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2016 Binny’s Single Malt Handpicked Casks

If you’ve followed our handpicked casks program over the last decade or so, it’s no surprise to see several bottlings from Caol Ila this year. We’re huge fans of the distillery, especially when the whisky is on the younger end of the spectrum. Not that older Caol Ila’s aren’t good, but there’s just something magical about the youthful freshness that creates so many layers of flavor to contemplate.


 
2007 Gordon & Macphail Caol Ila 9 year old Cask Stength Binny's Handpicked Single Cask #311987- 59.5%
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Earthy peat that isn’t overpowered by pure smoke on the nose with a touch of iodine and cereal grains. Delicate and fruit forward on the palate with building smoke and peat. Long and peaty finish with some iodine and brine.


2005 Gordon & Macphail Caol Ila 11 year old Cask Strength Binny's Handpicked Single Cask #302020 - 56.4%
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Malt driven nose on this one, with grain and ripe fruit highlights. Fuller palate with tropical fruit balanced by a touch of spicy peat. Really shows the amazing range of flavors from this distillery.


2008 Signatory Caol Ila 8 year old ex Bourbon Barrel #311943 Binny's Handpicked - 59.1%
2008 Signatory Caol Ila 8 year old ex Bourbon Barrel #311943 Binny's Handpicked - 59.1%
2008 Signatory Caol Ila 8 year old ex Bourbon Barrel #311943 Binny's Handpicked - 59.1%
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Decent plumes of smoke emanating from the glass here. However, soft fruit and vanilla flavors seem to be challenging the smoke for center stage. On the taste, smoke and fruit are in pretty even balance with vanilla and toffee in the background. The finish is quite long and sweet with a slow burn from the peat embers.


Distilleries You Should Try

 
2006 Signatory Edradour 10 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #110 Binny's Handpicked - 59.9%
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Big bold vanilla, toffee, and barley on the nose with warm spice. Nice round mouthfeel with noticeable bourbon barrel aging. Big butter, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Soft fruit and anise show up late on the finish. With water, this baby really sings. Fruit and anise become more noticeable on the nose and the finish actually lengthens. Gorgeous whisky from one of our favorite distilleries.


1988 Signatory Fettercairn 28 year old Cask Strength Hogshead #2018 Binny's Handpicked - 60.2%
1988 Signatory Fettercairn 28 year old Cask Strength Hogshead #2018 Binny's Handpicked - 60.2%
1988 Signatory Fettercairn 28 year old Cask Strength Hogshead #2018 Binny's Handpicked - 60.2%
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Dark stewed plums and figs on the nose with soft vanilla and butter. A rather complex bouquet of flavors. The flavor has a floral quality with roasted prunes and cinnamon spice. Long finish with vanilla and spice falling off slowly. With water, this malt really opens up with fruits moving forward and the floral elements intensifying. Lovely and complex with dense flavors.


It’s just a number!

As wonderful and luxurious as ultra aged single malts can be, young whiskies can hold their own with equally complex flavors. These youths display a depth of flavor one might not expect from 8 year old whiskies and are great examples of the core profile of their respective distilleries.


 
2008 Signatory Clynelish 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800076 Binny's Handpicked - 59.5%
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This coastal Highland distillery is the backbone of the Johnnie Walker Gold Label blend. Soft vanilla bacon smoke with stewed citrus fruit, primarily pineapple. On the taste, a touch medicinal with soft anise and robust cooked citrus. Soft fruit and spice hang around for a while on the finish. A real stunner. With water, the fruits get a touch fuller and brighter in this malt.


2008 Signatory Craigellachie 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800123 Binny's Handpicked - 58.8%
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Craigellachie is an important component of the Dewar’s blend. The nose on this youngster is quite dense. Concentrated bourbon flavors with rich warm spices and a faint touch of smoke. Soft green apple skin in the background with some peppercorn as well. The mouthfeel is great, with those dense flavors coating and lingering. The finish is quite long with toffee and vanilla fading slowly. Beautiful malt proving age is just a number.


