Every year at the start of fall, there is one thing you can count on; pumpkin spice everything coming out of the wood works. You either love it because you’re “basic” or hate it because you’re a rebel. Even though we know everyone secretly loves it. There is nothing to not love about the pumpkin spice flavor. Now, the Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte is not for everyone, but a mixed drink sure is! What could get you in the Autumn mood better than a bonfire and that perfect pumpkin spice beverage? We want to share our favorite fall recipes with you!
We all know and love Jim Beam, but we don’t always get to hear about some of the other brands distilled by Jim Beam. Booker’s Blue Knights Batch is one of them and is the 2nd of the 2017 Booker’s releases. This batch was named in honor of Booker Noe’s lesser known group of friends, The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. This was an international group of active and retired law enforcement officers that shared a passion for the open road.
In Jim Beam’s words, “Booker’s Blue Knights Batch is culled from barrels from four different production dates located in four different warehouses. The nose is sweet with vanilla notes, mixed with wood from the white oak barrels. The mingling aromas and tastes from different barrels make this a great, well-balanced batch.”
2% from 4th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE
38% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse D
33% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse F
27% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse J
This whiskey has a mash bill of 77% corn, 13% rye, and 10% malted barley, and was aged in a New Charred Oak cask for a little over 6 years. It is bottled at cask strength and barrel proof of 127, it’s the closest you can get to getting it out of the cask yourself. Caramel to the eye, nicely balanced, full-bodied with a heavy oily feel. Booker’s Blue Knights Batch just has an all-around rich, dense and oaky profile.
Nose: Oak roasted peanuts, Dark Fruit, baking spice, cocoa, and toffee. All-around described as very pleasant.
Taste: Oak roasted peanuts, dark fruit, baking spice, cocoa, leather, and toffee, also described as pleasant.
Finish: A very long finish of oak and peanuts, a little brown sugar, clove and herbal spice.
Perfect for easy going sipping on a spring day! Reserve your bottle of Booker’s Blue Knights Batch while the selection is available. Cheers!
It’s not every day that a whiskey is made in collaboration with a movie. Old Forester Just released their Statesman whiskey a month before Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set to come out. This movie is about a group of master bourbon distillers by day, spies by night. Two elite secret spy organizations band together to defeat a common enemy as the world is held hostage.
Based on the dynamic characters in the movie, Old Forester named this whiskey Statesman after the American secret service-esque counterparts in the movie. “We wanted to make sure that whatever we bottled and sell fit the world that was presented in Kingsman.” That’s why they created the smooth 95 proof Statesman from hand selected casks from the warmest parts of the warehouse, because “True character is only revealed after a little heat.” This Kentucky whiskey is an exceptional balance of heat and spice.
Statesman shares it’s mash bill with the original recipe that Old Forester’s has used since 1870 – 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. The only difference is that Statesman was aged on the highest floor of the warehouse, where temperatures can reach 120 degrees during the summer. This whiskey is golden brown in appearance and bottles at 47.5% ABV.
Nose: Devil’s food, clove & oak spice with an undercurrent of raw vanilla.
Taste: Buttery leather is quickly dominated by a bold flash of pepper, cinnamon, bark and sharp citrus.
Finish: Intense spice and eucalyptus which fade into orange cream and caramel.
Jeff Bridges (middle) stars alongside Statesman as the character champ where he debuted this bourbon at the Kentucky Derby. If you can’t already tell by the makeup it’s wild flavors, this Kentucky whiskey is bold! Get ready for the Kingsman movie, set to premiere September 22, by trying Old Forester’s Statesman. This is thee action-packed whiskey you don’t want to miss out on. Reserve your bottle of Statesman here.
Farm-to-fork eating is all craze today. We want to know that what we are putting into our bodies is fresh. Straight from the ground and onto our plates. Well, we should be thinking the same way about the drinks we put into our bodies. Especially when it comes to alcoholic beverages with unknown amounts of sugar and additives. WhistlePig had a vision of creating a true farm-to-bottle whiskey and they did just that. WhistlePig FarmStock whiskey was created.
