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Johnnie Walker Blue Label Bottle Etching

The holidays are approaching which means it time for free Blue Label bottle etchings from Johnnie Walker. It’s turned out to be an annual tradition here at Binny’s Beverage Depot and is a fantastic gift idea for the Scotch lover in your life. While you wait* for the etching professionals to do their thing, sample Johnnie Walker Platinum! Binny’s locations, dates and times after the jump…
 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Binny's Etching

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Manhattan

What’s not to love about this classic cocktail? We like ours with a heavy pour of High West Rye, but encourage you to mix it up with different types of whiskies. With our massive selection (more than 650, in fact) we’re sure to have one you love. This is important: make your Manhattan with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. They are the best cherries in the universe.

Manhattan Binny's

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Illinois Craft Distillers Expo

You thought craft beer was hot – get in on craft distilling on the ground floor. Here is your chance to taste great local products from (virtually) every craft distillery in the state of Illinois. Not only that, but we’ll have the people who make these great spirits here talking shop with you. That means owners and distillers from local favorites including North Shore and Few to statewide upstarts Blam Bros. and J.K. Williams, and many more.


Illinois Craft Distillers Expo
Binny’s Lincoln Park

Thursday, November 6th
5:00-8:00pm
Event cost: $15.00 ($10.00 with Binny’s card)

RSVP by calling 312 664-4394

 

North Shore Distillery Binny's

 

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The Glenlivet Single Malt: Nights of Passage

Glenlivet is touring the country to share their delicious Single Malts. The Glenlivet Masters of Scotch will lead a presentation on the Glenlivet brand, the product, the production. You’ll taste three of their flavorful Single Malts, including the 12, 15 and 18 year. It’s free, all you have to do is sign up.

 

Glenlivet Tasting at Binny's

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Barrel Report – All Ten Four Roses Recipes

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.

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Monte Carlo

Bourbon is back in a big way. The Manhattan, for example, has once again become many peoples’ go to way to enjoy America’s spirit. (Sure you can make a Manhattan with bourbon. Why not? -ed.) So check out this splendid reworking of the Manhattan called the Monte Carlo. The key difference is the substitution of Benedictine in place of vermouth. Benedictine is an aromatic liqueur that has been produced in France since the 18th century. If fact, B&B (Benedictine and Brandy) was one of the first packaged premixed cocktails. Benedictine is a versatile mixer and makes a great addition to any liquor cabinet. Also, if you simply mix Benedictine with bourbon, you just created a Kentucky Colonel. This distinguished elixir is perfect for sipping on your front porch as the last days of summer wind to a close.

 

Monte Carlo

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Eastern Sour

Give this unconventional bourbon cocktail a try. The key ingredient in this drink is Orgeat syrup, a sweet and nutty syrup familiar to Tiki devotees like myself, but a mystery to many. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle tout suite. This delicious almond syrup is the magical ingredient in dozens of tropical drinks, most famously the Mai Tai. While most tropical drinks use rum as the base spirit, the Eastern Sour substitutes Bourbon and the results are delicious. The Eastern Sour was created by Tiki drink legend, Trader Vic Bergeron. Below is my version which is refreshingly sour. If you want to sweeten it up a bit, just add simple syrup.

 

Eastern Sour

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Whiskey Hotline: Passing Shots

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.

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tap-rye-8-7-2014We 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.

 

Fatter, sweeter Crown Royal for the British palate. Pairs well with some Cadbury chocolate candy you’ve never heard of before.

 

Yes, there’s a John Wayne bourbon. It may soon become rare and collectible if the Blue Devils win.
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Passing Shots

This rare blended Scotch was once a secret available amongst a small and elite society, but now everybody can get their hands on Syndicate 58/6. While bottles last.

 

Rundlets and Kilderkins? Silly names for barrel sizes, for sure, but the whisky isn’t funny: this Hazleburn is the perfect dram: light and refreshing.

 

Very, very old Armagnac from Delord, Dartigalongue.

 

For the fourth or fifth time in six years, we’re excited to pass on news that Bruichladdich is ready to stop all the oddball bottlings and launch a core line, including the new The Classic Laddie.

 
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Barrel Report: 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts

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:

 

Binny's Handpicked Single Malts

 

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