The CAO Pilon has an interesting back story: Master Blender Rick Rodriguez uses an old and expensive process to ferment the tobaccos used in this cigar. In the 1800s, men called Piloneros would create round pilons, or stacks of fermenting tobacco leaves. Pilons are made in an 18-month fermentation process, sometimes longer, involving hemming tobacco leaves together and stacking them layer by layer. This process, though time-consuming, is known to maximize the flavors and color of the leaves. It comes across in the new CAO Pilon, now available in three sizes; Churchill 7×48, Robusto 5×52 and Corona 5.5×44.
The Whiskey Hotline hit the road this year. We’ve been all over the country and all over the world in search of casks of the finest spirits around. When we find the best of the best, we claim them as our own and call them Binny’s Handpicked Casks. Watch for these selections over the next few months:
In an annual tradition, the Beer Buzz once again sent an entourage to The Great American Beer Festival, where breweries from all over the country load up their finest and head to sunny Colorado for a weekend-long beer festival that features hundreds of breweries, thousands of beers and a TON of beer loving fans. The Beer Buzz team went out to experience the fest and here’s their take on everything!
In 18th century England, a dark and malty beer known as porter grew to such popular demand that it eventually spurred the beginning of commercial brewing as we know it. Different brewers offered varying interpretation of the style, and eventually the porters that were richer or “stouter” in character had the most appeal. One of the most famous admirers of this hearty new style of beer was Catherine II of Russia — Catherine the Great. Brewed to a formidable strength in order to prevent spoilage during its long journey to Russia, this rich and hearty brew earned the name Russian Imperial Stout. For the first time, we are excited to offer a Russian Imperial Stout actually brewed in Russia. Za Vas!
Baltika Russian Imperial Stout
Dark as night in the glass, aromas of rich roasted malt and allspice leap from the glass. The dry palate is accentuated by a fruitiness like prune cake and vintage port before a decadent and bittersweet finish that shows notes of dark chocolate covered caramel. Heavily roasted malts were clearly used in moderation, most likely more for color than for the dark roasted coffee flavors that dominate so many American interpretations of the style. This may not be the Imperial Stout you are used to, but it is a delicious return to form, that you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy.
Bartender Kyle whipped this one up with ingredients that he had in his home while jamming to some tunes. His playlist must have been on point because he mixed up one delicious cocktail. The ginger and raspberry syrups mix eloquently and blend well with the Armagnac and Fernet Branca to make one deliciously smooth drink.
If you’ve never had St. George Raspberry Liqueur, you’re in for a treat. The small amount needed for this cocktail goes a long way and mixes perfectly with the amaro and rum. The Cobble Cobble is excellent for brunch or to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner.
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Binny’s Oak Brook is ending a week long one-year anniversary celebration with reality television personality, talk show host, author, and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel. Come out to sample from the Skinnygirl line up, grab an autographed bottle and pose for a photo with Bethenny. Click here to see how we’re celebrating our one year anniversary in Oak Brook!
Binny’s Oak Brook
Saturday, October 10th
11:00am – 12:30pm
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Mixing gin and bourbon may sound like a weird combination, but you’ll change your mind after you try this cocktail. The floral flavors of the gin integrate with Bulleit’s caramel notes and the fresh fruit juice. Don’t be surprised if this cocktail finds its way onto your list of favorites.
Photo courtesy of Cocktail Enthusiast.
Did you know September is Bourbon Heritage Month? We don’t want The Whiskey Hotline to have all the fun, so we’re celebrating with our favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Sure, folks get excited for the super rare ones, but did you know there are great bourbon barrel aged beers available on shelves all the time?
Breakfast cocktails, anyone? Bartender Kyle mixed this tropical concoction and we can’t get enough. It’s full of tropical, fruity goodness. The Chareau Aloe Liqueur and guava adds banana, melon and pear flavors to the mix, while the Aperol provides a citrus kick. We can guarantee this will become your new, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” beverage.