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.

Beat the Heat with a Spritz

With summer is in full swing, chances are you’re in need of a refreshing cocktail, and nothing beats the heat quite like a spritz. This classic apéritif is equally quenching and refreshing. Best of all, the spritz is one of the easiest cocktails you can make. Your favorite bitter liqueur, some club soda, and a citrus garnish. If you want to dial it up, add some prosecco as well. Here are our picks for the best aperitivi for your perfect spritz.

Aperol

750mL

Regular Price $21.99 Special Price $19.99
with Binny's Card

You have to start with the classics. We wouldn’t be talking about the perfect summer cocktail right now if it wasn’t for Aperol. It has a sweet orange peel and floral nose, is soft and easy on the palate and has a mild bitterness in the sweet finish. Well balanced and lower in alcohol than most other options, perfect for a multi-cocktail day on the patio.

Campari

750mL

Regular Price $29.99 Special Price $27.99
with Binny's Card

Aperol’s burly older sibling. More pronounced herbal bitterness all around. Bitter orange rind on the nose, a balanced bittersweet palate and a long and increasingly bitter finish. Do your spritz a favor and temper some of this herbaceous goodness with an ounce or two of prosecco.

Cappelletti

750mL

Regular Price $18.99 Special Price $16.99
with Binny's Card

Unlike the others listed here Cappelletti’s alcohol base is wine and not a distilled spirit. This does come through with a softer, gentler mouthfeel and some dried fruit vinous notes. The nose is still herbal and bitter but a kiss of vanilla keeps it in check. More bittersweet citrus peel builds in flavor across the palate before that hint of vanilla returns to liven up the finish. As this has a wine base, be sure to keep it refrigerated after opening.

St. George Spirits Bruto Americano

750mL

Regular Price $29.99 Special Price $27.99
with Binny's Card

This wouldn’t be a Whiskey Hotline without a worthwhile option from a talented American craft distiller. Bruto Americano brings a woodsy character to the bitter herbal game. There’s a complex array of herbal and spice notes including mint that really shines in the long and bittersweet finish highlighting the more earthy and piney bitter flavors.

Luxardo Bitter Bianco

750mL

Regular Price $27.99 Special Price $24.99
with Binny's Card

A good aperitivo doesn’t have to be red in color. Luxardo’s Bianco Bitter uses the same herbs and fruits as its red counterpart but it actually gets distilled with these botanicals. This gives it a softer profile that then gets amped up with an addition of wormwood post-distillation. What starts as a soft and sweet spirit turns increasingly bitter across the palate and finish.

Cocchi Americano

750mL

Regular Price $18.99 Special Price $17.99
with Binny's Card

Like the Cappelletti above, Cocchi Americano uses a base of fortified and aromatized wine and is best kept refrigerated after opening. Gentian is the star of the show, with a supporting cast of cinchona, wormwood and bitter orange peel. The complex flavor moves from sweet and citrusy to woody and herbaceous through the long finish. Spice up the spritz by using 1 part Cocchi Americano and 2 parts Cappelletti.

Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Blanc

750mL

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

The original blanc vermouth. Blanc, or bianco, vermouth is sweet vermouth that has the color filtered out. If you’re looking for a spritz with some herbal and citrus notes with a toned-down bitterness this is the pick. Soft, easy drinking and lower in alcohol than some aperitivo counterparts. Great over ice with a citrus slice or in a white negroni.

Introducing Wilderness Trail

These are indeed the most exciting times in bourbon. Smaller, craft produced bourbons are now showing up with proper aging and delivering on quality just as good, if not better than the big boys. Wilderness Trail was founded in 2013 in Danville, Kentucky where the first Kentucky state constitution was written and signed. Through the use of sweet mashing, proprietary yeast strains, Kentucky grown grains, and time Wilderness Trail whiskies are tasting perfectly mature. The ultimate plan is to have all of these products aged between 6 and 8 years old, so for the time being these 4 year versions will only be released in limited amounts.

Wilderness Trail Distillery Small Batch Bourbon Bottled in Bond

750mL

$49.99

Distilled from a mash of 64% corn, 24% rye, and 12% malted barley. Classic American oak character of vanilla and coconut on the nose balanced by a healthy dose of rye spice. The longer it sits in the glass the rye becomes more pronounced adding layers of mint and baking spices. Soft and chewy on the palate, no doubt aided by the low 110 entry proof and not being chillfiltered. The coconut and vanilla from the nose wash over the tongue in waves but are always tempered by that kiss of rye. Finishes long and balanced with lingering sweet brown sugar and caramel notes. One of the best bourbons we have tried this year.

