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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 spirits we can find. This can take us to 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.

The Return of a Bourbon Legend

If you haven’t started collecting the Repeal Reserve series from Remus you’ve been sleeping on some of the best limited release bourbons each year. Each release is a different blend of MGP’s high rye mashbills and this year’s was made with 12 year old bourbons distilled in 2008. The previous 3 Repeal Reserve releases were fantastic, some of our personal favorites from the last few years. Repeal Reserve IV is perfectly matured, expertly blended, 100 proof, and a limited release that is worthy of a top spot in your bourbon trophy case. Grab one while you can.

George Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey #4

George Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey #4

$79.99

The nose is enticing and layered with rich oak spice notes up front alongside baked apple and red cherry, butterscotch and toffee candy, vanilla wafer, and a soft undercurrent of toasted coconut. On the palate, the tropical fruit flavor becomes more noticeable with baked apple, vanilla custard, toffee covered in dark chocolate, cardamom, and baking spices. The finish is lovely and long-lasting with waves of oak spice and fruit fading into decadent notes of brown sugar, buttered toffee and vanilla. An absolutely stunning bourbon.

The Return of a Bourbon Legend

After a brief return at the Beam distillery visitor’s center Old Tub Bourbon is back in Illinois for the first time since the pre-prohibition days, but only for a limited time. Old Tub is the oldest bourbon brand in the Beam portfolio, going back to Civil War times. Old Tub was also the name of the distillery itself, until the family shifted to pay homage to Col. James B. Beam after the Prohibition years. However, Old Tub lived on as the choice pour for the locals of the Clermont, Kentucky area into the 1970’s before it disappeared from store shelves for good. The last stocks of Old Tub became the personal stash of Booker Noe and the rest of the Beam family. Made to the same recipe as the original, and unlike the visitor’s center release without chill filtration, this is a bonded bourbon experience that celebrates the whiskey’s robust and rustic roots.

Old Tub Unfiltered Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Old Tub Unfiltered Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

$22.99

Ripe and fruity nose with buttered toffee and a soft hint of butterscotch and mint. Oak-driven on the palate with pepper, cinnamon, clove, roast peanuts and a slight balance of baked apples. Pepper and spice again drive the finish that lingers quite a while thanks to the 100 proof.

Old World Flavors from Barrell Craft Spirits

Yellowstone’s home is the Limestone Branch Distillery, run by 7th generation distiller Steve Beam. Last year’s Yellowstone handpicks were in the running for our sleeper picks of the year, and these casks are even better. We’ve upped the proof to 109 on a couple and 115 on the rest. This was a unique experience for us as we were able to taste them at a variety of proofs, and higher is not always better. The 109 barrels showed more layered and nuanced flavor at the slightly lower proof. Across the board the barrels show the darker and sweeter side of bourbon with rich brown sugar and caramel highlighted by vanilla and toasted coconut and dark baking spices like cinnamon and clove.

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 109 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5296 Binny's

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 109 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5296 Binny's

$59.99

Some ripe orchard fruits balancing the sweet spices and vanilla oak in the nose. Soft and coating on the palate with caramel apples and cinnamon fading to a finish of brown sugar and oak.

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 109 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5300 Binny's

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 109 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5300 Binny's

$59.99

Light oak spice, white pepper and vanilla cream on the nose. Soft and coating mouthfeel that lets the sweet caramel shine before the peppery spice brings balance back in the finish.

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5292 Binny's

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5292 Binny's

$59.99

Back to a solid backbone of vanilla on the nose here, with a dusting of clove and cinnamon. Fat and soft on the palate with initial bursts of caramel and brown sugar before a surge of peppery spice lasting into the finish.

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5302 Binny's

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5302 Binny's

$59.99

Oak and spice dominate the nose with soft pepper, toasted oak, vanilla and coconut. Rich and full bodies palate with a spicy and fruity finish that fades to sweet brown sugar. Absolutely gorgeous.

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon SIngle Barrel # 5305 Binny's

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5305 Binny's

$59.99

Quite a layered nose of baking spices, vanilla lanolin, coconut and soft oak. Sweet and rich on the palate with loads of brown sugar, toasted oak, and cinnamon with a long, spicy-yet-balanced finish.

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5307 Binny's

Yellowstone Handpicked Collection 115 Proof Bourbon Single Barrel # 5307 Binny's

$59.99

Toasted oak, vanilla, and a slight tropical note highlight the nose. Soft and fat on the palate with a solid dose of sweet cinnamon candies and a long, oak-forward finish.

