The Whiskey Hotline

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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A Decadent Handpicked DramFrom Kavalan

Our first handpicked single cask of Kavalan since 2016 has arrived and it is an absolute treasure. The humid, subtropical climate of Taiwan boosts the rate at which these world class whiskies mature, while extracting rich oak spice and tropical fruit notes. Kavalan’s lineup of single malts has won hundreds of awards, but single barrels have remained elusive and often quite pricey. Our latest leans into what they do best, big sherry cask aging, and delivers explosive flavor at a deceptively high proof at a price less than half of previous single barrel releases.

Kavalan Oloroso Cask Strength Single Cask Binny's Handpicked

Kavalan Oloroso Cask Strength Single Cask
Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$249.99

A densely layered nose with something new to explore at each pass. Marcona almonds on caramel soaked fig cake, chocolate dipped plum halves, butter toffee, black peppercorns, chocolate covered cherries, marzipan, and fresh cloves. Broad and chewy on the palate with waves of sweet baking spices, vanilla oak, ripe plums, and cherry compote with caramel-chocolate bar underneath and a slow transition to fig jam and raisins with a balance of rich oak spices. The finish is layered and chewy with plums and dark chocolate lingering with cardamom pods as sweet and spice drift into the distance. An absolutely delightful sherry bomb and a gentle sipper even at its robust 108 proof.

A Bold New BourbonFrom the Brandy Masters of Butchertown

Copper & Kings has been producing big and expressive brandies out of their distillery in Louisville’s historic Butchertown neighborhood since 2014, but this is their first bourbon available outside of the distillery itself. Blended from Kentucky bourbons aged 5, 10 and 15 years it is then finished in their own apple brandy barrels for 12 months. Bottled at 111 proof this is a bold bourbon with layers of caramel apples and sweet vanilla.

Copper & Kings Straight Bourbon Finished in Apple Brandy Barrels

Copper & Kings Straight Bourbon Finished in Apple Brandy Barrels

750 ml Bottle
$0.00

On the nose, apple pie topped with caramel ice cream, chocolate covered cherries, ripe pear, toffee bar, clove, and roasted almonds. On the palate baked apples and baked pears lead up front with spicy red hots as caramel cream and vanilla bean support with gentle oak spice and brioche underneath. The finish is long and gentle with a slow fade of spicy cinnamon sticks and peppercorns into long-lasting baked apple, caramel and vanilla wafer. A versatile mixer and dangerously drinkable. 

A Decade in the Making

In 2013 the crew at New York’s Widow Jane Distilling began a decade long project to create a new bourbon from heirloom corn. On a single farm they planted two different heritage strains of corn side-by-side, Bloody Butcher red and Wapsie Valley yellow. As these corn varieties grew, they also hybridized. Kernels with just the right blend of red and yellow were individually plucked, and painstakingly hand planted to create an all-new strain, dubbed Baby Jane. The resultant whiskey is full of stone fruits, creamy vanilla, and sweet corn balanced by sweet baking spice. A fantastic everyday sipper.

Widow Jane Baby Jane Blended Bourbon Whiskey Made With Heirloom Corn

Widow Jane Baby Jane Blended Bourbon Whiskey Made With Heirloom Corn

750 ml Bottle
$44.99
$49.99

On the nose apricots and cinnamon sticks drizzled with caramel sauce as chocolate covered almonds and cloves support with red cherries and peppercorns. Gentle and mouth coating on the palate with an initial burst of ripe stone fruits tempered by herbal cardamom with a slow transition to caramel sauce, vanilla cream, milk chocolate and clove. The finish is layered and long with sweet and spice dancing back and forth as sweeter vanilla flavors and spicy cinnamon sticks linger.

Cozy Up Around the CampfireWith WhistlePig’s Latest Collaboration

WhistlePig’s lineup of unorthodox collaborations continues with their latest, a wheat whiskey aged in barrels toasted with Solo Stove’s smokeless campfire pits. This is a blend of wheat and rye from the venerable Vermont distiller, made from 85% wheat whiskey and 15% straight rye. It certainly makes for a whiskey with crowd-pleasing character perfect for sharing around a campfire.

WhistlePig Campstock Wheat Whiskey

WhistlePig Campstock Wheat Whiskey

750 ml Bottle
$69.99

Warm and lightly sweet on the nose with toasted oak and marshmallow fluff, ripe bartlett pear, dried orange segments, cinnamon candies, and toffee pieces. Soft and mouth-coating on the palate, waves of ripe apples and pears, red berries in honey, apricots and vanilla wafers are delicately layered before a slow wave of spicy cinnamon and pepper emerges with a dash of dried citrus. The finish is lengthy and balanced with sweet and spice fading together, as toasted oak and caramel flavors persist with vanilla bean. A sweet and toasted sipper that’ll keep you coming back for s’more.  

