Every year bourbon enthusiast set out seeking to find one to the true “unicorns” of the bourbon world, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, or an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. These bottles are known to be the “Best of the Best” in bourbon. While most people are fixated on the name recognition of “Pappy”, true bourbon drinkers know that the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is often considered a more preferred prize to acquire. Unfortunately, like the Pappy, it is very limited and only available (if you can find it) one month a year.
The good news is, and what the smartest bourbon drinkers realize, is that before a barrel of Old Forester is hand selected to be included in a bottle of Birthday Bourbon, it starts out as an Old Forester Single Barrel. This is where the magic starts, and this is where the smart bourbon drinkers go the other 11 months of the year!
Payless Liquors has built a reputation of having relationships with some of the best bourbon pallets in the state, and when combined with their great connections with the Old Forester team themselves, it allows them the opportunity to select some of the most sought out selections available on the market. This year’s selection no different. We’ll start off with some tasting notes of this distinct selection.
Nose: Oak, cherries, and rye spice quickly hit you up front. There is a prevalent smell of alcohol as well, but this is to be expected in a 90 proof, but it quickly fades off when allowed to sit, allowing all the true characteristics that Old Forester is known for. A subtle sweetness exists at the end that seems to invite you in to take a sip.
Taste: More of that oak and rye back up what you get off the nose. There is some heat, but not off-putting in any way, that bring in some oak char, then gives way to a beautiful mid pallet. Cherry and dried red fruits enter and blend with some vanilla, and baking spices. Lastly, oak and spice take back over, with hints of burnt sugar to add that needed sweetness to keep the rye spice in check.
Finish: A medium to long finish allows spice to quietly dance on the tongue for a bit before slowly fading into an almost chocolate-like finish. That signature Old Forester wood never steps away too far, from start to finish, but never takes over, and provides the perfect compliment to a beautiful pour of bourbon.
Interested in trying our most recent selection? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Cheers!
Crown Royal is stepping up their game with a new Noble Collection, which honors the brand’s monarchy roots. The first release in the Noble Collection is Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend Canadian Whiskey. It’s a combination from three of Crown Royal’s fundamental whiskeys: a spicy Canadian rye, a coffee still whiskey and a bourbon-style whiskey aged in charred American white oak. The final product produces a deep gold whiskey with strong flavors and a soft finish.
The Crown Royal Noble Collection was designed to honor the monarchy that reigned its Canadian roots. Understanding the history of Crown Royal and its brand will help you understand the distinct importance of this limited release. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth set off to visit Canada. This was a big deal because no other monarchy had traveled to North America to visit the country. A Canadian spirits entrepreneur heard of their expected arrival and wanted to create a whiskey that was exceptional for the King and Queen. He wanted perfection, so he tried more than 600 blends before deciding the final blend of 50 whiskeys. Exceptionally smooth, this whiskey blend was fit for royalty and was even presented in a decanter wrapped with regal purple bag and gold stitching, just like it is today.
To this day, Crown Royal is proud to continue the tradition of producing whiskey fit for a King. For even the most discerning of palates, Crown Royal’s whiskey is considered one of the finest whiskeys of all. And the Crown Royal Noble Collection is no different. Inspired by the monarchy that led to the first bottle ever created, the Cornerstone Blend is perfect for whiskey lovers everywhere. On the nose, you can expect ride fruits, malted grain, toffee, and vanilla. The palate is balanced, with notes of sweet caramel, toasted grains, subtle oak and tropical fruits. The tart fruit flavors continue into the finish, ending with a gentle woody spice.
The first release in this collection has been long anticipated. Be the first to try this extraordinary blend and let us know what you think! Bottles will hit our stores this week. Stop by your local Payless Liquors or reserve your bottle online.
In an age of increasing popularity of rye whiskey, we introduce another new product on the market: Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey. Basil Hayden’s regular bourbon is already known for its spicy notes and their latest release capitalizes this distinct taste even more.
According to the producers of the new label, it is a Kentucky straight rye whiskey that has undergone a unique re-barreling rye process. The re-barreled rye actually starts as a 4-year-old traditional rye, which is taken from its aging barrels and placed in newly charred quarter cask oak barrels for an additional seven years. The finished product is then blended with traditional Kentucky straight rye whiskey.
To give you an idea of what to expect from Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, here are some tasting notes for you. The color is a warm golden amber, aged to 80 proof. On the nose, you can expect spicy like any Basil Hayden or rye whiskey with hints of tea and peppermint. On the palate, you can find more spice and pepper flavors with honey. The whiskey is light-bodied but has a gentle bite. The finish is dry, clean, and brief, without leaving you too many overpowering flavors behind. Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey is so good it was awarded the Silver Medal Button too!
Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey recipe has been artfully mastered for over 200 years. Even though the popularity of Basil Hayden has grown, they still maintain the small batch bourbon goodness that the original Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr created in 1796. Basil Hayden has been loved for centuries and if you’re a fan of spicier, rye whiskey, we are sure you’ll love their latest release too. Stop by your local Payless Liquors today to pick up a bottle or reserve yours online and pick it up at your convenience. We know you’ll enjoy it. Cheers!
A unique step away from Kentucky’s authentic Bourbon Whiskey is the always interesting is Rye Malt Whiskey. Bourbon lovers everywhere may be familiar with different bourbon whiskey alterations. For those who aren’t, stay tuned. You may find more of a reason to try Old Pogue’s latest release, Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky.
Rye whiskey was very popular in the pre-prohibition era. Mostly used in cocktails, especially Manhattans. The difference between rye whiskey and bourbon is the amount of mash bill. The mash bill is a list of grains used for distillation. In America, rye whiskey must have a minimum of 51% rye with barley, wheat and corn. The rye gives the drink a unique savory and spicy flavor. The popularity of rye whiskey faded over time, but a recent spike in production from prominent brewers has brought this unique whiskey back to life. Premium brands such as Old Rip Van Winkle, Sazerac, and Old Pogue Distillery.
The Old Pogue Distillery recently released a limited edition of Kentucky Straight Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whiske. Bottled at 110 proof, you can expect spicy pepper and caramel flavors that give showcase the unique rye taste. The product is named after an original recipe long held in the Pogue family. It is named after the five generations after the founding of the H.E. Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Kentucky. The product is even produced on its original distillery grounds to honor the tradition of the family recipe.
Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky is a drink that continues that heritage of the Pogue Distillery. Its recipe is authentic and perfected. If you’re new to rye whiskey, this is definitely one to try! If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bottle of this exclusive whiskey, contact us today. We hope you enjoy it. Cheers!
Blood Oath is once again turning heads of bourbon lovers. This well-bred Kentucky bourbon is crafted by Blood Oath’s connoisseur and perfectionist. Pact 3 starts with a strong and floral rye whiskey, finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for dry, blackberry and espresso complexities.
For the third release of Blood Oath, bourbon makers continue to partner with wine craftsmen in the heart of the California wine country. Blood Oath uses the leftover barrels from Swanson Vineyard, which is nestled in the Oakville region of Napa Valley. The fertile, alluvial soil of the area gives Swanson the perfect grounds for award winning grapes and varietals. Swanson has been producing nationally known and limited, small batch Bordeaux style wines for over three decades. The Cabernet barrels give Blood Oath’s bourbon added intricate characters that have bourbon lovers coming back for more! This affair between Kentucky and California will leave your taste buds thanking you.
What can you expect from this extraordinary bourbon? In the glass, you’ll find a deep, dark amber appearance with long legs. On the nose, you’ll experience strong scents as a result of the finish in Cab Sav barrels. Expect to smell caramel, vanilla, stone fruit, cocoa, and oak. Next, the palate. You’ll continue to taste creamy smooth flavors of caramel and vanilla from the barrel finish. You will also notice hints of toasted oak, apricots and higher spice than previous pacts. Despite the proof of 98.6, Pact 3 is still ultra smooth. The finish is long and lingers with spice, caramel and oak. It remains balanced and smooth.
Blood Oath’s 2017 is sure to be loved by bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. Pact 3 was recently released and we have limited quantities available at Payless Liquors! If you’re interested in trying this exclusive bourbon, contact us to reserve your bottle today. Let us know what you think. Cheers!
Imagine this – it’s 75 degrees on a perfect, sunny day. Your toes are in the sand and all you hear is the crashing of the waves against the beach. You got a nice cold Key Lime Colada in your hand to quench your thirst. Life is good.
With Blue Chair Bay’s newest flavor, Key Lime Rum Cream, you’ll forget that you’re wherever you are and feel like you’re in a tropical oasis of paradise and delicious drinks.
Inspired by the owner and creator of Blue Chair Bay, Key Lime Rum Cream wants to take you to island life. This tropical rum is best used in cocktails such as a Key Lime Colada. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 oz. Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream
- .5 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. cream of coconut
- 1 cup of ice
Blend all the ingredients together, and pour into a cup rimmed with coconut flakes. Garnish with a lime wheel and cherry.
In the mood for a deliciously sweet shot? Try the Keys with a Cherry on Top.
- .5 oz. Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream
- .5 oz. amaretto
- .5 oz. grenadine
Chill the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a shot glass, and enjoy!
If you want to try it in other drinks, here’s a quick flavor profile for you. First, the nose. You can expect bright, fresh, and citrus aromas. The body is rich, buttery, yet well-rounded, as you would expect from a rum cream. On the palette, you can expect similar flavors to a key lime pie: fresh and tart. The Key Lime Rum Cream is balanced with a creamy meringue sweetness with hints of cinnamon, almond, and amaretto. On the finish, you can expect a rich graham cracker crust.
Interested in trying Blue Chair Bay’s Key Lime Rum Cream? Reserve your bottle at Payless Liquors!
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