Spirits

  1. Barrel to Bottle: World Class Whiskey From a Subtropical Climate?

    Barrel to Bottle: World Class Whiskey From a Subtropical Climate?

    World class whisky from a sub tropical climate? Kavalan makes it look easy. In this special Whiskey Hotline episode of Barrel to Bottle, Pat, Brett and Joe taste their way through Kavalan's offerings with Master Blender Ian Chang. Taiwan's first distillery has been running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since opening in 2006. Ian also teases Kavalan's upcoming triple pot distilled single malt gin, and helps the guys during the Q&A segment, featuring your question about barrel placement in rackhouses.

     
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  2. Confessions of a Mixologist: Blackberry Bourbon Smash

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Blackberry Bourbon Smash

    The Blackberry Bourbon Smash is a quick, spicy and fresh cocktail with bright eye-catching color. Its herbaceous aromatics artfully accent a wide variety of table fare.

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  3. Barrel to Bottle: A Walk Down Gin Lane

    Barrel to Bottle: A Walk Down Gin Lane

    Gin: it's a canvas for expression to distillers, a clutch tool to elevate cocktails for mixologists, and an excitingly diverse spirit for the Barrel to Bottle team to taste. Binny's Skokie Assistant Manager Shannon leads the podcast team through a tour of some of her recent gin discoveries: Boone County Jail Gin, Old Elk Distillery Dry Town Gin, Copper & Kings American Dry Gin, Few Spirits Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin, Sipsmith London Sloe Gin and the limited Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice. Stick around for this week's Q&A segment: it's a stumper that tests the team's Scotch smarts.

     
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  4. Barrel to Bottle: #TryRye and More with Old Forester's Jackie Zykan

    Barrel to Bottle: #TryRye and More with Old Forester's Jackie Zykan

    Old Forester is making a huge comeback, propelled by great new releases and the contributions of fresh blood including Master Taster Jackie Zykan. Jackie joins the Barrel to Bottle team to taste through some excellent bottles from Old Forester, including two now nearly unobtainable Binny's handpicks (a few bottles are still out there, so if you see one, buy it!) plus Old Fo's 1897 Bottled in Bond and their new 100 Proof Rye. Topics include tasting to a brand's profile, what is the mullet of bourbon whiskey, not being an ageist or a floorist, tasting flaws and blind spots and why having more or fewer taste buds don't specifically make you a better or worse taster. And stick around for the Q&A segment - this week the team gives away three $20 gift cards and answers your questions. #tryrye #oldfonotjustforoldfolks

     
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  5. Barrel to Bottle: Ian Millar Talks Glenfiddich and More

    Barrel to Bottle: Ian Millar Talks Glenfiddich and More

    Ian Millar has seen it all and has the stories and knowledge to prove it. Ian and Kirstin Grant of William Grant & Sons join the Barrel to Bottle Crew for a conversation about the past, present and future of Glenfiddich. It wouldn't be a Barrel to Bottle podcast without sampling some of their fine Scotch, including the Glenfiddich 12-year-old, Glenfiddich 14-year-old and Fire & Cane, a blend of peated and unpeated Scotch, aged in Rum barrels. Plus, Ian and the team revisit the legendary Annasach Reserve 25 Year blend.

     
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  6. Barrel to Bottle Episode 78: Westland's Matt Hofmann Defines American Single Malt

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 78: Westland's Matt Hofmann Defines American Single Malt

    Not only is Westland Distillery leading the charge for American single malt whiskey, but they're capturing the Pacific Northwest in every bottle of single malt whiskey they produce (yes, whiskey with an E, it's American). Westland cofounder and master distiller Matt Hofmann leads the Barrel to Bottle team through an in-depth tour of his whiskies, from their core range - American Oak, Peated, and Sherry Wood - plus multiple years from their limited Peat Week and Garryana releases. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question for a $20 Binny's gift card. This week, it's all about grain whiskey.

     
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  7. Barrel to Bottle Episode 77: Hypeworthy?

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 77: Hypeworthy?

    All those legendary, unobtainable bottles - are they worth the hype? The Barrel to Bottle crew tastes iconic, collectible whiskey, so you don't have to. Featuring top-notch bottlings from Old Forester, Eagle Rare, Wild Turkey, Angel's Envy and Pappy Van Winkle, this episode took some work. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question for a $20 Binny's Gift Card. In this week's question, the takes on "peak bourbon bubble."

     
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  8. Bourbon Women Night Handpick 2019

    Bourbon Women Night Handpick 2019

    If you've attend Bourbon Women Night before, welcome back! If you're new to the event - let's catch you up. Bourbon Women Night is an event fully centered around the female leaders in the spirits industry. Each year, we host distillers, owners, master tasters, barrel warehouse managers, blenders, global ambassadors, sales leads, mixologists and the list goes on and on. These women make up a small, but mighty chunk of the spirits world. They have helped to improve the industry, experimented with new mash bills, created new barrel aging techniques and much, much more - but most importantly - they have created an influence on many spirit drinkers.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 73: The GlenAllachie is Finally Here

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 73: The GlenAllachie is Finally Here

    Despite being constructed in the 1960’s, the only way to get a taste of GlenAllachie over the last half-century was through rare independent bottlings or as a component in favorite blended Scotch. That’s all changing with new ownership, and Binny’s is excited to share the new OB GlenAllachie bottlings. Noted Distillery personality David Keir offers the Barrel to Bottle team an insider’s view of the distillery and offers a taste of the new GlenAllachie lineup. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about how tariffs affect the whiskey trade, both locally and internationally.

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  10. Barrel to Bottle Episode 71: Far North Spirits

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 71: Far North Spirits

    It's easy to get caught up in local craft spirits, especially living in an area like Chicagoland that's home to an incredible collection of craft options. Just don't miss out on highlights from far away, including insanely remote places such as Hallock, Minnesota, home of Far North Spirits. This week, Johny Barbosa of Far North shares shares his incredible portfolio of criminally underappreciated craft spirits, from vodka to gin, rum to rye, plus a surprise or two. And of course, the team covers which spirits best pairing with hot dish. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the Barrel to Bottle team takes on the question of best beverages for cooking.

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