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The Whiskey Hotline: Scouring the World for the Most Interesting & Unique Barrels of Spirits

The Whiskey Hotline team is on a never ending mission. Scotland, Taiwan, Washington, Tennessee, Kentucky..., wherever there's good spirits 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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Our latest single barrels from Cognac Park are here and both are some of our oldest Cognac barrel picks yet. Hailing from the smallest cru (Borderies), and the largest (Fin Bois), both are eaux de vie of exceptional quality and of an age that other producers would label as XO. Like all good Cognac barrels, the casks themselves have found a second life, they are currently aging bourbon and rye at the Starlight Distillery for a future Binny’s release!

Cognac Park Cellar No. 8 Single Barrel # B3 Borderies Cognac Aged 12 years Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$114.99
$129.99

Perfectly matured and dangerously drinkable. On the nose dried plums, toffee-butter, cacao nibs, floral violets, honeyed apricots, and a gentle dose of baking spice. Supple and irresistible mouthfeel with butterscotch and cacao swirling in a sea of dried apricot and dried plum, with a candied element of honey and clove simmering underneath. The finish is long and elegant with a slow fade of sweet and spice together. Rich and full bodied, a Cognac for a whiskey lover.

Cognac Park Cellar No. 8 Single Barrel # A7 Fin Bois Cognac Aged 14 years Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$129.99
$139.99

Just another stunner from Cognac Park. On the nose this Cognac reveals sliced apricots and golden raisins with toffee in vanilla cream, with cinnamon butter and a hint anise. Soft and round on the palate with creamy vanilla, juicy apricot, plums and a bit of sweet cinnamon and pepper to balance it out. The finish is jammy and wonderfully layered with vinous elements outlasting a soft wave of spice. Everything we want in an XO Cognac.



Plantation’s yearly limited releases in their Vintage lineup are some of the best kept secrets in the rum aisle. Bottled at higher proof, these are densely flavorful rums that showcase the distilling heritage and terroir of their native regions. Batches are blended from just about 20 barrels for the globe, and once they are gone, they are gone for good. Selection varies by location. Check out some of their previous releases here.

Plantation Rum Barbados 2013

750 ml Bottle
$74.99
$84.99

A densely layered nose of coconut, banana, honey-drizzled peaches, vanilla and sweet spices. Full and lush on the palate with waves of caramel, toffee, chocolate hazelnut, ginger and rich spice. The finish is long and fruity with more tropical notes, a flash of citrus oil and a slow fade of toffee. An exceptional rum with a barely perceptible 100.4 proof.

Plantation Rum Guyana 2007

750 ml Bottle
$69.99
$79.99

Distilled in Guyana on both pot and column stills, the pot still used here is very special as it is one of the last working wooden pot stills on the planet and over 250 years old. This produces flavorful and deeply aromatic rum. Intense and rich nose with almond, vanilla, lime peel, underripe banana and pepper. Rich and oily palate, it follows the nose and adds juicy orange, raisins, almond and hazelnut with some oiled leather and molasses. Very long finish showing some wood and baking spice with lingering cinnamon, caramelized bananas and a pinch of pepper.

New Handpicks from WhistlePig

We’ve got a passel of piggies this week with barrels from across WhistlePig’s exceptional lineup of rye whiskies. The 10 year barrels are the sweet and spicy rye we all know and love but amped up and fuller bodied at cask strength. We custom blended the 12 year barrels with our own mix of Sauternes, Madeira and Port cask finishing layering an array of fruit and spices over the core rye and oak. Last and certainly not least, the stellar “Double Malt” 18 year casks are bottled at full strength, the only time you will find these whiskies at barrel proof. Like other barrel proof single casks, yields were on the leaner side, so check out what’s available at your local Binny’s if you’re interested in bringin’ home the bacon.

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 89550 Carnitas Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 89550 Carnitas Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$109.99

On the nose dried orange, honey drizzled on caramel cake, wintergreen, and vanilla soaked oak. Rich and soft on the palate with honeyed fruit before a wave of spice emerges with an herbaceous spike of wintergreen and clove percolating as sweeter elements are overtaken. The finish is long and layered with sweeter flavors of caramel and vanilla finally arriving after a long wave of spice.

