“We make fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always, fine bourbon.”
That was Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle philosophy that guided him through his new ventures into bourbon. He didn’t always intend to enter the bourbon business, but when he did, he created simple recipes with dedication to producing fine bourbon.
Pappy started his career as a traveling whiskey salesman, and later became President of the Stitzel-Weller distillery. The prohibition era did not slow Pappy down from building a pristine reputation in the bourbon industry. His family carried the Julian Van Winkle name of perseverance and producing fine bourbon. Four generations later, the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery is still producing original Pappy recipes, including the treasured family reserve labels.
The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve bottles are very rare, and come in 15, 20, and 23-year-old versions. The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery only releases 7,000 to 8,000 bottles of Family Reserve every year, making the availability of bottles extremely rare and highly collectable. In fact, Pappy Van Winkle has become so popular that the annual release of new Pappy Van Winkle bottles is commonly known as “Pappy Day.” One of the most sought after bottles is the 15 year aged bourbon.
While not the oldest member of the Pappy Van Winkle family, it’s well-aged, full-bodied flavors have won many awards. The bottles come from hand-selected, deeply charred oak barrels. They are aged for 15 years to allow flavor from the oak to mellow and the base ingredients strengthen. Similar to other Pappy Van Winkles, you can expect caramel flavors from beginning to end. The 15 year bourbon has a smoother finish, with rich notes of dried fruits, exotic spices, oak tannins, and a cooked sugary sweetness.
Interested in getting your hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve? You can bid on your chance to win an “All Things Pappy” gift basket, including a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year bourbon, at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Affair. The event takes place Friday, February 17th at the Indiana Historical Society. You’ll have the chance to sample bourbons from various breweries, followed by a silent auction. Proceeds benefit education and outreach programs by the Indiana Historical Society. Click here to get your tickets for this fabulous event.
Payless Liquors will now be offering an exclusive selection of bourbon from Starlight Distillery. Starlight Distillery is a branch of Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards began in 1843, when Simon Huber settled in Southern Indiana with his family. Simon brought with him years of experience in fruit growing and wine making from Germany. What was once an 80-acre farm has expanded to over 600 acres with generations of experience in crafting award-winning wines and brews.
Huber’s Starlight Distilleries now produces brandies much like their ancestors in the 1800s. Master distillers, Ted Huber and Jason Heiligenberg, commit to crafting the finest products inspired by artisanal European tradition. Starlight Distillery prides themselves on producing in individual batches allowing for the ultimate expression of the distiller’s art. Payless Liquors Single Barrel Selection #1481 is no exception.
The single barrel selection #1481 selected is an unusual barrel, in that the staves were pulled from their Huber wine inventory. They represent a 2 year, air dried wood from
Southern Indiana coopered in the traditional 53-gallon whiskey style barrel but toasted for 30 minutes like a traditional wine barrel over an open flame. In order to make this an official bourbon barrel by definition, the barrel must be charred so they decided to “flash” char to a rare #5 char. This barrel is truly a hybrid one that brings together knowledge of wine and spirits to develop this unique flavor profile for this rare Starlight Distillery Bourbon.
Starlight Distillery rarely shares these exclusive barrels for off premise use. These specialty barrels are typically used in the Starlight Distillery single barrel program on property in their own tasting room. This distinctive bourbon will be available exclusively for retail at Payless Liquors in Central Indiana. Don’t miss out on your chance to try a handcrafted bourbon with a unique flavor you’re sure to love. Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Cheers!
“I didn’t approach this as stripping out the impurities – I never let them get in there in the first place,” said Francois Thibault, the maker and master of Grey Goose.
Grey Goose is made with only the finest of ingredients, that give the finished product the exceptional taste from which it is known by. Grey goose uses the highest grade of wheat grown in France; the same wheat that is traditionally used in bread and pastry making. After the wheat is transformed into a high-proofed spirit, it is distilled once using a continuous column distillation process, ensuring the quality of the wheat remains. The spirit is then transported to the Cognac region of France, where it is combined with artesian spring water that is naturally filtered through 500 feet of limestone, making it remarkedly pure for blending. Prior to bottling, each batch is taste tested and approved by Francois Thibault and tasting experts, to ensure every bottle is perfection. How can you make the most of your Grey Goose? We found unique cocktails you’re sure to love.
Looking for a refreshing spin on the vodka cranberry you love? Spritz it up with some club soda, simple syrup, and lime juice.
Check out how to make a Cape Fizz:
1 1/2 Parts GREY GOOSE® Original
2 Parts Club Soda
2 Part Cranberry Juice
1/2 Parts Simple Syrup
1/4 Parts Lime Juice
1 Slice of Lime
Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice, stir gently, and enjoy! Not in the mood for bubbles? Try a martini inspired by the origin of Grey Goose itself with this French Martini.
1 1/2 Parts GREY GOOSE® Original
2 Parts Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice
Raspberries for Garnish
Build ingredients in a Boston glass topped with cubed ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a raspberry.
We even found a coffee cocktail that’s perfect for your next brunch or post dinner cocktail. Here’s how to make a L’Espresso Martini:
1 1/2 Parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka
1 Part Single Origin Espresso
3/4 Parts Premium Coffee Liqueur
1 Pinch of Salt
Shake all ingredients together, strain into a martini glass and garnish with salted dark chocolate powder.
Looking for Grey Goose to make these yummy cocktails? Payless Liquors has you covered! Our 1.5L bottles are now just $39.99. Pick up yours so you can make one of these scrumptious cocktails. Stop by your local Payless Liquors or reserve yours today. Bon appétit!
Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon, crafting 95% of the world’s supply. With the optimal mix of climate, conditions and pure limestone water, it is understandable how the state has become known for its high-quality bourbons drank around the world. Among its top producers include the Heaven Hill brands, which has been perfecting its brews since the end of Prohibition. Heaven Hill was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family. At the time, the family had no brands, no available stocks of whiskey, and was starting at the peak of the Great Depression. Today, Heaven Hill’s is still family owned with a diversified product offering of whiskeys, liqueurs, vodkas, rums, and more popular brands such as Evans Williams Bourbon, Burnett’s Vodka, and Admiral Nelson’s Rum.
One of its best-known bourbon brews is its Old Style bourbon. It is named after the spring that flows through the historic Bernheim Distillery grounds. Typically brewed for four years in oak barrels, the final product yields a pale golden color. When opening the bottle, the aromas can be bold with bold scents of nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet fruits. On the nose, it can have a bit of an alcohol bite, but it is not too strong or complex. On the palate, it may taste more complex. It tastes much like its smell, with spice and caramel sweetness. The bourbon has a medium body and finish, with an overall good balance. Its alcohol bite can be toned down over ice, but also good in your favorite bourbon cocktails such as Old Fashions and Manhattans.
The Heaven Hill brand is the seventh largest independent, family-owned and operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country. It is also the second largest holder of aging bourbon whiskey, with over 1 million barrels in inventory. It’s commitment to quality, integrity, and consistency has given the brand a top-notch reputation for its products. If you’re wanting for an everyday bourbon at a bargain price, Heaven’s Hill Old Style Bourbon is the one for you. Contact us to reserve your bottle, or stop by your local Payless Liquors to pick up yours today.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced that it will release three unique vintage-dated bourbons honoring the O.F.C. Distillery. Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Christened the distillery back in 1870 and originally named it the Old Fire Copper Distillery. This historic landmark is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery had the most state of the art features like copper fermentation vats, column still, and a steam heating system that is still used in the aging warehouses.
200 bottles of bourbon dating back to 1980, 1982 and 1983 will be released and offered
exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. And here in Indianapolis, the Indiana Historical Society was lucky enough to get bottle 65/100 of the 1980 Vintage!
The packaging for O.F.C. matches the brilliance of the whiskey with lead free crystal bottles featuring detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Glass artisans cut the shoulder facets using equipment created exclusively for Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each bottle is then manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before in-laying cut copper lettering to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front. A paper label is then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.
The 1980 label memorializes the U.S. Ice Hockey team’s stunning win over the Soviet Union, along with pop culture happenings and Ronald Reagan’s presidential election.
This is the second time Buffalo Trace Distillery has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise money. In 2011, the Distillery gave away 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel, the last bourbon barrel filled on the last day of the last century. In total more than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the United States, with the top organization raising more than $7,000 for their cause.
We are assisting the Indiana Historical Society to organize a bourbon tasting on February
17th where this bottle and other items will be involved in silent auctions. It should be a great evening to raise money for the Education of Indiana History. Watch our social media and IHS’s website for more info.
The history of tequila is one with many hills and valleys. The spirit began its journey in the public eye as a bad tasting product used solely for the purpose of becoming intoxicated very quickly. However, Ed Brown took this image of tequila in his own hands and followed in the footsteps of Grey Goose to show that it can be enjoyed in more ways than just a shot. Through a switch in marketing tactics and making sure it had a clear presence with certain celebrities, tequila, and Patron in particular grew to be one of if not the most popular spirit in modern social culture. From Chamillionaire to Blondie, Patrón is known to be a favorite vice for the rich and famous.
The tequila itself actually began in the hands of Casa Siete Leguas, one of Mexico’s oldest distilleries. From there the recipe changed hands a few times until it landed at its current home in 1989, and is named for its most popular product, The Patrón Spirits Company.
The distillery uses the very same methods that have been utilized since the dawn of tequila. Because any “tequila” produced outside of the region of Tequila, Mexico can only be called an agave spirit, Patrón is obviously produced in the aforementioned area; the city is called Atontonilco. The process for producing the infamous Patrón tequila begins with the Jimadors (a Mexican farmer who harvest agave) with a tool called a coa. From there, they strip away the exterior to reveal the heart, the piña (if you like piña colaaadas,
and getting caaaught in the rain). After the piñas have been baked in small brick ovens, they are crushed by a two-ton volcanic stone Tahona wheel and a roller mill. (Siete Leguas actually uses a horse drawn stone that goes round and round to crush the cooked piñas, Patrón has moved past this practice to a more man made maneuver.) The resulting product is then fermented for three days, distilled, then aged for varying lengths, ranging from two months to seven years.
The tequila we will be discussing today is at the first end of the spectrum. Patrón Reposado is aged approximately nine months in a French oak (Allier) barrel. This particular choice of wood really comes out in the taste, but we will get to that later.
First, as always, is the nose. The smell is truly what one would expect and then some. We are first greeted in that beginning waft with the familiar smell of agave, and then a calming vanilla swirls through. The first impression of this product is very warm and inviting.
The taste itself is where one can really taste that sweet and cooked agave with the woody undertones from the French oak barrel. It is so pleasant and smooth that it took some serious self-control to keep from just downing the glass instead of doing a real tasting. It is truly delicious and is meant to be tasted, not thrown back.
This all being said, we highly recommend that you reserve your own bottle of Patrón Reposado from your favorite local Payless!
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