WhistlePig FarmStock Whiskey “is the manifestation of the dream that launched the company: to produce the finest whiskey in the world from our Vermont farm.” Farmstock is a blended rye whiskey made of young estate whiskey, five and six-year estate ryes, and MPG 12-year whiskey stock. This 86 proof blend really embraces the spiciness of both the local grains and wood. It is amber to the eye and bottle at 43% ABV.
Nose: Deep and complex aromas, there is a lot going on here. It is mostly made of a rich woody oak. It has subtle hints of dark, salt caramel and then it leaves on a nice fruity note. The grain-forward nature of this whiskey is said to leave an air of baking bread in the nostrils.
Palate: Despite the sweetness in the nose, the palate accentuates the dryer aspects of this whiskey. Again, predominantly oaky there are sweeter florally flavors at the end with hints of citrus and stone fruit.
Finish: Intricate and enduring finish featuring winter fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco, butterscotch, and vanilla founded in classic rye spice.
Try the WhistlePig FarmStock Manhattan. Combine 2oz FarmStock, 1/2oz Sweet Vermouth, 2 dashes of Angostura. Garnish with a Cherry and wa-la! You know what you’re getting with this whiskey and that’s a true farm-to-bottle whiskey. Heck, it’s even bottled in a barn! You can reserve your own bottle of WhistlePig Farmstock here.
Jim Beam is an American traditional bourbon whiskey that we all know and love. Made with the same secret recipe for over 200 years, it’s considered the world’s #1 Kentucky Bourbon. But, there’s a new member of the family for those looking for a sweet touch on a Kentucky classic, Jim Beam Vanilla. This really is quite the addition. One you can enjoy straight, on the rocks or in a mixed drink.
Jim Beam took the natural flavor of Madagascar Vanilla Liqueur and combined it with their world’s finest Kentucky Straight Whiskey. This combination is the perfect balance of rich full-bodied vanilla with subtle hints of oak, complemented with the deep caramel notes of bourbon. “It’s perfect for those times when you are looking for a touch of sweetness to your bourbon.”
Like mentioned above, there are many ways to enjoy Jim Beam Vanilla; however, one of the most popular ways is mixed with Cola. If you’re not a Cola fan than there are other mixing options for you. Jim Beam has provided us with recommendations for mixing and says it goes really well with orange juice too. Jim Beam Vanilla is the perfect mixer because the flavors in the bourbon whiskey blend with other flavors like in Cola and orange juice to create even more flavor in your beverage.
If you’re someone who prefers things a little on the sweeter side than this is your drink. Don’t drink mediocre cocktails when you can have a well-balanced, sweet and flavorful bourbon cocktail with Jim Beam Vanilla. Cheers!
The two are linked in so many ways it is hard to imagine one existing without the other. The founding fathers of this great country crossed the ocean’s more than two-hundred years ago to start a new world, based on the vision of freedom, free expressions of new ideas, yet structured by a founding set of laws that outline the rules of the land for all to follow. (Kind of sounds like the history of American bourbon whiskey if you ask me.) Many of those founding fathers who help construct this great land were also its first distillers. The history of distilling and the use (and enjoyment) of spirits is well documented in virtually every key moment of early America. One of those founders, and an infamously known distiller and innovator of American whiskey was Thomas Jefferson. Known then for both his curiosity and his experimental spirit, in today’s world Thomas Jefferson would be known as an “innovator”. It’s in this spirit of innovation that Trey Zoeller, CEO of Jefferson’s Bourbon, chose the founding father to be the “face” of his brand, and the inspiration behind the Jefferson’s line. Despite pushing the boundaries (and the definition) of Bourbon, Jefferson’s is committed to holding to the traditions and basic rules that make bourbon whiskey America’s spirit of choice.