Rebel Distiller’s Collection - Full proof wheated bourbon, value priced

These are our first ever Rebel handpicks and they check all the boxes. High proof, wheater, and loaded with layered fruit notes. Juicy peach was a common theme in all barrels, with cinnamon baked orchard fruits, toffee and vanilla candies showing up as well. Even at 113 proof the spice and heat in the finishes were pleasantly balanced. At $34.99 these are a phenomenal deal, especially considering how rarely we see full proof wheated bourbons.

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 6819639 Binny's Handpicked

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 6819639 Binny's Handpicked

$34.99

On the nose, cherry cobbler and vanilla blossom with vanilla toffee, toasted nuts, vanilla candy, and oak spice. On the palate, balanced flavors of sweet fruit and oak spice. The finish is lovely with baked apple and caramel fading into clove and caramel anise. Richly layered.

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 6819657 Binny's Handpicked

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 6819657 Binny's Handpicked

$34.99

Sweet honey, overripe apricots, white peach and vanilla are met with deeper notes of butterscotch, toffee bar, a drop of lemon oil, and oak spice in this immensely complex nose. On the palate, baked pear and red apple enter the picture accompanied by a soft honey note, vanilla candy, toffee bar, and cinnamon powder. The finish is lengthy with sweet and spice fading together over waves of stone fruit. Perfectly round and layered.

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220838 Binny's Handpicked

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220838 Binny's Handpicked

$34.99

On the nose, butterscotch and toffee with apple butter, vanilla-almond toffee, and cinnamon sticks. On the palate, toffee, caramel, red berry, and oak spice. The finish is pleasant with caramel and oak spice fading slowly.

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220857 Binny's Handpicked

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220857 Binny's Handpicked

$34.99

On the nose, apple jelly and peach compote, toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla blossom, and oak spice. On the palate, baked orchard fruits, vanilla icing, caramel candy, and warming cinnamon. The finish is gorgeous with fruit and spice balanced throughout. A decadent wheater.

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220864 Binny's Handpicked

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220864 Binny's Handpicked

$34.99

On the nose, butterscotch and caramel corn with red berry and cherry, cinnamon butter and toffee. On the palate, fruit and vanilla bean with caramel are met with oak spice and cardamom for a wonderfully balanced Bourbon. The finish is long and pleasant sweet fading into oak spice.

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220880 Binny's Handpicked

Rebel Distiller's Collection 113 Proof Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel # 7220880 Binny's Handpicked

$34.99

On the nose, red apple, and orange blossom with waves of caramel and vanilla bean along with almond bar and clove. On the palate, baked orchard fruits dominate on a wave of vanilla and caramel cream with a splash of cinnamon powder. The finish is long and pleasant with cinnamon and oak spice outlasting baked apple and peach.

New Handpicked Single Barrels

Continuing our seasonal theme with our Maker’s handpicked barrels this year, our Summer selection has just arrived. We were looking to put together a lush, fruit filled bourbon that wasn’t overly heavy and caramelized on the palate. A bourbon that would add lively fruit and sweet oak to any cocktail and still be bright and flavorful over ice.

Maker’s Mark Private Select Binny’s Summer 2020 Batch

Maker’s Mark Private Select Binny’s Summer 2020 Batch

$69.99

Freshly sliced Bartlett pear, apricots, caramelized red apple, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel wafer, and sweet oak spices on the nose. Soft and easy on the palate with toasted coconut, a kiss of dark chocolate, baked orchard fruits and almond butter fading into sweet wafers and white pepper. The finish is long and pleasant as sweet dark cherry and spiced citrus linger throughout. A decadent delight to get you through the dog days of summer.

Get it Before It's Gone Old World Flavors from Barrell Craft Spirits

We have yet to be disappointed by a Barrell release and their latest program of small batch blended whiskies finished in a variety of casks was an exciting opportunity to seek out new flavors in American whiskies. The Hotline of course tasted all the samples blind and there were 2 that clearly stood out as the winners.

Barrell Craft Private Release American Whiskey Finished in Sauternes Cask Binny's Handpicked

Barrell Craft Private Release American Whiskey Finished in Sauternes Cask Binny's Handpicked

Regular Price $99.99 Special Price $89.99
with Binny's Card

Sweet honey, overripe apricots, white peach and vanilla are met with deeper notes of butterscotch, toffee bar, a drop of lemon oil, and oak spice in this immensely complex nose. On the palate, baked pear and red apple enter the picture accompanied by a soft honey note, vanilla candy, toffee bar, and cinnamon powder. The finish is lengthy with sweet and spice fading together over waves of stone fruit. Perfectly round and layered.

