No fooling, you read that right. The Malort makers have actually bottled something delicious.
On the nose, baked apple and pear with vanilla candy, toffee, caramel wafer and cinnamon sticks. On the palate, fruit takes the lead with a dash of oak spice to provide balance. The finish is pleasant with fruit and barrel spice slowly fading into caramel and vanilla. No Malort face here, just great tasting bourbon.
It’s been about 5 years since we had handpicked single barrel bourbons from Smooth Ambler’s sought-after Old Scout line. These single barrels hail from one of our favorite distilleries in Indiana and were made from a 36% rye mashbill and bottled at natural cask strength.
Sweet, toasted oak nose with coconut, vanilla, chocolate wafer and sweet baking spices. Fat, round and chewy on the palate with the sweet toasted oak and vanilla shining with some baked red apples as well. The finish shows more of the rich baking spiced with a lingering dried fruit note. Gorgeously balanced bourbon.
On the nose cinnamon candy sugar with cooked corn, tropical fruit, caramel toffee, and a touch of anise. On the palate, tropical fruits and caramel sauce with a nice dose of heat from cinnamon and black pepper. The finish is lovely with rich fruit and spice fading together slowly. Lovely stuff.
Caramel and vanilla lead on the nose as cooked grain and oak spice linger underneath for balance. On the palate, butterscotch with baked apple, caramel, drying black pepper and clove. The finish shows a bit of baked orchard fruits briefly before fading into caramel and black peppercorns. Another balanced beauty.
Our spirits category buyers here at Binny’s are constantly evaluating a flood of new tequila brands. For every new bottle you see on our shelves there’s a dozen that we reject due to middling quality or high prices. Our goal is bringing you products that are at that often elusive intersection of price and quality. That is a shared goal of Dwayne Johnson, who recently launched his own tequila brand, Teremana. After years of planning and research he knew he wanted the rich agave-forward style of a pot distilled, highlands tequila. So, he did what any of us would, and opened his own distillery. Looks like we found the ideal tag team partner.
Fresh citrus, white pepper and agave honey on the nose. Soft and gentle palate entry leads to sweet honey, fruity agave and gentle peppery spices. The flavors continue into the clean and long finish that slowly brings back the gentle citrus notes. Clean, fresh and most importantly unadulterated tequila.
Brief oak aging dials up the agave in the nose here with added layers of vanilla and fruit. Round and coating on the palate, the oak comes in strong with waves of vanilla, caramel, and baking spices giving balance to the rich cooked agave notes. The sweet oak, vanilla and agave honey carry through the long, evolving finish. A great example of the balance the reposado style can show, and a tequila we’d endorse regardless of celebrity affiliation.
Toasted oak, caramel, vanilla and a touch of coconut on the nose. The palate turns notably richer and thicker as oak layers and sweet corn coat the palate. Spice and rye dominate the finish with waves of pepper and baking spices tempering the sweet corn and oak notes.
Brief oak aging dials up the agave in the nose here with added layers of vanilla and fruit. Round and coating on the palate, the oak comes in strong with waves of vanilla, caramel, and baking spices giving balance to the rich cooked agave notes. The sweet oak, vanilla and agave honey carry through the long, evolving finish. A great example of the balance the reposado style can show, and a tequila we’d have regardless of brand or celebrity affiliation.
When we think Irish whiskey we tend to think about a couple of large, dominant brands that carried the entire industry through low times. These blends are light, enjoyable, and easy drinking but can be a touch watered-down. That stands in stark contrast to the quintessential style of Irish whiskey, pure pot still. Pot still as a style is made from both malted and un-malted barley, which gives the whiskey an oilier mouthfeel and rich spiciness. This came about through pure Irish ingenuity after a heavy tax on malted barley was levied by the British in an attempt to curb drinking and the associated rebellious behavior. Redbreast carried the torch for the style for quite a while, but with the new generation of Irish distillers coming up it has been reinvigorated with some spectacular new releases.
The latest release from Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery is a stunner. The nose is spectacular with creamy peach and vanilla bean, balanced by apricot, black pepper, and clove. The palate reveals a hint of anise alongside stewed orchard fruits, more vanilla and a touch of citrus. The finish is soft and creamy with fruit and spice fading away in unison. Rich, full bodied, but still fresh and fruity.
On the nose, a lovely layer of vanilla cream sits atop black peppercorn and clove along with poached pear and dark plum. On the palate, fruit becomes a bit more pronounced, with a notable peach and apricot note. Baking spice gives balance underneath alongside delicate floral elements. The finish is nicely layered with floral notes lingering with sweet vanilla candies after a burst of fruit and spice. Just a gorgeous whiskey.
Another newcomer and their first pot still release. Glendalough is finished in Irish oak casks, which adds spice reminiscent of French oak to the whiskey. The oak aromas are more pronounced on the nose with notes of clove and black pepper laid over the sweet orchard fruits and vanilla. Soft and round on the palate, buttered and doughy grain notes emerge and soften the spices and add depth to the fruit notes. Sweet, vanilla soaked pears and soft toasted grains linger longest in the finish.
In the Roaring Fork Valley on Colorado’s western slope lies the sleepy town of Basalt, home to Woody Creek Distillers. They’ve been quietly putting out award-winning spirits for several years now and are a welcome addition to the shelves at Binny’s. Both the rye whiskey and vodka have won Double Gold medals at San Francisco 3 times and ALL their spirits are made from 100% Colorado grown ingredients and pure Rocky Mountain water.
Made from a 100% rye mashbill and it wears that proudly with a robust and exuberant nose that just screams rye. Wintergreen and orange zest leap from the glass. Underneath the initial burst of spice, vanilla lanolin and butter toffee lingers. On the palate, rye spice leads before giving way to chocolate covered orange, cinnamon candies, vanilla, and black peppercorn. The finish is soft and easy with spice outlasting the sweeter flavors. One of the most impeccably balanced ryes we have tasted.
On the nose, caramel wafer and cornmeal, red berry, vanilla bean and baked peach. The palate is rich and smooth, baked orchard fruits take the lead as cardamom and anise provide balance. The finish is lovely with fruit and spicy oak flavors fading slowly together. Well balanced and an easy sipper.
Made from 100% Rio Grande potatoes grown by the distillery. Using fresh potatoes and not dehydrated flakes retains more of the flavor and full body associated with a potato vodka. It takes 11 pounds of potatoes to make a single bottle of vodka. On the nose, this vodka is clean and subtle with a soft whiff of sweetness. Clean and crisp on the palate with a robust mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness. The finish stays and coats the palate but doesn’t burn. A flawless potato vodka.
A complex and elegant nose with juniper intermingling with white pepper, lime zest, floral, and herbal elements. The palate is lush and round with citrus and floral elements leading resinous juniper and peppercorn flavors. The finish is warming and pleasant with citrus fading alongside juniper ever so slowly. Gorgeous gin.
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.
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.