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The Binny's Handpicked Single Malt Casks are in! It seemed to take forever, but now they're here, and well worth the wait.
| 1992 A D Rattray Mortlach 22 Year old|
Count the Mortlachs. Here's number one. Woody nose with deep cherry fruit and honey. Big in body on the palate, with all the vanilla and caramel and heat you love in a monolithic Mortlach.
| 1989 A D Rattray Burnside 25 year old|
Couldn't pass up this Burnside. Remember, it's a stealthy version of Balvenie thaty they adulterated with a teaspoon of Glenfiddich. It makes for graceful whisky: soft vanilla, soft flowers on the nose with a punchy, spirited body with soft smoke.
| 1997 Cadenheads Aultmore 17 year old|
Start with beautiful Speyside fruit - soft lemon, pear and more tropical notes. This peated expression adds iodine and meaty smoke. Complex but subtle, graceful.
| 1994 Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 19 year old First Fill Sherry Butt|
Mortlach number two? You bet. Orange and caramel on the nose, leading into a broad spirit with butterscotch and caramel qualities. Focused like a lazer beam. Yum.
| 2007 Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila First Fill Bourbon Barrel|
This one is out there. Descriptors, in no particular order: ham, graham cracker, pear, pear skin, banana, band aid, spirit, youth, power.
| 1988 Signatory Balmenach 25 year old|
Heavy. Balmenach. Orange, honey and caramel breadth on the nose. Buttery, oily in body, with loads of caramel. Single malt for fans of Bourbon.
| 1998 Signatory Linkwood 16 year old Hogshead|
Interesting story with this one. The barrel was a sherry hogshead with “new ends,” meaning a combo of sherried and new oak. Sweet honey and cherry on the nose, softly spirited and easy on the palate with bourbon-like roundness.
| 1998 Signatory Mortlach 16 year old Sherry Finish|
Mortlach number three. That's right, three. Another monolith, this one is all caramel and cherry fruit. Why did we pick so many Mortlachs? Compared to OB prices, these are a steal, and they even have age.
| 1993 Signatory Inchmurrin 20 year old Hogshead|
Pear, sawdust, soft citrus fruit. Graceful, soft and easy to enjoy. Along with the buttery confection on the palate is a touch of vegetable, like buttery peas. Excellent and complex, think fruity mezcal.
| 1997 Signatory Laphroaig 17 year old Hogshead|
The peat on this Laphroaig comes across as meaty and fresh. It's right there on the nose along with bright lemon. Easter brunch? Butterscotch on the palate, with soft grass, not unlike agave. Complex and delicate, at least for Laphroaig.
| 1990 Signatory Auchroisk 24 year old Hogshead|
Fat on the nose, grainy and sweet. Herbal touches of clove and anise plus dark fruit on the palate. With a little water it opens up, showing even more layers of orchard fruit, plus butterscotch and vanilla. The sister cask of a similar Handpick from two years ago, and it does not disappoint.
Wow, it's been a while. Catching up, here's what's new from Scotland:
|Compass Box released two great new blends. The first, The Lost Blend, recreates their original Eluthera, a lovely vatting tragically discontinued a decade ago.|
Second is the expansion of their Great King Street line with the new Glasgow Blend. This flavorful, rich and smoky blend pays homage to Glaswegians everywhere.
Finally, finally! The single malt at the heart of several iconic blends in an obtainable distiller bottling. Starting with Craigellachie 13 and 23, and more on the way.
Here's a 50 year old single cask from Balvenie. It costs over forty thousand dollars, and we only got one.
Try the new Glenturret 10 year old. Highly regarded by insiders, this distillery is the cornerstone of The Famous Grouse. Same goes for their 27 year old, which is relatively rare because of the distillery's size.
Hotline favorite and unsung hero of the Highlands Pulteney is back with another wonderful older release, this time 35 years old.
Indie news: First Editions is/are here. Another generation of the Laing family has joined the business. Stuart Laing of Old Malt Cask fame? His sons have the family's nose for whisky, apparent with initial offerings as wonderful as these.
More indie news: our second wave from Exclusive Malts just arrived. These are Beautiful limited releases sourced by longtime industry veteran Ed Kohl. Great bottles.
More more indie news: tiny amounts of new releases from Cadenheads and Blackadder are in. Fanboys, please inquire.
Speaking of Blackadder, Black Snake Vattings 1 and 5 are out now, also in tiny quantities. Like a solera, casks are refilled before completely emptied. 1 is a vatting of various casks from an undisclosed Speyside distillery.
If that grabs your attention, also check out AD Rattray's Cask Islay Vatting #2. It's a vatting of great casks from an extremely popular Islay distillery whose name will never be revealed but who you totally know.
Here's a mouthful: Bunnahabhain Ceobanach. Say it like this: "kai bonk." It means "smoky mist," a great description for this lovely new Islay.
New vintages are here from Glenrothes (1992) and Balblair (2002).
The newest Blue Hangar blended malt is here. It's tenth in the series, but just the second to hit the US following #7. These are elegant, rich, Speyside-forward blends.
You like Springbank? Try Kilkerran. From the Glengyle distillery, associated with Springbank and run by the Springbank crew. This is the sixth in their Work in Progress series, six years after the distillery's revival, available in bourbon and Sherry finish.