2009 Signatory Ledaig 7 year old Cask Strength Hogshead #700312 Binny's Handpicked - 60.1%
2009 Signatory Ledaig 7 year old Cask Strength Hogshead #700312 Binny's Handpicked - 60.1%
2009 Signatory Ledaig 7 year old Cask Strength Hogshead #700312 Binny's Handpicked - 60.1%
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Ledaig is peated malt from the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Lovely peat soaked green apples and butter on the nose with dark stewed fruit and anise. Fruit and smoke on the palate with spice and butter building in intensity. Long, warm finish with peat lingering.


2008 Signatory Linkwood 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800028 Binny's Handpicked - 62.1%
2008 Signatory Linkwood 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800028 Binny's Handpicked - 62.1%
2008 Signatory Linkwood 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800028 Binny's Handpicked - 62.1%
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Another sizeable piece of the Johnnie Walker blends, Blue Label in particular, contributing sweetness and floral notes. This barrel is from the same run that we selected in 2015. On the nose, vanilla flavored cake icing, soft spice, toffee and oak. On the taste, this malt turns a touch darker in nature with floral notes and dark red fruits mingling alongside the softer notes found on the nose. Rich warm honey and toffee with fruit. Long finish of spice and fruit with a beautiful floral quality. With water, the floral notes become even more prominent.


2008 Signatory Mortlach 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800038 Binny's Handpicked - 62.1%
2008 Signatory Mortlach 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800038 Binny's Handpicked - 62.1%
2008 Signatory Mortlach 8 year old Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrel #800038 Binny's Handpicked - 62.1%
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This Mortlach is bursting with confectionery vanilla and butter notes on the nose. On the taste, some orchard fruit skin shows up with soft spice. Big finish with a noticeable red apple skin flavor coming through with spice. With water, the malt really fattens up, and the flavors intensify.


Non-Scottish Handpicked Single Malts

 
Westland Cask #710 Binny's Handpicked
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Baked apple and leather on the nose with hints of dusty oak and fruit. Full bodied with candied fruit, a hint of vanilla and lingering oak spice. Finish goes on for days. Craft distilled whiskey at its finest.


Kavalan Solist Single Malt Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrrel #18A Binny's Handpicked - 59.9%
Kavalan Solist Single Malt Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrrel #18A Binny's Handpicked - 59.9%
Kavalan Solist Single Malt Cask Strength ex Bourbon Barrrel #18A Binny's Handpicked - 59.9%
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Apples, honey and a hint of baking spice on the nose with some caramel and bourbon vanilla in the background. Fruit forward on the palate with a mixture of orchard and tropical fruits. Very long finish with more fruit and spice. This holds its own with any other single malt from any other region. Stunning.


Kavalan Solist Single Malt Cask Strength ex Sherry Cask #1021 Binny's Handpicked - 58.3%
Kavalan Solist Single Malt Cask Strength ex Sherry Cask #1021 Binny's Handpicked - 58.3%
Kavalan Solist Single Malt Cask Strength ex Sherry Cask #1021 Binny's Handpicked - 58.3%
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On the nose, sherry is up front and big. Sultanas, dark stewed fruits, leather, soft pepper, and anise. Wonderful flavors on the palate with some baked red apples, cacao, stewed red fruits and anise. The finish is long and warm and a touch drying on the end. With water, the nose thickens with molasses soaked stewed fruits. Big cinnamon spice and anise with a solid spicy finish. Another home run.


The Whiskey wishlist

Rebel Yell 3x750ml Pack Gift
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Rebel Yell is one of the few Bourbons made with wheat in the mash bill. This fantastic variety set also includes their Small Batch Rye and American Whiskey. The bourbon is big and round with toffee, vanilla, dark fruits and butter. The Small Batch Rye is robust and spicy with wintergreen, caramel and soft anise. The American Whiskey offers a perfect combination of both. The spicy rye is perfectly balanced with the fat, round chewy bourbon, making Rebel Yell American Whiskey the best of both worlds. A fantastic gift for any whiskey lover.


