The Whiskey Hotline

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The Whiskey Hotline team is on a never ending mission. We scour the world for the most interesting, unique and best barrels of whiskey we can find. This can take us to Scotland, Taiwan, Washington, Tennessee, Kentucky... Wherever there’s good whiskey to be found, we’ll find the best of it and bring it to you at the best price we can.

New Handpicked bourbons from Clyde May’s

And the Winners are: Barrel #13 and Barrel #90!

Long known for their “Alabama Style” whiskey, Clyde May’s recently added straight bourbon to their repertoire, sourced from a well-known distiller in southern Indiana. The finest of these delicious bourbon barrels were set aside for their handpicked cask program, and Binny’s Whiskey Hotline had first crack at these beauties. We tasted through many barrels, all were remarkably well-balanced bourbons, and it was certainly tough to narrow our favorites down to just two. Each barrel showed loads of fresh fruits and sweet vanillas balanced by a touch of rye spice and the firm oak of properly aged whiskey. Any fans of our handpicked barrels will be impressed by these outstanding whiskies, and for a limited time save 15%!

Clyde May's Straight Bourbon Whiskey Binny's Handpicked #13

750mL

$37.99

$33.99

The nose presents baked peaches, red cherry, ripe pear, butterscotch, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of red licorice candy. The palate is soft and round with baked orchard fruits dominating the front. Cardamom, vanilla icing, toffee, and a touch of cinnamon balance the baked fruits. The finish pleasant and warming with apples and toffee lingering.

Clyde May's Straight Bourbon Whiskey Binny's Handpicked #90

750mL

$37.99

$33.99

A slightly sweeter nose on this barrel. More oaky vanilla up front with corn puddin’, allspice, and clove rounding things out. On the taste peach, pear, baked apple, cinnamon sticks and a pleasant spice. The finish lingers quite a bit with oak spice fading alongside caramel apples and a soft dose of vanilla.

Also from Clyde May's

Clyde May's Straight Rye Whiskey

750mL

$41.99

$36.99

On the nose, mint and wintergreen jump out front balanced by candied orange segments, vanilla bean, and a bit of baking spice. The wintergreen explodes at first on the taste but citrus arrives to reign it in with a balancing sweetness of toffee, vanilla candies, and a touch of drying oak. The finish is quite nice with mint and wintergreen still at the fore with lingering vanilla softening things up. Just a gorgeous and balanced rye.

Here piggy, piggy! New cask strength, handpicked barrels from WhistlePig have arrived!

Nothing welcomes in the cooler nights of fall like a spicy rye whiskey. Especially if it’s a Whiskey Hotline handpicked barrel at full strength. There’s just something about that herbal, minty spice coupled with powerful, punchy peppery notes that is just so comforting when the days get shorter and nights get cooler. Our latest picks from Vermont’s WhistlePig have arrived and these porkers are some robust rye whiskies.

WhistlePig Cask Strength Straight Rye Single Barrel #4291 "Pancetta" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$89.99

$79.99

The nose opens with grilled peaches and mint sprigs, vanilla candy, toffee, caramels, well-worn leather and clove. A distinct and rich caramelized peach flavor greets the palate with mint, vanilla blossoms, black pepper, and baking spice balancing the fruit. The finish is lengthy with cinnamon, a touch of oak char and clove lingering. A beautifully rotund rye.

WhistlePig Cask Strength Straight Rye Single Barrel #4334 "Prosciutto" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$89.99

$79.99

On the nose this little piggy really jumps with dill, orange candy segments, allspice, and warm oak. The taste shows a touch of red rope licorice, red berries, dill, and more brown spices. The finish is pleasantly tingling with red fruit, dill, and powerful oak fading slowly.