Get ready for another release in Glenlivet's Nadurra line. This one is dubbed "First Fill Selection," is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from first fill bourbon casks. Coming soon.
Glenmorangie's latest limited release is in. Until now, the annual series placed emphasis on barrels and wood. This time, Tusail focuses on a single grain: Maris Otter barley aged in first fill bourbon casks.
Kilchoman struck gold when they discovered how well their whiskies drink at such a young age. Their new 3 year old Port Cask is no exception. There wasn't much to go around, and we got as much as we could, so if you want some, act fast.
It's not all about Scotch. What else is rollin' in?
|We just picked up a slug of crazy rare Darroze Armagnac. These are collectable, rare and expensive. If you're in the market for phenomenal Armagnac, just ask.|
|Old Forester stepped it up with their new 1870 Original Batch. It pays homage to the origins of this classic distillery. It is fantastic bourbon, and a relative value considering today's designer bourbon scene.|
|Binny's welcomes Fox River Distilling Company to the Illinois craft distilling scene. Their initial launch includes Geneva's Preservation Gin and Herrington Premium Vodka. Looking forward to the brown stuff.|
|Wine geeks know Orin Swift's David Phinney as a powerhouse winemaker and creater of one of the most successful wines of recent years – Prisoner. Now he's getting into the bourbon game with Straight Edge Bourbon. Yes, it's contract juice, but it is finished in Phinney's Orin Swift Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.|
|Can you believe we're almost to the end of the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Single Oak Project? Yes, it's true. Maybe once all the bottles are released, we'll have a complete set or two for sale...|
|Schwartzhog is Krauter than ever in this 1.75 liter bottle.|
|Bertina Elderflower Liqueur. This Scandinavian version is less sweet and more intense than more popular elderflower liqueurs, making it perfect for dry, complex gin cocktails.|
|It isn't widely know by Americans, but Spain is one of the biggest gin drinking countries in the world. Try this Spanish Xoriguer Gin de Mahon, done in the round, oily and muted genever style.|
|In addition to their excellent Diamante (filtered) tequila, you'll now fild Maestro Dobel Silver, Reposado and Anejo. Fun fact: Dobel is quietly a side project of the CEO and heir of the family-owned Jose Cuervo, who with that company's blessing, released these excellent, single-estate tequilas.|
|If you haven't yet, you absolutely need to taste Casa Dragones Joven. It is phenomenal. But if it seems too "special occasion" to you, give their new Blanco a try. It's an excellent introdution to the house style at a fraction of the price.|
|Green Spot was the biggest Irish whiskey release of 2014. Meet the biggest Irish release of 2015.|
|Rum fans, especially fans of tiki cocktails: Do you miss Lemon Hart 151? We do too. Minister of Rum Ed Hamilton has the solution. Hamilton 151 Overproof Demerara Rum. It is deliciously, dangerously, suspiciously similar to the high-octane, easy-drinking cocktail classic. If you want a tamer version, there's a new 86 proof version as well.|
|After a ten year hiatus, Beam is finally releasing a new Beam Masterpiece. Remember their excellent Port and Cognac finished bourbons from way back? This time it's finished in Sherry cask.|
|Another great new addition to American craft whiskey: A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon. Distilled, aged and bottled in Denver, aged in 53-gallon charred American white oak barrels, made the hard way.|
|Rye from Pennsylvania? Absolutley. Dad's Hat Rye is a great place to start, but the Vya Sweet Vermouth barrel-aged version is even better. It won't last long.|
You already know the event. Tickets will go on sale early in March, and they will sell out. Watch this space for more soon.
An evening of cocktails, networking and education showcasing influential women in the spirits industry.
2 Gingers Open House
Binny's Chicago Lincoln Park
2 GINGERS founder Kieran Folliard had a passion, a great idea and an inspiration for great whiskey. Meet Kieran at this Open House event and learn all about 2 Gingers.
Wednesday, March 4th - 6-7PM
Pre St. Patrick's Day
Binny's Evergreen Park
Get ready for this Chicago tradition in pure Irish fashion. Taste Irish beer, whiskeys and spirits, and grab some emerald swag for the parade. With your $10 donation to The Emerald Society, you will receive the ultimate parade swag bag including a Binny's logo tee, beads, a hat and more! Slainte!
Thursday, March 12th - 6-8:30PM
Customized Jameson Beanie Experience
Binny's Chicago Lincoln Park
Prepare for St. Patrick's day with a customized Jameson beanie. Sample a Jameson Irish Mule while you wait.
Sunday, March 15th - 1-4PM
Dave Pickerell Meet and Greet
Binny's Chicago Lincoln Park
Industry veteran and creater of WhistlePig rye, Dave Pickerell is coming to Binny's. Ask about his legendary career, get your bottle signed, and get tastes of WhistlePig 10 year, Boss Hog, and the super limited Old World Sauternes Finish.
Thursday, March 19th - 5-8PM
Icons of Armagnac Seminar
Binny's Chicago Lakeview
Viktorija Todorvska leads a seminar featuring rare and limited Armagnac from top estates. Taste highlights including Tariquet XO Reserve, Castarede Reserve de la Famille, Dartigalongue Hors d'Age and more. $20 with Binny's Card, $30 without. RSVP required, call 773.935.9400.
Thursday, March 26th - 6-8PM
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