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cowdery
11-07-2007, 14:04
I just got back from a visit to Binny's (Clark Street). What they have on the shelf is interesting. So is what they don't have.

Overall, I noticed a lot of things that are reputedly in short supply elsewhere: Gold Foil Hirsch ($79.99), the last five OFBB issues, including 2007 (different prices but all under $40), lots of different BMH and Kentucky Vintage iterations, Old Charter 8 and 10, plenty of OGD114 and EWSB 96, and plenty of the new Russell's Reserve Rye.

What they do not have: no BTAC except Eagle Rare 17, no Four Roses of any kind(it's supposed to be in Chicago by now), no Parker's Heritage Collection, no Wild Turkey American Spirit.

Come to think of it, I didn't notice any Pappy, though I may have missed it. They have Old Rip.

What did I get:
A. H. Hirsch 16-year-old gold foil, $79.99
Russell's Reserve 10-year-old bourbon, $24.99
Russel's Reserve 6-year-old rye, $29.99

Interesting that the younger rye costs more than the older bourbon. The bottles are very similar but clearly different, as are the labels. They're both 90 proof.

ThomasH
11-07-2007, 14:43
I talked to Brett at Binny's last night and he said Four Roses was due in today. Sure enough, its listed on their website!

Thomas

bigtoys
11-07-2007, 19:03
just got off the phone w/ Binnys Highland Park; they don't have it yet either, but I'm hopeful. Will try to get some info tomorrow.

bigtoys
11-08-2007, 20:47
Latest info is yellow label later this month. Single barrel and small batch early next year.

Sijan
11-08-2007, 21:45
"Parker's Heritage Collection Cask Strength 1st Release" is now available via the Binny's website:

http://www.binnys.com/search/spiritsearch.cfm?advs=2&ptid=2&ast=&asc=&astxt=parker

NickAtMartinis
11-09-2007, 05:28
"Parker's Heritage Collection Cask Strength 1st Release" is now available via the Binny's website:

http://www.binnys.com/search/spiritsearch.cfm?advs=2&ptid=2&ast=&asc=&astxt=parker


Has anyone tried this yet. Curious to know.

MikeDS
11-09-2007, 09:21
I called the Binny's in Highland Park because it's not TOO far from where I work and the Irish accent guy who answers the phone said he didn't have any yet. I called the Buffalo Grove store and he said he had 12 bottles of "each." I'm assuming small batch and single barrel.

MikeDS
11-09-2007, 09:26
Mt. Prospect Binny's also has "one case of each."

jazzman64
11-09-2007, 10:49
Binny's on Grand had 4 bottles of Parker Heritage on the shelf yesterday

cowdery
11-09-2007, 11:13
Clearly I'm shopping at the wrong Binny's.

Pharaoh
11-09-2007, 14:34
Has anyone tried this yet. Curious to know.I tried it for the first time today matter of fact. Nothing conclusive but from the limited taste, honestly, I could tell it was Heaven Hill whiskey blind.

Too bad I was told and saw what it was upfront.

bigtoys
11-10-2007, 14:14
I called the Binny's in Highland Park because it's not TOO far from where I work and the Irish accent guy who answers the phone said he didn't have any yet. I called the Buffalo Grove store and he said he had 12 bottles of "each." I'm assuming small batch and single barrel.


Great info. I don't understand why HP didn't get any. I also don't understand not being told that another store has it when you call. Anyway, I called BG today and they had 6 bottles of each. Now they have 3 Single Barrel and 4 Small Batch. I'm a happy camper. Welcome to Ill, 4R!http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/bigtoys335/4r.jpg

TNbourbon
11-10-2007, 20:42
Well, a decent bourbon-stocked liquor store in no-nothin' Spring Hill, TN has a mixed case of the single barrel, small batch and yellow label because the then-owner (changed hands last week) had the good sense to ask his employee his opinion about getting it. Had to wait a week because stock ran out, but it is currently available. I've seen it on several other stores' shelves, as well, though not universally. Many folks still just don't know what it is.
Wise shoppers in Spring Hill will.

TNbourbon
11-10-2007, 20:46
Has anyone tried this yet. Curious to know.
Yep:
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=99156&postcount=1

MikeDS
11-12-2007, 06:22
I bet straightbourbon.com is (almost) singlehandedly responsible for depleting the Four Roses stocks in Chicagoland! Be it through purchases for our bunkers or recommendations to others. On Friday I informed a co-worker who's dad loves bourbon to get to the Buffalo Grove Binny's (she lives in Arlington Heights and happened to be working from home that day) and grab some before it's gone! Good thing she did because I doubt the bottles survived the weekend. Coincidentally, she works in HR ;)

bigtoys
11-12-2007, 21:25
As MikeDS said:


I bet straightbourbon.com is (almost) singlehandedly responsible for depleting the Four Roses stocks in Chicagoland! Be it through purchases for our bunkers or recommendations to others.


Very likely true. I jumped on the info. Hope your friend got some 4R for her dad; I did leave some. I'm gonna give a bottle to a friend who tasted it with me in NYC at Bluesmoke.

Next choice(?) will be whether or not to get the Yellow Label if HP gets it. I'm liking the SB and the SB.:lol:

jazzman64
11-13-2007, 11:17
Just as an FYI, Binny's on Grand has the BTAC on the shelf today (didn't see the Saz 18 though) and also PVW 15.

Cheers
JD

NickAtMartinis
11-14-2007, 17:31
Yep:
http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=99156&postcount=1


Thanks, Tim. Good tasting notes. How do you do it?!

Anyway, based on what you said, for the money, I think I'll stay away. Too many other good bourbons out there at a much lower price.

bigtoys
11-14-2007, 18:13
Sam's in Chicago had about a dozen each of Four Roses Small Batch and Single Barrel. No yellow label. Go forth and empty the shelves, SB.comers!

HipFlask
11-14-2007, 20:15
Save some for me. I had to drive by the Buffalo Grove store today. I car pooled down to Itasca with my boss and could make the stop. But I'll have a chance to pick some up in December. Thanks Tim