, but it ain't a pushover.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Maker's Mark 46 K&L Exclusive "Barrel #6" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 10-12-2019
Ahhh, the austere and amazing Barrel 6 (a.k.a. The Neal Barrel)! This was such a fun project, and I'm glad that Maker's Mark invited Andrew and I to blend not just one, but TWO batches of Private Select for K&L. It was amazing how different the bourbon can be with slight changes to the stave additions. So, it isn't too much of a surprise that my barrel is vastly different from Andrew's. This blend that I concocted makes use of a high proportion of seared French cuvée staves and toasted French spice staves. The extra toast and focus on French oak more than American gives this bottling a truly robust woody snap and a big, spicy bite. If Andrew's batch is like classic Maker's Mark, brilliantly intensified, then the Neal barrel is like Maker's Mark's edgier older cousin who got kicked out of school as a teenager. Cinnamon cooked in butter, baked clove, and fresh pepper hit the nose first. The scents get darker and spicier with more nosing with additions of powdered cocoa. On the palate, there's molasses and burnt sugar, then tannic oak spice. Toward the finish, coffee and more savory elements emerge. This bourbon is bold and beautiful.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2013 Sbragia "Godspeed Vineyard" Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-08-2019
When Robert Parker drinks this wine and says it's a once in a lifetime vintage for Mount Veeder, you sit up and take notice. This smashing Napa Cab grows on steep hillsides at high elevation on volcanic soils. The nose boasts bramble berries, cedar wood, cigar box, dry earth, powerful floral notes, and licorice. The palate touts tart cherries, dark vanilla, cassis, and blackberry compote. This wine has exceptional structure and balanced tannins. It's beautiful now, and it will age exceptionally well.

2015 Matias "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Review Date: 10-08-2019
This Pinot benefits from the vineyard location, one of the highest sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands, where hills channel wind and fog to keep the area much cooler than the surroundings. On the nose there is a dramatic spice profile and loads of dried red fruits. This wine is bright, fresh, and crunchy. The palate piles on cherry, raspberry, subtle citrus, black pepper, a touch of leather, and tapers to an herbal and floral-forward finish. A concentrated and lovely offering from the folks at Brack Mountain Wines.
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WE 93

2015 Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Review Date: 09-24-2019
The nose opens with fun peppery fruit and moves to dried cherry, cranberry, with a little herbal earthiness that borders on dried mint. The palate begins a little green/stemmy and develops into layered dried red fruits, and finishes with a savory hay note.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Bunnahabhain Staoisha Heavily Peated 4 Year Old "Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection" Dechar/Rechar Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 09-24-2019
Alright, Staoisha, you got my number. I know it might not be for everyone (just the fact that it's heavily peated implies as much), but I'm all about this Scotch! Smoldering fire embers, toasted cedar planks, iodine, and a scent of just-overcooked bacon. Then more nuance develops as lighter elements emerge: grilled peaches, buttery kettle corn, and (surprisingly) wild flowers linger on the nose and manage to shine through all that smoke. The palate has a nice balance of smoked sweet and savory elements, including well-toasted baking spices, but even fresh flavors such as Granny Smith apple. This one will wallop you, but you'll love it for it all the same.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2016 Sidewood Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 09-10-2019
The Sidewood wines are some of our new favorites at K&L. The winery is certified eco-sustainable, and that combined with their meticulous viticulture practices and unique terroir in Adelaide helps them craft lovely wines. Their high elevation gives them an especially cool climate and their vineyards are located on sites of various loamy geologies. Sumptuous red fruits loll out of the glass with raspberry compote, brandy cherries, and dried cranberries. There are warming baking spice aromas that hint toward more savory notes, but it doesn't quite hit the typical meaty character that Aussie Shiraz can. On the palate, the red fruits darken and gain depth. Soft peppercorn flavors emerge and a rich floral character comes out as well. The herbal notes and well-balanced acidity keep the wine wonderfully balanced all the way into the soft tannin and dusted cocoa finish.