Jefferson’s Oceans line was born from just this “outside the box” thinking. After enjoying a day on the water with friends (and a few drams of his bourbon), Trey was inspired after watching the spirits in his glass constantly rock back and forth. He began thinking about the effects that this constant motion, along with the unique environmental elements that the Ocean provides would provide. With that, Trey loaded up a couple 30-gallon barrels and his first voyage set sail, and the bourbon world was changed forever. After word of the unique and delicious characteristics that resulted, the first batch of Ocean’s was soon going for over $1,000 on the secondary market. (It was THAT good!)
Now, after nearly a dozen voyages logged, bourbon enthusiast still regularly await the docking of each new batch, as no two voyages have yet to provide the same results. Despite the average voyage crossing the equator on 4 times, visiting 5 continents, the constantly changing weather conditions and temperament of the sea work together to give each voyage its own special flavor.
Blended especially for you by the lord of the sea’s, “Chef Poseidon” himself, the Voyage 9 Single Barrel from Payless is like no other you will have.
Nose: A wave of candied dark cherries jump out of the glass and grabs you right up front. Subtle notes of fig present, followed by a leveling notes of rye grain and spice. There is a butterscotch element that enters and instantly blends with the grain to provide a gram-cracker element, allowing the underlying sweetness and cinnamon spice to lift anchor and inspire you to set sail for a taste.
Taste: Sweetness splashes the lips, with elements of sweetened wood drifting in. There’s a subtle, almost salty-brine dryness and hints of leather that washes over the mid pallet that may remind some of the up-front characteristics that an Islay scotch provides, while others may envision characteristics of an Irish whiskey. Currents of dark fruit, bread, and nutty elements give just a flash memory of a pecan pie, changing to salted-caramel and chocolate, before receding like the tide, leaving spice to sparkle on the tongue like the shell treasures the sea shares on its sandy beaches.
Finish: Caramel and vanilla dock on the pallet, washed in with a smooth medium finish that leaves the tongue feeling as smooth as the early-morning sand after the high tide has come and gone. Hints of that salty-brine remain, reminding you the taste voyage you just experienced was unlike any other. While traditional bourbon flavors are always there, like the relaxation of an ocean cruise can provide, it relaxes you just enough to show you a different side of something you’ve always known and loved.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “I hold to it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” This quote reflects the true nature of Thomas Jefferson, known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. Today, living on in his name, Jefferson’s Bourbon is a symbol for an experimental spirit. Of course, there are many different Jefferson’s bourbons but today, let’s talk about the Jefferson’s Ridiculously Small Batch.
Jefferson’s Small Batch is a combination of up to four different Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys of different ages. By combining these different whiskeys, Jefferson’s achieves a complexity and balance while maintaining the consistency needed in a bourbon. They say that this Bourbon is perfect for both the connoisseur and someone who is just looking to get into whiskey. Jefferson’s goal is to create uncommon bourbon and they’ve succeeded. They are constantly seeking out new and aged barrels of bourbon from established distilleries that have already perfected their art for over hundreds of years.
Jefferson’s Small Batch is aged in a new charred oak cask and bottled at ABV 41.15%. It is light caramel in color and grainy yet fruity to the nose. It has a medium, full-bodied, slightly hot palate with a bit of sugar cane, but not as much sweetness as you’d think according to the aroma. It is sure to last a while in the finish with some bitterness, oak tannin, and charcoal that fades away with a bit of sweet and honey. Overall, this is simply a pleasant whiskey that looks good on the shelf.
We are excited about our new Jefferson’s barrels and will be premiering these barrels on August 26, 2017. This is a “no frills” whiskey that can pleasantly be drunk while hanging out, watching TV or reading a book. Stop by for a taste or reserve your bottle today, that is if you’re a curious soul like good ol’ Thomas Jefferson. Cheers!
There’s nothing more relaxing in the summer than a sunny day, sitting poolside with a sangria in hand. Whether it’s the weekend or another “Wine Wednesday”, sangria is the perfect refreshing beverage. Lucky for us, summer isn’t over yet and sangria is pretty easy to make at home.