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The Latest Oak Experiment

Teeling’s third release in their award-winning Wonders of Wood series, which explores virgin oak aging on Irish style pot still whiskey, is in stores now and maybe the best yet. This release was aged in virgin Swedish oak casks. Swedish Oak is a very rare white oak, native to Nordic Europe, which is denser and more robust compared to oak from other regions. When used for maturation it produces a distinctive candied ginger and almond toffee character.

Teeling Single Pot Still Swedish Oak Wonders of Wood

Teeling Single Pot Still Swedish Oak Wonders of Wood

700 ml Bottle
$99.99

On the nose bright red cherries and caramel cream, dried pineapple, baked pears, vanilla bean, ginger, and toasted oak. Soft and creamy on the palate with sweet toast and candied ginger up front balanced by dried tropical fruits and poached pears with a background of caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate and sweet malt. The finish is lengthy and layered with sweet and spice fading together as red cherries and cloves persist. A powerful yet nuanced Irish whiskey.

New Limited Release

Glenmorangie’s excellent Barrel Select series continues with their first ever Calvados cask whisky. Considering their longstanding commitment to cask experimentation, it’s great to see they still have new avenues to explore with their fragrant and fruity spirit. The Calvados cask imparts plenty of the expected baked apple character, but also a surprising dose of French oak spice, giving this Glenmo more heft and presence than we usually find in this malt known for floral fruit.

Glenmorangie Barrel Select Release #4 Calvados Cask Finish

Glenmorangie Barrel Select Release #4 Calvados Cask Finish

750 ml Bottle
$99.99

On the nose bright pear and apple notes lead, with a core of vanilla blossom, toffee, and red berry with a background of rich baking spices and peppercorn. Gently fruity and sweet initially on the palate with buttered pear, apple pie a la mode, and toffee before the spice builds into a crescendo of clove, anise, and peppery oak. The finish is layered and pleasant with sweeter fruit flavors outlasting spice with a gentle balance of apple, cinnamon and ginger.

A Tropical Treat

This week we welcome a rare tropical treasure to the bourbon shelf at a Binny’s near you, we have a single barrel of Koval’s delicious bourbon that was finished in a jackfruit barrel! Not familiar with jackfruit? It’s commonly described as having the taste of a mélange of tropical fruits, almost like a combination of mango, pineapple, banana, and citrus. The wood from the jack tree somehow brought those tropical notes into the bourbon, with an added dose of sweet cinnamon reminiscent of Brazilian amburana wood. Koval tells us they only had 2 of these barrels, so don’t miss out on this rarity! If you’re curious about jackfruit and other fruit esoterica, check out this episode of our Barrel to Bottle podcast, where the team discusses all types of tasty tropical treats.

Koval Bourbon Whiskey Finished in ex Jackfruit Barrel #8264 Binny's Handpicked

Koval Bourbon Whiskey Finished in ex Jackfruit Barrel #8264
Binny's Handpicked

750 ml Bottle
$59.99

Lots to unpack on this floral and expressive nose with grilled mango and dried pineapple in front of concentrated cinnamon syrup, with background notes of roasted chestnut, vanilla icing, and milk chocolate. Robust and chewy on the palate showing raisins and cinnamon infused chocolate syrup, more pineapple and mango, caramelized banana, vanilla icing and gentle oak spice. The finish is lightly sweet and persistent, with caramelized tropical fruits, cinnamon-vanilla cake, and milk chocolate fading slowly together.

Our First Handpicked Cask From Ardnamurchan

Scotland’s current whisky boom has been producing a lot of exciting whiskies, but few have captivated us like Ardnamurchan has. Named for the rugged western highland peninsula on which it sits, Ardnamurchan is as wild and untamed as its surroundings. Since 2014 they have been producing both peated and unpeated malts, using a variety of ex-bourbon and sherry cooperage, and aging in traditional dunnage warehouses on site. Our first cask from this outstanding young distillery is an unpeated whisky matured in a PX sherry hogshead. It’s a classic Scotch profile loaded with fruit, floral, spice and coastal notes.

Ardnamurchan First Fill ex PX Sherry Hogshead Highland Single Malt #1322

Ardnamurchan First Fill ex PX Sherry Hogshead Highland Single Malt #1322
Binny's Handpicked

700 ml Bottle
$119.99

Densely packed nose of dried banana chips and milk chocolate, ripe plum, floral citrus blossoms, toffee butter, peppery oak spice, and a touch of minerality with an underlying salinity. Broad and expansive on the palate with salted butter on baked plums, caramel chocolates, toffee bar, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and sweet baking spices. The finish is lengthy and warming with cardamom and cloves persisting with chocolate-soaked plums as sweet malt and dried figs fade. An absolute joy to sip neat, but adding a touch of water really makes this whisky sing, drawing out brighter and riper fruit notes.  