Wilderness Trail Distillery Single Barrel Bourbon Bottled in Bond

750mL

$49.99

Not just a single barrel version of the small batch, this is an entirely different whiskey distilled from a mash of 64% corn, 24% wheat, and 12% malted barley. Much fruitier nose with ripe red berries adding depth to the rich and sweet oak notes. Soft and gentle at the palate entry showing the red fruits but adding layers of baked pear and some stone fruits as well. The lively finish tempers the fruit with cinnamon and pepper but keeps the sweet wheater profile throughout. If you’re looking for a particular wheated bourbon from Frankfort this should be your new go-to bottle.

Wilderness Trail Distillery Single Barrel Rye

750mL

$59.99

A classic Kentucky-style rye with a mashbill of 56% rye, 33% corn, and 11% malted barley. Barreled at a even lower 100 proof and aged in the upper floors of the rickhouses, this chewy rye whiskey is already drinking well beyond its years. Ripe orchard fruits, sweet mint and cinnamon mingle on the nose. The cinnamon and baked fruit combination is just classic rye whiskey. The full-bodied palate leads with a surge of spice that slowly fades into ripe fruit and vanilla oak. The finish shows even more of the spice tempering sweetness and just clings to the mouth endlessly. A fantastic rye and hard to believe it’s bottled at barrel strength.

Double Grain from Down Under

Starward Two Fold Double Grain Australian Whisky

750mL

Regular Price $32.99 Special Price $29.99
with Binny's Card

Starward Two Fold is a delightfully accessible Australian Whisky made from a combination of 60% wheat and 40% malted barley. These soft and fruity grains combine with aging in Australian red wine barrels in the Melbourne heat to create a robust and layered whisky perfect for any occasion. Tropical fruit and vanilla bean lead the way on the nose with a soft undertow of oak spice. The taste transitions into a touch of baked apple and pear with warming oak. The finish fades from grilled pineapple and apple, into cinnamon candy and brown spices buttressed with raisin and plum.

New Handpicks from Maker’s Mark

Our newest round of Maker’s Mark Private Select handpicked barrels are in, but they are going fast. This program takes cask strength Maker’s and allows us to add a custom blend of additional staves into the barrels for a roughly 3 to 4 month finishing period. Adding variety to the tried and true Maker’s formula is always our goal, and there’s plenty of new flavors to discover in the classic Maker’s profile with these bottlings.

Maker's Mark Binny's Private Select Bourbon Barrel "JM" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$69.99

Baked and spiced orchard fruit nose. Rich and spicy on the palate and a long, woody and spicy finish. A robust and spicy Maker’s.

Maker's Mark Binny's Private Select Bourbon Barrel "RW" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$69.99

Caramel, apple and oak nose. Soft vanilla on the palate with a pronounced mint note that complements the sweet and soft wheated character. Long finish showing more of that unusual-to-Maker’s mint.

Maker's Mark Binny's Private Select Bourbon Barrel "BP" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$69.99

Prominent oak and baking spice nose. Rich and caramelized on the palate with a chewy mouthfeel and brown sugar notes. Long, vanilla soaked finish. A classic.

Maker's Mark Binny's Private Select Bourbon Barrel "PB" Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$69.99

Toasted oak and coconut heavy nose. Vanilla and caramel on the full-bodied palate with a touch of balancing peppery spice. Lingering oak spice adds further balance to the finish.

Just Arrived! Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey

750m Bottle

$29.99

Peanut butter and whiskey. Just as American as apple pie and baseball, but a tastier combination. It’s not all peanut butter though, there’s some chocolate and vanilla notes in there as well, and we certainly don’t have to talk about how amazing that classic combo is. Try making a PB&J old fashioned with a few Luxardo cherries or enjoy it simply poured over ice cream.

New Arrivals

Rebel Yell Bourbon 100 Proof

750m Bottle

$19.99

The budget-priced wheated bourbon kicks things into a higher gear with this new 100 proof offering. Hard to find a better deal under $20.

Balvenie Sweet Toast of American Oak

750m Bottle

$59.99

The first release in the 3 part “Balvenie Stories” collection. A finishing period in heavily toasted American oak barrels brings out coconut and vanilla flavors from the wood. Despite that this is still very much Balvenie on the nose, it’s loaded with ripe apple and pear and some darker fruits like plum and fig sitting over a bed of vanilla candy. Soft and gentle on the palate. More of the American oak shines here with plenty of vanilla, coconut and caramel fading into a long, sweet finish.

Noble Oak Double Oak Bourbon

750m Bottle

$34.99

This new addition to the bourbon aisle is finished with sherry seasoned Spanish oak staves. It picks up some dried fruit complexity that complements the caramelized vanilla and coconut notes of the American oak barrels. One of our new favorite pours for the price.