St. George Gin 3x200ml Gift Pack
St. George Gin 3x200ml Gift Pack
St. George Gin 3x200ml Gift Pack
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Three different gins in one wonderful pack. St. George Botanivore, Terroir, and Dry Rye gins demonstrate the craft and passion for spirits at this small, artisan distillery in California. Each bottle in this pack will take the most discerning gin expert on a taste-fueled expedition. From the complex Botanivore and the 19 botanicals used to create it, to the Douglas fir-laden Terroir and the spicy rye flavors in the Dry Rye, this pack is a gin lover’s dream.


Artez Armagnac Varietal 3x200ml Gift Pack
Artez Armagnac Varietal 3x200ml Gift Pack
Artez Armagnac Varietal 3x200ml Gift Pack
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This terrific collection of Napoleons from Artez offers three different grape varietals used in Armagnac production, each aged for a minimum of six years. Folle Blanche, Baco, and Ugni Blanc each exhibit unique flavors. The Folle Blanche Napoleon shows dried orchard fruits and subtle peach, while the Baco is bigger with plums, dried apricots, and vanilla. The Ugni Blanc is soft and floral with round vanillas and soft sugars. Each of these Napoleons was aged in barrels harvested from trees in the local forest owned by Artez. A perfect course study on grapes and distillation.


Copper & Kings Double Barrels Brandy 2x750ml Gift Pack
Copper & Kings Double Barrels Brandy 2x750ml Gift Pack
Copper & Kings Double Barrels Brandy 2x375ml Gift Pack
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The brandy wizards at Copper & Kings have a wonderful new gift pack that illustrates brandy’s range. These two side by side bottles started from the same raw materials, but through blending and barrel finishing in different sized barrels, now show stark contrast. Volume 1 (60% bourbon, 40% new oak) is a brandy for the whiskey drinker, with notes of nuts, tobacco, dark stewed fruits and toffee from finishing in brandy barrels. Volume 2 (60% new oak, 40% bourbon) is a big, chewy, bourbon-like product of three months finishing in used FEW barrels. Plus, each set comes with a double album sampler download from Bloodshot Records.


 
Casa Dragones Special Edition Gift Set
Casa Dragones Special Edition Gift Set
Casa Dragones Special Edition Gift Set
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Casa Dragones Joven is the perfect blend of Silver Tequila and Extra Anejo Tequila. The youth of the silver gives a wonderful vegetal characteristic with the extra aged component providing sweet sugars to bring the finished product to a dangerously drinkable level. This beautifully packaged, limited edition gift set comes with two Riedel crystal glasses. A wonderful gift for the Tequila aficionado in your life.


Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Limited Edition Cube Glass & Ice Bucket Set
Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Limited Edition Cube Glass & Ice Bucket Set
Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Limited Edition Cube Glass & Ice Bucket Set
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What’s not to like about this amazing package from Johnnie Walker? The iconic Blue Label, four crystal glasses, a lid that doubles as an ice bucket, plus ice tongs. Everything you need for a celebration in one wonderful gift package.

Binny's Gift Cards

Glassware Gifts
 
Final Touch On The Rocks Glass + Ice Ball Mold
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Traditionally scent, temperature, and taste were the keys to drinking scotch or whiskey. This glass brings two new elements, chilling & motion, to the tasting experience. The elegant design of the glass allows you to roll the ice ball around the ROCK peak with a simple & easy motion.


Glencairn Crystal 2 Glass Tasting Set with Crystal Water Pitcher
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We always advocate adding a couple drops of water to your whiskey. No matter the proof, it will open a spirit's aroma and reveal more complexity. From Glencairn, here is a classy and delicate carafe for your water. They're packing it in an adorable set that includes two special Binny's logo Glencairn nosing glasses. An obvious gift for all your tough whiskey drinkin' buddies.


Glencairn Crystal Presentation Travel Box
Glencairn Crystal Presentation Travel Box
Glencairn Crystal Presentation Travel Box
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When the Whiskey Hotline hits the road, we travel with glasses. This traveling case ensures safe travel from distillery to distillery. This is the best way to transfer your Glencairn and ensure that you won’t suffer breakage. Glasses not included.


