The Whiskey Hotline


Bourbon Shelf Sleepers

This time of year we get flooded with requests for a lot of different whiskies that we simply do not have. Understandably so, as both the quality and popularity of bourbon are incredibly high these days, which means we have some real standouts that are available all the time! Whether you’re looking for that special bottle for a special occasion or your next everyday drinker The Whiskey Hotline has you covered.

Henry McKenna 10 year old Single Barrel Bottled in BondHenry McKenna 10 year old Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
It’s hard to find a better deal in the store than this bottle of bourbon. 10 years old and 100 proof for $33? Sign us up. Classic Heaven Hill character with a full body, vanilla, oak and a hint of mint.

J.W. Dant Bourbon
Classic bourbon. Loads of cornbread, vanilla, anise and spice on the nose. Palate is full and oily leading to a long oaky finish. Solid pour from top to bottom. A perfect “house whiskey.”

Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label
Fruit and spice take the lead in this easy drinking classic. A versatile bourbon that drinks fantastically neat as well as in your favorite cocktails. And available in a 1.75 liter!

Larceny Bourbon
Good, properly aged, wheated bourbons are still hard to find, but Larceny is here to help. This wheater from Heaven Hill delivers the sweet wheat and voluptuous body we love with a touch of spice to balance things out.

Small Batch 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
Big oily body with a long, smooth finish. This is our go-to replacement for the now incredibly rare Elmer T. Lee.

Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bourbon aged 17 yearsWild Turkey Master's Keep Bourbon aged 17 years
This 17 year old beauty has so many layers to contemplate. Oak, leather, red fruits, baking spice, anise and caramel come in waves across the palate. A bourbon of this age and quality is a rare treat.

David Nicholson 1843 7 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey
David Nicholson 1843 is a wheated bourbon. On the nose, sweet flavors prevail. Honey, vanilla, red fruit, and buttered grain. On the taste, oak, spice, vanilla and soft smoke dance on the tongue. The finish is long, with spice and sweet wheat flavors lingering.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon
The standard daily sipper. Great straight or mixed, this hand selected version is full of flavor. Herbal mint and dark cherries on the nose with dark chocolate in the background. Taste holds red cherry, dark toffee, tobacco, cedar and eucalyptus. Finish is long and balanced.

JTS Brown 100 proof Bourbon
The nose is big and sweet with caramel corn, dark red fruits, vanilla and toffee. The taste holds a moderate burn with dark cherry and anise. The finish is lengthy with spice dominating.

Old Grand Dad Bonded BourbonOld Grand Dad Bonded Bourbon
Bonded and beautiful, this one is a classic. Big sweet butterscotch and red fruit on the nose along with solid spice. The taste holds anise, caramel, vanilla, and soft pepper. Finish is long with anise and vanilla fading softly together.

Benchmark Old Number 8 Brand Bourbon
The name says it all, this is a Benchmark bourbon in the sleeper section. Deep cherry and vanilla notes on the spicy nose. The taste holds vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. The finish is solid with anise and dark fruit fading.

Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon
Extra aged, and extra flavorful without the extra price tag. The nose is rich with orchard fruit and citrus mingling alongside nuts and baking spices. The taste reveals rich vanilla, oak, and anise cherries. The finish is long and soft with vanilla and spices fading away slowly.

Wyoming Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey is situated in Kirby, Wyoming. A town with a population of 94 people. This thriving metropolis is pumping out some wonderful wheated bourbon. They are using traditional methods of bourbon production, including the 53 gallon size barrels they use to age the amber liquid. We recently were lucky enough to select two of these barrels exclusively for Binny’s Beverage Depot. With wheated bourbon becoming so popular, having new delicious alternatives is always a bonus for us, and more importantly, you.

Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #865 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon

Barrel 865 is 6 years and 4 months old. Distilled in March of 2010. On the nose, loads of butterscotch, brown sugar and baking spice. The taste reveals big cinnamon flavors and soft anise. The lengthy finish features a dark cherry note arriving late and then fades with anise.

Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #1103 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon
Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #1103 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon
Wyoming Whiskey Barrel #1103 Binny's Handpicked Bourbon

Barrel 1103 is 6 years and 2 months old. Distilled in May of 2010. The nose bursts with roasted caramel, corn, and pleasant oak notes. The taste holds dark cherry, big spice, and anise. The finish has subtle fruit and large oak flavors fading nicely together.

Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road

The Whiskey Hotline team recently had the pleasure of visiting the Journeyman distillery to pick out some new casks of Buggy Whip Wheat and Last Feather Rye. Journeyman has grown quite a bit over the last several years, but it’s still shocking to see just how much the place has grown up. Check out our blog post here to learn more. Here’s a sneak peek at these upcoming casks. Keep an eye on the Whiskey Hotline for an arrival date shortly.

Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150801
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150801
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150801

Toasted wheat, brown sugar and dark rich cinnamon on the nose. Mixed flavors of breakfast cereal, caramel, butterscotch, and baked apricots on the tongue. Long finish with spice and fruit slowly fading.

Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150461
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150461
Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey #150461

Soft pear notes on the nose with wheat and red berries. Orchard fruits with grain and long lasting cinnamon notes complete the taste. Very long finish.

Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #150743

Roasted caramel and rye with wintergreen on the nose. Taste is full of big fat, round chewy wintergreen and vanilla. Finish is long and herbal with clove and rye spice.

Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0778

On the nose, large herbal wintergreen flavors alongside dark red cherries. Red fruits, anise, and wintergreen undertones along with a touch of anise fill your tastebuds. The finish is well-balanced lasting for a good amount of time.

Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777
Last Feather Rye Whiskey #0777

Toasted caramel on the nose with soft wintergreen notes. On the taste, herbal wintergreen leads the way with an unexpected undertone of candied peach and soft anise. The finish is pleasant with wintergreen and anise fading slowly.

Speaking of Journeyman, come taste the broad range of flavors they have to offer yourself. Owner and Master Distiller Bill Welter himself will be guiding our seminar covering whiskies, gins, and even cider. Discover the quality that is quickly separating Journeyman from the craft distillers pack.

Continuing Education
Journeyman Seminar with Guest Lecturer Bill Welter
Thursday, September 22nd 6-8PM
Binny's Lincoln Park

Come learn about one of our local distilleries from Bill Welter, Master Distiller and owner of Journeyman Distillery. Bill will take you on a taste expedition that includes whiskey, gin, and cider. This seminar will give you a better understanding of what it truly means to be grain to glass in the Midwest and will leave you wanting to take a short trip up to the distillery to see it for yourself. Half of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Event Cost: $25.00 ($20.00 w/Binny's Card) Reservations Required RSVP by calling 312-664-4394.


Inchmurrin 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

This 12 year is a sweet treat. The nose holds orchard fruit, some soft tropical notes and a pleasant nuttiness. The taste reveals more of the same along with a sherry flavor and some citrus. The finish is medium length with fruit fading along with soft spices. A beautifully light and easily approachable daily sipper.

Inchmurrin 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Inchmurrin 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Inchmurrin 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

The nose is full of fruit and caramel with some soft citrus tucked in the back. On the taste, dark caramelized fruits arrive in the initial wave with tropical fruits, vanilla, and cacao alongside some nutmeg to round things out. The finish is quite long with citrus and dark fruit lingering.

Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish
Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish

This whiskey first undergoes an initial aging in ex-bourbon barrels. Madeira finishing adds a nice depth of fruit to this lovely malt. On the nose, citrus and orchard fruits with a soft nuttiness in the background. The taste releases more orchard fruits along with some darker fruits, butterscotch and nuts. The finish is long and warming with a noticeable madeira flavor and a general nuttiness fading slowly.

New & Notable

Highland Queen Blended Scotch Whiskies

The newest blends to hit our shelves bring a standard blend plus 8 and 12 year old expressions. A base of malt whiskies from Glenmorangie gives this blend a light and fruity character. Throw some Glen Moray in on top of that and the result is a very malt heavy blended Scotch. Lots of bang for your whisky buck here.

Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey by FEW Distillery
Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey by FEW Distillery
Flaming Lips Brainville Rye Whiskey by FEW Distillery

Few makes fantastic rye. The Flaming Lips make fantastic music. A match made in whiskey heaven, but this beautiful label is extremely limited, grab one before it’s gone.

Artez Single Varietal Armagnacs
Artez Single Varietal Armagnacs
Artez Single Varietal Armagnacs

Armagnac is traditionally made from 4 grape varietals; Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Colombard, and Bacco. There’s no better way to start your journey through Armagnac than to taste what these grapes bring to the table on their own.

Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Writers Tears Pot Still Irish Whiskey

A longtime customer request has finally made its way to Binny’s! This light bodied, full flavored whiskey is a blend of single pot still and single malt whiskey, no grain whiskey in the blend at all. That’s a lot of whiskey value for $40.

Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series 4th Release
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series 4th Release
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series 4th Release

The latest release in the series celebrating the storied distillery’s lineage of master distillers, and another one that won’t last long.

Mash Bash Chicago is a local Chicago based publication with a mission to help beverage fans make informed decisions. At Binny's, we can get behind that. In fact, Binny's often lends expertise to their tasting panels, including the Whiskey Hotline's very own Brett Pontoni and Joe Maloney. Now we're excited to bring the experience to you.

