You know the story about Four Roses’s ten unique bourbon recipes, right? They use a combination of two mashbills and five distinct yeast strains, resulting in ten unique bourbons that act as building blocks in blending their different bottlings. We couldn’t resist finding the best of each, and for several years now, we’ve maintained our own Handpicked versions of all ten recipes. With the recent arrival of several new bottlings to fill out the lineup, we sat down to taste all the expressions at once.
Reminder: The two Binny’s Handpicked Cedar Ridge bottlings are still the only cask strength bourbon Cedar Ridge has bottled to date. It’s delicious, special, exclusive and limited.
We do like exotic wood finishing, and we certainly like exotic wood finishing more than flavored whisky. So it’s good to see Tap 357 Port Finished, form the makers of probably the best Canadian maple whisky on our shelves.
Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller isn’t willing to rest, so he set out to make a vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.
Highland Park – Tuesday, August 5th, 5-7PM
Naperville – Wednesday, August 6th, 1-3PM
Willowbrook – Wednesday, August 6th, 5-7PM
Have you heard of Airstream Speakeasy? It’s a cool concept: they took a vintage Airstream recreational vehicle and totally fixed it up to make “the world’s most technically advanced mobile cocktail bar.” They’re teaming up with Don Julio to bring this cocktail-centric aluminum twinkie on wheels to your neighborhood – with a special stop at Binny’s Evergreen Park.
Don Julio Ambassador Jackson Miranda will be on hand to answer questions (bring your best tequila trivia) and pour you a sample of Don Julio, both on its own and also as the base in great cocktails that that are simple enough that you can make them at home. We’ll have an engraver on hand, for your chance to get your a special bottle of Don Julio 1942etched with your own custom message. That would make a heck of a gift. More info after the jump…
It’s mail time! Veuve Clicquot is touring the USA in a specially branded mail truck, and they’re making a stop at Binny’s in Lincoln Park! You’ll have a chance to snap a selfie at a special photobooth, grab some quick bites, rock out to tunes provided by a live DJ and sip some refreshing Veuve. Plus games, including but not limited to humongous Jenga. And because this is a mail truck, you can even write a letter and mail it to a friend. You remember how to write a letter, right?
The committee gathered, tasted and voted, and now the 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts are on their way. Brett’s annual trip to Scotland yielded excellent whiskies this year. Now that we have sorted through all the options and honed the selection to just the best of the best, we can hardly wait for these selections to arrive (and they always take months and months, of course). Until then, get your wish list ready: