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.

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It’s not everyday that we get enough of a 15 year old bourbon, much less a reasonably priced one, to announce it to our loyal Whiskey Hotline readers. Thankfully the latest bottling of the criminally underrated I.W. Harper 15 year old just arrived and we snatched up all we could. In 2015 Diageo brought the legendary I.W. Harper brand back to the United States after an absence of nearly 30 years. Harper was still being bottled, but only sold overseas where it had gained a loyal following in the 1950’s and 60’s. The new iteration of I.W. Harper featured a non-age stated bourbon and a wonderful 15 year old in a throwback decanter. Unfortunately, as with pretty much all old bourbons, the 15 year old was not here to stay. We’ve received some sporadically since, usually about once a year, but never as much as we would like. Thankfully this latest release seems to be a bit broader and we can talk about one of our sleeper picks for premium bourbon again.

I.W. Harper 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

750mL

$79.99

An inviting nose of brown sugar soaked orchard fruits, vanilla candies, butterscotch and a hint of cinnamon up front with some lingering cherry in the background. The palate is light and lively considering the age, but still has the more developed, richer flavors of older whiskies. Sweet vanilla oak, baked apples, more cherries, cinnamon sticks and spicy oak transition to caramel, leather and lasting vanilla. The finish is surprisingly gentle but very long with notes of oak, vanilla, citrus and cinnamon fading. A connoisseur’s bourbon at an everyday price.

Better Bourbon by Blending

The good folks at New Riff are living out The Whiskey Hotline’s dream. Retailers turned distillers, and good distillers at that. Seriously, when will The Whiskey Hotline finally purchase a still? While they are brand new to our stores, these barrels of rye and bourbon have been quietly aging in Kentucky for the past four years. New Riff adheres to strict quality standards throughout the entire whiskey making process. They have aged every drop of whiskey they have made exclusively in 53 gallon barrels, and all their whiskies are at least 4 years old and are non chillfiltered, preserving the rich and textural mouthfeel. The results speak for themselves, and we’re proud to add these delicious whiskies to our selection.

New Riff Distilling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Bottled in Bond

750mL

$39.99

On the nose this high rye bourbon exudes lovely notes of baked cherry, baked apple, orange zest, cinnamon, vanilla nougat and clove. The mouthfeel has a wonderful viscosity and delights the tastebuds with flavors of caramel sauce, vanilla candy, baked orchard fruits, cinnamon and oak spice. The finish starts with a big burst of cinnamon and oak that fades slowly into a black pepper, vanilla candy, toffee, and caramel soaked baked fruit delight.

New Riff Distilling Single Barrel Bourbon Barrel Proof

750mL

$49.99

The rye in the mashbill jumps up front on the nose in the form of mint, which perfectly frames baked peaches and apples and is complemented by a touch of cherry blossom, vanilla, toffee and gentle baking spices. On the taste, lush baked fruit initially leads while cinnamon and pepper arrive to balance. These flavors slowly transition into vanilla cake and sweet caramel. On the finish, spice and vanilla soaked fruit slowly drift into cinnamon and oak with some lingering spice. The robust bottling proof is barely noticeable.

New Riff Disitilling Kentucky Straight Rye Bottled in Bond

750mL

$44.99

On the nose, mint and orange blossom shine with a backbone of toffee, vanilla wafer, clove, black pepper and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is perfect on the first sip. We really should start a petition to make all whiskies non chillfiltered. The big, bold, minty rye character dominates at first but is quickly tempered by a wonderful underbelly of citrus and vanilla cake topped with cinnamon and oak. The finish comes in three waves with rye spice leading, followed by red rope licorice with more citrus and vanilla cake, then followed by a slow fade into cinnamon and spice. Absolutely gorgeous and dangerously drinkable.