Woodinville Whiskey Company Straight Bourbon

750m Bottle

$39.99

We’re finally getting aged whiskies from Woodinville! This bourbon is soft, fruity and round with sweet brown sugar and vanilla notes. Aged at least 4 years and bottled at 90 proof.

Woodinville Whiskey Company Straight Rye

750m Bottle

$44.99

The rye is from a 100% rye mashbill and shows that prominently on the spicy and minty nose. Soft fruit flavors balance out the palate before an intense spicy and herbal finish. Also 90 proof and properly aged at least 4 years. These whiskies were worth the wait!

Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Whiskey 2019 Limited Release

750m Bottle

$69.99

The 2019 release just landed and is even better than the previous year’s. After the 2018 release snagged the #2 spot on the Whisky Advocate top 20 last year, the word seems to be out on this hidden gem and it won’t be around for long.

Canned Cocktails - Pre-Mixed for Your Party

Whether you’re toasting this July 4th at home, on a beach or on a boat we’ve got you covered with high quality, ready-to-drink cocktails in cans. Less time preparing cocktails means more time for grilling, lounging, and actually enjoying the cocktails themselves.

The Copper Can Moscow Mule

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

One of the best pre-mixed mules on our shelves. The ginger is firm and snappy but balanced nicely by a touch of sweetness and crisp lime juice.

Chicago Distilling Gin & Tonic

4 Pack of 200ml Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

One of the Whiskey Hotline’s favorite local gins is Chicago Distilling’s Finn’s Gin so it’s not surprising that this is so good. Making one of the simplest cocktails even easier, that’s a win.

Chicago Distilling Bees Knees

4 Pack of 200ml Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

Lemon juice and honey add complementary sweetness and some acidity to the citrus forward gin. Another winner from Chicago Distilling. Check out their other canned cocktails as well.

Two Brothers Artisan Spirits Blackberry Lime Vodka Soda

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

No added sugar, under 100 calories and delicious. Sign us up. Available in meyer lemon and mango pineapple as well.

Cutwater Spirits Lime Margarita

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

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

You’d be hard pressed to make a better margarita from scratch. There’s even a little bit of sweetness and a hint of orange. Cutwater also make a fantastic Paloma, as well as other cocktails.

Blue Marble Cosmopolitan

4 Pack of 200ml Cans

Regular Price $11.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

The cosmopolitan has gotten a bit of a bum rap over the years as a sugary mess. Blue Marble does it justice with natural juices and without killing it with sugar. In fact they make a variety of cocktails using natural flavors.

New Holland Spirits Blueberry Gin Lemonade

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $11.99 Special Price $10.99
with Binny's Card

Gin made with Michigan blueberries balanced by a sweet and tart lemonade. They make a fantastic gin mule too.

Summer of Rum

With Summer trying to finally arrive, rum is in order. But of course, at the Whiskey Hotline we drink Whiskey… so we’re also drinking a special rum barrel finished single malt.

If you haven’t heard of Foursquare Rum, you’ve been missing out. These aren’t the regular old cheap mixing rums from your blurry youth. These rums go toe to toe with the world’s best spirits. Layered and complex, while still being affordable and available at most locations. A perfect way to expand out of the bourbon aisle and enlighten your taste buds.

Foursquare Probitas White Blended Rum

750mL

$29.99

Absolutely one of the best white rums available. This new release from Foursquare is a blend of their own column-distilled rum and some flavorful pot distilled rum from Jamaica. The nose shows some of that Jamaican heritage with fruity and ester-y notes alongside tropical fruits and crème brulee. The mouthfeel is fantastically round and full. On the taste, a little grassiness intermingles with molasses sugar, banana custard, caramel, and almond. The finish is a delight with sweeter molasses and brown sugar flavors lingering. Great for sipping, or as a secret weapon to upgrade your cocktail game.

Foursquare Rum Distillery Premise Single Blended Rum Aged 3 years in ex Bourbon Barrel then 7 years in ex Sherry Barrel

750mL

$59.99

Thanks to a healthy allocation of last year’s 8th “Exceptional Cask” release we can still offer this game-changing rum at a price that comparable whiskies can’t touch. After three years of aging in bourbon wood, then an additional 7 in Sherry casks, Premise achieves a layered complexity and balance that we have rarely seen in rum. Heaps of vanilla and toffee intertwine with stewed plum, raisin, dates, pineapple, citrus, banana cream and a touch of oak spice. Every nosing and taste brings a new flavor forward. Exceptional to say the least. Exceptional to say the least.

