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Celebrate America’s Signature Holiday with America’s Signature Whiskey: Rye

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Bourbon may officially be America’s spirit, and the 4th of July our celebration of independence, but two important traditions existed at least as early, if not before. Thanksgiving Day and Rye Whiskey. In the early years of American whiskey production, rye was the dominant style, especially in the east, eventually supplanted by the sweeter, rounder and easier to produce bourbon. As you give thanks, raise a glass of the spirit that shaped our whiskey tradition.

 
Rye Whiskey
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Binny’s Handpicks from Oppidan

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Oppidan is located in Wheeling, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. They are incorporating a Solera technique with bourbon, and also producing a beautiful rye. At the Whiskey Hotline, we love young rye done right. We’ve also been finding whiskey from smaller barrels that taste much older than you would think. We were fortunate enough to sit down with the team from Oppidan a few months ago and selected 3 gorgeous ryes and 2 bourbons. These are all bottled at cask strength, and well worth seeking out.
 

Oppidan Binny's Handpicks

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Journeyman Distillery

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Three Oaks, Michigan might be a small town of just 900 people, but it carries a lot of history and some great whiskey. Journeyman Distilling has called it home since the fall of 2010 with owners Bill and Johanna and an opening team of just 3 employees. Since then, Journeyman has grown to a team of 65 and is a full grain-to-glass distillery – meaning everything is done by hand. Journeyman sources their corn and grains from small family farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Most of their products are certified organic.
 

Journeyman Distilling Bill

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits The Bourbon Trail

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Recently, a group of Binny’s female leaders attended the Bourbon Women Sip-Osium, an annual conference hosted by the Bourbon Women Organization out of Kentucky. It wouldn’t be a trip to the Bourbon Motherland without a few stops along the Bourbon Trail. Read more about our trip below.

 

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Freddie Johnson Buffalo Trace Distillery Binny's

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Bourbon Heritage Month 2016

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Why does bourbon get a whole month? The US Senate declared September “Bourbon Heritage Month” back in 2007. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and longstanding legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to America and the world. Whether you enjoy this classic American spirit on the rocks, neat, or in your favorite cocktail, let us know how you’re celebrating. We plan to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month this September with four of our favorite handpicked bourbons.

 

Bourbon Heritage Month Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Mezcal Negroni

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We’re mixing things up with this classic gin cocktail. Instead of gin, we’re adding mezcal. It adds a smokey flavor that blends magically with the sweet and bitter flavors in the cocktail. If you’re not familiar with the Negroni, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
 

Negroni

 
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Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky

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In another Whiskey Hotline first, we’re proud to announce our handpicked casks of Caribou Crossing. When this single barrel Canadian whisky debuted a few years back, it quickly became one of our favorites in the category. A Canadian whisky for the bourbon drinker, slightly fuller bodied than others with firm rye spice notes and a heavy dose of vanilla. Our single casks bring out the best of these flavors. Both are delicate and elegant, easy drinking and well structured, quality Canadian whiskies.

 

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Whisky

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News From The Gin Hotline

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When it comes to summer cocktails, nothing quite beats gin. Crisp, complex, and refreshing, gin is an adaptable spirit showcasing a broad range of flavors: from citrus to pine to spice and many others. Just as versatile as vodka, with the added bonus that it isn’t vodka, gin is the perfect cocktail base to beat the heat. Here are some of our local favorites in this week’s Whiskey Gin Hotline.

 

Gin Binny's

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Taste of the Southwest

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Founded in 2010 by Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits is the perfect marriage between a malt loving Englishman, and his adopted home in the Southwest. This distillery is quite exciting, as they combine time-honored traditions in whisky making with the unique terroir of Santa Fe. From magenta flowers found blooming on cacti, to sage and mesquite, unique flavors offer a breath of fresh air into the world of spirits.

 

Santa Fe Spirits Binny's

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