Better Bourbon by Blending

Barrell Craft Spirits has given us all some really amazing bottlings over the last few years. They’ve consistently showcased the art of the blend and have proven that there is more to specialty, limited release bourbons than single barrel. In this latest release, they’ve married bourbons sourced from Tennessee and Kentucky to deliver a sweet and fruity whiskey. In this instance, the sum truly is greater than the individual parts. A combination of 11, 14, and 15 year old bourbons were used to produce batch 18.

Barrell Bourbon Batch 018 Aged 11, 14 and 15 years From Tennessee and Kentucky

750mL

$79.99

On the nose red berry, tropical fruit, cherries and baked citrus with a pleasant touch of clove and cinnamon. The palate shows hints of dark chocolate and honey adding depth to the orange segments and red fruits found on the nose. Toffee and cinnamon slowly emerge and intertwine nicely. The finish has a nutty quality that transitions into dark cacao, baking spices and more honey. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect whiskey to make an Old Fashioned with.

Four Kings Whiskey is Back

Four Kings Whiskey is back for its 6th release celebrating collaboration among craft distillers. This year's bottling is a rye whiskey blend that has been finished in Portuguese brandy barrels for about 6 months. Bottled at a full 101.4 proof this spicy and sweet whiskey is not to be missed.

Four Kings Blended Rye Whiskey Finished in Portuguese Brandy Cask 2019 Limited Release

Four Kings Blended Rye Whiskey Finished in Portuguese Brandy Cask 2019 Limited Release

750mL

$79.99

On the nose, wintergreen and white grape jam on rye toast, with a touch of red rope licorice, clove, cinnamon, vanilla bean, butter, and white pepper. On the taste spice leads the way in the form of cinnamon sticks, black pepper, and clove while more of that white grape jam and toast linger in the background. The finish is pleasant and lengthy with cinnamon and oak spice at the front with a slow fade of fruit and wintergreen.

Whiskey of the Week

Chances are if you’re reading this Whiskey Hotline, you know how much we at Binny’s appreciate the artistry behind the creative whiskies of Compass Box. Their blended malt whiskies are as good or better than most single malts at comparable prices. The same can be said for their line of blended Scotch whiskies, Great King Street. While most blended Scotches are composed 60-70% grain whisky, these Great Kings are less than 50% grain. All that malt gives a rich and round character with deep layers of flavor.

Compass Box Great King Street The Artist's Blend

Compass Box Great King Street The Artist's Blend

750mL

$34.99

Sweet ripe fruits and vanilla cream gently greet the nose. With some time in the glass waxy orchard fruits and subtle spice emerge. Soft and gentle at the palate entry with a flavor that slowly builds across the tongue highlighting baked apples, sweet oak and a bit of baking spice. The finish lingers with gentle fruit and mellow oak spice.

Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Edition

Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Edition

750mL

$34.99

A burly and muscular counterpart to the Artist’s Blend, the Glasgow Blend brings some full bodied and sherry aged Speyside whiskies into the mix with a heavy dose of smoky Islay malt. Dark dried fruits and a beachside bonfire roar out of the glass first but are tempered by a background of sweet fruity malt and toasted oak. The sherry and smoke influence is clear on the palate but neither dominates. Dried figs and plums, toffee, vanilla and sweet smoke are all layered and balanced nicely. The sweeter fruits persist on the finish longest but are still wrapped around a core of smoke.

More from Compass Box
Compass Box Juveniles 2018 Limited Edition

Compass Box Juveniles 2018 Limited Edition

750mL

$129.99

On the nose, sweet baked cereal notes, orchard fruits, lemon balm and vanilla candies. The taste brings rich caramelized malt flavors paired with pear and baked apple, with a dose of vanilla. The finish is lengthy with orchard fruits slowly fading into oak spice.

Compass Box The Spaniard Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Compass Box The Spaniard Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

750mL

$64.99

Sherry maturation is evident with aromas of raisin bread, dark stewed fruits, plums, citrus peel, baked pear and allspice. On the taste candied citrus chews, dark stewed fruits and spice come together with vanilla toffee for a nice round mouthfeel. The finish is lengthy with dark stewed fruits fading alongside oak spice. A real treat for the sherry lover in your life.

