The Senator (MGP) Niche Barrel Pick “Palpatine” 6-year Rye:

We were beyond excited to receive one of only five barrels offered this year from The Senator.  Here at Niche, we have been giant fans of the Proof and Wood Ventures in Bardstown.  From The Senator, Presidential Dram, Representative, Ambassador, and The Justice caught my eye when I noticed that they were using (MGP) whiskey.  Many believe that all great whiskeys come from Kentucky, however, there has been a change in the guard.  In the whiskey community, we have seen this trend turn into a movement. The MGP distillery in Indiana is pumping out liquid gold.

This barrel has to be the best, if not second-best barrel we have ever picked for Niche! We are talking about barrels of Belle Meade, Weller, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Elijah Craig, Old Forester, etc.…. and the Senator smashes!

This particular Single Barrel is 115.38 proof and aged over 6 years.  The mash bill consists of 95% Rye and 5% Barley.  Now, Rye is a grain that is at the forefront of a trend, therefore, making it increasingly more expensive. Rye adds flavor components, depth, and complexity to whiskey. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bourbon, but I have also fallen victim to this temptress we call rye.

Our barrel of The Senator ‘Palpatine’ Rye is clean up front, with bold flavors in the middle. Cinnamon, caramel, and rye’s signature spice, complement our barrel.  The finish has a touch of heat, but at 115.38 proof, it is incredibly smooth. Niche’s preferred barrel is at cask strength (the original finished product without water), we feel it cheats the product and consumer otherwise. We trust our patrons’ knowledge, if you like it a little diluted add a cube, or a couple drops of water. We are proud to be purists. 

The name of our barrel comes from my deep love for Star Wars.  When I knew we were getting The Senator this year, the name had to be ‘Palpatine’, after the late Emperor.  Don’t judge me.

Lastly, if you love whiskey, know a whiskey lover, or want to know more about whiskey, This Is It.  These bottles don’t come ‘round often.  ‘Specially ‘round here.


The Senator (MGP) Rye Niche Single Barrel “Palpatine”

Proof: 115.38 Barrel Proof

Mash bill: 95% Rye, 5% Barley

Thoughts: The best (toot, toot)





I have a lot to be thankful in my life.  Times like this really give you time to sit down and realize this.  Niche has been my home for almost 14 years.  We have had so many special moments for us and I like to think or customers as well.  From folks coming in for our food, wine, booze, beer, special occasion, or just to talk to Carly, or Brant at the bar.

I just want to let you know I am going to be here until they say I can’t.  I have to many people relying on Niche, and we are going to get through this. 

Thank you again for ordering or food, buying our bottles, and leaving money for the staff.  Every penny helps.  
It’s funny how much you miss something when it is taken away.  The servers/bartenders really miss doing what they do, and that’s waiting on you.  A lot of you have become friends and family.  

We are lucky to have such a great community.   Another 14 more years 

Miss you,
Vince Balistreri

Here at Niche we are committed to the health of our guest and staff alike. We are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Along with following all the CDC guidelines and Illinois mandates we have gone above and beyond by having our HVAC upgraded to include an Air Scrubber by Aerus.


The Air Scrubber technology uses UV light to purify the air, remove VOCs and reduce exposure to bacteria and viruses.



Patrons from all over the Fox River Valley and the Greater Chicago area travel to beautiful downtown Geneva, Illinois, to experience Niche’s constantly evolving menu of eclectic, American contemporary cuisine created with the freshest Midwest ingredients. It’s eclecticism allows the chefs to select foods and cooking styles from around the world, utilizing locally grown produce, artisan cheeses & meats, along with fresh daily seafood. The menu constantly evolves taking into account the change of seasons and weather and their affects on the palate. Our chefs rely on the concerted effort of the professionally trained kitchen staff to assist in the planning and execution of the menu, which results in great attention to details of flavor, texture and presentation.



Niche Restaurant is recognized nationwide for its wine list, hand-selected by general manager and wine director Vince. The bar at Niche is also stocked with Vince’s personal selections of nearly 200 whiskies and a revolving selection of at least 100 beers.


1/2 price whiskeys night

all whiskeys* will be half off.

*Whiskeys that have been starred on menu do not apply to discount


1/2 price beer night

all draft and 22oz bottles (or larger) half off


1/2 price wine bottles under $100


Tel. (630) 262-1000

Fax. (630) 262-1017

14 S. Third Street

Geneva, IL 60134

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