Barrels & Kilts
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Connecting People with Scotch and Whiskey

Barrels and Kilts is the scotch and whiskey society for Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors. As a retail store we get to sample most of the whiskeys available in the United States but we also have access to whiskey specialists, brand ambassadors, master distillers and the distilleries themselves.

Our team is very passionate about whiskey. To us it is much more than a drink, it is a community. Our goal is to bring the distilleries, the stories, the whiskey and the people who shape the industry to those of you who love whiskey. Barrels and Kilts is the bridge between the distilleries and you.

What We Do

We host brand ambassadors, independent bottlers and whiskey experts from around the world to speak to you about their whiskeys.

As a fourth generation retailer of fine wines and spirits we have access to highly allocated scotches and whiskeys that we offer to our mailing list.

We review scotches and whiskeys and write blogs and articles regarding hot topics in the industry.

Our mailing list receives notifications of special deals and other scotch and whiskey offers as soon as they’re available.

“In a world that never slows down, Barrels & Kilts is about taking a moment and enjoying a dram that took years to produce.” - Nick Taylor

Meet the Gordon’s
Scotch and Whiskey Team

Ken, Scott and Joe have traveled the world, exploring distilleries, learning about whiskey and searching out the best dram. This team lives to bring you closer to the scotches and whiskeys you love.


Ken Gordon

Ken Gordon

Vice President
Scott Kaplan

Scott Kaplan

Scotch & Whiskey Specialist
Joe Camm

Joe Camm

General Manager

The Barrel Blog

Wall Street Journal Caught Up in the Sherry Obsession

Wall Street Journal Caught Up in the Sherry Obsession

Apr 14 2016

Unsuspecting customers at my tastings are always blown away when informed that some of the biggest sherry producers in Spain, like Gonzalez Byass, are contracted by the likes of Dalmore and The Macallan to age sherry for years and then dump the sherry down the drain. Why do they do this? Because the market for sherry butts, particularly Spanish Oloroso sherry butts made from the oak trees of Jerez, is highly lucrative. A single cask costs well over $1,000 for scotch producers. Today, single malt consumers are obsessed with ex-sherry casks. The Macallan leads the pack, but there is also the Balvenie Single…

The New Octomore 7.4

The New Octomore 7.4

Apr 14 2016

The new Octomore 7.4 just hit the market and it is the best Octomore I’ve had so far. Adam Hannett, the new master distiller at Bruichladdich, has his John Hancock on a bottling for the first time and well… bravo, he has set the bar very high for future releases. Aside from being the first bottling credited to Hannett instead of Jim McEwan, this Octomore is quite different from previous expressions. First, it is cask strength at 61.2% ABV. It is the same malt as the Octomore 6.1. Therefore the phenol content is 167ppm, but it was aged for seven…

Pre World War II Whisky… Available

Pre World War II Whisky… Available

Apr 14 2016

Okay it’s 1937 and some interesting things are happening around the world. Of course, FDR is sworn in for his second term as president. The Spanish Civil War has just begun. Ireland passes a new constitution changing its name from The Irish Free State to simply Ireland. The Golden Gate Bridge is opened to public traffic. Hormel Foods Corporation introduces its newest product, Spam. The Second Sino-Japanese War begins (many mark this as the beginning of World War II). Bing Cosby’s “Sweet Leilani” spends 25 weeks as the U.S. Billboard number 1 song. Ernest Hemmingway publishes 10,000 copies of To…

Van Winkle Lottery & Private Barrel Tasting

Van Winkle Lottery & Private Barrel Tasting

Feb 18 2016

I had a huge dilemma trying to allocate our Van Winkle bottles. You have to understand this is the single worst part of my job. I received a handful of bottles of the most highly coveted bourbon in the world. I have many customers who have become friends of mine who all deserve a bottle in the sense that they spend money and time at the store, attending tastings, drinking whiskey, sharing their whiskey with me, etc. Everyone wants a bottle and everyone deserves a bottle but there doesn’t seem to be an even remotely fair way to allocate the bottles.…

February Tasting Schedule

February Tasting Schedule

Feb 06 2016

I truly love scotch and whiskey tastings. I enjoy talking about whiskey. I find our presenters fascinating and full of really intriguing history and facts about whiskey. I adore sampling new and interesting whiskeys, rare and old whiskeys, funky whiskeys, high-proof whiskeys and every one in between. But most of all I love our audience. The people who come to our tastings for the first time don’t know what to expect. We have people who come from Hudson New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire to taste and discuss whiskey and to enjoy each other’s company. I would guess…

The First Stunning Scotch of the Year

The First Stunning Scotch of the Year

Feb 02 2016

  The First Light’s Out Scotch of the Year Gordon & MacPhail 1998 Linkwood Côte Rôtie Let me start by saying this is the first whisk(e)y released this year that I am really hot on. Single malt scotch is defined by the astounding variation of products and palates produced simply using water, barley and yeast. Much of the variation comes from the shape and size of the still and then of course the type of wood used to age the whisky. Unlike American whiskey, scotch is unrestricted in the type of wood used and the number of times a barrel can be…

 

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