Sangria, rooted in Spain, has become a popular and refreshing party drink all around the world and there are many different variations of this traditional red wine punch. It seems every restaurant has its own mixture of sangria, and that’s just the thing, don’t buy a mix from the store make it home and add your own flare. Here are a couple of the best summertime sangria recipes for you to make at home and alter just the way you like.
1 bottle Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 oranges, sliced
½ lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 peach, chopped
1 lime, sliced
2 oz. triple sec
10oz seltzer water
First, you want to muddle the bottom of a large pitcher with sugar, oranges, strawberries, peach and lime slices. Next, you’ll want to pour wine, triple sec and seltzer water into the pitcher and stir. For best results, refrigerate overnight and serve in a tall glass over ice with your best friends. The next recipe is a more traditional red sangria if that’s what you’re into. But again, like I said, it is encouraged that you make your sangria based on what you will like best – it’s your drink!
½ apple, cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces
½ orange, rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed
3-4 Tbsp. organic brown sugar
¾ cup orange juice
1/3 cup brandy
1 750 ml bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz
For this recipe, you want to muddle the bottom of a large pitcher with apples, oranges, and sugar with a wooden spoon for about 45 seconds. Then, add orange juice and brandy, muddle for 30 more seconds. Add red wine, stir and taste. Adjust the flavor as needed. Once complete, add ice, stir once more and chill. If you want to get real fancy you can garnish with orange.
Now it is time to chill in the sun with your perfect wine punch. There are many different ways you can make sangria and they are all just as delicious and won’t break the bank! Get your favorite Lindeman Wines to compliment your sangria for just $3.99 at Payless! Cheers!
I am sure most of you have heard of and many have probably tried good old Admiral Nelson rum, but do you know about the real Admiral Nelson? This rum was inspired by Admiral Horatio Nelson, leader of the greatest armada to ever sail the high seas. They say that the admiral was fearless and lived life to his own beat, bold and full of flavor much like the rum inspired from him.
He was known for his genuine, heroic confidence and resilience. He was very much his own person and he didn’t let authority motivate him. They say that part of his infamy comes from ignoring the command to cease-fire. He “put a blind eye” to his orders, this is also where the famous phrase came from. Now, let’s talk a little about the premium spiced rum inspired by such a heroic admiral.
There are many different kinds of Admiral Nelson rums, not just the plain premium spiced rum. That’s because you should be making your own decisions and choosing your own course, just like the Admiral. The traditional, premium spiced Admiral Nelson rum, is a gold with a smooth bold taste carefully blended with savory spices.
The nose is made up of light cinnamon and gingerbread notes, backed with vanilla. The body is sweet and pleasant, not overly spiced. It is the perfect rum for those who like just a little kick and is easy enough to just sip plain. The finish is short, straight and simple. This is a 70 proof rum. People enjoy this rum because they can drink it straight and not be put off by the burn. This is also a very tasty rum to add to mix drinks. Admiral Nelson Premium Spiced Rum is perfect for sipping straight and mixing drinks and it doesn’t break the bank. Get your bottle of Admiral Nelson today and be sure to follow along with our journey of Admiral Nelson and the Indianapolis Indians. Taste the Admiral. See the Indians. Cheers!
If you are one who likes to “think about your drink”, are a spirit enthusiast, or just have an interest in the history of America, at one point or another you will be reading about bourbon. Once you start reading into the history of bourbon (its birth, near death, and revitalization), you will no-doubt hear the name, George Remus.
George Remus, who was given the title of “King of the Bootleggers”, was actually born in Germany before his family moved to Chicago when he was just a child. George followed his father’s footstep and became a pharmacist at the young age of 19, but left the trade in his mid-twenties to become a lawyer, focusing in criminal defense. With the passing of the 18th Amendment and the start of prohibition, George saw many of his criminal clientele grow, and become very rich making and selling bourbon. By using his background as a pharmacist, and his knowledge as a lawyer, George found loopholes in the law to make and sell bonded bourbon for “medicinal purposes” legally, but also organized to have his own product “stolen” by (his own) hijackers, where he then sold his product illegally. George soon moved to the Cincinnati area, where distilleries were plentiful and purchased several to help make his personal secret recipe, and to continue to grow his trade. George grew a 40 million dollar empire where he was known for throwing some of the most extravagant parties people had ever seen. Many believe that it is George Remus that inspired the character Jay Gatsby in the iconic F. Scott Fitzgerald book “The Great Gatsby”.
