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.

Making American Whiskey Great Again

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century the popularity of bourbon faded and the fortunes of vodka and gin rose, and “American Whiskey” became a designation that signified lesser quality. The public’s taste turned to lighter flavors while high quality bourbons and ryes were blended with, and watered down by, neutral grain spirits creating the ambiguous American blended whiskey category. These light, easy and budget priced mixers came to dominate the whiskey landscape and steer entire generations away from America's rich and flavorful whiskey heritage. Thankfully craft distillers have come to the rescue and are ushering in a new era for this blended whiskey style. Gone are the neutral fillers and cheap hangovers, replaced with flavorful blends of corn, rye, wheat and malt barley. The blended whiskey category now stands on its own and stands as an equal to its straight bourbon and rye cousins. Flavorful blended whiskey, a policy we can all stand behind.

FEW Spirits American Whiskey

750mL

$44.99

$39.99

47.5% bourbon, 47.5% rye, and 5% single malt made from a blend of malts, including some cherry wood smoked malt. Vanilla, cinnamon, tart cherries and a touch of gentle smoke on the nose. On the palate sweet corn and sweet smoky flavors balance the punchy rye and sweet toasted oak. The rye begins to shine on the finish with light peppery notes that cling to the palate before a gentle fruity malt builds, all around a subtly smoky core. A chewy and complex whiskey that makes a fantastic Manhattan.

St. George Breaking & Entering American Whiskey

750mL

$39.99

$34.99

The sum of these parts equals a truly delicious American whiskey. This is a blend of sourced bourbon and rye with some of St. George’s house-distilled malt whiskey. The wizards at America’s oldest craft distillery have created a well-rounded and beautifully balanced liquid. Highlighted with flavors of citrus, baking spice, vanilla, toffee and gently toasted oak. A playful dose of baked pear and apple add sweetness and round out the experience. This is one crime we hope continues to be repeated.

Smooth Ambler Contradiction 100 proof Bourbon

750mL

$49.99

$46.99

The Smooth Ambler distillery has been bottling Contradiction for several years, but change is in the air. The bottles are staying and the proof is going down. We’ve got the last of the 100 proof bottling which will soon be replaced with a 92 proof version. This Contradiction of a whiskey is a blend of 73% 9 year old rye-heavy Indiana distilled bourbon and 27% 2 year old West Virginia distilled wheated bourbon. Sweet, fruity and round through and through with a nice touch of spice on the end to give balance to this full bodied sipper.

J.H. Cutter Whisky

750mL

$49.99

$44.99

The newest release from San Francisco based Hotaling & Co. brings together 3 distinct whiskey’s into one complex delight. Are you ready for some booze driven math? Cutter is a blend of 73% sourced bourbon from Kentucky, 17% Old Potrero 18th century style rye whiskey, and 10% Port finished Old Potrero rye whiskey. It all adds up to a nice balance of sweet and spice. On the nose large doses of baked orange and cinnamon mingle with clove and a touch of mint. On the taste the rye spice jumps forward but is tempered by a rounded and sweet backbone of red fruits. The soft and pleasant finish lingers with gentle spice and ripe Port notes. A great example of how American whiskey has changed for the better.

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.