Glencairn 2 Glass + Bottle Presentation Pack
Glencairn 2 Glass + Bottle Presentation Pack
Glencairn 2 Glass + Bottle Presentation Pack
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The perfect way to package up that bottle of Whiskey for gift giving. This box will hold a standard 750ml bottle nicely. 2 Glencairn glasses are included, and fit securely alongside the bottle in a convenient gift box.


*These items are extremely limited. Quantities limited to stock on hand. No rain checks. All bottles 750mL unless otherwise stated. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors.


Rye: Celebrate America's Signature Holiday

Bourbon may officially be America's spirit, and the 4th of July our celebration of independence, but two important traditions existed at least as early, if not before. Thanksgiving Day and Rye Whiskey. In the early years of American whiskey production, rye was the dominant style, especially in the east, eventually supplanted by the sweeter, rounder and easier to produce bourbon. As you give thanks, raise a glass of the spirit that shaped our whiskey tradition.


Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof
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This bottled in bond rye is a true classic. Bottled at 100 proof and produced in the Monongahela, or Pennsylvania, style. Rich spice is backed by sweet vanilla and brown sugar. The palate reveals wintergreen, dark stewed fruits and a touch of cacao with big melding everything together pleasantly. A classic rye to enjoy neat or in a cocktail.


Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye
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Speaking of Pennsylvania style rye, few would be as appropriate as Michter's Straight Rye, the oldest recipe from the oldest US distillery. Typical of the style, it is impeccably balanced with a rich, sweet and fat body. A touch of wintergreen on the nose leads to vanilla, leather and dusty oak. The palate highlights the sweeter vanilla notes but finishes strongly with rye spice, baked apple and cocoa. Balanced, versatile and perfect for any occasion.


Whiskey Acres Rye Farmcrafted Whiskey
Whiskey Acres Rye Farmcrafted Whiskey
Whiskey Acres Rye Farmcrafted Whiskey
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Celebrate the holidays with local rye. Made in DeKalb, this whiskey is made with 75% rye. Explosive spice notes with a soft, rich, sweet warmth make this one of our favorites. This grain to glass operation selected a special strain of rye that adds a nice vanilla note.


Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 6 year old Small Batch Rye
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 6 year old Small Batch Rye
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 6 year old Small Batch Rye
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Turkey season is our favorite season to drink Wild Turkey! This six year old rye is characterized by big spice and rich sugar. Bottled at 90 proof, it's a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving Day spread.


Wyoming Outryder
Wyoming Outryder
Wyoming Outryder
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This Straight American Whiskey is a combination of a bourbon and high rye American whiskey. The Bourbon is 68% corn 20% rye and 12% barley. The rye-forward component of the blend is 48% rye 40% corn and 12% barley. Enough of that though, we care about how it tastes. A powerful nose of ripe fruits, vanilla and oak open the show with rye spice, vanilla sweetness and caramelized oak featured on the palate with a long, spicy-yet-balanced finish. Fantastic whiskey from a small distillery that has not disappointed us.


Templeton Special Reserve 10 year old Rye Anniversary Bottling
Templeton Special Reserve 10 year old Rye Anniversary Bottling
Templeton Special Reserve 10 year old Rye Anniversary Bottling
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One of our most popular ryes is all grown up. The extra six years of aging give this prohibition style rye an added layer of complexity. Young rye is usually big and spicy. With time, sugars release from the barrel, adding sweetness to the spice party. The result is one full flavored, chewy rye treat. Grab one while you can, this release is quite limited.


Glenfiddich Experimental Series Release #1 Finished in IPA Cask

The first of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series has finally arrived, and it is one of the most unique Scotch Whiskies we have ever tasted. This special vatting of Glenfiddich was finished for an additional 3 months in casks that had previously held an IPA brewed by the Speyside Craft Brewery of Forres, Scotland. The IPA was brewed with Challenger hops, a particularly fruity and herbal variety, to complement the fruity malt character of Glenfiddich. The result is a Scotch whiskey like none other we have. Lots of citrus and orchard fruits on the nose with the hops continuing to show on the palate. It finishes with a slightly drying bitterness, almost like a beer. Lighter in body than other 'Fiddichs, and the pronounced hoppy citrus notes play well with the malt. Consider this experiment a success.


