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We fell in love with Casa Noble years ago, after tasting the tequila and meeting owner and distiller Pepe Hermosillo. This exceptional producer uses organic 100% blue agave, distills thoughtfully and ages in heavily toasted French oak. The careful combination of agave balanced by high quality oak is breathtaking – the same quality shared with world class whisky or Cognac.

The Whiskey Hotline traveled to Casa Noble in the town of Tequila to find the best. After exhaustive tasting, we returned with two barrels each of three expressions, picking pairs of barrels to ensure supply. Of course, there are always subtle differences across single barrels, but we chose duets that downplay differences, seeking similar barrels that overdeliver within their style.

Casa Noble Joven Casa Noble Joven

“Joven” can mean a lot of things, but in the case of our handpicked Joven, it means 50 days resting in oak. That's just shy of the two months required to be called reposado, but long enough for the oak to integrate, adding complexity to this juicy, spicy, bright spirit. By the way, this bottling offers the only way you can taste young Casa Noble at full barrel strength.

Casa Noble Reposado Casa Noble Reposado

We found unusually long-aged reposado barrels, examples of tequila that had aged within one week of a full year, just too young to be called anejo. The excellent French oak balances with the fresh agave beautifully. The soft, round, nutty vanilla character from wood aging softens the bright spice and citrus of the fresh spirit.

Casa Noble Anejo Casa Noble Anejo

A rarity. Legally, our handpicked Casa Noble Anejo qualifies as extra anejo, with five years of aging in barrel, an age very little tequila ever sees. Rich and viscous, this stunning spirit offers notes of chocolate, dried fruit and tobacco — tequila that matches the intensity and complexity of some of the world's finer whisky.

To celebrate the launch of these special releases, we're offering savings on
all Casa Noble varieties.

*Prices valid while supplies last. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Not all items are available at all Binny's locations.

Bacardi Limited Edition 10 Year Old Barrel Aged Rum Binny's Handpicked

For the first time in their 153 year history, the Bacardi family invited a retailer to visit their distillery, providing access to the private collection of Bacardi family's private library of rums. The Whiskey Hotline jumped at the opportunity, sampling from the best of the best, finally developing this limited edition bottling.

Made with rums as old as 20 years, and none younger than 10, this is a rum drinker's rum, with notes of caramel, vanilla, tropical fruit – banana and pineapple. Rich and complex on its own, it retains Bacardi's trademark freshness and mixability too.

The culmination of the first ever collaboration between the Bacardi family and a retailer, Binny's is honored to launch Bacardi Limited Edition.

Bacardi Limited Edition
*Prices valid with Binny's Card through 06/01/15, or while supplies last. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Not all items are available at all Binny's locations.

There are always new Handpicked Selections streaming in at Binny's. With all our globe-trotting - from Scotland to Kentucky, Ireland to Mexico - and first-rate distillers stopping by, there's always something in the works. Check out these four great Handpicked bourbons, with more to come!

Cody Road Barrel Strength Bourbon Cody Road Barrel Strength Bourbon ...

Don't get confused – we've had several handpicks from our friends at Mississippi River Distilling Company. After the success (and deliciousness) of handpicked single barrels of their Cody Road Bourbon and Rye, they gave us the chance to grab this, the first ever MRDC bourbon bottled at barrel strength, a full-throttle version of their Cody Road Bourbon.

Wathen's Single Barrel Wathen's Single Barrel ...

Sam Medley stopped by with some samples, and of course we couldn't refuse. These two immediately stood out - #4671 is loaded with savory herbal qualities, #7694 is dominated by fruity cherry notes. We instantly fell in love with both, so we ended up with two new Handpicked selections.

Tom's Foolery Straight Bourbon Tom's Foolery Straight Bourbon ...

Believe it or not, Binny's is the only place outside of Ohio where you can get this up-and-coming bourbon, and we like it so much we needed a barrel of our own. With loads of toffee and vanilla, this bottling is even better than when we tasted it as a sample. Bourbon insiders will find it cool that Tom's Foolery bought the smaller of the Michter's stills, the "barrel a day" still.

Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Single Barrel ...

Beautiful bourbon made for drinking, not collecting. Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell did us a favor and rounded up some extra special samples for our handpicking pleasure. Russell's Reserve is always nice, with the same DNA as the other Turkeys, and ours are even more amped up than the standard Russell's. This is big, fat, chewy bourbon, with apple, baking spices, toffee and vanilla, plus the extra age in our barrels gives balance of anise spice to the bourbon's sweetness.

And Coming Soon...

We have so much more on the way. How much more, you ask? In the coming weeks and months, watch for Binny's Handpicked Selections from Crown Royal, WhistlePig, two from Westland (America's best hope for micro-distilled single malt?). And of course, up to four different single barrels from Knob Creek are on their way too. And on and on. More info soon...

