We win again! Whisky Magazine has again named Binny's Beverage Depot "Whisky Retailer of the Year - Multiple Outlet" in their Icons of Whisky 2014. We like this part: "Binny's do an outstanding job of educating consumers and finding unusual whiskies to widen its inventory." In victory, magnanimity.
We're number one! We're number one! We're number one! We're number one!
The newest from Glenmorangie's Private Edition: Companta. That's Gaelic for "friendship." The wood makes the whisky, with finishing in Clos de Tart and fortified Rasteau barrels. The nerds at the Wine Hotline say that's pretty cool.
We keep joking that everything is coming out black these days. Now Captain Morgan is putting us in our place with the new Captain Morgan White. It's Captain Morgan, only white.
In other news, Hornitos is coming out with a new "Black Barrel" soon... so... you know, we were still totally right.
A wonderful malt deserves a wonderful presentation, right? Check out these new bottles from Benriach. Heavily peated and also non-peated Benriach in a variety of cool casks? Yes please.
We just picked up a bunch of excellent new fruit liqueurs and brandies from St. George in California. Just like their Absinthe Verte, they are available in 200mL bottles, so you can add class and dimension to your bar without a huge investment.
You know, 230 bucks isn't bad for a 25 year old Speyside.
The second Jefferson's Ocean is here. This whale made whiskey is shore to disappear soon. It sets a high tide for boat-aged bourbon, and it's an easy sail. Has bourbon jumped the shark?
The new Bowmore Small Batch replaces the old Bowmore Legend. It's a small step up in price that represents a big step up in quality.
Act fast and you could be one of a handful of lucky people to blow an entire paycheck on a bottle of rum: Brugal Papa Andres Limited Edition Arcos. This stuff used to be the Brugal family's private stash, and they released just 500 bottles for the public.
We mentioned the Lost Distillery Company before, right? They do their best to interpret long-shuttered distilleries and emulate what their malt would taste like today. Their third release emulates Gerston. Check their site for more. It's a cool story, and a cool whisky too.
For those in the know about Irish: Green Spot will be here by the end of the month, and Redbreast 21 is here (in super limited quantities) with more coming soon.
If the great state of Wisconsin were reincarnated as a premixed cocktail, it would be Arty's. That's three different takes on the old fashioned, and all you have to do is pour onto ice and lean into a curved back couch.
From the guy who brought you (the much sought-after) Stranahan's comes a brand new Colorado whiskey. TINCUP American Whiskey is actually a high-rye bourbon recipe made with crisp Colorado Rockies water.
Another new batch of Blackadder just rolled in, including a 25 year Burnside, the nation's second after the Binny's Handpicked Burnside.
Burnside, by the way, is a cask of Balvenie adulterated with a spoonful of Glenfiddich, making it a blended instead of single malt. Similarly, a cask of Glenfiddich adulterated with a spoonful of Balvenie is called Wardhead. And we just happen to have a 24 year Wardhead from Blackadder too.
It goes without saying that the rest of the Blackadder bottles are good too. Cask strength, never chillfiltered, always good casks.
We need a new word for fans of white whiskey. 'Shineheads? Anyway, there are new flavors from upstart Arkansas distillery Rock Town, including grape and peach and blackberry cobbler.