Ballechin 10 year old, the long awaited and now standard release, is the culmination of the distillery’s Discovery Series. It shows the evolution of this heavily peated Edradour, and marks a worthy entry into the peated category with rich smoke, luscious chocolate, and chewy caramel.
Do you enjoy the rich, oily, meaty flavors of Edradour? You should. This even heavier and bolder version boasts two additional years of aging, much in first fill sherry aged casks.
From the oldest casks in the Serralles family stocks comes the first ever luxury rum from Don Q. It’s gorgeous, a classic old Puerto Rican rum in a beautiful crystal decanter. We received only FIVE bottles.
You have to like bacon to like Ol’ Major Bacon Flavored Bourbon. But if you do, then you will.
Gin, now in the breakfast aisle. The darling of the FEW distillery shop is now available at Binny’s. This soft, dry bergamot infused gin is lovely. It mixes well, but is best on the rocks. Initially a limited release, now on its way to broader availability.
Glacier Country Cherrycello is the most luscious cherry liqueur we’ve tasted in quite a while. It’s made in the true spirit of limoncello, only with cherries. So yeah, delicious.
Garrison Brothers are among the first generation of renaissance craft producers distilling their own whiskey. Judging from their 2015 release of their Texas Straight Bourbon (a whiskey that sees four years in 53 gallon barrels), they’re doing everything right. The acclaim is justified. Fun fact: Garrison inherited the old Blanton’s still which now calls Hye, TX home.
Heads up: the next Orphan Barrel release is coming. Gifted Horse American Whiskey is a vatting of 17 year old Kentucky straight bourbon, with younger components to balance out the advanced age of the base. Rumor has it that this was a serendipitous mistake. It is nice to see an Orphan Barrel release without so much wood.
Ireland was the first country to distill whiskey in the world (sorry, Scotland). They’re the only country to distill Poitin, Irish moonshine made from grain, beets and potatoes. Unlike most moonshine, you can actually drink it.
Also from Ireland’s first craft distillery comes a special Binny’s Triple Barrel Handpick. We started with the normal Glendalough Double Barrel, then added layers of honey and vanilla richness by finishing the GDB (for six months) in ex-Madeira cask.
Glenlivet has expanded the popular Nadurra line by releasing an expression finished in casks that held Islay whisky. Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Cask Finish is a spicy, lightly smoky take on the classically graceful Glenlivet style.
Like its little brother Hacienda del Christero, the new Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Directo de Alembique is a high proof version of the wonderful Herradura Silver, with all the bright pear and apple, citrus fruit and peppery spice notes in force.
A reasonably priced and traditionally styled Macallan? Wonderful. Macallan Edition No. 1 offers the sherry cask DNA of Macallan through a mix of Old and New World casks.
The Solera system is seeping into the warehouse of Bourbon county, yielding softer, more rich whiskey. The addition of older stocks rounds out bourbon that might otherwise be a tad too young for release. For a local example check out Oppidan Solera Bourbon, coming to you all the way from sunny Wheeling, IL.
That's right: $7499.00 a bottle, partly because the bottle itself is Lalique. We have only one.
Now for some counterfactual history: before vodka, there was Polugar, or breadwine. It would have become the traditional spirit of Russia if only the Bolsheviks hadn’t institutionalized the distilling of what we now call vodka. Polugar includes rye and wheat, plus garlic pepper, caraway, allspice, and honey. Let us know if you’re interested.
A new single malt from Speyburn, and a great value. Speyburn Arranta Casks takes the light, soft Speyburn style and amps up the honey and vanilla, and bulks up the body with extensive first fill bourbon cask aging.
Wisconsin’s state drink is now available premixed, and it’s quite good. Our neighbors to the north know it’s all about the brandy old fashioned, and so do the good people at Soul Boxer Cocktail Co.
Basement mixologists listen up. Here’s a delicious, authentic elderflower liqueur at half the price of the leading brand: St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur.
One more for the mixologists: Three Fingers High 12 is rich, sweet, full-bodied Canadian whiskey enriched by its sherry cask finish. Most importantly, it makes a killer Manhattan.