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
Balsa wood, incense, and musky cologne emerge from the glass. Cinnamon, clove, and other earthy spices come to the fore and dominate the nose of this bottled-in-bond Bourbon that's woody and peppery enough to make one wonder if it's a Rye. There's just enough caramel to keep things in Bourbon territory though with freshly sliced vanilla bean and nutmeg creeping in and making the nose a bit more rich and voluptuous. It's woodier on the palate with more bold spice character as well. This is definitely a great whiskey for lovers of high-rye Bourbons.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
This bottled-in-bond no chill-filtered Kentucky Rye has a gorgeous and incredibly aromatic nose. It's so floral at the start, but not without spicy and fruity notes. This is a bit of a slow-burner rye, where you almost expect it to be a softy push-over, but rest assured that this grows bolder the more you sniff. After the fresh-cut flowers, apple and cinnamon come out strong. But for me, it's not like a friendly baked apple pie - no, this is fresh ground cinnamon powder dashed onto just-cut green apples. This is intense. There's more spice on the palate that lights you up without blowing your head off. Charred oak meets fresh cut wood with incense before getting spicy again with a dose of cooling mint to spare your tongue from the burn. This is a fun little trip of a rye.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary Edition" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-20-2019
Bold fruit without becoming jammy, this 50th Anniversary Cab rocks blueberry, blackberry, leather, and pepper on the nose. The fruit is concentrated, intense, and dark. The palate is very dry with dehydrated cherries. curry spice, and black licorice. Decanter gave this 93 points, and this wine will pair perfectly with duck, grilled meats, strong cheese, or dark chocolates.
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
DC 93

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
The nose opens with Meyer lemon and pear before moving to scents of soft berries, strawberries & cream, and fresh peaches. The palate has great acid, but the fresh fruit notes from the nose are replaced here by richer and more savory flavors of stewed orchard fruits, baking spices, and gentle florality.

2004 Krug Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
According to the folks at Krug, the 2004 vintage is an underrated standout for Champagne because the weather made grapes that were quite fresh, with the Chardonnay yields becoming especially beautiful and elegant. The nose is wonderfully zippy with scents of fresh Meyer lemon, Bartlett pear, and yellow apples. The bright fruit finds balance with toasted brioche, light caramel richness, and shortbread cookies. The palate is vibrant with bright lemon acidity and tart Granny Smith apples. There’s a good helping of salinity as well, but the lively acid and fruit keeps this Champagne crisp and fresh tasting. This will definitely be a great contender for extensive aging, capable of cellaring for a couple decades.

Krug "Grande Cuvée" 167 Ème Édition Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
With their Grand Cuvee series, Krug tries to make the fullest and most quintessential expression of Champagne, and part of their philosophy embraces that cuvees can evolve and change with the additions of new vintages to the blends. The 167 Eme Edition lives up to the Krug ideals with complex mixtures of bready and fruity notes that span the range of what Champagne is capable of becoming. Freshly baked apple tart jumps out of the gate before the wine heads in an even more bready direction of brioche, lightly buttered toast, nuttiness, and baking spices. The palate is a little yeasty which transitions into chalky minerality. Then more fruit notes emerge like bright lime and lemon zest with a touch of something more tropical plus savory spices. Exquisite.

Chateau de Bligny "Clos du Chateau Bligny" 6 Cépages Brut Nature Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
If you consider yourself a Champagne aficionado or a Champagne nerd (like most of us at K&L) then this offering from Bligny needs to be on your radar. The “6 Cepages” moniker refers to the fact that with this bottling Bligny blends Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier, Arbanne, Meslier, and Pinot Blanc in even proportions. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a hardcore nerd to enjoy this bubbly at all. The nose is exotic and intoxicating with notes of tropical flowers, brioche, spicebox, fresh ginger, and heavy cream. The palate is also supple and spicy with a lot of minerality, baked apple, and mandarin orange all heading into a crazy long finish.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Iteration #24 Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Iteration #24 of the Grand Siecle blends Laurent-Perrier stocks from their 2007, 2006, and 2004 vintages. The nose is so beautiful and delicate with soft floral notes like a breeze through a field of wildflowers, refreshing lemon-lime zest, and minerality of chalk and sea salt. Given how dainty the nose seemed, the palate’s bold and cutting acidity took my breath away. In addition to the acid, the citrus gets creamy like lemon meringue pie, with stone fruit and interesting smoky nuances.

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Grand Siecle is always an impressive way that Laurent-Perrier shows off its mastery of cuvee style Champagnes blending a small number of beautiful vintages with elegance and skill. The Grand Siecle is intensely aromatic with pear, a great yeasty/toasty profile, lemon, and spicy undertones. The palate is elegant in its subtle complexity. It’s very floral and classically fruity, and it’s clean with great texture.