Barrel Craft Private Release American Whiskey Finished in German Eiswein Barrel Binny's Handpicked

Barrell Craft Private Release American Whiskey Finished in German Eiswein Barrel Binny's Handpicked

Regular Price $99.99 Special Price $89.99
with Binny's Card

The nose is noticeably more floral but still packed with fruit like apricot, candied orange and white grapes layered with lemon balm, vanilla wafer, spicy cinnamon sticks, and clove. A lot to unwrap here. On the palate caramel and butterscotch candy arrive to accompany the high fruit notes from the nose along with toasted oak and baking spice for balance. The finish is long and pleasant with fruit and sweeter flavors giving way to gently warming oak spice. Wonderfully balanced and dangerously drinkable. 

Limited Release Rye
Basil Hayden 10 Year Rye

Basil Hayden 10 Year Rye

$69.99

On the nose, red apple skins and pear nectar lead as spice lingers underneath. On the palate, fruit is met with wintergreen and clove alongside cinnamon sticks and caramel. The finish is quite nice as fruit gives way to rich rye and oak spice for a solid length of time. Another flavorful and smooth sipper from the old grand dad.

Introducing Milam & Greene

Finally available outside of Texas, critically acclaimed whiskey makers and blenders Milam & Greene have arrived at Binny's! Founded by Marsha Milam in Blanco, Texas along with renowned whiskey expert and blender Heather Greene and Master Distiller Marlene Holmes, a 27 year veteran of Jim Beam. While the house distilled products age, sourced 10-11 year old and 3-4 year old Tennessee whiskey is being blended in with the young 2 year old house made whiskey to create an excellent straight bourbon. Rye isn’t being ignored as Indiana rye is being finished in Port casks in the Texas heat to extract rich fruit notes. The proof is in the taste, and the Whisky Hotline approves.

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon

$44.99

Soft and sweet toasted oak, ripe stone fruits, apple butter and vanilla candies slowly waft from the glass with the ripe fruit notes becoming more dominant as it sits and breathes. The palate is soft and mouth-coating with a rich brown sugar and caramel that overall turns the flavor a touch darker as sweet spices come into play and add depth to the fruit. The finish is quite lengthy and sweet with lingering caramel, vanilla, and soft oak. Absolutely gorgeous whiskey.

Milam & Greene Port Cask Finished Rye

Milam & Greene Port Cask Finished Rye

$49.99

Snappy rye spice, sweet wintergreen and ripe fruit on the nose with vanilla frosting and caramel in soft background balance. Fat and chewy on the palate with dark, stewed fruits, soft tannin and delicate oak spice to start before a slow fade into rye spice and mint. That blend of fruit and spice continues into a finish highlighted by a delicate grassy note and pronounced sweet plums and raisins with a long-lasting brown sugar fade. Perfectly balanced, as all ryes should be.

Up Your Cocktail Game Historic & Handpicked from Guyana

The El Dorado brand has always been one of the Hotline’s favorite rums. El Dorado is a blend of rums made at Demarara Distillers in Guyana in what is now one of the most historically significant distilleries on the planet. Demerara Distillers is the amalgamation of old estate producers and their individual stills now operating under one roof. These different stills all make very different tasting rums, 9 in all, that are blended and sold all over the world. We tasted through single barrels of varying blends and landed on one that delivered all the flavor we look for in El Dorado with some distinct history behind it in the stills that were used to produce it. It’s a blend of 3 different column distilled rums from 2012 made on a metal Coffey still, a French Savalle still, and the world’s only operational wooden Coffey still. These stills all produce medium-bodied rums with a range of fruity flavors and sweet cane notes.

El Dorado Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked from Coffey and Savalle Stills

El Dorado Single Barrel Binny's Handpicked from Coffey and Savalle Stills

$39.99

The nose is rich and densely packed with dark strewed plum and raisin, along with caramel candy, vanilla bean, and sweet brown spice. On the palate, waves of molasses and dark fruits are quickly met with caramelized banana and vanilla before a sprinkling of oak spice, creating wonderful balance. The finish fades from sweeter and richer flavors into a long lasting and pleasant oak. Everything we want in a sipping rum. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Get Dad Something Big

Looking for something BIG? Look no further than George Dickel 12 1.75L, the Whiskey Hotline's favorite option when it comes to Tennessee whiskey. A favorably priced classic that drinks like a luxury sipper. The bold flavors of bourbon are all there, balanced by the supple sweetness of Tennessee whiskey. If you haven’t tried Tennessee whiskey, this is the place to start.

