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.

 

Newly arrived: the only Irish gin available at Binny’s today. We’re waiting for the limited edition berry flavor.

 

glen-breton-8-7-2014Glen Breton 15 year: a little older, a little pricier. Still our favorite Canadian single malt.

 

Ironically, the first aged whiskey distilled, aged and bottled at Old Pogue distillery in Maysville, Kentucky, is not Old Pogue. It is, instead, Five Fathers 1 year old rye.

 

Not sure where the monkey comes from, but the 47 comes from the number of botanicals included in Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin. That’s a lot of botanicals, and at least a third of them come from the Black Forest.

 

Johnnie Walker teamed up with expensive British men’s clothing and accessories brand Alfred Dunhill for this bespoke Blue Label edition. If you missed it at travel retail, get it at Binny’s.

 

MORTLACH-8-7-2014The relaunch of Mortlach begins with the new Mortlach Rare Old. How many distilleries boast an entry level bottle at $130?

 

Vanzilla: new flavored whiskey, or four story tall mechanical beast that eats cars at a monster truck rally?

 

Also in flavored whiskey news, Jim Beam Fire. Serve it on the rocks and you have a fire & ice. Patent pending.

 

The newest release from Glenrothes is the second in their Extraordinary Cask collection, a single cask from 1969. It will cost you the same as a Pontiac Catalina of the same model year.

 

blaum-8-7-2014The latest from Blaum Bros, our friends in Galena, is moonshine in a mason jar. They promise brown goods are on the way.

 

Old charter pulled something tricky – they removed the age statement from their bourbon, but kept the 8. We’re listening: what do you think of the trend toward NAS?

 

The latest from Chicagoland’s first craft distillery is a limited beer distillate: give North Shore’s SommerWeizen a try while it lasts.

 

sage-8-7-2014Cocktail-centric Art in the Age is back with a new sage liqueur. With all these herbal spirits, how could anyone ever make a boring bloody Mary again?

 

Another old bottling of Macallan from Speymalt. Compared to OB, it’s a steal.

 

Westland is a single malt from Washington state, and it is absolutely one of the best craft single malts we have ever tasted. Complex, subtle, round and faintly sweet, and it nimbly hides its 92 proof. It is a minx, and you need to taste it.

 

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