Future Gordon & MacPhail Selections

I have been quite impressed with the quality, price, and selection of the Gordon & MacPhail bottlings as of late and I am now even happier with their list of upcoming arrivals.  I was given a special pre-order sheet to secure quantities of these selections and, even without having tasted them, there are obviously some fantastic deals to be had with interesting names and vintages.  Here is a sample of a few i immediately picked up on:

1976 Banff 28 Year - should retail for around $155

1984 Glenesk 20 Year - same as above

1991 Ardmore 16 Year - should come in at $99

1969 Linkwood 36 Year - should be $225-ish

1998 Isle of Arran 8 Year - around $35

Good deals at various ages and price points.  Good job G&M.

-David Driscoll


K&L's First Octave Cask In Today

I wanted to let everyone know that we purchased a small octave cask of 1998 11 Year Old Imperial Speyside Whisky and it is exquisite stuff.  Chewy, dense, concentrated sweet malted grains all come at the palate in a flurry of flavor.  Vanilla and cereal notes on the finish.  Imperial is a 114 year old distillery in the Spey that is owned by Pernod Ricard and usually goes into the Chivas blends.  Getting the chance to try it as a single malt was a nice educational opportunity, I thought, and after tasting a bottle today, I'm very happy.  Of course, I chose the barrel based on a tasting sample, but for some reason this bottle tastes so much better than I remember.  Only 70 bottles were produced and I've already sold about 20 of them so they won't be around long.  This is definitely not a MUST buy whisky, but it is very affordable (especially for club members) and there are not many single malts with such pure, clean, malty flavors.  I think every RWC staff member is planning to snag one for themselves today, so it seems to be a favorite amongst my co-workers. A true winner from Duncan Taylor and an ever better deal for our customers.  Enjoy it while it lasts!

-David Driscoll


New Kuchan Brandy Arrives!

No hating on Davorin's label this time because I helped him design it (therefore you'll be crushing my graphic artist dreams with your criticism!).  I'm so excited that we can finally offer the Kuchan Alambic Brandy because it fills another cocktail mixing gap - the brandy with a kick that can cut through the sweetness of a liqueur or the tartness of citrus.  While this 6 year old batch can definitely be sipped, it isn't for Cognac or Armagnac lovers.  This is not wood-sweetened juice.  It's not supple, vanilla-rich syrup.  This is wine barrel aged spirit that makes the best punchbowl you've ever tasted.  It makes a Sidecar taste brighter and more expressive.  It makes hot cider taste like a hot toddy.  It basically makes every recipe that calls for brandy just a bit better.

-David Driscoll


Scott's Selection Closeouts

Looks like many of the older and rarer indie bottlings from Scott's Selection are being closed out by the distributor, so I'm going to grab what I can for you collectors out there.  Some bottles are more than $100 less than before.  Here's a sample of what's coming in.  Email me if you want me to hold one back for you.

1973 Macallan Scott's Selection Highland Single Malt Whisky $259.99 (was $325.99)

1977 Bunnahabhain Scott's Selection Single Malt Whisky $119.99 (was $249.99)

1965 Glenfarclas Scott's Selection Single Malt Whisky $325.99 (was $439.99)

Very hot deals.  Scorching.

-David Driscoll



The Growing Demands of Social Media

I was watching one of the newest episodes of Portlandia (a fantastic new sketch comedy show on IFC about the hipsters in Portland) the other day and was left in hysterics after a scene featured Fred Armisen scrambling in vain to try and monitor Facebook, Twitter, and his iPhone simultaneously.  No matter how badly we want to participate in the modern technological world, and no matter how much they enrich our lives by making communication easier, I can't help but feel that the responsibility attached to them is causing us more stress than pleasure – especially those of us using these tools for work-related reasons.  The New York times featured another thought provoking article on the ever-tilting balance of home life and work life that I consider required reading for anyone with a work email account on their Blackberry.  Just last night I was perusing the Netflix instant selections and settled on a National Geographic documentary about the effects of stress on the human body, and a large portion of the show discussed the impact of work-related stress on our happiness and, more importantly, life expectancy. 

For reasons of personal privacy and control over who I allow to contact me, I do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts. After reading numerous studies about how they have decreased our ability to concentrate on important tasks, I really have no desire to get started.  I'm not against the idea of social media or networking, I'm just exploring other options, namely doing it myself via this blog.  I am quite taken by Twitter's ability to deliver quick, succinct bits of information instantly to those who are dedicated to remaining current.  For that reason, I think that updating this blog more than once a day might be a good idea.  There are definitely small announcements that I could provide throughout the time I spend at work and that would be of interest to spirits lovers.  I'm not talking about news such as "I'm eating a sandwich right now" or "I'm so bored. Work sucks. LOL" but rather updates about products and events. 

In the past I've tried to jot down information on a notepad that I would then gather for the weekly email.  The blog was created to supplicate the email with extra information, but I'm finding that I forget to include things from time to time and it might be better to just update as I go.  Therefore, look for maybe 3-4 blog posts everyday, rather than just one.  If you're in the habit of checking every morning, make sure you scroll down a bit as there now may be multiple postings since the last time you checked in.  Those on the RSS feed should get the updates as they happen.

As long as I only have to manage my email and this blog, I think I can continue to do my job well and keep my stress levels relatively low.  Hopefully, a few posts a day will be sufficient to supply enough info to our 24 hour news cycle society.  See you later today, and again after that!

-David Driscoll