This bourbon is a 4 yr. old MGP release, their 2nd release under their own branding (last years Metze’s select was their first, a fantastic rye if you can find it), so you know it will be good. It is a 94 proof high-rye blend used to recreate the flavor profile of the iconic George Remus brands of days past.
Nose: Fruit (orange and cherry) with soft rye spice hit up front. Following is a mix of sweetened wood, containing hints of maple and vanilla that present but don’t overtake.
Taste: The sweet vanilla-maple notes from the nose quickly find the front of the tongue, before fading into more of a sweet corn as it walks the tongue towards the mid-pallet. This is where the rye spice grows, but never takes over as rye spice sometimes tends to do (possibly by the vanilla notes that never went away). Arriving late to the party are some subtle hints of chard caramel and notes of pepper, that starts sliding back down towards the front third of the tongue a bit, not so much to the back as in most bourbons, making this one a bit unique.
Finish: A medium finish leaves you a bit unsure if you just enjoyed a sweet rye, or a spicy bourbon, but truth be told, you just enjoyed the best of both. There are some high-priced limited releases that are known for this complex mix of profiles, but are twice the price and in a side-by-side would not distinguish itself from this bourbon at half the cost.
Truth be told I think I would enjoy this bourbon even more then I already do if the proof were just a bit higher (100 proof would be a sweet spot IMO), but that said this is absolutely worth a purchase! I tend to lean towards a high proof, high rye kick to my bourbons, and this gives me just enough of both to keep me interested, yet still provides me a fun sweetness that keeps it in play as an option when I want something a bit softer. If you are into cocktails, I could see this working fantastically in a Old Fashion, so keep this in mind if cocktails is your jam.
Contact us today to reserve your bottle of George Remus Bourbon. Cheers!
To Bourbon Enthusiast, the A.H. Hirsch name is among the All Time Greats, and a true bourbon “Unicorn”. A.H. Hirsch bourbons often top the lists of “The Best Bourbons You Will Never Get To Drink”due to both its rarity and price, often surpassing even Pappy 23 yr. in its value. While there are several older aged versions that are both rare and highly sought after, it’s the A.H. Hirsch 16 yr. that is considered by many to be one of the best American bourbon ever produced. These rare A.H. Hirsch bourbons were originally purchased shortly after they were distilled in the mid 70’s from the original renowned Bomberger’s/ Michter’s Distillery in Pennsylvania, years before it closed in the late 80’s.
The Hirsch bourbons (no A.H.) you will find today are inspired from those legendary A.H. Hirsch bourbons, through a selected range of sourced whiskeys that celebrate the history of American whiskey, offered in a range of styles. One of those styles is the Hirsch 8 yr. High Rye Bourbon.
The Hirsch 8 yr. High Rye Bourbon is a blend of 2 different mash bills (rye 21% and 36%), in barrels with a duel char levels (#2 & #4), and is distilled by MGP here in Indiana.
(Speaking of Indiana, if you’re looking for this unique bourbon, you will ONLY find Hirsch 8 yr.High Rye Bourbon at Payless!!!)
Nose: Rye hits the nose up front, with hints of toffee and some soft vanilla. Oak enters prominently, with some alcohol/ menthol notes, but quickly mingles with notes of sweet maple and spice to offer just the right amount of intrigue that inspires that first kiss… I mean sip.
Taste: Sweetness hits the lips first, a bit like candied fruit, with hints of honey. Spice quickly rolls in, almost like a fog rolls over a hillside and engulfs a landscape. As your pallet is quickly filled with this cloud of spice, notes of corn and oak start to become more present in the mid pallet. The oak, however, is kept at bay by that cloud of spice, and the last remaining bits of sweetness that survived the rolling rush snuggle into the middle of the tongue to hang around for the highly anticipated finish.
