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Whether Dad loves bourbon or scotch, mezcal or brandy or anything in between, Binny’s is your Dad’s Day headquarters. So let us help you introduce Dad to his next favorite bottle. Here’s The Whiskey Hotline’s picks below.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

Variety packs are always great options, because the best whiskey gift is always more whiskey.


Benromach 3 Bottle Gift Sampler Pack Containing 10 year old Peat Smoke and Organic3 Pack of 200ml Bottles ...

Peated, Organic and 10 Year Old Benromach packaged in a special taster’s kit. This is a wonderful gift for that malt lover in your life to experience the dynamic array of flavors available from this classic Speyside distillery.


ARRIVING FRIDAY - Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Distillery 2 Bottle Co Pack with Alabama Style Whiskey and Straight Bourbon
ARRIVING FRIDAY - Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Distillery 2 Bottle Co Pack with Alabama Style Whiskey and Straight Bourbon
Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Distillery 2 Bottle Co Pack with Alabama Style Whiskey and Straight Bourbon2 Pack of 375ml Bottles ...

Includes a 375mL bottle of both Clyde’s classic “Alabama Style” whiskey and their Straight Bourbon.


Glenmorangie Taster 4 Pack4 Pack of 100ml Bottles ...

Experience the difference wood finishing makes with this trip through Glenmorangie’s range. Known for its beautiful, graceful spirit this set include four 100mL bottles. Taste the original 10 year old plus expressions of the same whisky finished for an additional 2 years in special casks: Lasanta in Sherry, Quinta Ruban in Port and Nectar D’or in Sauternes.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

A special treat for a special Dad – Get Dad the gift he’d never splurge for himself.


Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bourbon Decades
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A blend of whiskies ranging from 10 to 20 years old and bottled at 104 proof. One of the more elegant Turkeys we’ve tasted, but it still keeps all the distillery’s signature notes. Some soft fruit and vanilla oak on the nose along with cedar and tobacco. The fruit kicks in more on the palate but is tempered by anise and a touch of pepper. Silky smooth finish at the high proof. One of the better bourbons we’ve tasted recently.


The Annasach Reserve 25 year old Blended Malt Binny's Select William Grant
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Key components include first and second fill sherried malts from Speyside and the Highlands, bourbon aged Highland malts, and a bit of spice from the addition of a thirty year old Islay. You won’t find much better bang for your buck in the entire store than The Annasach Reserve. 


Macallan Rare Cask from First Fill Sherry Casks
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If Dad loves old, contemplative and sherried whiskies look no further. On the nose, big rich and welcoming flavors of chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and spice. On the tongue, this malt reveals itself as rich and opulent. The taste brings forward dark fruit with chocolates and raisins prevailing alongside perfectly balanced spice. The finish is pleasantly long with raisins, vanilla, chocolates, and spice lingering. Phenomenal with a cigar.


Casa Dragones Luxury Sipping Tequila Joven
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This smooth sipper is a blend of blanco and extra anejo tequilas. Don’t let the crystal-clear appearance fool you, this is a flavor packed tequila. Smooth and soft with honeyed agave notes and a hint of pepper. A touch of vanilla reminds that there is some older, barrel aged tequila in there as well.


Handpicked Tequila Barrels

Binny’s Handpicked Barrels – You won’t find a more unique gift than a single cask hand selected by the pros and as usual we have the widest variety around.


Corazon Anejo Tequila Binny's Handpicked
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This Anejo shows off quality time spent in oak, while retaining its youthful agave flavors. On the nose, vegetal agave in front of cooked green beans, butter, citrus, and white pepper. On the taste, citrus exudes with cooked agave and more pepper. the finish is pleasantly lengthy with anise and stewed citrus lingering while a passing whiff of clove exits stage left.


Corazon Reposado Tequila Binny's Handpicked
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This Reposado picked up some lovely flavors with time in oak. Up front on the nose, toffee, vanilla and toasted oak. Cooked agave, pomegranate, citrus, and pepper round out the aromatics. The palate reveals deeper oak sugars, rich citrus, cooked agave, and drying white pepper. The finish is pleasant with citrus and white pepper lingering. Dangerously drinkable candidate of the week.


Patron Reposado Barrel #8 Binny's Handpicked
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Nice cooked agave and butter on the nose with soft pepper and some citrus fruits. Full, fat and round on the palate with soft fruits, dry white pepper, honeyed agave and soft oak spice. Finishes long with vegetal agave and cooked peppers.


