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Binny's Hanpicked High West Double Rye

High West earned their stripes as a leader in a new wave of distilleries proudly and openly sourcing, aging and bottling rye from Kentucky and Indiana while waiting for their own whiskey to mature. During this process, David Perkins finishes rye in various unconventional barrels, and we are thrilled to be among the first to tap into these allocated expressions. Over the last few years, we’ve picked many barrels of High West products. The quality has always been second to none, and our four newest selections of Double Rye are no exception. These barrels tend to disappear quickly, so don’t sleep on these. Double Rye is a blend of 2 year old 95% rye, and 16 year old 53% rye.


High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #2569 Finished 1.6 years in ex Barreled Boulevardier Barrel
$49.99

On the nose, rich creamy caramel, lively wintergreen, a hint of stewed fruits and bittering spice. On the palate, lively rye balanced with warming bourbon and vermouth undertones. The finish is long and balanced with caramelized fruits and anise fading slowly alongside wintergreen.


High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #3052 Finished 1.7 years in ex Quady Black Muscat Barrel
High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #3052 Finished 1.7 years in ex Quady Black Muscat Barrel
High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #3052 Finished 1.7 years in ex Quady Black Muscat Barrel
$49.99

On the nose, wintergreen, rich and sweet floral flavors, and vanilla tannins mingling with dark fruits. The taste holds dark fruit flavors, pleasant rye spice, and soft anise. The finish is pleasant with the lovely young rye spice fading softly with deep rich dark Muscat flavors.


High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #3634 Finished in ex-Blended Malt Scotch Cask
High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #3634 Finished in ex-Blended Malt Scotch Cask
High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #3634 Finished in ex-Blended Malt Scotch Cask
$49.99

Bright lively rye on the nose balanced with rich toffee and vanilla. The taste holds deeper candied flavors and vanilla along with the rye spice. Finish is long and on the drier side with fruit and vanilla lingering alongside the rye spice.


High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #4403 Finished in ex Barreled Manhattan Barrel
High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #4403 Finished in ex Barreled Manhattan Barrel
High West Double Rye Binny's Handpicked Barrel #4403 Finished in ex Barreled Manhattan Barrel
$49.99

Absolutely perfect mix of sweet vermouth and rye spice on the nose. On the palate, sweet vermouth is present, but not dominant. Lively wintergreen and rich creamy vanilla toffee lead the way. The finish is long and pleasant with fruit fading alongside rye and caramel.


Rebel Yell 10 year

Rebel Yell 10 year old Single Barrel
Rebel Yell 10 year old Single Barrel
Rebel Yell 10 year old Single Barrel
$49.99

10 year old single barrel wheated Bourbon is pretty hard to find. In fact, we’re pretty sure this is the only one currently available. Made with a whopping 20% wheat in the mash bill, this bourbon is sweet, and full of flavor. Big red cherries, and fruit on the nose with rich caramel and brown sugar. On the taste, the red fruits and cherries come through nicely with toasted oak and rich vanilla. The finish lingers with fruit fading slowly. A wonderful addition to the bourbon aisle.


Jim Beam Signature Craft Harvest Collection Brown Rice Mash

Jim Beam Signature Craft Harvest Collection Brown Rice Mash
Jim Beam Signature Craft Harvest Collection Brown Rice Mash
Jim Beam Signature Craft Harvest Collection Brown Rice Mash375ml Bottle $49.99

EXTREMELY LIMITED! This bourbon was a real surprise to us on the Whiskey Hotline. When we saw ”Rice” and ”Bourbon” together on the same label, we weren’t sure what to think. Mainly, we thought, this is not gonna be good at all. Holy smokes were we wrong! This Bourbon comes off like a wheater to us. Nice and rich with sweet grains and dark brown sugars percolating underneath soft red fruits. On the palate, the sweetness expands with fruit pushing forward and dark sugars intensifying. The finish fades slowly with some oak and spice lingering alongside sweet grain flavors. Just an absolutely pleasant surprise, and currently on close out. Grab a bottle while you still can. And don't miss out on the rest of the surprisingly delicious Beam Signature Craft series.


