Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon

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Evan Williams began distilling bourbon on the banks of the Ohio River in 1783. Little did he know at the time that this would lead to the crafting of a full family of bourbons, including the five-time Whiskey of the Year award-winning Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon.

Each year, the Master Distiller at Evan Williams Distillery hand selects the barrels that meet his exacting standards to be bottled as a single barrel bourbon. Each bottle is vintage dated with the year that it was placed in the barrel and the year it was bottled. Additionally, the bottles contain the exact serial number of the barrel from which the bourbon was taken.

This year, the bourbon is bottled at 86 proof and has a delicate amber gold coloring. Smells of dark caramel and charred wood entice you to take sip. At first, the bourbon contains maple syrup, vanilla and toffee notes which make room for a candied fruit, cinnamon spice, and refreshing mint taste. The finish is long, relaxed, and graceful.

While Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon can be enjoyed alone, it also mixes well as a part of these recipes.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Evan Williams Single Barrel
  • 1/2 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
  • 1/4 oz. triple sec

Build and stir in cocktail glass or rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cherry or lemon twist.


  • 3/4 oz. Evan Williams Single Barrel
  • 3/4 oz. apple liqueur
  • 5 oz. spiced cider

Pour all ingredients into a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon is available at all locations, or you can reserve your bottle via our Contact Us form!

2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

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Old Forester is the longest-running bourbon brand on the market today. Since 1870, it has been continuously produced in the U.S., including through Prohibition when it was marketed as a medicinal product. To celebrate its founder, George Garvin Brown, the brand annually releases a limited edition bottle around his birthday, September 2nd. Now, the 2015 limited edition release is here and it’s even better than those in the past.

12049262_10153641050149287_4626671053312604773_nThis year makes the 14th straight year of the release of the birthday bourbon and the experience is obvious. In contrast with previous years, this release contains fewer sweet notes and more spice, creating an overall bolder pour. The Old Forester 2015 Birthday Bourbon is bottled from a single day of production (June 13, 2003) and was aged for 12 years in a single warehouse. During these 12 years, the barrels were placed directly next to windows and a heating duct, exposing the bourbon to unusually hot temperatures. This heat resulted in very intense wood-delivered characteristics dominating the palate.

With a medium amber coloring, Old Forester’s 2015 Birthday Bourbon is much less fruity than previous releases. Instead, the scent is that of toasted oak mixing with vanilla, burned caramel, and plenty of spices, namely cinnamon and clove. The warm spice taste is perfectly sweetened with hints of honey and creamy vanilla. The initial heat and spice dissolve quickly, making room for a long and sweet finish of caramel and hints of orange peel.

Just over 13,000 bottles of this unique bourbon were produced, making it a highly coveted find. You don’t want to miss your chance at acquiring one and we’re here to help. Stay tuned on our social media and check your email for information on how you can enter for the chance to win the right to purchase a bottle for yourself!

Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon

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Yellowstone Bourbon has a lengthy history dating back to the late 1800s. At one time, the American whiskey brand was the largest selling brand out of Kentucky and was in association with legendary distiller J.B. Dant.

In 1993, Luxco, an alcohol distributor, took possession of Yellowstone. They never distilled the bourbon themselves, opting to simply buy in it in bulk & bottle it under the brand’s name. But now, Luxco has invested in half ownership of the Limestone Branch distillery, whose president and distiller, Steve Beam, happens to be a fourth generation descendent of J.B. Dant. Limestone Distillery has been assigned production of the Yellowstone brand and their first release is here! It is the Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon.

Yellowstone’s Limited Edition Bourbon is the perfect mix of a seven-year rye whiskey, a seven-year wheat whiskey, and a 12-year rye whiskey. Some of these whiskies were chill filtered while others weren’t and each brings a unique flavor to the mix. The result has great depth and complexity. To ensure greatness, Steve Beam hand-selected the barrels of 12-year bourbon that he thought would round-out the flavor profile, creating an experience for the drinker.

And he didn’t stop there. In order to maximize the flavor of this bourbon and ensure the three whiskies mixed perfectly together, Steve Beam removed the 12-year rye from its barrels and poured the seven-year bourbon in. This allowed the younger whiskey to pick up more mature flavors, like hints of cinnamon and caramel along with smoky notes.

Due to the historic ties between Limestone Distillery’s president and Yellowstone Bourbon and in honor of the 105th anniversary of his great-grandfather selling his Old Trump Distillery, Steve Beam opted to bottle this bourbon at 105 proof.

Yellowstone’s Limited Edition Bourbon pours with a dark, rich amber color and scents of sweet fig, cinnamon, vanilla, and oaked caramel. The taste is that of toffee, vanilla, and oak which makes way for a spicy finish containing notes of rye and cinnamon.