Barrel Report

The Binny's Handpicked Single Malt Casks are in! It seemed to take forever, but now they're here, and well worth the wait.

1992 A D Rattray Mortlach 22 Year old 1992 A D Rattray Mortlach 22 Year old
Count the Mortlachs. Here's number one. Woody nose with deep cherry fruit and honey. Big in body on the palate, with all the vanilla and caramel and heat you love in a monolithic Mortlach.
1989 A D Rattray Burnside 25 year old 1989 A D Rattray Burnside 25 year old
Couldn't pass up this Burnside. Remember, it's a stealthy version of Balvenie thaty they adulterated with a teaspoon of Glenfiddich. It makes for graceful whisky: soft vanilla, soft flowers on the nose with a punchy, spirited body with soft smoke.
1997 Cadenheads Aultmore 17 year old 1997 Cadenheads Aultmore 17 year old
Start with beautiful Speyside fruit - soft lemon, pear and more tropical notes. This peated expression adds iodine and meaty smoke. Complex but subtle, graceful.
1994 Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 19 year old First Fill Sherry Butt 1994 Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 19 year old First Fill Sherry Butt
Mortlach number two? You bet. Orange and caramel on the nose, leading into a broad spirit with butterscotch and caramel qualities. Focused like a lazer beam. Yum.
2007 Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila First Fill Bourbon Barrel 2007 Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila First Fill Bourbon Barrel
This one is out there. Descriptors, in no particular order: ham, graham cracker, pear, pear skin, banana, band aid, spirit, youth, power.
1988 Signatory Balmenach 25 year old 1988 Signatory Balmenach 25 year old
Heavy. Balmenach. Orange, honey and caramel breadth on the nose. Buttery, oily in body, with loads of caramel. Single malt for fans of Bourbon.
1998 Signatory Linkwood 16 year old Hogshead 1998 Signatory Linkwood 16 year old Hogshead
Interesting story with this one. The barrel was a sherry hogshead with “new ends,” meaning a combo of sherried and new oak. Sweet honey and cherry on the nose, softly spirited and easy on the palate with bourbon-like roundness.
1998 Signatory Mortlach 16 year old Sherry Finish 1998 Signatory Mortlach 16 year old Sherry Finish
Mortlach number three. That's right, three. Another monolith, this one is all caramel and cherry fruit. Why did we pick so many Mortlachs? Compared to OB prices, these are a steal, and they even have age.
1993 Signatory Inchmurrin 20 year old Hogshead 1993 Signatory Inchmurrin 20 year old Hogshead
Pear, sawdust, soft citrus fruit. Graceful, soft and easy to enjoy. Along with the buttery confection on the palate is a touch of vegetable, like buttery peas. Excellent and complex, think fruity mezcal.
1997 Signatory Laphroaig 17 year old Hogshead
The peat on this Laphroaig comes across as meaty and fresh. It's right there on the nose along with bright lemon. Easter brunch? Butterscotch on the palate, with soft grass, not unlike agave. Complex and delicate, at least for Laphroaig.
1990 Signatory Auchroisk 24 year old Hogshead 1990 Signatory Auchroisk 24 year old Hogshead
Fat on the nose, grainy and sweet. Herbal touches of clove and anise plus dark fruit on the palate. With a little water it opens up, showing even more layers of orchard fruit, plus butterscotch and vanilla. The sister cask of a similar Handpick from two years ago, and it does not disappoint.

Passing Shots

Wow, it's been a while. Catching up, here's what's new from Scotland:

The Lost BlendCompass Box released two great new blends. The first, The Lost Blend, recreates their original Eluthera, a lovely vatting tragically discontinued a decade ago.

Second is the expansion of their Great King Street line with the new Glasgow Blend. This flavorful, rich and smoky blend pays homage to Glaswegians everywhere.

Finally, finally! The single malt at the heart of several iconic blends in an obtainable distiller bottling. Starting with Craigellachie 13 and 23, and more on the way.

BalvenieHere's a 50 year old single cask from Balvenie. It costs over forty thousand dollars, and we only got one.

Try the new Glenturret 10 year old. Highly regarded by insiders, this distillery is the cornerstone of The Famous Grouse. Same goes for their 27 year old, which is relatively rare because of the distillery's size.

Hotline favorite and unsung hero of the Highlands Pulteney is back with another wonderful older release, this time 35 years old.

First EditionsIndie news: First Editions is/are here. Another generation of the Laing family has joined the business. Stuart Laing of Old Malt Cask fame? His sons have the family's nose for whisky, apparent with initial offerings as wonderful as these.

More indie news: our second wave from Exclusive Malts just arrived. These are Beautiful limited releases sourced by longtime industry veteran Ed Kohl. Great bottles.

