Do you think gin is just too subtle these days? Too perfumy? Crater Lake Gin is for you. There's a massive focus on juniper and only juniper, and the post-distillation infusion makes it even more intense.
An off-the-wall connection to our great nation's founding father: George Washington Rye. This is a limited batch white rye distilled from George "One Buck" Washington's own recipe and fermentation techniques.
While we're honoring presidents with alcohol, check out Rough Rider Bourbon. Celebrating native Long Islander and 26th President of the United States Teddy Roosevelt, this bourbon sees finishing in casks that held Long Island wine. So far, this has only been available in the northeast and we're stoked to see it in Illinois. But we do think "Bull Moose Bourbon" would have been just as tasty.
Jim Beam Honey is the newest honey flavored bourbon on the... wait... this didn't exist until just now? Seriously?
Breakfast of champions... of breakfast. Mama Walker's brings breakfast table favorites behind the bar. Two things. First, yes, they deliver exactly what they promise - the sweet and savory flavors of Blueberry Pancake, Maple Bacon and Glazed Donut. And second, our fingers are still sticky from the bottles. Bottomless coffee not included.
Not only is the cachaca of Cuca Fresca made from organic sugar cane and double distilled in traditional alambique stills for deliciously fresh Fresca Prata and Ouro Aged expressions, but they're affordable too.
Remember a while back when we teased an exclusive version Corsair Triple Smoke? Word is our samples are on the way.
Do you enjoy Absolut Tune? Then you might be willing to try Sauza Sparkling Margarita. We picked up the Original Lime and Mango Peach flavors. When spirits go effervescent.
We love Delord Armagnac for the powerful, masculine style. So we jumped at the chance to grab a few bottles of a 30 year old Delord, single vintage expression. It's a steal at under $110 per bottle, and it would make a pretty amazing gift for that spirit enthusiast born in 1981.
Speaking of old, we just picked up a small allocation of a new rum producer: Old New Orleans. Actually, they've been around since the 90's, which makes them kind of old, but they're new to us. Along with their delicious aged and spiced rums (we can't wait to get the 10 year old) we also grabbed Gingeroo, a new spicy ginger ale and rum cocktail. So refreshing it never gets old.
After years of requests from cocktail enthusiasts, we can finally offer Sorel. This secret mixology weapon brings together clove, cassia, ginger, nutmeg, hibiscus and cane sugar. Perfect for adding a spicy touch to cool-weather cocktails, but try it over ice in the summer, too.
The newest Mezcal to hit Binny's is also the owliest. El Buho Mezcal is smoky and vegetal and manages to maintain some freshness too. Though the owl on the bottle may give you nightmares.
You say you're looking for delicious rye? Here's one: WhistlePig TripleOne. Aged 11 years, 111 proof, 100% rye. 1100 cases made. Suggested retail price: $111. But at Binny's, you'll get it for 109.99. Save $1.01.
Here's something different: Brenne Single Malt Whisky. From France, this all malt whiskey sees time in Cognac barrels. On the sweeter side, but balanced and delicious.
Also rolling in, High West's newest barrel aged cocktail. This time, it's an aged Boulevardier - think a Negroni with bourbon. Literally speaking, a boulevardier is a gentleman who enjoys the finer things, like Brett Pontoni. As a cocktail, a boulevardier is mighty tasty, less like Brett Pontoni. In stores soon.
The Binny's website calls Twenty Grand Vodka a "Flavored Vodka." Which is kind of missing the point, because that flavor is actually Cognac. But there wasn't a vodka-flavored-with-Cognac category. It's a funny coincidence that this new hybrid spirit arrived right before - and we swear this is real and is really coming to Binny's - Vodquila. Watch for our riveting tasting notes in the next Hotline. Hybrid spirits... next big thing? Canadgin? Vermotch? Brumdy?
Filibuster Bourbon & Rye? We were going to make a bunch of political puns for this one, but we just bickered and couldn't get anything done. Filibuster gets extra layers of complexity from a process they call "dual cask," which is pretty much just finishing in French oak. Don't waste time, get some Filibuster.