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81719 Chicharron Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81719 Chicharron Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$109.99

Bright and inviting nose of rope licorice, toffee butter, and cinnamon candy. On the palate, waves of orange blossoms intertwine with mint with a layer of caramel and vanilla underneath as cinnamon and peppercorn percolate. The finish is chewy and balanced with sweet and spice fading together.

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81789 Chorizo Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81789 Chorizo Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$109.99

On the nose mint chocolate candy, caramel crisps, and cinnamon candied almonds. On the palate, cardamom and peppercorn intensify with mint and chocolate flavors supporting before a slow wave of burnt orange and herbaceous rye creep in. The finish is long and spicy with mint and peppercorn fading into the distance before a gentle wave of vanilla.
 

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81717 Pernil Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81717 Pernil Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$109.99

Sweet and gentle nose of vanilla cream and mint leaves with dried orange, caramel candy, and cinnamon sticks underneath. On the palate, sweet and spice find harmony with sweeter citrus before a wave of baking spices and oak temper the fruit. The finish is layered and easy with sweeter fruit flavors eventually outlasting clove and cardamom, with mint and vanilla cream lingering. A dangerously drinkable rye delight.
 

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81714 Cochinita Pibil Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81714 Cochinita Pibil Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$109.99

On the nose, Seville orange spiked with wintergreen, toffee butter, caramel, vanilla and cinnamon candy. Soft and gentle palate with more caramel and vanilla before a slow creep of red berries, orange pith, mint candies and cinnamon. The finish is long and round with clove and wintergreen persisting after a soft wave of caramel and toffee. A balanced easy drinker.

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81791 Tocino Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 10 year old Rye Single Barrel # 81791 Tocino Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$109.99

On the nose vibrant wintergreen leaves, dried orange slices, red berry, caramel cake, vanilla blossom, and a hint of toasted coconut. On the palate waves of cara cara orange and wintergreen float into harmony with cinnamon sticks, cloves, caramel cream, and vanilla oak. The finish is balanced and delightful with sweet and spice fading away together. Impeccably balanced.
 

WhistlePig Bespoke 12 year old Rye The Ricker Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig Bespoke 12 year old Rye The Ricker Binny's Handpicked
Finished 70% Sauternes, 20% Madeira & 10% Port

750 ml Bottle
$179.99

Bright and inviting nose of honey, golden raisin, white peach, dried pineapple, toffee, pepper and sweet orchard fruits. Soft and easy palate with an array of dried fruits, chocolate toffee, sweet brown spices and a dose of herbal rye spice. Sweet and honeyed finish is quite pleasant with a slow fade back to the spice. A dynamic sipper.
 

WhistlePig Bespoke 12 year old Rye The Whopper Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig Bespoke 12 year old Rye The Whopper Binny's Handpicked
Finished 45% Sauternes, 40% Madeira & 15% Port

750 ml Bottle
$179.99

Honey drizzled apricots, caramel wafers, almond nougat with a dusting of cocoa and allspice on the nose. Rich and full mouthfeel amplifies the caramel and fruit notes while introducing some bright citrus pop, white grape, red berry and cinnamon sticks. This finish is initially fruity but turns more to the spicy side with lingering pepper and oak. Just delicious.
 

WhistlePig 18 year old Straight Rye Single Barrel Capocollo Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 18 year old Straight Rye Single Barrel Capocollo Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$599.99

A classic rye nose of resinous wintergreen and dried dill, with caramel-vanilla cake, citrus blossoms, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet oak. On the palate dark berries, wintergreen oil, dill, and citrus blossoms lead with sweeter elements percolating alongside oak spice. The finish is layered and chewy, with herbal rye elements lingering with cinnamon and clove after a slow fade. About as good as it gets.
 