More more indie news: tiny amounts of new releases from Cadenheads and Blackadder are in. Fanboys, please inquire.

Speaking of Blackadder, Black Snake Vattings 1 and 5 are out now, also in tiny quantities. Like a solera, casks are refilled before completely emptied. 1 is a vatting of various casks from an undisclosed Speyside distillery.

AD Rattray's Cask Islay Vatting #2If that grabs your attention, also check out AD Rattray's Cask Islay Vatting #2. It's a vatting of great casks from an extremely popular Islay distillery whose name will never be revealed but who you totally know.

Here's a mouthful: Bunnahabhain Ceobanach. Say it like this: "kai bonk." It means "smoky mist," a great description for this lovely new Islay.

New vintages are here from Glenrothes (1992) and Balblair (2002).

Blue HangerThe newest Blue Hangar blended malt is here. It's tenth in the series, but just the second to hit the US following #7. These are elegant, rich, Speyside-forward blends.

You like Springbank? Try Kilkerran. From the Glengyle distillery, associated with Springbank and run by the Springbank crew. This is the sixth in their Work in Progress series, six years after the distillery's revival, available in bourbon and Sherry finish.

Get ready for another release in Glenlivet's Nadurra line. This one is dubbed "First Fill Selection," is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from first fill bourbon casks. Coming soon.

TusailGlenmorangie's latest limited release is in. Until now, the annual series placed emphasis on barrels and wood. This time, Tusail focuses on a single grain: Maris Otter barley aged in first fill bourbon casks.

Kilchoman struck gold when they discovered how well their whiskies drink at such a young age. Their new 3 year old Port Cask is no exception. There wasn't much to go around, and we got as much as we could, so if you want some, act fast.

Rollin' In

It's not all about Scotch. What else is rollin' in?

We just picked up a slug of crazy rare Darroze Armagnac. These are collectable, rare and expensive. If you're in the market for phenomenal Armagnac, just ask.
1870 Original BatchOld Forester stepped it up with their new 1870 Original Batch. It pays homage to the origins of this classic distillery. It is fantastic bourbon, and a relative value considering today's designer bourbon scene.
Binny's welcomes Fox River Distilling Company to the Illinois craft distilling scene. Their initial launch includes Geneva's Preservation Gin and Herrington Premium Vodka. Looking forward to the brown stuff.
Straight Edge BourbonWine geeks know Orin Swift's David Phinney as a powerhouse winemaker and creater of one of the most successful wines of recent years – Prisoner. Now he's getting into the bourbon game with Straight Edge Bourbon. Yes, it's contract juice, but it is finished in Phinney's Orin Swift Mercury Head Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
Can you believe we're almost to the end of the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Single Oak Project? Yes, it's true. Maybe once all the bottles are released, we'll have a complete set or two for sale...
Schwartzhog is Krauter than ever in this 1.75 liter bottle.
Bertina Elderflower Liqueur. This Scandinavian version is less sweet and more intense than more popular elderflower liqueurs, making it perfect for dry, complex gin cocktails.
Spanish Xoriguer Gin de MahonIt isn't widely know by Americans, but Spain is one of the biggest gin drinking countries in the world. Try this Spanish Xoriguer Gin de Mahon, done in the round, oily and muted genever style.
In addition to their excellent Diamante (filtered) tequila, you'll now fild Maestro Dobel Silver, Reposado and Anejo. Fun fact: Dobel is quietly a side project of the CEO and heir of the family-owned Jose Cuervo, who with that company's blessing, released these excellent, single-estate tequilas.
If you haven't yet, you absolutely need to taste Casa Dragones Joven. It is phenomenal. But if it seems too "special occasion" to you, give their new Blanco a try. It's an excellent introdution to the house style at a fraction of the price.
Green Spot was the biggest Irish whiskey release of 2014. Meet the biggest Irish release of 2015.
Hamilton 151 Overproof Demerara RumRum fans, especially fans of tiki cocktails: Do you miss Lemon Hart 151? We do too. Minister of Rum Ed Hamilton has the solution. Hamilton 151 Overproof Demerara Rum. It is deliciously, dangerously, suspiciously similar to the high-octane, easy-drinking cocktail classic. If you want a tamer version, there's a new 86 proof version as well.
After a ten year hiatus, Beam is finally releasing a new Beam Masterpiece. Remember their excellent Port and Cognac finished bourbons from way back? This time it's finished in Sherry cask.
Another great new addition to American craft whiskey: A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon. Distilled, aged and bottled in Denver, aged in 53-gallon charred American white oak barrels, made the hard way.
Rye from Pennsylvania? Absolutley. Dad's Hat Rye is a great place to start, but the Vya Sweet Vermouth barrel-aged version is even better. It won't last long.
*Prices valid while supplies last. Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Not all items are available at all Binny's locations.

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