Whiskey Hotline: Rollin' In
From the most recent edition of the Whiskey Hotline, What's Rollin' In! The Only One I Love With a name like Yellow Rose, you know it's from Maine. Just kidding. Yellow Rose is the first legal distillery in Houston, and they're all about extremes. Take their Outlaw Bourbon. Their secret mashbill recipe? 97% corn, despite what their website says. The Straight Rye? 95% rye. Our favorite is their Double Barrel - a bourbon that sees finishing time in cabernet barrels for six months. They first caught Brett's eye while he was judging at the American Distilling Institute 2013 competition. Only a matter of time before they hit the shelves at Binny's. Fishy Business How does that old saying go? "Beer before liquor?" Ballast Point proves that's bunk by following their knockout beers with exceptional spirits, coming soon. We got a sneak preview of their delicious rums and phenomenal gin a few months ago, when their beers first hit Chicago. And we're hoping that someday we can get their whiskey too. Pappy Van Tequila It turns out the T in George T Stagg stands for tequila. Expresiones del Corazon are garnering rave reviews, combining agave's citrus and savor with caramel and spice from the most coveted American bourbon barrels. That's right, tequila aged in barrels from George T. Stagg, Pappy Van Winkle, Sazerac, and more. High-end stuff, but amazing. A Knock-Out Also from the world of tequila comes the new Julio Cesar Chavez tequila. It's a one-two punch of award-winning blanco and reposado. What's the hook? We have our supplier on the ropes, trying to get the legendary boxer to do a Binny's appearance. Rising Sun Rising Japan is making some of the best whiskey in the world in 2013. Case in point: Nikka Coffey. This is a great introduction to Japan, especially for bourbon drinkers. Big and sweet, it is corn distillate run through a Coffey still - a continuous column still. And it's just one great new spirit to arrive from this producer. Nikka operates two unique distilleries - Yoichi and Miyagikyo. We've had the stunning Yoichi 15 year old for a while, and now we can brag that we also have the Miyagikyo 12 year old. Or for a snapshot of what they're doing, reach for a Taketsuru bottling, which includes whiskey from both as a blended malt. Joining the 12 year on Binny's shelves are the new 17 and 21 year old expressions. If you care about whiskey at all, pay attention to Japan. Grander Marnier Two new flavors from that iconic orange-and-Cognac liqueur. The first: GM Titanium includes more exotic orange flavor and less sugar than the standard bottling. We think they're targeting men, what with the macho martial arts ad tie-ins. It's good: amped up orange and spice with less sweetness means more mixable, which is just fine with us. The second: Grand Marnier Signature Collection No 2. Last year, they introduced a new, limited-run cherry version. This year, it's all about peach and raspberry. Not bad. And if you're still looking for last year's cherry bottling, we still have a few bottles here and there. Looking for more news from the world of specialty spirits? Be sure to check out the Whiskey Hotline.