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.

Singani 63 Muscat of Aexandria Spirit Distilled in BoliviaSingani 63 Muscat of Aexandria Spirit Distilled in Bolivia
The most highly anticipated spirit release of the year. This crowd pleaser from legendary Director Steven Soderbergh delivers depth and character. Distilled high in the Mountains of Bolivia, Sigani 63 is an ancient spirit with nearly 500 years of heritage behind its star studded taste. Distilled from the aromatic white muscat of Alexandria grape. Rich, sweet, fruit flavors and soft spice leap from the glass with beautiful floral and herbal notes apparent on the taste. This is the first time Singani has been available in The United States, and it’s sure to be a blockbuster.

Jameson The Cooper's Croze Irish Whiskey
This new expression from Jameson is all about the influence of the barrel. More vanilla and oak spice than the standard Jamesons. A sturdy addition to a lineup of already great whiskies.

Deadwood Bourbon
Easy drinking bourbon at a very nice price seems to be harder and harder to find these days. This is a solid daily drinker with big vanilla, anise, cherry, corn, and soft cinnamon spice. Two Aces, Two Eights, and full glass of Bourbon.

Jefferson's Groth cask finish
If you like the Groth finish, grab it while you can. Pritchard Hill is taking over the finishing duties shortly. The Groth finish is one of our favorites with deep rich caramel, maple, chewy tannins and subtle spice on the taste. Well balanced and layered with flavor.

Hochstadter's Slow & Low 84 proof Rock & Rye made with Straight Rye WhiskeyHochstadter's Slow & Low 84 proof Rock & Rye made with Straight Rye Whiskey
Everything you love about Slow and Low, in a new package. Straight rye whiskey, raw honey, air dried navel oranges, rock candy, and bitters. Crack a can, and get Slow & Low. *Not Available in Chicago or Arlington Heights.

Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye Whiskey
Dad's Hat has been cranking out some delicious, young Pennslyvania style rye for the past couple of years. As the age has gone up the quality has not disappointed and we finally have a Straight Rye (3 years old) making it's debut at Binny's.

11 Wells Spirits
If you've been following this small distillery in Minnesota you know their quality and commitment to experimentation is second to none. After a while of nagging we finally have 750mL bottles of their prototype bourbon, rye and wheat.

Kilkerran 12 year old Campbeltown Single MaltKilkerran 12 year old Campbeltown Single Malt
After nearly a decade of impressive Kilkerran experiments we finally have arrived at an always available, 12 year old Cambeltown malt.

High West Midwinter Night's Dram
We receive numerous calls throughout the year requesting this dram. Grab them while you can. This is a beautiful blend of Rye whiskey that has been finished in French Oak and Port Barrels. The combination of deep rich fruit from the port, dry spice from French Oak, and wintergreen rye spice from the whiskey makes for a wonderful sipper. "Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night." - Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1, Wm. Shakespeare.


Martell Blue Swift Cognac Finished in Bourbon Casks
When it comes to the big Cognac producers, we always find ourselves going back to Martell. There’s just something there that speaks to us as whisky lovers. A fuller body, and not so “smooth for the sake of being smooth.” They’ve doubled down on being the whiskey drinker’s eau de vie with their newest bottling, Blue Swift, which is their VSOP finished in bourbon barrels. The nose is classic Martell fruit: plums and raisins, with some tropical notes and a pronounced ripe banana character backed by carmelized sugar and vanilla. The body is definitely fuller than the usual cognac with noticeably more wood influence. Lots of vanilla, crème brulee, and banana. The finish is lengthy with some ginger and baking spice notes balancing out the fruit and rich, oaky vanilla. A cognac for bourbon lovers and brandy lovers alike. What a treat.