Compass Box Gold Standard Binny's Anniversary Selection

Compass Box Gold Standard Binny's Anniversary Selection

750mL

Regular Price $139.99 Special Price $124.99
with Binny's Card

The nose opens with dried fruits like raisins, plums, and figs, a bit of old tobacco and a light touch of smoke. Ripe and tropical aromas emerge after several minutes in the glass tempered by some earthy peat notes. Just a gorgeous and deep nose. The palate unwinds in similar fashion as waves of fruits, baking spices, oak, vanilla, toffee and gentle peat wash over the tongue. These complex layers of rich fruit and oak spice complement and balance each other throughout an enduring finish. A whisky very much worth drinking that you will find only at Binny’s.

Compass Box Peat Monster

Compass Box Peat Monster

750mL

$59.99

A shining example of artistry in the world of whisky. On the nose smoked meats, cooked barley, caramel, honey, soft whiffs of peat, citrus, and brine. The taste reveals a deeply layered expression of glorious peat without losing the balance and nuance inherent in the initial nosing. The finish fades ever so slowly with a clean lingering smoke and soft, ripe citrus.

Compass Box Spice Tree

Compass Box Spice Tree

750mL

$59.99

Aromas of dried orchard fruits sprinkled with dark cacao, vanilla wafer, dried orange segments and oak spice. On the taste rich oak flavors buttress baked orchard fruits soaked in vanilla and caramel syrup sprinkled with cinnamon and clove. The finish is all together pleasant and warm with oak and fruit fading together.

Compass Box Delilah's 25th Anniversary Blend

Compass Box Delilah's 25th Anniversary Blend

750mL

$99.99

This punk rock delight starts with a dose of vanilla candy, dark stewed fruits, and soft waves of spice. On the palate, honey drizzled dark stewed fruits take the lead as baking spice and oak help in the background. The finish fades slowly with fruit up front and pleasant drying spice and clove lasting longest. A whisky worthy enough to carry the name of Delilah’s is certainly worth tracking down.

Compass Box No Name

Compass Box No Name

750mL

$139.99

A Compass Box for the peat freaks. Somewhat Ardbeg-ian on the nose with seaweed, tarry ropes, buckets of peat smoke, honey, and stewed fruit. On the taste, peat leads the way with a gorgeous undercurrent of plum and raisin tossed in honey and vanilla syrup. The finish is glorious with peat leading throughout all while delicate fruit and salt dance underneath. No name needed when your whisky is this good.

Compass Box Phenomenology

Compass Box Phenomenology

750mL

Regular Price $169.99 Special Price $154.99
with Binny's Card

Fruit jumps forth from the glass in the form of red berry, apple, pear, and melon drenched in vanilla syrup with a sprinkling of cinnamon and cove. On the palate, soft peppery waves of smoke mingle with big buckets of red berry, poached pears, baked apples and oak spice. The finish fades ever so slowly with spice winning out over sweet.

Clark & Sheffield Small Batch Bourbon

Introducing the newest member of our Clark & Sheffield family, Small Batch Bourbon. Clark & Sheffield Small Batch bourbon hails from Sazerac’s Bardstown, KY distillery and is 5 years old and 90 proof. A versatile whiskey equally at home on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail and is maybe the best deal in our ever-expanding bourbon aisle. A gentle and flavorful sipper, and a full flavored but budget priced mixer, this bourbon does it all. At only $24.99 for a 1.75 liter this is our new home bar staple.

Clark & Sheffield Small Batch Bourbon

1.75L Bottle

Regular Price $29.99 Special Price $24.99
with Binny's Card

Cherries, brown sugar, pepper and vanilla are all layered throughout the robust nose. The soft and round palate brings a touch more sweetness with strong vanilla, caramelized sugars and sweet corn. Cinnamon and clove build gradually giving balance to the sweeter flavors throughout the long finish.