WhistlePig Cask Strength Straight Rye Single Barrel #4287 "Jamon" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$89.99

$79.99

Vanilla dippin’ dots melted over fresh mint leaves leap from the glass. Caramel candies, cinnamon, white pepper and clove give some balance to the sweet vanilla notes. On the palate baked pear arrives with a shot of mint syrup, vanilla candy, toffee, and a spike of clove and cinnamon. The finish is long and chewy with oak spice lingering after an initial burst of baked pear, red berry, and vanilla.

WhistlePig Cask Strength Straight Rye Single Barrel #4288 "Country" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$89.99

$79.99

The nose bursts with chewy citrus candy, wintergreen, vanilla paraffin, and a bit of pepper. On the taste, brown sugar-coated baked orchard fruits, clove, fresh mint, white pepper, and a touch of charred oak. The finish is robust and chewy with clove and pepper fading softly. A fat and rich rye.

Everyday Bourbon Values

As high-end bourbons have continued to climb in price, and disappear from the shelves, it’s nice to have a few brands that deliver consistently great flavor and value. We’ve highlighted a few of The Whiskey Hotline’s favorites that scratch that bourbon itch without breaking the bank. In fact, they’re some of the best spirits values around under $30.

Old Forester Signature Bourbon

750mL

$24.99

Old Forester has played second fiddle to some of Brown Forman’s bigger brands like Woodford Reserve for quite a while now. The brand has seen a resurgence lately as consumers are starting to appreciate the immense value it delivers. A perennial favorite of the Whiskey Hotline, Old Forester Signature delivers from nose to finish. Sweet vanilla and caramelized fruits soaked in honey leap from the glass. Pepper and cinnamon spice with oak tannin give balance to the ripe and tropical side. Enough strength to stand up and be noticed in a cocktail, or on the rocks.

Four Roses Bourbon

750mL

$21.99

At only $22 for a 750mL this should be a mainstay on any back bar. This is the only release from the iconic distillery that combines all 10 of their recipes. Incredibly well balanced, this mellow bourbon is a perfect daily sipper or cocktail delight. With a base of delicate and fruity bourbon, a moderate dose of clove and cinnamon are perfectly incorporated to create a well rounded work horse. Hard to imagine this bourbon was once unavailable in America, thank goodness we can find it stocked now-a-days.

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

750mL

$26.97

The nose on this soft, 94 proof sipper is that of an older bourbon with highlights of butterscotch, oak, vanilla and a faint whiff of herbal rye. Quite inviting. These oak driven flavors also shine on the palate which is expertly balanced with a touch of brown sugar sweetness and some spicy cinnamon. Even with some price increases in recent years Reverend Elijah’s namesake whiskey remains one of the best deals in the bourbon aisle.

Small Batch 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon

750mL

$29.99

This favorite from the Barton distillery in Bardstown is known for its chewy mouthfeel and sweet complexity. Wearhouse collapses and all, 1792 will keep you on your toes with big luscious tropical fruit flavors and pleasantly lively spice. Though the name has changed a few times, the quality has never wavered. Quality bourbon at a wonderful price, no need to go broke while drinking like a King…or Queen.

I.W. Harper 15 Year Bourbon: Finally Back In Stock

The latest limited release from Basil Hayden is here and it’s sure to appease the palate of any bourbon or rye fan, because it’s both. Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye combines 2 different rye whiskies and 2 different bourbons. The rye portion makes up the majority of the blend and is a combination of 5 year old rye and some 7 year old that has a higher rye content. The balancing bourbons are 6 and 13 years old.  

Basil Hayden's Two by Two Rye Blended With Straight Bourbon

750mL

$44.99

This whiskey’s rye roots shine brightest on the nose, loads of spice with brown sugar and a bit of menthol keeping it in check. Soft and easy on the palate, the corn sweetness from the bourbon takes the edge off the rye but still leaves a core of spice cutting through. Soft nougat, charred oak, cinnamon, and some baked fruit round out the flavor. The spice slowly fades through the typical soft and gentle Basil finish. Whether you like spicy or sweet, this Basil is a real treat.