WhistlePig 18 year old Straight Rye Single Barrel Getta Binny's Handpicked

WhistlePig 18 year old Straight Rye Single Barrel Getta Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$599.99

Robust and layered nose of caramel sponge cake, mint leaves in orange blossom honey, roasted almond, toffee bar, and cinnamon powder. On the palate brambleberry jam with springs of mint, blood orange, vanilla, caramel cake, and a pleasant undercurrent of baking spices and toasted oak. The finish is long and perfect with sweet and spice fading slowly together. One of the absolute best rye whiskies we have tasted.
 

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Few spirits can offer the range of flavor of a single malt. Thanks to the delicate nature of malted barley, a variety of previously used casks traditionally mature malts, as opposed to the new wood treatment bourbon and rye must be subjected to. This gives the distiller and blender a greater palette of flavors to use when constructing a blend, and it gives The Whiskey Hotline quite the variety when hunting for the finest examples. We’ve got malts from across Scotland this week, from Campbeltown to the Highlands, our first casks from independent bottler Mossburn, as well as a modern interpretation from Balcones in Waco, Texas.

Glen Scotia 8 year old 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel # 1059 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$99.99

Our first single cask from Campbeltown in many years! On the nose, maple and vanilla notes mingle in front of red berries and dried apricots with a bit of cinnamon and dried coconut underneath. On the palate, caramel cream and red berry move up front with vanilla wafer and cinnamon candy underneath. Maple returns in the finish with vanilla cream as a wave of sweetness fades into long-lasting spicy cinnamon sticks and clove with dried apricots. A delightful Scotch full of fruit and spice.

Loch Lomond 11 year old Refill Bourbon Barrel # 177 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$89.99
$99.99

A bright and lively single malt. On the nose lemon oil and honeyed peach flavors sit on caramel crisps with vanilla lanolin, honeysuckle, and sweet oak. On the palate honey-drizzled peache is met with baked pear, more caramel and vanilla with a solid dose of sweet oak spice and pepper. The finish is layered and elegant with a hint of chocolate showing up after a slow fade of sweet and spice.

Mossburn Glen Garioch 10 year old ex Madeira Hogshead # 149 Binny's Handpicked 2011

750 ml Bottle
$89.99

The unmistakable signature of Madeira is on the nose with plum sauce reduction, dark chocolate, raw almonds, honey on dried cherries, Orange oil and black peppercorn. On the palate, plums and chocolate maintain the lead, with peppercorn and cardamom surging as honeyed dried cherries and caramel candy percolate. The finish is long and layered with rich nutty notes, pepper and chocolate oranges giving way to long lasting plum and dark chocolate. Exceptionally complex and delightful for a malt of 10 years

Mossburn Glentauchers 13 year old ex Sauternes Barrel # 417 Binny's Handpicked 2009

750 ml Bottle
$89.99

Rich and decadent. On the nose butter on cinnamon raisin bread with dried apricots, honey drenched pear, vanilla blossom, golden raisins and clove. On the palate this malt really sings with waves of sweet and spice intensifying into a wonderful balance showing pepper, peach and nectarine, rumraisin, vanilla candies and sweet oak spices. The finish is long and chewy with oak spice fading into long-lasting honeyed pear, vanilla blossom, and a bit of milk chocolate. An absolute delight.

Balcones Texas Single Malt ex Madeira Barrel # 29628 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$79.99

Another stunner from Balcones. On the nose caramel cream on date bread, with fresh figs, dark cacao nib, roasted nuts, and herbaceous clove. More dark, dried fruits on the palate sitting atop a river of caramel sprinkled with dark chocolate with an undercurrent of sweet baking spices, oak and vanilla. The finish is lengthy and easy with sweeter elements edging out spice.

New Handpicks for the New Year

The Whiskey Hotline’s quest for exceptional casks knows no bounds and takes no holidays off. We’re ringing in 2023 with the latest exceptional single barrels to be added to the lineup at a Binny’s near you.

Cedar Ridge Handpicks

It’s been a while since we had handpicked barrels from Iowa’s oldest craft distillery on the shelves. Their signature bourbon showcases the best of family grown Iowa corn with a touch of malted rye and barley. It makes for an inviting bourbon with a solid dose of fruit and spice balancing the sweet corn. These barrels are also some of the best deals in the store at only $29.99 for single barrel, 107 proof bourbon.

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0020 Binny's Handpicked

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0020 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$29.99

A vibrant and floral bourbon with nice balance throughout. On the nose dried apricots, apple blossoms, almond-toffee, caramel candy, vanilla lanolin, and anise. On the palate stone fruits and caramel take the lead with spice in the passenger seat. The finish is layered and balanced with sweet and spice slowly fading together highlighting vanilla and anise.

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0367 Binny's Handpicked

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0367 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$29.99

A chewy bourbon with lots of layers to it. On the nose roasted nuts on baked peach with fig sauce, butter-toffee, and baking spices. The nutty and fruity combo continues on the palate with a soft wave of sweet corn and spice underneath. The finish is easy and pleasant, with sweeter elements outlasting spice.

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0372 Binny's Handpicked

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0372 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$29.99

On the nose fig jam, buttered toast, milk chocolate toffee bar, and cardamom tea leaves. On the palate more chocolate and dark fruits with a fat, sweet underbelly of vanilla and caramel balanced by a gentle dose of spice. The finish is long and nicely rounded with a long wave of cinnamon and clove tempered by rich brown sugar.

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0407 Binny's Handpicked

Cedar Ridge Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #19-0407 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$29.99

Fat and chewy bourbon with nice layers of flavor on the palate and finish. Caramel corn, roasted nuts, chocolate covered fig, red berry, vanilla wafer, caramel crisps, and baking spices are all layered on the nose. On the palate plums and more chocolate with caramel corn and roasted nuts right behind as spice provides support. The finish is layered and lengthy with spice and sweet dancing as red berry emerges then fades into dark chocolate covered fig and cardamom.

Coppercraft Handpicks

Coppercraft’s bourbons are sone of the hidden gems in the category, so it’s nice to finally have some single barrels available. Each of these single barrels is 9 years old, cask strength and absolutely loaded with richly layered oak, vanilla, toasted caramel and spice. Perfect sippers for these cold winter nights.

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2842 Binny's Handpicked

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2842 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$89.99

Vanilla, coconut, toffee bars, milk chocolate and sprinkling of herbaceous spice are all present on the layered nose. Thick and chewy on the palate with decadent notes of caramel and vanilla before a balance of oak and baking spices arrives. The finish highlights more toasted oak notes before a slow fade of macaroon candies and caramel. A fantastic mouthful.

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2848 Binny's Handpicked

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2848 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$89.99

Toasted oak, vanilla wafers, anise, cardamom and black pepper on the nose. The herbal and spice notes continue onto a palate showing mint, brown sugar, red rope licorice and sweet vanilla. The finish adds layers of toasted coconut, caramel sauce and sweet oak before a slow fade of herbal mint. Easy drinking and delicately layered.

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2852 Binny's Handpicked

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2852 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$89.99

On the nose cinnamon redhots, caramel cream, vanilla nougat, and toasted oak. On the palate poached pears in caramel sauce, vanilla candies, more cinnamon redhots, sweet oak and toffee. The finish leans into the toasted oak spectrum with sweet spices and cinnamon before a slow fade of vanilla and sweet caramel. Well-balanced and inviting.

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2841 Binny's Handpicked

Coppercraft Distillery 9 year old Straight Bourbon Single Barrel #2841 Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$89.99

Gorgeous bourbon showing depth and maturity. Oak spice, vanilla lanolin, coconut, cherries and anise on the nose. The palate is rich and layered with more cherries and stone fruit, caramel sauce, vanilla, and grilled peach. The finish turns towards spice with toasted oak, milk chocolate and vanilla fading as cinnamon slowly crescendos and overtakes the sweeter notes.

Heaven's Door Handpicks

A bounty of bourbon barrels from Heaven’s Door have arrived. Some distilled in Tennessee, some distilled in Indiana, and some that underwent the Lincoln County process. All fantastic and full of flavor in their own unique ways. There’s even a 14 year old bourbon finished in a rum barrel in the mix and one finished in a Redbreast Irish whiskey barrel. Selection varies by store.