Binny's Handpicked from Oppidan

Oppidan is located in Wheeling, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. They are incorporating a Solera technique with bourbon, and also producing a beautiful rye. At the Whiskey Hotline, we love young rye done right. We’ve also been finding whiskey from smaller barrels that taste much older than you would think. We were fortunate enough to sit down with the team from Oppidan a few months ago and selected 3 gorgeous ryes and 2 bourbons. These are all bottled at cask strength, and well worth seeking out.


Oppidan Rye Batch #22 Cask Strength Single Barrel #140 Binny's Handpicked

This Rye was aged for 11 months and 14 days in a 15 gallon barrel with a level 3 char and is bottled at a generous 61.6% abv. The nose on this rye is surprisingly delicate considering the alcohol percentage. Classic wintergreen flavors are on the nose, but a red rope licorice note is leading the way with dark red fruit and spice following. Flavors from the nose continue on the taste with the red rope and dark fruit out front. Clove and red rope licorice hang around for a while with cocoa powder arriving late on the finish. With a drop of water, the nose transitions to a sweeter rye with vanilla, toffee, and clove up front. Sticky red fruit and brown sugars are bigger and rounder with water. Finish is a touch spicier with red rope sneaking back in with the cocoa powder returning. The finish goes on for days.


Oppidan Rye Batch #19 Cask Strength Single Barrel #47 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Rye Batch #19 Cask Strength Single Barrel #47 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Rye Batch #19 Cask Strength Single Barrel #47 Binny's Handpicked

This Rye was aged for 1 year 9 months and 11 days in a 30 gallon Black Swan honeycomb barrel with a char level of 3 and bottled at 62.38% abv. The nose is a touch hot initially with the alcohol but after that burns off, a gigantic dose of cocoa powder jumps up front with a hint of sticky red rope licorice bubbling underneath. Soft herbal wintergreen and clove follow. Dark cocoa powder comes through on the taste along with red rope and dark stewed fruits. Clove and cinnamon for good keep the sticky fruit in check. With a drop of water, the nose moves more towards dark fruit and spice with cocoa moving back a touch. The mouthfeel really opens up with water as the fruit grows with chocolate now instead of cocoa. Anise leads the way on the finish along with dark chocolate.


Oppidan Rye Batch #21 Cask Strength Single Barrel #96 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Rye Batch #21 Cask Strength Single Barrel #96 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Rye Batch #21 Cask Strength Single Barrel #96 Binny's Handpicked

This Rye was aged for 1 year 5 months and 2 days in a 15 gallon barrel at char 3 and bottled at 62.83% abv. The nose on this is quite balanced with a mix of clove, wintergreen, cocoa powder, and red rope licorice. Pleasantly fat palate with a buttered brown sugar flavor mixing nicely with soft herbal wintergreen. Finish is warm and long with dark fruit and clove lingering. With a drop of water, some char becomes noticeable along with a deeper, richer vanilla and toffee element. Beautiful on the taste with a drop of water with wintergreen, clove, big vanilla and toffee in abundance. Long finish with anise spiked red fruits lingering.


Oppidan Bourbon Batch #12 Cask Strength Single Barrel #121 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Bourbon Batch #12 Cask Strength Single Barrel #121 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Bourbon Batch #12 Cask Strength Single Barrel #121 Binny's Handpicked

This Bourbon was aged for 1 year 1 month and 21 days in a 15 gallon barrel at level 3 char. Bottled at 63.15% abv. This bourbon is made from five grains: corn, malted rye, chocolate malted rye, special B, and 2-row barley. The nose has a nice roasted corn flavor with chocolate and vanilla soaked fruits in the background. A touch of clove and cinnamon are on the nose as well. Red fruits and toasted corn with dark chocolate, clove and vanilla on the palate. What a lovely bourbon. The finish is long with a dark chocolate covered red cherry flavor persisting. With a touch of water, the nose moves towards dark red fruit and brown sugars. Big and fat with water on the taste with chocolate leading the way and soft anise lingering on the finish.