2007 Thiénot "Black Ball" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This Champagne is composed of juice from all old vine Grand Cru grapes on property that used to belong to Krug right in the Cotes de Blanc… so you know they’re working with great land and great fruit. The nose is earthy, almost a little sandy toned, but there’s also good fresh fruit here with scents of citrus peel and Golden Delicious apples. The mouthfeel is soft and supple with a great apple/pear balance that becomes more intense in fruitiness and even borders on tropical flavors before coming to a gradual vanilla finish.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

2008 Lanson "Gold Label" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This Lanson Gold Label is 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay with no malolactic fermentation. The nose is very chalky with some flintiness, but there’s still a lot of bright fruit. This combines nicely with more savory aromas and herbal notes. The palate is unexpectedly racy following the nose with more minerality and very bright fresh lemon acidity.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart
JS 94 RP 93

2008 Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This 2008 vintage bottling from Laurent-Perrier hits big with bright citrus, a little fresh dough, Granny Smith apples, and Bartlett pears. The palate is just as bold as the nose boasting bracing acid that’s mouth-puckering, crisp apple, and lemon drop candies. Very sexy Champagne.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Mesnil" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
More Grand Cru glory from Bonville, this Champagne begins with fresh brioche bread then moves to pear and yellow apple. There’s also great minerality with a flinty, slightly smoky aroma casually hanging out in the background. The palate has snappy acid with flavors of grapefruit and citrus pith, ending on a lightly floral potpourri.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 93

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Avize" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
Wow, there is a LOT of fruit going on here! The nose erupts with apple, pear, nectarine, and white raspberries. More nosing reveals scents of raw dough and soft lemon. The palate is very zippy at first, but quickly becomes gentle again and the fruit medley from the nose returns quite friendly and docile, finishing with flavors of fresh apple skins.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
WE 94 RP 92

2012 Franck Bonville "Pur Oger" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This 100% Chardonnay bubbly is all estate grown, Grand Cru, and stainless steel fermented. What starts with light yeast and soft toast scents slides into a bright nose with floral notes, fresh pears, and a mix of stone fruits. The palate has balanced acid that never cuts to aggressively with a lot of minerality, lavender, soft fruits, and a saline finish.
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WE 93

2018 Kalinda Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-16-2019
K&L continues to source quality wines for the Kalinda lineup, including this newest red that’s both organic and biodynamic (and quite tasty too!). This 2018 Pinot Noir melts with soft cherries, black- and raspberries, underbrush, pepper, and yet the nose stays light and easy. The palate is leafy, bright, and spicy with a touch of perfume coming through on the back end.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This is a deep, dark, heavy Cabernet fit for your next Goth party with a nose of intense baking spice, black fruit, and heady floral aromatics. The palate smacks of blueberry, bramble berries, graphite, spicebox, and strong tannic grip. Beautiful and focused, with 95 points from Vinous.

2014 Immortal Estate (Hidden Ridge) "Slope" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This wine, getting 95-97 points from Parker, is big on stewed fruits of plum and blackberry compote, hefty oak, toasted spices (clove, star anise), and a measured hand of perfumed floral notes. The palate is high-toned, nice’n’juicy, and finishing with some crispy spice. It’s got luscious texture and density made of pure decadence.

2015 Samsara Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-16-2019
This is a fun and high-toned Pinot Noir with bold spice, bright red fruit, a little forest floor, and some floral notes. The palate has great structure and acidity, with bramble berries, rose petal, and fresh black pepper.

2014 Jonata "Todos" Ballard Canyon Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend
Review Date: 08-06-2019
Jonata is the undersung side project from the folks producing Screaming Eagle, so if you don't know Jonata yet, then you owe it to yourself to start paying attention to this label. The "Todos" red blend is Syrah-dominant, with all the power one might expect from that. There's big spice on the nose of black pepper and chili, with a good slathering of black fruits. On the palate the fruit notes come more distinctly into focus with tart cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and quince. But this is no juicy pushover: the palate rounds out with savory meaty qualities, a lovely line of salinity, and more bold spice. A standout for sure.

2016 DeLille "Chaleur Blanc" Columbia Valley White Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-06-2019
This offering from DeLille out of Columbia Valley is a blend of 68% Sauv Blanc and 32% Semillon modeled off Bordeaux Blanc in style. This is a wonderfully savory wine with a nose that's very herbal, pithy, and waxy with big sage notes. The palate balances salinity and acidity expertly. The tastebuds swim in lime and fresh floral character leading to a very mineral-driven finish.