Friday, October 14th, 5:30-8pm
ONLY $20
Mash Bash Chicago

Don't miss the 2016 MASH BASH CHICAGO, a celebration of award winning whiskey. Meet the judges and learn about the panel's process, taste Gold and Platinum medal-winning whiskeys from around the world, test your own tasting skill in a blind tasting challenge. You'll walk out with a swag bag including a commemorative Glencairn glass and more, plus take advantage of an exclusive, event-only discount.

This event is only $20 and tickets are limited. Buy now because this event is guaranteed to sell out.


Weekend Cocktail Pick

Football is back! Be prepared with our ultimate Green Chile Bloody mary. Don’t be fooled – this isn’t your average bloody mary. It’s a meal in a glass. You’ll experience sweet, bbq, sour and savory flavors that will make your taste buds water nonstop. We recommend whipping this one out for your tailgate or Sunday couch session. As always, garnish like you mean it. Leave no blue cheese stuffed olive behind.


2 oz St. George Chile Vodka
2 dashes Worcestershire
4 Drops Memphis BBQ Bitters
Stirrings Bloody Mix

Build in pint glass over ice and shake to combine. Garnish with pickle, olive, lemon wedge, cocktail onion and a beef stick. Seriously – don’t forget the beef stick.

Binny's Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month

Why does bourbon get a whole month? The US Senate declared September “Bourbon Heritage Month” back in 2007. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and longstanding legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to America and the world. Whether you enjoy this classic American spirit in your favorite cocktail, on the rocks, or neat, let us know how you’re celebrating. We plan to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month this September with four of our favorite handpicked bourbons brands.

Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon Binny's Handpicked

From the standard 101 proof bourbon to the 17-year-old Master’s Keep, Wild Turkey has something for everybody. With a long, rich history Wild Turkey is a great example of where the bourbon industry is at currently. This storied distillery recently built a brand new facility and expanded the visitor’s center several times over. When we think of Bourbon Heritage, Wild Turkey's master distiller Jimmy Russell certainly comes to mind. Jimmy joined Wild Turkey in 1954, and under his watchful eye Wild Turkey has soared to great heights. Current Master Distiller and son of Jimmy, Eddie Russell, joined Wild Turkey in 1981. Lucky for you, we’ve recently received 3 barrels of Russell’s Reserve just in time for Bourbon Heritage month.

Buffalo Trace Binny's Handpicked Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Buffalo Trace always come to mind during Bourbon Heritage Month. With an amazing selection of Bourbon and Rye, Buffalo Trace is one of the world’s best. From Blanton's to Stagg to Pappy, Buffalo Trace distills some of the most sought after bourbon in the world. We recently selected 25 barrels of the classic, and had them bottled as a Binny’s special. For this batch, we worked with 8 year old samples from the middle floors of four different warehouses. The backbone comes from the 5th floor of warehouse I with whiskies distilled on three different days in April 2008. As always, we hone our palates with a sample of standard BT before creating a batch unique to Binny's, but paying honor to the whisky it represents. We crushed it this time.

J. Henry and Sons Barrel Strength Bourbon Single Barrel #B88 Binny's Handpicked

Bourbon is America’s native spirit, and we’re glad to be featuring Bourbons from around the country. J. Henry & Sons, located in Dane, Wisconsin, are producing amazing bourbon. We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a single barrel. This bourbon is distinctive because the ingredients are grown on site. The mash bill consists of corn, rye, wheat, and barley. The corn is a red corn heirloom variety used in no other bourbon. The distinctive ingredients, and time in the barrel, have produced a wonderfully rich and beautiful bourbon.

Cody Road Cask Strength Bourbon Binny's Handpicked

For those of you that don’t know, Mississippi River Distilling Company is truly a grain to glass operation. Very few distilleries exist in this country that can lay claim to handling all aspects of the spirit making process. All of the grains used to create these spirits come from within 25 miles of the distillery. What does that mean? MRDC is able to select only the finest grains, and just as importantly, get them to the distillery quickly. “Grain to glass” is also bringing terroir to light in the world of whiskey. The Midwest is known for its abundance of grain, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have it sitting in distilled form on our shelves. The Burchett brothers continue to impress us as they dial in the bourbon making process. We recently selected two barrels of bourbon. We should note, this is wheated bourbon. The majority of bourbon on the market today is made with rye as the flavoring grain. This mash bill consist of 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% malted barley.


2.5 oz Bourbon
1 oz Mathilde Peche
10 drops Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters

Build in rocks glass over large cube and stir gently.

*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 or by calling (888) 817-5898.

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