With just 6,000 bottles produced, this is truly a limited edition find. Make sure you don’t miss your chance! Reserve a bottle using our Contact Us form.

Russell’s Reserve Rye

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Rye whiskey was America’s first indigenous whiskey style, but over the years, its popularity faded away. Until now. Rye whiskeys are back and are once again a hot topic in the whiskey market.

The use of rye adds a bold, spicy flavoring to the whiskey rather than the pure sweetness of a bourbon. In order to call a whiskey an American rye whiskey, it must be made with a mash containing no less than 51% rye. Since rye is not only expensive but also hard to use, many distillers use the minimum amount required…but not Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve Rye is made with a mash that is 65% rye and aged for 6 years, giving it a complexity that is hard to come by.Image result for russell's reserve rye single barrelFrom the looks of it, Russell’s Reserve Rye is like any other whiskey with its coppery amber coloring. However, the taste sets it apart from the rest. Right away, it is clear Wild Turkey places a huge emphasis on their rye as the first sip tastes remarkably similar to rye bread. This flavor is joined by that of vanilla, caramel, and oak with just a hint of spice. The finish is long as the taste of caramel, dill, and of course rye mix and slowly fade.

Try these recipes to best experience what Russell’s Reserve Rye has to offer:


  • 2 oz. Russell’s Reserve Rye
  • 1 ¼ oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash of Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with three brandied cherries.


  • 1 oz. Russell’s Reserve Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Amaro Nonino
  • 1 oz. Lustau East India Solera Sherry
  • 1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add large ice cubes and stir. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Russell’s Reserve Rye Whiskey has a very limited availability. Use our Contact Us form to get yourself a bottle today!

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Wild Turkey Master’s Keep

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Wild Turkey’s master distiller Jimmy Russell used to believe that bourbon is best when aged between 8 and 12 years, claiming that any longer and the bourbon loses its vanilla and caramel flavors. Well, it looks like he has changed his mind! Alongside his son, Eddie, he has released a new 17-year bourbon by the name of Master’s Keep.

Master’s Keep is the oldest bourbon that Wild Turkey has ever released to the American market. Originally distilled in 1996, Jimmy and Eddie were forced to place the barrels in a brick warehouse due to a shortage of space in their usual metal-sided warehouses. Over the years, the pair began to notice a different taste which they attributed to the lack of circulation and lower temperatures of the brick warehouse. Instead of dumping these barrels as a failure, they continued to allow the bourbon to age longer to what turned out to be near perfection.


After 17 years, the father-son team discovered that unlike most bourbons, these barrels had lessened in proof over time. Bottled at a barrel-proof of around 87 proof, Master’s Keep still has the same light amber coloring and sour corn scent of the rest of Wild Turkey’s bourbons, but the difference is in the taste.

Proving himself wrong, Jimmy Russell’s Master’s Keep was able to maintain the caramel and vanilla taste throughout the aging process. These flavors mixing with honey, oak, and a chocolate bitterness make room for a slightly sour yet dry finish, setting it apart from other Wild Turkey bourbons.

Master’s Keep was released to the American market just last month! Request your bottle today by using our Contact Us form and be among the first to taste the newest Wild Turkey bourbon!

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

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Founded in 1899, Suntory Whisky was founded with the desire to create a whisky embodying the true essence of Japanese nature. Over 100 years later, this blend has been released in the United States as the Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky.

img_hibiki01The Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky is a blend of the finest whiskies produced by the House of Suntory, each with at least 10 malts and grains with a variety of flavors and aromas that complement each other to perfection. With its amber color and hints of rosemary, fruitiness, and sandalwood in the aroma, this whisky will not disappoint. The flavor is a delicate mixture of honeylike sweetness, orange peel, and white chocolate, with a subtle spice that lingers, making you want to take another sip.

Earning many awards and honors, including the International Spirits Challenge Gold Award, Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky is held as one of the most prestigious whiskies in the world. Because of this, demand is high and the whisky can be very limited. Get your bottle today at our East Street store (3825 S. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227) or reserve it today by using our Contact Us form!

GYSOT! Gas Monkey Tequila

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Wooo!  Get you some of this!  Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage introduces Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila.  This tequila is 100% blue agave from Mexico, infused with natural cinnamon, 69 proof, and made in America.

Rawlings has held several jobs to feed his car habit including a firefighter, police officer and paramedic all before he was 21 years old. He then went on to build a printing and advertising company that he eventually sold to fund his greatest venture – Gas Monkey Garage.  Since 2012, it has been the focus of Discovery Channel’s Fast & Loud.