Patron Reposado Barrel #9 Binny's Handpicked
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More delicate on the nose than barrel 8. Soft cooked agave with vegetal notes, pepper and soft oak with a faint whiff of butterscotch in the background. Grassy and vegetal on the palate entry but turns quickly to soft citrus fruits with pepper and some dry oak. Really lovely finish with white pepper and lingering drying spices.


Patron Anejo Barrel #52 Binny's Handpicked
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Big citrus on the nose with agave nectar, butter and orange spice. Red fruits and citrus jump on the tongue with caramelized agave and oak. Finishes very long with honeyed agave and more citrus.


Patron Anejo Barrel #72 Binny's Handpicked
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Green apple, cooked agave and orange citrus start the nose with background notes of butter and pepper. Big and full bodied with lots of oaky vanilla and butterscotch on the palate with more of the citrus notes as well. Drying white pepper on the long finish with more citrus and green apple.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

Bourbon barrel aged wines have exploded in popularity alongside bourbon. We’re happy to offer three different takes on this up and coming style. These wines are aged in traditional oak and then finished for several months in used bourbon barrels to add complexity without the sweet bourbon notes overwhelming the wine.


Barrel Road Bourbon Barrel Aged Red
Barrel Road Bourbon Barrel Aged Red
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On the nose, notes of black cherry, molasses, and toasted oak. The palate highlights ripe notes of blackberry and plum, followed by toffee, maple syrup, and a hint of caramel oak. The finish is soft and long lasting.


1000 Stories Zinfandel
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This wine is a blend of Zinfandel grapes from Mendocino and Sonoma counties with some Syrah and Petite Sirah blended in as well for added depth. Red and black fruits on the nose with pepper notes coming in on the palate. The wine is then rounded out with a layer of smoky oak from the bourbon barrel aging.


Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
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The base is Cabernet Sauvignon from Monterey County with added Malbec, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The nose opens with dark fruits, red berries and brown sugar. More bourbon aging is evident in the background with notes of coffee, chocolate and a whiff of smoke. Soft tannins and toasted oak balance out the palate and give a long finish.


New & Notable
ARRIVING FRIDAY - Glenfiddich Project XX Single Malt Whiskey
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Finally!! The Glenfiddich XX was one of our favorite drams during our trip to Scotland back in October. This is a combination of 20 barrels selected by 20 different Glenfiddich brand ambassadors. They selected 17 bourbon barrels, 2 sherry butts, and 1 port pipe. The result is wonderful, and one of our favorite Glenfiddich bottlings. The nose is quite lovely with orchard and citrus fruits, nuts, raisin, and oak spice. On the palate, dark stewed fruits arrive with baked orchard fruits, vanilla, toffee, raisin, and clove. The finish lingers with dark fruit and lovely toasted oak flavors. An exquisite creation by the team at Glenfiddich, and well worth seeking out.


broVo Orange Curacao
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Designed with margaritas in mind by Laurent Lebec from Chicago’s very own Big Star. This liqueur starts as a blend of rum, vodka and French brandy. It’s then aged on three different orange peels before spices, vanilla and simple syrup are added.


Jefferson's Grand Selection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Casks
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Classic Jefferson’s bourbon finished in Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes casks. On the nose, sauternes aging is evident but not totally in control. Beneath the golden raisin sauternes notes lay flavors of vanilla, toffee, cooked grain, cinnamon, and dark cacao. The palate reveals large doses of vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, and sauternes all in balance while threatening to jump off the rails. The finish is rather lengthy with sauternes, anise, dark red fruits and cinnamon lingering. Another wonderful twist on America’s native spirit.


A.D. Laws Secale Rye Bottled in Bond
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Denver based Laws Whiskey House has been one of our favorite craft distillers of late, putting out some killer juice on the regular and sprinkling in some excellent Binny’s handpicked casks of course. This bonded release is of course aged 4 years, bottled at 100 proof, and distilled in a single season.


Tin Cup American Whiskey Aged 10 years
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A new addition to the famed Tin Cup line of Whiskey. This time, they’ve delivered a patiently aged 10 year old high rye American Whiskey that drinks and tastes like a classic High Rye Bourbon. On the nose, vanilla, toffee, dark red fruits, and spice. The palate reveals soft oak spice with soft red fruit, vanilla, and anise. The finish is pleasant with vanilla and cinnamon lingering alongside clove. Overall, this new bottling is rich and pleasant. At $49.99, this is an easy candidate for a daily tipple.