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Single Cask Cognacs From the Premier Cru Wizards at Maison Ferrand

Pierre Ferrand’s coveted release of special single casks has quickly become one of our most anticipated bottlings. If you missed out on the Banyuls cask finish released a year ago there is no need to make the same mistake twice. This year we received two special casks, one finished in American oak and another in a Pauillac wine cask. Single cask cognacs are rare, largely thanks to onerous regulations, and rarer still when bottled at high proof. These are thoughtful, muscular and vivid explorations of the possibilities of cognac when conventions are challenged.

Pierre Ferrand  Single Cask Cognac American Oak Finish

Pierre Ferrand Single Cask Cognac American Oak Finish

750 ml Bottle
$124.99

A rich and lovely nose of honey-toffee on ripe pear with caramel-butter, toasted coconut, and nutmeg. On the palate, oak spice surges up a bit but never overtakes the rich layers of honey, apricot and ripe pear with chewy caramel and coconut. The finish is soft and easy with a long wave of clove and peppercorn fading into long-lasting stone fruit and sweet oak. A perfect cognac for bourbon drinkers.

Pierre Ferrand Single Cask Cognac Pauillac Finish

Pierre Ferrand Single Cask Cognac Pauillac Finish

750 ml Bottle
$139.99

Darker and more caramelized nose with baked plums and fig jam on vanilla bean with a pleasant element of fresh peach, caramel crisp, milk chocolate shavings, and cinnamon candies. Juicy bramble fruit on the palate with a river of milk chocolate and baking spices becoming more assertive in the background as caramel crisps and vanilla bean stay firmly planted throughout. The finish is layered and decadent with sweet and spice dancing into the distance while ripe red fruit adds nuance.

Fresh Handpicks From Whiskey Acres

The Women of Binny’s are back with more handpicks from our friends at Whiskey Acres. The Women of Binny's initiative began in 2021 to build community, expand educational opportunities, and promote the advancement of women within the company. We aim to support women through a variety of programs, including educational trips. This past summer, 15 women from 12 stores spent the day in Dekalb to dive deeper into the distilling world. The women were given an in depth look at how Whiskey Acres cultivates the whiskies we've grown to love; from the corn in the fields, aging in the barrels, and bottling the finished product. These two handpicks stand up to the tastes of the Women of Binny's and the Binny's standard. Quantities are limited, so check with your local Binny's for availability.

Whiskey Acres Bourbon Barrel Strength Single Barrel #801 Women of Binny's Handpicked

Whiskey Acres Bourbon Barrel Strength Single Barrel #801 Women of Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$54.99
$59.99

On the nose cornbread drizzled in caramel sauce with chocolate coated peach, vanilla wafer, clove, and anise. On the palate more caramel and chocolate flavors with honeyed cornbread, peach, vanilla, and soft oak spice just behind. The finish is long and lingering with caramel soaked cornbread and peach out-lasting a soft wave of oak spice.

Whiskey Acres Bourbon Barrel Strength Single Barrel #617 Women of Binny's Handpicked

Whiskey Acres Bourbon Barrel Strength Single Barrel #617 Women of Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$54.99
$59.99

Vanilla blossoms on toffee-butter with dried pear, dark chocolate, hard caramel candies, and spicy cinnamon sticks layered on the nose. On the palate red brambleberry jam arrives up front with dried pear, more vanilla blossoms, dark chocolate-toffee bar, and candied cinnamon all surging with a pleasant warmth. The finish is nicely layered and balanced with sweet and spice fading into long-lasting dark chocolates dusted in sweet cornmeal.

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Clark & Sheffield Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Clark & Sheffield Bottled in Bond Bourbon

750 ml Bottle
$31.99
$39.99

“A rich, chewy and balanced bourbon that shows maturity and depth without letting oak overpower the softer, ever-present fruit. Vanilla, almond blossom, and caramel notes intermingle with cherry, plum, golden apple and ripe Bartlett pear. A complex melange of spices informs the long fruit and mineral accented finish, pumping out white pepper, cinnamon, clove and a subtle impression of mint. Everything you could want in a great Bottled in Bond Bourbon!” - The Whiskey Hotline