The Whiskey Hotline: Barrel Report
Wondering what's new in spirits here at Binny's? Be sure to check out the newest edition of the online Whiskey Hotline. Here's an excerpt that highlights upcoming releases from the Binny's Handpicked Selections program:
Two from High West We're teaming up with our buddies in Park City, Utah for two exciting new Binny's Handpicked Selections. Our first selection is a special bottling of Double Rye, a blend of 2 year old 95% rye and a 16 year old 53% rye. After blending, the whiskey returned to barrel for a just under a year. Get this! The barrel had previously held their 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan. Super cool. Rye grain and citrus, coffee and cherry kick off the nose. Creamy marshmallow texture, gobs of cherry, and some spirited spice. Then a long finish with tons of rye. The Manhattan barrel shows its influce, making this pick an easy one. Next, get ready for a Binny's exclusive Rendezvous Rye. A re-barreled blend of 6 year 95% rye and 16 year old 80% rye, sourced from two famous distilleries. Our pick was then aged over two years in first fill four roses bourbon barrels. The result is a winner: Medium toast on the nose, peppery rye spice and caramel. Light on entry with spice and toast, soft fruit rounds out the edges to the powerful finish. Powerful, sure, but the key here is balance. Both of these Handpicked Selections will roll in at 100 proof. If these are a huge success, we're going to push harder for barrel proof next time. Since we're talking about them, be sure to try other great new releases from High West: OMG Silver Rye, Campfire and American Prarie Reserve Bourbon. We just don't have enough space here to give them all the praise High West deserves. The Whiskey Hotline Hits Le Rue Brett just returned from a trip to Cognac, and he brought back swag. Swag in the form of barrel samples. We still have to taste them and pick our favorites, but wouldn't it be cool to have a Binny's Handpicked Cognac? Maybe a new French brandy, too... We'll see... Be sure to check out pics from his trip. Angel's Envy Sometimes we can't believe that they actually pay us to do this stuff. Case in point: an afternoon with Wes Henderson picking a new Binny's Handpicked Angel's Envy. It went like this: Wes and his father Lincoln blend their Angel's Envy from three component whiskies that differ by the amount of time finished in port pipe. After tasting all three components, we made and tasted our own custom blends. It took us five attempts to get it exactly right, and then three more just to be sure. It was worth the effort. The new Binny's Handpicked Angel's Envy is port barrel finished bourbon, Binny's style: Big fruit, brown sugar, caramel and honey, and enough spirit to cut through. This exclusive bottling will arrive in a few weeks. Check out the rest of the news that's fit to drink over at the online Whiskey Hotline.