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Shots
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Barrel Report In what has become an annual tradition, the first Binny's Handpicked Casks, those from Gordon & Macphail, have arrived. This is a good year for fans of single malt...
2000 Gordon & Macphail Ledaig 14 year old Cask # 69

2000 Gordon & Macphail Ledaig 14 year old
Cask # 69

Our Ledaig bottling was a hit at our table at the recent Indie spirits Expo. For peat lovers, this is a dream. Young and lively, rich, smoky like grilled meat and campfire. Balanced brine. It has the works.

2007 Gordon & Macphail Caol Ila 7 year old First Fill Bourbon

Our latest Caol Ila is a worthy successor to a long line of young Caol Ila Handpicked casks. You know how we feel about young Caol Ila. Maritime breeze, lively and youthful. Lemon and brine, smoke under it all.

1994 Gordon & Macphail Mortlach 19 year old First Fill Butt # 8172

Mortlach fans - would you rather pay $130 for a non-age statement (read: very young?) “entry level” Mortlach, or would you rather pay $200 for a first fill, cask strength 19 year old from sherry butt? Cherry fruit and chocolate and everything you expect. Sweet almonds with a dry finish. So awesome.

1999 Gordon & Macphail Strathmill 15 year old Cask # 542

For fans of light, fresh single malt. Grassy with lemon cut and soft vanilla. Bright spice on the finish. Youthful despite its 14 years in first fill bourbon barrel. Gordon & Macphail never fails to please.
Along with these, keep an eye out for a couple more new Gordon & Macphail bottlings (We can't buy them all... can we?). We grabbed heavy allotments of this 9 year old Caol Ila (Again with the young Caol Ila) and this 11 year old Glentauchers. You won't find either outside of the Chicago area. Also, we're still waiting on picks from Signatory, A D Rattray and Cadenheads. More soon...
Congratulations to Us

We are once again proud to accept Icons of Whisky America awards
from Whisky Magazine:

Icons of Whisky 2015

Don't worry, this kind of recognition won't go to our head.
We're used to being this awesome.

Passing Shots
2013 Mordoree Tavel
Big Bottom made their mark with sublime bourbon in inspired finishes: port, zin, Rhone wine... Now they're getting back to basics with the lighter, easier to drink and more affordable Barlow Trail.
Say hi to new a Chicago distillery, Chicago Distilling. They're launching with the hits: white whiskey, vodka and gin. Looking forward to the brown stuff.
Say hi to another new Chicago distillery, Rhine Hall. We love their focus on brandy and its different expressions. Cool to see something different.
After hiccups in the import process, the long awaited 1963 Glen Grant 50 year old is finally here. Proof that Glen Grant is one of a handful of distilleries for whom fifty years of age isn't close to too much.
Vago Mezcal
Vago: delicious mezcal with a story! A guy was bumming around Mexico when he got an ear infection and fell for his nurse. It sounds better when he tells it. Anyway, the mezcal is insanely good.
Nadurra offered one of Glenlivet's best innovations in the last half dozen years or so. Their second stab is the new Nadurra Oloroso, a cask-strength, sherry barrel aged beauty. It is very good.
Speaking of Glenlivet, their latest limited release is Guardians' Chapter, a crowd sourced single malt, based on input from Glenlivet fans. Cool concept.
From the British ginnery responsible for re-introducing Old Tom to the U.S. comes a traditional London Dry and an excellent version of Sloe Gin, finally here in the colonies.
Pur Likor gift set
Another great gift for your mixology-loving friend: the Pur Likor gift set. It contains three adorable 100mL bottles, including their Blossom, Spice and Williams.
Wonderful single malt from... Canada? Still Waters Distillery continues to please with Stalk & Barrel casks 12 and 13. Built mindful of the Lowland style – soft fruit, light frosting, vanilla.
Patron has the stones to try something new. The "roca" in the new Roca Patron references the stone grinding technique used in traditional tahona production. Thank you, Patron, for not releasing "Patron Strawberry."
Speaking of Patron, have we mentioned that we have exclusive Binny's Handpicked casks of Patron Reposado and Anejo coming soon? Very, very limited.
Chareau Aloe Vera Liqueu
Something completely different: Chareau Aloe Vera Liqueur. The taste of Californa – aloe, cucumber, lemon, melon and spearmint, apparently – means soft, herbal, lightly sweet, and totally unusual.
You like a dirty martini? We do. You will not regret making one with Carpano Dry Vermouth.
The original craft distilled vodka, Charbay, is making a comeback.
From our friends at the Gaelic Whisky Company (see Te Bheag, Poit Dhubh) comes the new, affordable, entry-level Mac Na Mara blend.
Clockwork Orange
Check out New Holland's riff on Cointreau, Clockwork Orange. Bordering on the Curacao style: dry with intense orange and spices. Plosh it in moloko, peet it with your droogs, from your gulliver to your guttiwuts.
From the stark yet beautiful shore of the Moray Firth comes Glenglassaugh Torfa. This richly peated whisky breaks Glenglassaugh's traditionally graceful mold.
Also, if you're looking for a reminder of the potential of this classic distillery (long mothballed, now revived) see their new 30 year old.
The iconic Irish butter and cheesery Kerrygold finally has enough confidence to tie their name and reputation to an Irish cream.
Dark Origins
Highland Park's new Dark Origins is here in limited quantities. It offers a more sherried and peated version of one of Scotland's finest distilleries. Hope it becomes part of their core line.
The iconic Irish butter and cheesery Kerrygold finally has enough confidence to tie their name and reputation to an Irish cream.
Also limited: Suntory's Hakushu 18 year old, from one of the only distilleries in Japan working with peated malt imported from Scotland.
L'Armagnac du Centenaire
Fans of exquisite Armagnac should check out L'Armagnac du Centenaire, a special cuvee celebrating Tariquet's 100th anniversary.
Confessions of a Mixologist
Celebrate Halloween year round with an eerie bourbon cocktail. The raspberry liqueur mixes perfectly with the bourbon for a bold and sweet, smooth and refreshing drink. We enjoy it with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, but you can mix things up with your favorite bourbon.
Cocktail courtesy of Bartender Caitey from our Lincoln Park Tasting Room.
SWEET HAUNTINGS

Sweet Hauntings

Ingredients:

1.5 oz 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon
.5 oz Simple Syrup
3 Bar spoons St. George Raspberry

Simple Steps:

Mix ingredients over ice in a rocks glass.





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