Unsung Canadian Hereos

Canadian whisky is an often overlooked category for the more serious whiskey nerds and aficionados among us. Rightfully so, as it is a simplistic process on the surface. Whisky cut with neutral spirits? No thanks. On top of that, it seems like the go-to whisky journalist is giving every new Canadian release a 90+ point rating. If they’re all so good, can we really trust that? The truth is, in our quest for extreme flavors and proofs, we have overlooked an entire category of whisky rich in heritage and flavor. A flavor that is as complex and subtle as the Canadian whisky making process itself.


Canadian Club 100% Canadian Rye
$19.99

Dark, sherried fruits with layers of baking spice on the nose. The flavor brings waves of vanilla, caramel, oak, mint, and more fruit across the palate. What a balanced whisky! For a 100% rye, the rye spice never dominates, but neither does the oak, or the classic CC fruitiness. If a whisky of this quality were a bourbon it would cost $60, not $20.

 

Crown Royal Reserve Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Reserve Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Reserve Canadian Whisky
$46.99

The longstanding benchmark against which all other Canadian whiskies are judged, this bottle never disappoints. Minty rye grain on the nose with some creamy vanilla, cinnamon, and a whiff of tropical fruits. The palate follows the nose but adds some butterscotch and caramel tones to round out the big, creamy texture. A long and balanced finish highlights rye and sweet oak flavors. Truly a $100 taste for under $50.


If you've ever taken the drive down Sheridan Road from the city up to Highland Park in the fall and watch all of the leaves change color - that's exactly what this cocktail reminds us of. This intricate cocktail is full of robust and sweet, dark fruit flavors. The port is the cherry on top.

SHERIDAN ROAD
SHERIDAN ROAD
INGREDIENTS
1 oz Kirk & Sweeney 12 year old Dominican Rum
1 oz Santa Fe Spirits Wheeler's Western Dry Gin
1/2 oz Lucky Falernum
1/2 oz BG Reynolds Orgeat
1/4 oz LBV 2009 Port
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
2 dashes of Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters


PREPARATION
Shake ingrediants and strain into a coupe. Garnish with an orange peel.

Bourbon Shelf Sleepers

This time of year we get flooded with requests for a lot of different whiskies that we simply do not have. Understandably so, as both the quality and popularity of bourbon are incredibly high these days, which means we have some real standouts that are available all the time! Whether you’re looking for that special bottle for a special occasion or your next everyday drinker The Whiskey Hotline has you covered.


Henry McKenna 10 year old Single Barrel Bottled in BondHenry McKenna 10 year old Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
It’s hard to find a better deal in the store than this bottle of bourbon. 10 years old and 100 proof for $33? Sign us up. Classic Heaven Hill character with a full body, vanilla, oak and a hint of mint.

J.W. Dant Bourbon
Classic bourbon. Loads of cornbread, vanilla, anise and spice on the nose. Palate is full and oily leading to a long oaky finish. Solid pour from top to bottom. A perfect “house whiskey.”

Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label
Fruit and spice take the lead in this easy drinking classic. A versatile bourbon that drinks fantastically neat as well as in your favorite cocktails. And available in a 1.75 liter!

Larceny Bourbon
Good, properly aged, wheated bourbons are still hard to find, but Larceny is here to help. This wheater from Heaven Hill delivers the sweet wheat and voluptuous body we love with a touch of spice to balance things out.

Small Batch 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
Big oily body with a long, smooth finish. This is our go-to replacement for the now incredibly rare Elmer T. Lee.

Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bourbon aged 17 yearsWild Turkey Master's Keep Bourbon aged 17 years
This 17 year old beauty has so many layers to contemplate. Oak, leather, red fruits, baking spice, anise and caramel come in waves across the palate. A bourbon of this age and quality is a rare treat.