Foursquare Rum Distillery 2007 Vintage Single Blended Rum Aged 11 years in ex Bourbon Casks Barrel Strength

750mL

$79.99

The 2007 vintage release was aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels. Classic sweet rum nose with vanilla cream, toffee bar, baked orchard and tropical fruits, cinnamon sticks, and anise. The tropical notes shine on the palate. Banana, orchard fruits with vanilla butter toffee, and gentle oak spice balance things out. The rich, caramelized fruits carry onward into the finish and a cinnamon and baking spice slowly builds. Chewy and decadent rum sure to convert a bourbon fan.

Foursquare Empery Aged 14 years in ex Sherry and ex Bourbon Casks Exceptional Cask Selection

750mL

$109.99

The 9th release of the “Exceptional cask series” from Foursquare has finally arrived and it lives up to the ever-growing hype these rums have deservedly earned. A combination of pot and column distilled rums aged for 14 years in both sherry and bourbon barrels and Foursquare has struck gold again. The sherry barrel provenance is displayed proudly on the nose. Heaps of dark fruits like plum and fig with a mingling of dark chocolate, vanilla icing, a splash of pineapple and banana, caramelized oak and sweet spice. The palate is rich and chewy and keeps the fruit complexity and adds some more doses of wood-driven spice. Astonishingly fresh for a rum this old that was aged in the tropics, it never gets too dry or wood forward. “Exceptional” barely does it justice.

Summer of Rum

For the hardcore malt drinkers, we’ve got a limited amount of Ardbeg Drum. Released on June 1st for Ardbeg Day, this year’s bottling is one of the best in recent years. A perfect summer malt for fans of the beast of Islay.

Ardbeg Drum 2019 Special Release

750mL

$119.99

Ardbeg fans will drink Ardbeg year round, but for many of us a challenging and fiery single malt likely isn’t the first pour we’d reach for on a summer night. But this is not a typical Ardbeg. The rummy heritage makes its presence known immediately with an atypical dosage of banana and pineapple in the woodsmoke and seaside Ardbeggian nose. Lovely grilled tropical fruits and caramelized sugar emerge on the palate, buoyed by vanilla wafer, honeyed malt, plenty of peat and a backbone of iodine and savory smoke. The finish is sublime with dried red cherry, waves of peat, cinnamon, clove, pineapple candy segments, and sweet oak notes. A pleasant deviation from the usual Ardbeg formula that adds ripeness and complexity to the powerful peat. **Limited Availability**

New Handpicked Single Barrels from Casa Noble Tequila

With the weather teasing us that it might finally dry out and warm up our thoughts have turned to tequila. A great tequila is about as versatile a spirit as it gets, equally at home in flavorful cocktails or in a rocks glass sipped neat like other finely aged spirits. Of course The Whiskey Hotline prefers our own handpicked single barrels and thankfully we just received a trio of picks from one of our favorite producers, Casa Noble.

Led by 7th generation master distiller Pepe Hermosillo, Casa Noble’s tequilas sit at the intersection of generational expertise, triple distillation and organically grown agaves. The soft citrus and honeyed character of these agaves is elevated and complemented by ripe fruity notes from the triple distillation and gentle spice from time spent aging in French oak casks.

Casa Noble Anejo 5 Year Old Single Barrel #777 Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$89.99

What a nose! Orange and lime zest, a bouquet of tropical fruits, cooked agave, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon and clove and some lingering whiffs of honey. The palate shows soft and round flavors of baked apricot, guava, mango, agave nectar, cinnamon and oak spice all balanced by a rich toffee and vanilla. On the finish, the tropical fruit menagerie slips slowly into honeyed agave, cardamom, and clove. An easy sipper with unexpected complexity that begs to be tasted again.

Casa Noble Reposado Single Barrel #1108 Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$64.99

On the nose, tropical fruits mingle with fresh cut grass, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, white pepper and oak spice and a round dose of honeyed agave nectar. The fresh tropical fruits lead on the palate with a nice underbelly of vegetal agave, vanilla toffee, and some balancing baking spices. The finish highlights the fruit flavors as sweet vanilla oak slowly builds in the enduring finish. This is exactly what we look for in a great reposado tequila, a balance of youthful fruit and sweet and spicy aged oak notes.

Casa Noble Joven Tequila Single Barrel #1082 Binny's Handpicked

750mL

$59.99

Without a doubt, The Whiskey Hotline’s favorite bottling from Casa Noble. This Joven was aged for 6 weeks in French oak. The nose shows dark cacao and toffee that buttress fresh cooked agave, vanilla lanolin, mango, apricot, lime, and pepper. On the taste, agave and white pepper flavors lead while subtle flavors of tropical fruit creep across the tongue as cardamom and white pepper build. The finish is pleasant and warming with pepper and cinnamon ultimately winning out over beds of fresh cooked agave, tropical fruits, and vanilla bean. Barely a hint of the 102 bottling proof. Magic in a bottle.

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.