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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Islay

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We visited Ardbeg first, and got an incredibly in-depth tour from distillery manager Mickey Heads. Our first impression was how shockingly small the operation is, at least in comparison to their marketing budget. Ardbeg only operates a single pair of stills. To put that in perspective Glenlivet has 28 pairs.

 

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Campbeltown

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After a long drive across the lowlands and down the Campbeltown peninsula we arrived in the town of Campbeltown. Once the mecca of Scotch whisky with over 35 distilleries in the town, the number has dwindled down to just 3. Two of them are owned by the Wright family, Springbank and Glengyle. Founded in 1828, the Springbank distillery is a special place for Scotch lovers.
 

Campbeltown Scotland Binny's

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Speyside and The Highlands

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Family owned since 1895, G&M is one of Scotland’s oldest independent bottlers. They’re also a wine, spirits and beer wholesaler. Their operation is very large, spanning several acres. We got a chance to see one of their warehouses and it was a sight to behold. They use a tall, racked warehouse as opposed to the short, dank dunnage warehouses. There are some real gems in their warehouses and they have some of the oldest casks in the business. In fact, they’ve bottled the oldest single malt ever bottled, a 70-year-old Mortlach. We had the privilege of tasting two different Macallan casks from 1940 while we were there. They were both surprisingly vibrant and fresh when we expected woody and tired. We’ve got plenty of G&M cask samples we’re tasting through and considering and will update our picks in an upcoming post.
 

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Whiskies of the Week: Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co.

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As more releases from the Orphan Barrel line of bourbons keep coming, their consistent value pricing continues to surprise us. In all honesty, the prices of theses bourbons are surprisingly low considering the age of the barrels and current demand for mature bourbons. Finding this much juice at such an advanced age really is an oddity in this boom portion of the space-time bourbon continuum. As with the previous releases, grab them while you can. They will most certainly disappear at a quick pace.

 

Orphan Barrel Binny's

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Islay

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The Whiskey Hotline is currently on sabbatical on Islay, but the line between work and play is always blurred. We visited a few of our favorite distilleries in between eating haggis burgers, haggis pizza, haggis nachos and black pudding and managed to get an advance tasting on some upcoming releases you’ll want to keep an eye out for. These are all currently on the water and we expect to have them within a month or so. We’ll be sure to let you know here as soon as they arrive.
 

Islay Whiskey Hotline

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Confessions of a Mixologist: DiSaronno Jazzy Hour

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We can’t get this creamsicle-like cocktail off our brains. Perfect for that springtime happy hour or served as a batched cocktail for your next shindig. Don’t forget to mix this Jazzy Hour up on April 19th for National Amaretto Day!

 

Jazzy Hour

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Our Favorite Gins for Spring

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OK, maybe we haven’t had ideal Spring weather yet, but that just makes us look for our favorite Spring drinks all the more. Gin is near the top of that list. If you’ve been in the stores recently, you likely have noticed a flood of new gins. Here is a highlight of a few of the most interesting new entries to this booming category:
 

Spring Gin

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Bourbon Women Night 2017

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Bourbon Women Night is an opportunity to taste bourbon and network with the women of the spirits industry. Sample from a selection of 50+ spirits and discover new favorites from all over the country. From Koval’s locally made gin to Nikka’s Japanese Whisky to Journeyman’s Michigan Bourbon Whiskey, it is a unique tasting experience. In anticipation of this year’s Bourbon Women Night, we’re excited to announce a few highlights.

 

Bourbon Women Night Binny's

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The Whiskey Hotline: Casa Maestri Tequila Blanco Flask

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With the weather warming up, its hard to beat a crisp, clean, citrusy blanco tequila. Casa Maestri produces many different tequila brands out of their distillery (NOM-1438 for you tequila geeks at home) but this one in particular caught our attention with it’s added value, a flask! Not just any flask, but a 1.75 liter flask. Not only is the tequila great, but since the flask goes to 11, we mean 1.75, this is not a deal to pass on.

 

Casa Maestri Tequila Blanco Flask Binny's Whiskey Hotline

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Whiskey Hotline: Oola Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey

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This Seattle distillery was founded in 2010 and has been consistently delivering quality and taste ever since. Whether it’s whiskey, vodka, or gin this is a distillery that should be on your radar. Waitsburg is a 4-grain bourbon (corn, wheat, rye, and barley) and is full of depth. Lots of classic rye spiciness on the nose with an unmistakably creamy wheat mouthfeel. Waitsburg starts its life in 10-gallon barrels before being transferred to more traditional 53-gallon barrels for extended aging. It’s youthful and fresh, but without all the excessive oak you usually get from small barrels.

 

Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey OOLA

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