David Nicholson 1843 7 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey
David Nicholson 1843 is a wheated bourbon. On the nose, sweet flavors prevail. Honey, vanilla, red fruit, and buttered grain. On the taste, oak, spice, vanilla and soft smoke dance on the tongue. The finish is long, with spice and sweet wheat flavors lingering.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon
The standard daily sipper. Great straight or mixed, this hand selected version is full of flavor. Herbal mint and dark cherries on the nose with dark chocolate in the background. Taste holds red cherry, dark toffee, tobacco, cedar and eucalyptus. Finish is long and balanced.

JTS Brown 100 proof Bourbon
The nose is big and sweet with caramel corn, dark red fruits, vanilla and toffee. The taste holds a moderate burn with dark cherry and anise. The finish is lengthy with spice dominating.

Old Grand Dad Bonded BourbonOld Grand Dad Bonded Bourbon
Bonded and beautiful, this one is a classic. Big sweet butterscotch and red fruit on the nose along with solid spice. The taste holds anise, caramel, vanilla, and soft pepper. Finish is long with anise and vanilla fading softly together.

Benchmark Old Number 8 Brand Bourbon
The name says it all, this is a Benchmark bourbon in the sleeper section. Deep cherry and vanilla notes on the spicy nose. The taste holds vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. The finish is solid with anise and dark fruit fading.

Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon
Extra aged, and extra flavorful without the extra price tag. The nose is rich with orchard fruit and citrus mingling alongside nuts and baking spices. The taste reveals rich vanilla, oak, and anise cherries. The finish is long and soft with vanilla and spices fading away slowly.


Wyoming Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey is situated in Kirby, Wyoming. A town with a population of 94 people. This thriving metropolis is pumping out some wonderful wheated bourbon. They are using traditional methods of bourbon production, including the 53 gallon size barrels they use to age the amber liquid. We recently were lucky enough to select two of these barrels exclusively for Binny’s Beverage Depot. With wheated bourbon becoming so popular, having new delicious alternatives is always a bonus for us, and more importantly, you.


Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #865 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon

Barrel 865 is 6 years and 4 months old. Distilled in March of 2010. On the nose, loads of butterscotch, brown sugar and baking spice. The taste reveals big cinnamon flavors and soft anise. The lengthy finish features a dark cherry note arriving late and then fades with anise.


Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #1103 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon
Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #1103 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon
Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #1103 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon

Barrel 1103 is 6 years and 2 months old. Distilled in May of 2010. The nose bursts with roasted caramel, corn, and pleasant oak notes. The taste holds dark cherry, big spice, and anise. The finish has subtle fruit and large oak flavors fading nicely together.


Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road

The Whiskey Hotline team recently had the pleasure of visiting the Journeyman distillery to pick out some new casks of Buggy Whip Wheat and Last Feather Rye. Journeyman has grown quite a bit over the last several years, but it’s still shocking to see just how much the place has grown up. Check out our blog post here to learn more. Here’s a sneak peek at these upcoming casks. Keep an eye on the Whiskey Hotline for an arrival date shortly.


Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150801
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150801
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150801

Toasted wheat, brown sugar and dark rich cinnamon on the nose. Mixed flavors of breakfast cereal, caramel, butterscotch, and baked apricots on the tongue. Long finish with spice and fruit slowly fading.


Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150461
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150461
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150461

Soft pear notes on the nose with wheat and red berries. Orchard fruits with grain and long lasting cinnamon notes complete the taste. Very long finish.


Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #150743

Roasted caramel and rye with wintergreen on the nose. Taste is full of big fat, round chewy wintergreen and vanilla. Finish is long and herbal with clove and rye spice.


Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0778

On the nose, large herbal wintergreen flavors alongside dark red cherries. Red fruits, anise, and wintergreen undertones along with a touch of anise fill your tastebuds. The finish is well-balanced lasting for a good amount of time.


Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777

Toasted caramel on the nose with soft wintergreen notes. On the taste, herbal wintergreen leads the way with an unexpected undertone of candied peach and soft anise. The finish is pleasant with wintergreen and anise fading slowly.


Inchmurrin

Inchmurrin 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

This 12 year is a sweet treat. The nose holds orchard fruit, some soft tropical notes and a pleasant nuttiness. The taste reveals more of the same along with a sherry flavor and some citrus. The finish is medium length with fruit fading along with soft spices. A beautifully light and easily approachable daily sipper.


Inchmurrin 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Inchmurrin 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Inchmurrin 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

The nose is full of fruit and caramel with some soft citrus tucked in the back. On the taste, dark caramelized fruits arrive in the initial wave with tropical fruits, vanilla, and cacao alongside some nutmeg to round things out. The finish is quite long with citrus and dark fruit lingering.


Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish

This whiskey first undergoes an initial aging in ex-bourbon barrels. Madeira finishing adds a nice depth of fruit to this lovely malt. On the nose, citrus and orchard fruits with a soft nuttiness in the background. The taste releases more orchard fruits along with some darker fruits, butterscotch and nuts. The finish is long and warming with a noticeable madeira flavor and a general nuttiness fading slowly.


New & Notable

Highland Queen Blended Scotch Whiskies

The newest blends to hit our shelves bring a standard blend plus 8 and 12 year old expressions. A base of malt whiskies from Glenmorangie gives this blend a light and fruity character. Throw some Glen Moray in on top of that and the result is a very malt heavy blended Scotch. Lots of bang for your whisky buck here.


Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey by FEW Distillery
Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey by FEW Distillery
Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey by FEW Distillery

Few makes fantastic rye. The Flaming Lips make fantastic music. A match made in whiskey heaven, but this beautiful label is extremely limited, grab one before it’s gone.


Artez Single Varietal Armagnacs
Artez Single Varietal Armagnacs
Artez Single Varietal Armagnacs

Armagnac is traditionally made from 4 grape varietals; Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, and Bacco. There’s no better way to start your journey through Armagnac than to taste what these grapes bring to the table on their own.


Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey

A longtime customer request has finally made its way to Binny’s! This light bodied, full flavored whiskey is a blend of single pot still and single malt whiskey, no grain whiskey in the blend at all. That’s a lot of whiskey value for $40.


Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series 4th Release
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series 4th Release
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series 4th Release

The latest release in the series celebrating the storied distillery’s lineage of master distillers, and another one that won’t last long.


Mash Bash Chicago

Tastings.com is a local Chicago based publication with a mission to help beverage fans make informed decisions. At Binny's, we can get behind that. In fact, Binny's often lends expertise to their tasting panels, including the Whiskey Hotline's very own Brett Pontoni and Joe Maloney. Now we're excited to bring the Tastings.com experience to you.

TASTINGS.COM PRESENTS THE 2016
MASH BASH CHICAGO
A WHISKEY AWARDS CELEBRATION
Friday, October 14th, 5:30-8pm
ONLY $20
Mash Bash Chicago

Don't miss the 2016 Tastings.com MASH BASH CHICAGO, a celebration of award winning whiskey. Meet the judges and learn about the panel's process, taste Gold and Platinum medal-winning whiskeys from around the world, test your own tasting skill in a blind tasting challenge. You'll walk out with a swag bag including a commemorative Glencairn glass and more, plus take advantage of an exclusive, event-only discount.

This event is only $20 and tickets are limited. Buy now because this event is guaranteed to sell out.

 

 
*Supply is limited on a lot of this stuff. That's part of what makes it so exciting. If you don't see something here at your favorite Binny's Beverage Depot location, be sure to ask. And you can always reach the Whiskey Hotline by email spirits@binnys.com or by calling (888) 817-5898.

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