New & Notable Tequilas

Aguasol Tequilas

Aguasol Blanco Tequila

750 ml Bottle
$39.99
$44.99

Aguasol Reposado Tequila

750 ml Bottle
$44.99
$49.99

Agave-forward and additive free tequilas from the revered Cascahuin distillery. The blanco offers notes of honey, lime peel and cracked pepper before a slow fade to lightly sweet agave. The reposado is aged for 3 months, adding a kiss of vanilla and oak spice, but still allowing the rich, cooked agave flavor to be the star of the show. 

Cambio Tequilas

Cambio Tequila Blanco

750 ml Bottle
$49.99

Cambio Tequila Reposado

750 ml Bottle
$59.99

Cambio tequilas are made from highland grown agaves, cooked whole, and crushed with a traditional tahona wheel. It is then fermented with wine yeasts, and distilled to a low proof, giving more body while maintaining rich aromatics. The reposado is then aged in a variety of wine barrels, notably white Bordeaux, white Burgundy, and chardonnay. Both are bottled at 46% abv, and are very much tequilas for a whiskey lover. 

A Spectacular New Release  From an Islay Icon

The newest and most “Spectacular” Ardbeg Day release reveals the beauty of matching rare port barrels with classic ex-Bourbon barrels for maturation. Our friends on Islay tell us that this is the very first time Ardbeg has ever matured in Port wine barrels. The resulting liquid displays an undeniable salty and densely smokey bouquet, but with a fruity backbone rarely seen from this iconic peaty beast. These limited releases from Ardbeg always disappear quickly, so grab something Spectacular before it’s gone for good.... or up in smoke as they say. 

Ardbeg Spectacular 2024 Ardbeg Day Release

Ardbeg Spectacular 2024 Ardbeg Day Release

750 ml Bottle
$139.99

A robust and powerful nose of sea spray, wet peat smoke, roasted almonds, fig jam, ripe plum, vanilla candy, caramel cream, and spicy oak. Full and creamy on the palate with charred figs and plums, earthy peat embers supported by caramel and vanilla cream, and a slow transition to sweet oak and ripe red berries. The finish is long and well developed with sea brine and peat persisting along with dark cacao and ripe plum. Spectacular indeed. 

Return to the Field of Dreams

Archie "Moonlight" Graham once said, " We just don't recognize life's most significant moments while they're happening." But when Ray Kinsella built a Field of Dreams in Iowa plenty of people both past and present took notice. Celebrating that iconic baseball field, Field of Dreams bourbon has been produced from the corn grown right there, with only 23,114 bottles available, one for each player to have made it to the major leagues.

Field of Dreams Bourbon Whiskey

Field of Dreams
Bourbon Whiskey
Made With Corn from The Field of Dreams

750 ml Bottle
$69.99

The nose reveals brown sugar on dried apricots, toffee, vanilla bean, sweet corn puddin’ and rich oak spice. On the palate, baked pears on toasted oak lead with a subtle balance of vanilla soaked raspberries, caramel, coconut and vanilla underneath with sweet baking spices and tobacco. The finish is balanced and easy going with gentle vanilla wafer, sweet corn and cinnamon slowly fading.

New from FEW  Smashing Pumpkins Straight Bourbon

For FEW Spirits’ latest collaboration, the Evanston distillery teamed up with local rockstar Billy Corgan and his Highland Park tea café, Madame Zuzu’s, to create a bourbon that blended both passions. If you have tasted FEW’s outstanding Immortal Rye you’ll find plenty to love here, as just like that rye this bourbon was proofed down using tea instead of water. FEW’s bourbon tends to be bolder and spicier thanks to a heavy dose of rye, and this rose petal tea proved to be a great match for that spicy provenance adding floral and citrus layers.

FEW Spirits Smashing Pumpkins Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Madame Zuzus Midnight Rose Tea

FEW Spirits Smashing Pumpkins Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Madame Zuzus Midnight Rose Tea

750 ml Bottle
$39.99

While we may not be able to tell you all the secrets behind this amazing collaboration, we can confirm the combination of bourbon and tea is as sweetly dream filled as tea and honey. The nose on this bourbon is fat with promise as the stars of this herbal bouquet reveal roses, ripe peaches, vanilla toffee, caramel candies, and warming oak spice. The palate renews and revives with floral rose and bright lemon peels, sweet orange slice candies, and a slow fade to vanilla bean and cardamom pods. The finish is long and well-rounded with floral elements persisting with ripe peaches and baked pears, with one last kiss of bright floral notes. This is an expressive liquid that gives and unveils layers and layers of complementary flavors to discover.

From the Makers of Barton 1792What Bonded Means

 

Clark & Sheffield Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Clark & Sheffield Bottled in Bond Bourbon

750 ml Bottle
$29.99
$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