George Dickel Original No. 12 White Label Tennessee Whiskey

George Dickel Original No. 12 White Label Tennessee Whiskey

1.75L Bottle

Regular Price $39.99 Special Price $29.99
with Binny's Card

The corn heavy (80%) mashbill is obvious on the nose, with sweet corn pudding, vanilla, butter, and a touch of citrus rounding things out. Oak and spice take a more prominent role on the taste with baking spice and vanilla up front and notes of dried fruit and leather providing balance. The finish is long and fat with highlights of vanilla, dried cherries, cinnamon and a touch of spicy oak. There isn’t a better whisky in the store at $30 for a 1.75 liter.

Top 10 Canned Cocktails for Summer

Cocktails in cans, as predictable as a killer shark movie during summer. We were presented with HUNDREDS this year and tasted through them all, narrowing our selection down to only the best. Since last summer some new arrivals have stolen the show but there are still a few classics that we just can’t stop reaching for. These 10 are the cream of the crop.

Miami Cocktails Bellini Mango Peach Spritz

Miami Cocktails Bellini Mango Peach Spritz

4 Pack of 8.4oz Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

The nose is quite lively with peach flavors leaping from the glass. Great mouthfeel and carbonation on the palate as fresh peach steals the show. The finish is light and refreshing with buckets of fresh peach lingering.

Miami Cocktails Paloma Spritz

Miami Cocktails Paloma Spritz

4 Pack of 8.4oz Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

Sweet and floral grapefruit nose with a soft kiss of soothing hibiscus. On the palate, grapefruit takes over with the floral notes in the background. The finish is dominated by zesty grapefruit flavor. Overall, a very well-balanced cocktail made for summer.

High Noon Vodka & Soda Grapefruit

High Noon Vodka & Soda Grapefruit

4 Pack of 355ml Cans

$9.99

The nose is all fresh and tart grapefruit. Fresh and juicy on the palate with a hint of pith and lively carbonation. The finish is quick and refreshing with a little taste of grapefruit lingering. A wonderful refresher.

Bacardi Rum Punch

Bacardi Rum Punch

4 Pack of 355ml Cans

Regular Price $10.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

A welcoming nose with mango and pineapple up front and fresh sweet orange in the back. On the palate, fruit leads with dark, rich rum undertones to balance the acid. The finish is fruit heavy with sweet rum fading slowly. A perfectly balanced rum punch. We did not think a canned rum punch could taste this good!

The Copper Can Moscow Mule

The Copper Can Moscow Mule

4 Pack of 355ml Cans

$12.99

Our mule winner last year is still king. The nose is dominated by fresh lime with a subtle ginger kick. The palate reveals a nice punch of lime with a snappy suggestion of ginger in the background. The finish is lovely with sweetened lime lingering alongside pickled ginger. Dangerously drinkable.

Jack Daniel's Honey & Lemonade

Jack Daniel's Honey & Lemonade

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

Hard to imagine a more welcoming nose, honey and vanilla up front on top of fresh lemonade. The palate reveals more honey but sweet and tart lemonade takes charge. Finishes with lemon and honey drifting away slowly together. An easy drinking delight.

Jack Daniel's Jack & Cola

Jack Daniel's Jack & Cola

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

Classic. No nonsense here, just Jack and uh…cola. Pretty balanced with both cola and whiskey shining together. The palate is more of the same fading into a lovely finish that simply asks for another sip. A Whiskey Hotline favorite.

Cutwater Spirits Vodka Mule

Cutwater Spirits Vodka Mule

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $13.99 Special Price $12.99
with Binny's Card

Clear color in the glass. On the nose, fresh and spicy ginger paired with fresh juicy lime. On the palate, sweet ginger with a touch of heat alongside fresh lime and bitters in the background. Cool and refreshing finish with ginger and bitters fading away in unison. Just the right amount of kick from this mule.

New Holland Spirits Blueberry Gin Lemonade

New Holland Spirits Blueberry Gin Lemonade

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

Another favorite from last summer still on the list. The nose shows juniper and rich blueberry as lemonade percolates underneath. On the palate, tart blueberry and lemon with a soft and resinous juniper in the background. The finish is tart and pleasant with berry and lemon lingering. Rich and flavorful but still quenching and refreshing.

Two Brothers Artisan Spirits Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Two Brothers Artisan Spirits Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$12.99

Crystal clear in the glass. On the nose, fresh strawberry dominates with lemon zest. On the palate, strawberry and lemonade sing in harmony. The finish is lead by lemon before giving way to ripe strawberry flavors. Wonderfully balanced and refreshing without being cloying or artificial.

Clark & Sheffield Small Batch Vodka 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.

Clark & Sheffield Small Batch Bourbon

1.75L Bottle

Regular Price $29.99 Special Price $21.99
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.