Finish: A medium to long finish results from the spice that joined those sweet notes on the tongue, like that third wheel on a good first date just don’t seem to want to go home early. But, like a good wingman, notes of cocoa and white chocolate join in, taking the spice slowly away with it, but before totally going their separate ways, leaves a lasting memory of spice and honey that demands a date over this drink to be revisited.
This Hirsch 8 Year High Rye Bourbon is at the top of “The Best Bourbons You Will Never Get To Drink” list. If you are a Bourbon enthusiast you want to get your hands on a bottle. Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Payless Liquors is the only location in Indiana you will find this at. Cheers!
If you’re a serious bourbon drinker then you’re about to love this 2017 Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. As part of Campari America’s new Whiskey Barons Collection, Old Ripy is a recreation of a whiskey born in 1868 to James Ripy. James was an Irish immigrant and a well-known piece in Anderson County’s busting distilling community in Bourbon’s heartland. With the help of his family, James’s Whiskey was kept alive on site of the current Wild Turkey Distillery, where it is currently being produced, up until 1950.
This 2017 Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is special because it is the closest recreation to the original whiskey there’s ever been. It Is a combination of different aged Whiskeys. While 8 to 12-year old Whiskey’s dominate in the combination there are traces of younger Whiskeys. The actual ingredients are undisclosed; however, it is assumed to be around 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. This deep amber whiskey is bottled at 52% ABV, aged in Timber warehouses and non-chill filtered. This is to retain congeners, fusil oils, lipid fats and proteins that were believed to be in the original Old Ripy Whiskey. The result of this process is a natural, complex flavor profile with fuller body and a smooth mouthful.
The most appealing part of this Bourbon Whiskey is the profile, it’s the part you’ve all been waiting for and the part that’s sure to make you bourbon lovers want to snag a bottle. Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a toasted oak and fruity nose, described like a medley of vanilla, raisins, apples and bananas. Its taste is dominated by spicy oak with a subtle hint of toffee and apples. The finish is dry with sweet caramel aftertastes accompanied by a peppery bite. You’re sure to experience a nice, comfortable burn in the back of your throat.
This is a limited edition 2017 Whiskey only available in a handful of States. This drink is not intended as an everyday drink, but it is nice to have around to try for special occasions. Interested in your own bottle of Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. You’re sure to find appeal in this Whiskey straight from Bourbon’s heartland. Cheers!
Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay for over 200 years. Ardbeg Kelpie gets its name from the legends of the shape-shifting kelpie that revolve around the sea of Ardbeg. They say that the kelpie can take the form of a horse, or a bull, and may have claws, or even be a dog with the head of an ant that flies. Robert Burns once wrote about this mysterious creature in his poems. This Ardbeg Kelpie is a limited-edition whiskey that released in March of 2017. This whiskey is 100% malted barley from a single distillery and dried with peat. It is matured in an ex-bourbon cask and a virgin cask made from Adyghe republic oak and bottled at 46% ABV.
Ardbeg Kelpie is burnished gold in color and is a wonderfully intense whiskey. Each person experiences the nose, taste, and finish a little differently. There are many intertwined aromas that have been described as powerful, dark chocolatey, or sea-weedy with also a bit of spicy black pepper. The taste is far harder to determine, to each their own ideas, whether it’s smoked bacon, roasted peanuts, or ginger and nutmeg, the taste is just as shape-shifty as the tales around it. The finish seemingly lasts forever with deep, slightly dry flavors of gentle smoke and rich toffee. The Ardbeg Kelpie has a vast profile of official flavors all the way from smoky to floral. This might just be the fun, flavored, and mysterious whiskey you need to spice up your night.
This limited-edition Ardbeg Kelpie was intended to be released for the members of the Ardbeg Committee; however, a few retailers in the US were lucky enough to snag some bottles, including us! No proof of membership is required to purchase a bottle, let us know if you are interested in reserving a bottle at your nearest location. We hope you enjoy this wonderful whiskey, let us know what you think. Cheers!