Oppidan Bourbon Oloroso Solera Cask Strength Single Barrel #153 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Bourbon Oloroso Solera Cask Strength Single Barrel #153 Binny's Handpicked
Oppidan Bourbon Oloroso Solera Cask Strength Single Barrel #153 Binny's Handpicked

This Bourbon was bottled from a Solera batch. The bourbon is a combination of 1 year old bourbon from 15 gallon new American oak barrels that was transferred into a French oak barrel for 2 years, and then finally married in a 40 year old Oloroso sherry cask for 3 months. The nose on this bourbon is amazing. Big bourbon flavors married perfectly with dark, chewy fruits and French oak spice. Soft sultanas, vanilla, toffee, dark chocolate, and cinnamon spice layer nicely. Big, fat, chewy stewed fruits on the taste with dark chocolate, clove, and anise. Solid dark chocolate finish with sultanas and spice. With a drop of water the fruits and sherry notes become more pronounced on the nose. Bigger fruit continues onto the taste and finish as well. A truly unique bourbon experience.


Binny's Handpicks from A.D. Laws

A.D. Laws is a distillery located in Denver, Colorado. Al Laws has been producing grain forward whiskey for four years now. He paid us a visit 2 months ago and brought a box full of wonderful samples. We selected 2 different four-grain bourbons and 2 ryes. One of the ryes is straight, and the other from used barrels. All four of these selections are marked by an abundance of flavor, leaning on the quality locally sourced grain and meticulous distillation. They are bottled at cask strength and are real treat for anyone seeking out new flavors on the great American Whiskey frontier.


A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Barrel #381 Binny's Handpicked

This Bourbon was aged for over 3 years in a 52.8 gallon barrel. Bottled at 57.3% abv and distilled from a mash bill of 60% corn, 20% wheat, 10% rye, and 10% malted barley. On the nose, rich butterscotch and toffee bread lead the way with some spice in the background. More toffee on the taste with black tea and nutmeg arriving. Finish is long and delicate with caramel and soft fruits fading slowly into the sunset finish.


A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Barrel #127 Binny's Handpicked
A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Barrel #127 Binny's Handpicked
A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Barrel #127 Binny's Handpicked

This Bourbon was aged for over 3 years in a 52.8 gallon barrel. Bottled at 52.8% abv and distilled from a mash bill of 60% corn, 20% wheat, 10% rye, and 10% malted barley. On the nose, dried fruits, leather, and sandalwood pop out. Baking spices and stewed fruits lead the way on the palate with a soft floral note underneath. The finish is long and pleasantly dry showcasing the grain flavors.


A.D. Laws Secale Rye Barrel #69 Binny's Handpicked
A.D. Laws Secale Rye Barrel #69 Binny's Handpicked
A.D. Laws Secale Rye Barrel #69 Binny's Handpicked

This Straight Rye is made from a combination of 47.5% raw rye, 47.5% malted rye, and 5% malted barley. Aged for over 3 years in a new 52.8 gallon white oak barrel. Gorgeous nose with heather, honey, caramel and field clover. Wonderful mouthfeel with apples, oatmeal cookies, cedar, cinnamon, sandalwood and pepper. Long finish with orange peel complementing the woody and floral notes.

 

A.D. Laws Secale Rye Barrel #26X Binny's Handpicked
A.D. Laws Secale Rye Barrel #26X Binny's Handpicked
A.D. Laws Secale Rye Barrel #26X Binny's Handpicked

This Secale Rye is made from a combination of 47.5% raw rye, 47.5% malted rye, and 5% malted barley. Aged for over 3 years in a used 52.8 gallon white oak barrel. The second fill barrel allows for the Rye to be more grain forward. Lovely nose showing Christmas fruit cake, salt, mint, leather, and Earl Grey tea. The taste gives way to cut field grains, black pepper, and mint. The finish is dry and peppery with sweet fruit undertones.


McCleary Irish Cream

This simple fall cocktail is super convenient for last minute Halloween party planning treats or something to sip on while putting up your Halloween decorations. Grab a Binny’s Pick Six 6-Pack, fill it with your favorite pumpkin beers and mix up this cocktail a few different ways.