Animas Joven Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-30-2019
I've said it many times myself: It's annoyingly difficult to get good, smoky mezcal at a moderate price point. Animas fills that agave-shaped hole in my life. The smoke comes on with moderate strength, giving wafts of charred wood and burnt earth, but it doesn't overpower the agave. Lightly tropical notes unfold the more I sniff with orange, lime, and mango. The palate has a great savory note with a mouth-watering saltiness and earthy minerality.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

The 86 Co. Cabeza Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 07-30-2019
Peppery bold scents meld with gently fruity agave notes. There are light caramel flavors belying the fact that this is a Blanco Tequila. It's got nice citrus acidity and honey tones that make for a well-balanced spirit. Pour it on the rocks and add tonic for refreshing summer beverage.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

The 86 Co. Cana Brava 3 Year Old Panama White Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 07-30-2019
Here's your new go-to cocktail rum. Made from molasses in Panama and distilled in an old copper column still built in Cincinnati in 1922 then aged for a minimum of three years in ex-Bourbon barrels. The three years of aging mean that it has a nice smoothness and subtle vanilla creaminess with just a nip of spice. The filtration makes sure that the rum is clean and fresh and ready for a party. This is going in my next Mojito.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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The 86 Co. Ford's Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
A classic gin profile. This London Dry style gin comes straight out of England and starts with UK-grown grain. Bright juniper notes come right at you with pine freshness and a supporting citrus peel character. There's a subtle floral bouquet as well, but it never gets in the way or becomes perfumy. The palate presents the spices and herbaceousness displaying coriander, angelica, and then the citrus elements become more distinctly grapefruit-oriented. This will work in every gin cocktail you can find, and at this price you might as well try them all.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Fukano 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Cask Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
What a bright and fragrant nose - this is zippy. Granny Smith apple and coconut battle it out with fresh orange, lemon zest, and yuzu peel. Sandalwood and floral elements emerge and tickle the nostrils. On the palate, the first thing that stands out is the textural experience: it seems so light and thin on the tongue, but then the whisky somehow attaches with waxy grip. Dark honey, lilac, and more apple flavors emerge with a little oak spice. Herbal notes of mint and licorice assert themselves on the midpalate offering dark and cooling notes temporarily. The finish is warming, friendly, and creamy with more honeyed sweetness and moderate oak spice.
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Kaiyo "The SHERI" Mizunara Oak Finished Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
This recent addition to the Kaiyo lineup wants to capture the hearts of those who love rich Sherry finished whiskies. The nose smacks of butter toffee and candied fruits. Stewed apples and syrupy berries come out to play with toasted almonds and dark chocolate. Of course there are also robust scents of oxidization coming from the Sherry finish, all of which downplays the influence of the Mizunara oak aging. The palate starts off like dessert as well with dried fruits, blackberry jam, and more chocolate notes. Towards the finish, leather and charred oak wrap things up.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Suntory "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 07-21-2019
This whisky contains single malt from both Yamazaki and Hakushu, so there are chops to this blend. Toasted grain, vanilla syrup, new wood, and light tropical fruit notes on the nose with just a touch of spice to keep things playful. The palate has more caramel and honey characteristics balanced by more tingly spice. There's a great salinity here as well with a gentle medicinality and robust malt character.
Price: $74.99 Add To Cart
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Rezpiral Tepeztate "Series 4 - K&L Exclusive" (Berta Vasquez) San Baltazar Chichicapam Uncertified Oaxacan Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 07-20-2019
Berta Vasquez is one of the few female mezcaleras out there, and she makes some fantastic agave spirits. For this bottling, she's using Tepeztate, a hard to find wild agave species that favors very steep and very rocky desert cliffs, and she utilizes volcanic rocks in the oven to cook the agave hearts. This is maybe the smokiest mezcal we have in the store right now. There's intense smoky aromas right after opening the bottle and further nosing gives the impression of dying embers from a fire. Mineral and saline characteristics come out next, then multiple green vegetal scents. On the palate, the smoke is very bold again with wood ash and robust green jalapeno spice. Wet stone emerges, but then there's a lovely tropical fruitiness on the back end that ties everything together in the fading fire finish.
Price: $129.99 Add To Cart

Barrell Bourbon "K&L Exclusive" 14 Year Old Cask Strength Single Barrel #E522 Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-19-2019
This new single barrel from Barrell Bourbon is BIG on spice and fruit, like a dessert you'd bake in autumn or winter. Cinnamon apples and cobbler come out on the nose with candied citrus and toasted oak. A nice supple mouthfeel is balanced with the spices which hit different points on my palate and light up my cheeks. Rich vanilla coats the tongue before a menthol medicinal finish.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

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