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Whiskies of the Week

The newest craft distillery to hit Binny’s shelves is Driftless Glen, hailing from sunny Baraboo, Wisconsin. Using a 44 foot column still along with a pot still they are making some excellent spirits. These aren’t just another vodka or gin though. There is some real Wisconsin terroir here, and we’re not just talking about squeaky curds and brats.


Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company Rhetoric 23 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
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Made with Wisconsin grown botanicals, Driftless Glen brings a nice addition to terroir specific gins. On the nose, clean flavors of juniper, lime pith, rosemary, mint and floral herbs. The mouthfeel is quite round and inviting. Flowers and herbs transfer to the taste with an addition of pepper and soft juniper and clove flavors. Well put together and a pleasant addition to the gin se


Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company Barterhouse 20 year old Kentucky Bourbon
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On the nose, this gin is a touch on the savory side. Citrus forward with the juniper tucked in close behind. The mouthfeel is well rounded. On the taste, citrus peel, juniper, and a soft vegetal undertone make for a pleasant experience. Spice and juniper linger with citrus on the finish

 
 

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company Forged Oak 15 year old Bourbon
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75% rye mashbill and 22 months old. Youthful on the nose but with dome deep and mature brown sugars underneath. Surprisingly full bodied and smooth considering the proof and the age. A youthful but balanced rye.


Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Islay

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.


Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017

This year’s Cairdeas release forsakes the cask finishing and gets to the roots of one of the distillery’s core bottlings. It’s a cask strength, 100% quarter cask matured whisky and it is an absolute knockout. Quarter casks aren’t small casks at all, they are actually 1/4 the size of a butt, which is 500 liters making them more than half the size of a standard barrel. This whisky has some serious weight to it and is full of the classic Laphroaig character. On the nose, whiffs of peat smoke, soft sweet fruits, spice and honey. The palate brings more medicinal notes and some balancing oak spices with a kiss of vanilla. The finish lingers and is well balanced with smoke and soft fruit and honey.


Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 year old Batch 9
Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 year old Batch 9
Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 year old Batch 9

The once a year favorite is finally returning and is one of the best yet. It brings loads of dark fruit, leather, earthy peat and spice on the nose. The oily body gives way to some distinct tropical fruit notes with a touch of baking spices and some honey. The finish just keeps going and remains balanced with spiced fruits, smoky peat and cinnamon. Everything we tasted at Laphroaig was impeccably balanced. Whether that comes from the hand-cut peat, the angle of the line arms of the stills, the careful maturation or perhaps just some Islay magic, these releases are not to be missed.


Kilchoman 100% Islay 2017 Release
Kilchoman 100% Islay 2017 Release
Kilchoman 100% Islay 2017 Release

Another perennial favorite returns, and is older than ever. Now a 7 year old whisky, we didn’t think it was possible but this one keeps getting better. Made from barley grown and malted on site and matured in 100% first fill bourbon casks. A touch of pepper with earthy peat and gentle fruit on the nose. The palate is fresh and delicate with earthy peat, dark fruits and a faint whiff of smoke. The long finish features more pepper, anise and fruit fading.

 
 

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017

Another newly minted 7 year old but aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts. Kilchoman’s soft, fruity spirit does well with the dark stewed fruits and rancio brought out in sherry barrel aging. Those fruits are definitely front and center on the nose, but there is a distinct hint of coconut in the background with a faint touch of peated malt and some flint. The palate is big and round with tropical fruit balancing out the dark sherried fruits and oak spice. The long fruit-laden finish can aptly be summed up as gorgeous.


First Bottled in Bond Illinois Craft Distilled Whiskey

The first malted rye that has been bonded in Illinois!

Quincy Street Distilling North American Steamship Straight Single Malt Rye Bottled in Bond
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Ladies and gentlemen, gather ‘round for the first bottled in bond rye from Illinois since 1982, when the famed Hiram Walker plant ceased operations. Certainly, this is the first malted rye that has been bonded in Illinois, and a first for craft producers in the state. What in the world is “bottled in bond”? The government passed an act in 1897 to indicate quality and authenticity, combatting whiskey that was not up to spec. To be labeled as bottled in bond, the liquor must be made from one season, no mingling of young with old to fool the palate. The liquor must also be aged for a minimum of four years, bottled at 100 proof, aged in a federally bonded warehouse, and be made by only one distillery. To have a new bonded whiskey from a local craft producer is really something to celebrate. North American Steamship Rye is four years old and delicious. On the nose, pleasant flavors of oak char mingle with malted rye, herbal undertones with soft red fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, and baking spice. On the taste, rye spice asserts itself with herbal mint, clove, vanilla, spice and a subtle dose of red fruits. The finish is pleasant and warm with the sugars and spice lingering. Cheers to you, Quincy Street. Patience is indeed a virtue and great craft made whiskies have certainly been worth the wait.


Grab it while you can: exclusives from Bourbon Women night & World of Whiskies
Four Kings 2017 Craft Whiskey Collaboration
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The nose is quite inviting with warm chocolate and peanut flavors, reminiscent of nutty-butty bars. Vanilla, roasted grains, red fruits, and soft baking spices round the aromas out. The mouthfeel is round and pleasant without being too heavy. On the taste, a pleasant drying element arrives in the form of clove. Balanced flavors of chocolates, nuts, red fruit and spice make for quite a pleasant tasting experience. The finish is long with dark chocolate and peanuts lingering along with baking spice and baked red fruits. Absolutely fit for any King, or Queen, to sip in the castle.