Templeton Small Batch Rye Aged 4 years Gift Set

It wasn't long ago when Templeton Rye was so scare and tightly allocated that the Whiskey Hotline had to keep a waiting list. There have been a few bumps in the road for Templeton since then, but the whiskey is available and delicious as ever. We’ve always thought Templeton drinks more like a bourbon, with fat, sweet notes. It still has the classic rye spice you find in other Indiana distilled ryes, but that semi-sweet, soft finish rounds things out perfectly. Neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, this rye is as versatile as it is tasty. Right now is the ideal time to grab this modern classic at a great price. Plus Templeton is throwing in two stainless steel tumblers as an extra bonus, while supplies last.


Binny's Handpicked Knob Creek Single Barrel

Word on the street is that the standard Knob Creek is losing its 9 year old age statement. Age is just a number, right? Well, now you have the chance to experience Knob Creek at several different ages, and decide for yourself. It’s been a while since the Whiskey Hotline got some handpicked Knob Creek casks, so we made up for lost time with 10 new single barrels. All these barrels come from the upper-middle floors of their warehouses and are true to the Knob Creek character and profile. When bourbon is this consistently excellent, why does a number matter?


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3670C 04B27 I5 21(3)

Bottled at 12 years and 6 months, this beauty hails from the 5th floor of warehouse I. It’s also one of the oldest Knob Creeks we’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. This barrel shows flavors of cedar, oak, pepper, and chewy dark fruit.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3671B 07A10 D7 20(3)

Bottled after 9 years and 7 months in warehouse D on the 7th floor. This barrel shows flavors of toasted oak, cedar, tobacco, toffee, and vanilla. Wonderfully delicate and full of flavor.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3672A 06K14 N7 41(1)

Bottled just shy of 10 years, in warehouse N on the 7th floor. This barrel shows flavors of candied fruit, fruitcake, rich dark fruits, and finished with spicy tannins.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3673B 06K09 I5 89(1)

Bottled just 3 months shy of 10 years, in warehouse I on the 5th floor. This barrel shows flavors of light cedar and herbal mintiness. Soft citrus and spice shows up on the finish.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3674A 04E13 J5 11(3)

Bottled at 12 years and 3 months, this perfectly aged Knob Creek spent its life in warehouse J on the 5th floor. This one features flavors of big chewy caramel nougat, dark fruit, and vanilla. Incredibly well balanced and rich.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3675B 04A15 X6 5(1)

Bottled after 12 years and 7 months, in warehouse X on the 6th floor. This barrel shows big fruit flavors on the nose. The taste is rich and round with soft spice in the background.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3676A 04E13 J5 2(3)

Bottled at 12 years and 3 months, in warehouse J on the 5th floor. It shows nice herbal mint notes on the nose with hints of cedar and smoke. This is a big, full bodied bourbon. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, and dark fruits abound.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3900B 07A23 I6 Cove

Bottled after 9 years and 7 months, in warehouse I on floor number 6. This barrel shows nice soft fruit and sweet corn. Clean and round with caramel and vanilla lingering.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3901A 04B27 I5 21(3)

Bottled after 12 years and 6 months, in warehouse I on the 5th floor. This barrel shows flavors of dark red fruits, vanilla, tobacco, oak, and pepper.


Knob Creek Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked #3902C 04J13 L5 11(3)

Bottled after 12 years and 7 months, in warehouse L on the 5th floor. It shows nice maple syrup flavors, sweet candy and bright spice. The finish was long and balanced with anise and sweet corn notes.


Highland Park & Craft Beer

You can’t make whiskey without first making beer, so it makes sense to bring the two together. Highland Park is making it easy with an up to $10 instant rebate on ANY craft beer! Just purchase a Highland Park 12 year, 15 year, or Dark Origins and some craft beer. That’s it!

*Save up to $10 on any craft beer 6-pack with the purchase of Highland Park 12, 15, 18 year or Dark Origins 750ml. Items must be purchases together to receive discount. Instant savings applied at register. Valid with Binny's Card through 12/31/2016, in-store only.

 
 
*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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