Here are few Monkey inspired cocktails for you to try:gasmonkeyoptimzed


  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • cinnamon sugar mix
  • lime slice

Rim shot glass with cinnamon sugar. Add chilled Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila. Shoot with lime.


  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 2.5 oz. agave nectar
  • fresh lime juice
  • lime slice
  • salt

Add first three ingredients into an ice- filled shaker. Shake and strain into salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime slice.


  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 4 oz. orange soda
  • fresh jalapeño slice

Mix together over ice and garnish with jalapeño.

Pick up your bottle of Gas Monkey Tequila at your local Payless Liquor stores and keep Saturday, September 5 open. The one and only Richard Rawlings will be at our store located at 9310 N. Michigan Road for a tasting and bottle signing from Noon – 1:30pm.  GYSOT!


2012 Rombauer Chardonnay

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Sitting on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley is Rombauer Vineyards which was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer.  The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside and they provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines.

TRombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carnerosheir unique style of Chardonnay has developed over time with select vineyards from the Carneros region. The cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for their Chardonnay grapes.

The 2012 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay was aged for ten months in American and French Oak. It is a soft yellow color that will darken with age. You’ll notice bright, vibrant tropical fruit aromas flowing from the glass while underlying grapefruit and lime add depth and character to the aroma. The palate features layers of cantaloupe, pineapple and vanilla. A mouthwatering finish leaves you wanting another sip.  And the flavors only develop further as the wine ages.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass.  And you can find your bottle at select Payless locations or you can reserve your bottle online by using our Contact Us form.


Slaughter House American Whiskey

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Noted California winemaker David Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars is back with another release from his Splinter Group Spirits label. After spending 9 years in American oak, Slaughter House American Whiskey was further aged in Papillon barrels from Orin Swift wines.

SlaughterHouseBtlPhinney has a long history of winemaking at high-end wineries in Napa Valley including Opus One, Whitehall and Mondavi and started Orin Swift in 1998.  He and a few investors began Splinter Group Spirits and began consuming various spirits trying to figure out what they liked and decided to make bourbon their first release.  Straight Edge Bourbon was born and never one to sit still, Phinney knew he wanted to make a whiskey next.

As mentioned previously, Slaughter House American Whiskey was initially aged nine years in American oak before being finished in Orin Swift Papillion barrels which added perfumed aromatics and rounded out the Mouthfeel.  Papillion is Bordeaux blend whose components were sourced from a range of Napa Valley vineyards. The whiskey was then cut with water from a natural hillside spring found on Phinney’s property 2,000 feet above California’s Alexander Valley.

Slaughter House is intense and inviting with flavors of caramelized sugar, baking spices, dark fruits, butterscotch and vanilla notes. The palate is smooth, rich and layered. The finish is impressive with honey, toast and loads of caramel.

You can find Slaughter House American Whiskey at all Payless Liquors locations or you can reserve your bottle by using our Contact Us form on our website.


Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka

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“Say My Name”…”I’m the one who knocks”…”Tread Lightly”

Sound Familiar? They are popular catchphrases of Walter White/Heisenberg from the hit AMC Show Breaking Bad.  And now, Sony Pictures Television and 21st Century Spirits have partnered up to launch a limited edition line of “Heisenberg” Blue Ice Vodka, inspired by the hit television series.  Collect all three special edition bottles of Heisenberg by Blue Ice, with distinct graphics and infamous quotes


Blue Ice Vodka is produced in Idaho from Russet potatoes. Less than 3% of the world’s vodka is made from potatoes.  Blue Ice Vodka does not add sugar and is certified gluten-free and Non-GMO.  It was rated the #1 American vodka by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, with 94 points. Other awards Blue Ice has one include Gold Medal Winner San Francisco Spirits Competition 2014, receiving 92 Points Wine Enthusiast, and 94 Points Beverage Testing Institute.

And of course, there are also Breaking Bad inspired cocktails as well:


  • 2-3 oz of Heisenberg BlueIce Vodka
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or simple syrup
  • 1oz triple sec
  • 1/2 cup of ice.
  • Cube watermelon into 1″ -2″ thick chunks. Place approx 6 cubes in the blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend!


  • 3oz  Heisenberg BlueIceVodka
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 8 cubes of watermelon
  • 1/2 a jalapeño (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • Add everything to a blender and blend!

You can find Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka at all Payless Liquors locations.  Or contact us to reserve your bottle today.  Cheers!

Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey originated in the 1800s and was last bottled in the late 1950s.  However, Mitchell & Son announced that they are re-introducing Yellow Spot and it has made its way over to this side of the pond!