J. Henry & Sons 5 year old Barrel Strength Boubon Single Barrel #134 Handpicked for Bourbon Women Chicago
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5 years and 9 months does a bourbon good. J. Henry has been winning awards left and right recently and this barrel certainly reflects why the accolades are pouring in. On the nose, many of the classic bourbon flavors. Soft cotton candy and cooked corn with vanilla, baking spice and orchard fruits. The taste is explosive with cherries bounding forth alongside orchard fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak spice. The finish is lengthy with orchard fruits, vanilla, and clove lingering. Just shy of 120 proof, this is dangerously drinkable without adding water.


New to Binny’s : Driftless Glen Distillery

The newest craft distillery to hit Binny’s shelves is Driftless Glen, hailing from sunny Baraboo, Wisconsin. Using a 44 foot column still along with a pot still they are making some excellent spirits. These aren’t just another vodka or gin though. There is some real Wisconsin terroir here, and we’re not just talking about squeaky curds and brats.


Driftless Glen Distillery WisconGin
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Made with Wisconsin grown botanicals, Driftless Glen brings a nice addition to terroir specific gins. On the nose, clean flavors of juniper, lime pith, rosemary, mint and floral herbs. The mouthfeel is quite round and inviting. Flowers and herbs transfer to the taste with an addition of pepper and soft juniper and clove flavors. Well put together and a pleasant addition to the gin se


Driftless Glen Distillery New American Gin
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On the nose, this gin is a touch on the savory side. Citrus forward with the juniper tucked in close behind. The mouthfeel is well rounded. On the taste, citrus peel, juniper, and a soft vegetal undertone make for a pleasant experience. Spice and juniper linger with citrus on the finish


Driftless Glen Distillery Navy Strength Gin
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Classic gin on the nose. Citrus peel and pith with juniper, coriander, and angelica. The taste is dangerously drinkable. Big fat round citrus notes with juniper, spice, and herbs. On the sweeter citrus side of things. The finish is pleasant with sweet citrus sugars lingering with juniper. A real stunner


Driftless Glen Distillery Double Cask Gin
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Beautiful nose on this oak aged gin. Juniper forward with rosemary up front and citrus and oak spice underneath. Fat, round and clean on the tongue. The finish is rather dynamic. The flavors from the nose lead the way, but big juicy orange flavors join the party with oak tannins and spice while rosemary and juniper leave last. A masterpiece.


Driftless Glen Distillery 5 year old Reserve Brandy
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Distilled from French grapes and aged in French oak in France for 5 years. This brandy is then barrel finished in ex-bourbon barrels at the distillery in Baraboo. Soft and full bodied, it bursts with sweet oak and grape with rich dark fruits and hints of spice. A really nice brandy from a state that knows a thing or two about good brandy.


Driftless Glen Distillery Young Rye Single Barrel
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75% rye mashbill and 22 months old. Youthful on the nose but with dome deep and mature brown sugars underneath. Surprisingly full bodied and smooth considering the proof and the age. A youthful but balanced rye.


Rollin In

These hot new releases just arrived, some in limited quantities. If you don't see it at your favorite Binny's, you know who to ask.


Graton Distilling Co. D. George Benham's Sonoma Dry GinGraton Distilling Co. D. George Benham's Sonoma Dry Gin
12 botanicals combine to make this “Sonoma Dry Gin,” some traditional and some a new twist. The usual juniper and citrus lead the way on the nose with a touch of ginger and a whiff of mint in there too. A lot to take in on the palate, with varying citrus fruits, juniper, cardamom, some ginger and mint pops out again. Different take on gin botanicals without being too strange. Kind of a cross between classic London dry and more modern and citrus forward Western styles.

Minnesota 13 Barrel Aged Whiskey by 11 Wells Distillery
Made from a heritage grain developed by a university? We’ve heard this story before, but unlike the J Henry bourbons the heritage grain here is Minnesota 13 corn. It was developed back in the 1880’s for the shorter growing season in the upper midwest. The grain then found popularity with Minnesota’s moonshiners during prohibition which is why 11 Wells chose to bring it back today. A lot of corn on the nose, with a more caramelized note to it, and some baking spice and a dust of oak in the background. On the palate it’s light and buttery with a hint of chocolate and more of that caramel corn. A long, spicy finish rounds things out.

San Matias Tahona Blanco Stone Crushed
Distilled from agaves that were pressed in a traditional stone roller mill. This is a gentler process which preserves the fresher and earthier agave flavors. Lots of cooked agave on the nose, some honey in there too and a kiss of citrus and pepper at the back. Soft and light on the palate with agave nectar, white pepper, and a hint of cooked veggies. Finish is long and rich with some spice and pepper and a touch of honey. Beautiful tequila that holds its own with the biggest name brands.

Stolen Whiskey Aged 11 yearsStolen Whiskey Aged 11 years
This whiskey starts as an 11 year old corn whiskey from southern Indiana, which then sees a secondary barrel finishing, but not like the other barrel finished whiskies you see. Used barrel staves are slowly toasted over a fire from oak wood. Oak smoke is a subtler smoke than some other woods, and this kiss of smoke really complements the sweeter corn whiskey. A fruit forward nose is backed up by a whisper of smoke and some oak spice. The taste shows more sweet corn with some caramel and a hint of roast coffee. The smoke creeps in on the finish and balances out the sweet oak and corn. Not your typical smoked whiskey, and balanced enough to be an everyday sipper.

North Shore Distillery Mighty Gin Overproof
Home mixologists rejoice! North Shore’s high proof gin is finally available to take home. Mighty Gin is a ramped up version of their classic No. 6 gin that’s bottled at 110 proof. Even with that high proof it manages to keep the signature North Shore balance with plenty of citrus and floral characteristics. The high proof cuts through heavier or sweeter cocktail flavors and mixes and is perfect for flavor-packed classics like the negroni, dirty martini, aviation or French 75.

 
 

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