Clyde May's Cask Strength Aged 9 Years Alabama Style Whiskey
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Cask strength whiskey and aged bourbon seem to be harder and harder to find these days. Clyde delivers on both age and strength with this new release. This is an Alabama style whiskey, so you will taste some apple. However, the bourbon flavors are rich and lead the way in the formidable liquid delight. On the nose, rich caramel, allspice, red apple, and cinnamon. On the palate, apple skins, vanilla, oak, and toffee. The finish is long and pleasant with spice and fruit lingering. A bonafide treat from our Southern friends.

Masterson's

At the Whiskey hotline, we love to study and wood finishes are always one of our favorite subjects. This collection of different wood finishes affords the scholastic drinker the ability to experience three different types of oak and their influence over a solid base control of 10 year old straight rye whiskey.

Masterson's 10 year old Straight Rye Whisky American Oak Finished
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With a base of 100% Rye, this cask finish allows for the American Oak to shine. Lovely wintergreen notes and spice from the rye, with brown sugar, toffee, and vanilla from the American Oak along with soft clove and anise. A dangerously drinkable rye delight.


Masterson's 10 year old Straight Rye Whisky French Oak Finished
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Lovely Canadian Rye bouquet framed by the lean but powerful French Oak. The Oak provides a dry spice, pepper and overall more tannic taste. This oak works perfectly with 100% Rye to make a spicy whiskey.


Masterson's 10 year old Straight Rye Whisky Hungarian Oak Finish
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This Rye is matched nicely with Hungarian Oak. The Rye provides the spice, while the oak imparts a pleasant nutty quality. Wintergreen leads the way with soft fruit and nuts in the background. A wonderful example of what good wood selection can do for a whiskey.


Summer of Rum
Foursquare Rum Distillery 2004 Vintage Single Blended Rum Aged in ex Bourbon Casks Barrel Proof
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Another incredible bottling by our friends at Foursquare. On the nose, dark rich stewed fruits. Fat vanilla and chocolate linger in the mix with a general underlying nuttiness. The palate is rich and viscous. The taste highlights the bourbon aging with toffee, vanilla, and spice marrying pleasantly with rich warm molasses notes. Finish is lengthy and warm with fruit lingering and spice. Bottled at 118 proof and pulled from ex-bourbon casks.


Papa's Pilar 24 Dark Rum Finished an Additional 120 Days Binny's Handpicked
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Mesmerizing dark rum. Sweet brown sugar on the nose with caramel and vanilla, plus an herbal element lying just beneath the surface with sherry and port notes. Wonderfully complex and welcoming. The fat body carries loads of flavors. Vanilla, sherry and port, caramel, brown sugar and spice from the wood. Dangerously drinkable and a new Hotline fave.


Hamilton 151 Overproof Demerara Rum
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This classic rum is distilled from fermented molasses, and aged for up to five years in wood. Complex and surprisingly approachable, this rum shows flavors of burnt sugar, toasted wood, dark fruit, and rich warm spices. A tiki drink mainstay.


Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum
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One of the richer tasting rums available. Fat and chewy with dark fruits, molasses, orchard fruit and spice on the nose. On the palate, layers of flavor with molasses, dark cacao, vanilla bean, dried fruit, and oak spice. The finish is long with sugared fruits and spice lingering. A wonderful candidate for a daily tipple.


New & Notable
Jim Beam Bourbon Chicago Cubs Bottle
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Reaching maturity on November 2, 2016, this special Jim Bottle celebrates what Cub fans had been waiting 108 years for. After Rajai Davis tied the game in dramatic fashion, we’re sure numerous Cub fans were looking for a bottle. Thankfully for Cub fans, the goat retired to the pasture and the Cubs finally came through in the big game. Grab a bottle while you can. Who knows how long we’ll have to wait to see another one.


Hellboy Hellwater Cinnamon Whiskey
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Hellboy was summoned from Hell to Earth way back on December 23, 1944. Having been conceived in 1617, we’re pleased to celebrate his 400th birthday with a devilish delight worthy for both humans and non-humans alike! We’re guessing Hellboy celebrated with a bottle of this delicious juice after defeating Sammael in the subway. Bottled at 66.6 proof, this Tennessee distilled whiskey packs a punch with loads of cinnamon and corn. A couple swigs of this, and you’ll be able to defeat the bad guys just like Hellboy.


Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Scotland

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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