The Spot Range

So what is the significance of the name “Yellow Spot”?  Originally, there was a whole host of “Spot” whiskeys made by the Mitchell family back in the 1800s, including Green Spot, and Yellow Spot.  The whiskies were made at the Jameson Distillery and placed into a variety of empty barrels provided by the Mitchells then aged back at their cellars.

Yellow Spot Whiskey

The casks would then be matured in their warehouses and they signified the age by a dab of paint.  That dab of paint is how the spot range got its name.  Blue is the youngest range, green was 10 years, yellow was 12 and red was 15.

Single Pot Still

Yellow Spot is a Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Single pot still does not mean the whiskey is distilled just once, but rather that it has been triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills within a single distillery.  The whiskey is then matured for 12 years in three oak cask types: American Bourbon barrel, Spanish sherry, and Spanish Malaga casks.

Tasting notes

The nose of Yellow spot has notes of peach and apricot with honey and a hint of spice.  The palate is as fruity as the nose with flavors of milk chocolate, fresh coffee and notes of toasted oak.  The finish is again sweet with notes of apricots and red grapes that is sophisticated and complex.

Limited Edition – get yours now!

Yellow Spot is produced annually but in very small batches.  But you can find it at Payless Liquors.  Contact us today to reserve your bottle of Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

National Tequila Day

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July 24th is National Tequila Day.

Tequila is a spirit made from the agave plant.  Mexico is the only country that can legally produce Tequila and it can only be made in the state of Jalisco and surrounding regions.

Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:

  • Blanco (white) or Plata (silver): A white spirit that is unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation.
  • Joven (young) or Oro (gold): This is an unaged silver tequila that may be flavored with caramel coloring or oak extract. It can also be a blend of silver tequila with aged and/or extra-aged tequila.
  • Reposado (rested): Tequila that is aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size.
  • Añejo (aged or vintage): Has been aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels.
  • Extra Añejo (extra aged or ultra-aged): Tequila that is aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. This category was established in March 2006.

In the late 1990s, Sammy Hagar began selling patrons of his Cabo Wabo resort a house Cabo-Wabo-Tequila-Blancobrand, hand-made tequila that he commissioned from a family owned distillery in Jalisco.  It became a quick success and by 2006 it was the second-best-selling premium tequila in the US.  Cabo Wabo Tequila is bottled in unique, hand-blown artisan glass bottles.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco offers an aroma with a fresh, floral bouquet, spicy lime and mint.  Flavors of agave and a slight spice character deliver a crisp clean finish.  This tequila has won multiple awards including Bronze and Silver at the San Francisco World Spirts Competition and Silver at the 2013 International Wine and Spirts Competition.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco is easily enjoyed as a chilled shot or in your favorite cocktail.  Here are some recipes to help you celebrate National Tequila Day:

The CaboRita

  • 3 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Contreau
  • Splash of Grand Marnier

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake several times.  Strain, pour, and enjoy.


  • 24 oz. (2 bottles) Light Beer
  • 12 oz. Can Frozen Limeade
  • 8 oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco
  • Limes

Fill pitcher with ice. Add beer, limeade and Cabo. Stir. Throw in some lime wedges. Done.

The Siesta

  • 2 oz. Cabo Blanco
  • ½. Oz Campari
  • ½ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

Garnish with a grapefruit rind

Payless Liquors has Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco for just $29.99.  You can stop in at any one of our stores or contact us to reserve your bottle online.  Please enjoy National Tequila Day responsibly.

Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish

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Jefferson’s Bourbon prides itself on creating unique bourbon.  And their latest blend is no different.  It comes to us by way of a very unlikely source: Napa Valley.  Please welcome Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish.


When not drinking bourbon, Jefferson’s Founder and Master Blender Trey Zoeller can be found enjoying a good Cabernet.  He was curious to see if he could combine the bold fruit flavors in wine with the spice of the Reserve Bourbon.

jefferson_s-reserve-groth-reserve-cask-finish-very-old-straight-bourbon-whiskey-1_1Groth Vineyards & Winery sits on 165 acres in Napa Valley.  Their Cabernet is highly regarded which likely led Jefferson’s to use their wine casks for this special release.


Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon was first aged in new, charred, white oak barrels for six years.  It was then moved to Groth Cabernet Sauvignon casks and aged for another 9 months.

This new finish added a lush fruit flavor and a sweet vanilla character to the bourbon. Also present are flavors of black cherry and blackberry blend with the spice of the rye and the toffee notes of the bourbon.


Jefferson’s bourbons are made in ridiculously small batches and the Groth Reserve Cask Finish is no different.  There is a limited supply, but you’re in luck, Payless Liquors has you covered.

The only way to get your bottle is to click here to contact us to reserve your bottle.


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