We have a very special treat for you this week! We will be highlighting not one, not two, but THREE items! The first of these is the Black Forest Decadent Red Wine by Cupcake, followed by the Captain Morgan Jack O Blast, and last but not least, Ballast Point Pumpkin Down.
That’s right, we’re going seasonal people.
With temperatures dropping and the days growing shorter, we must turn to alcohol. KIDDING! But it does help to have something delicious to focus out attention on. From pairings to drink recipes, the avenues are endless when these three items get together. I know you’re all getting antsy for me to get to our products for this week, so let’s get down to it!
Wine, oh sweet, delicious, red wine. There is no better time for this (in my very biased opinion) than during these chilly months. We say goodbye to the summer days of zinfandel and sunrises, and hello to cozy sweaters, crackling fires, and savory red wine. Now that is an evening that I’d be fine spending snowed in!
This particular wine is sweeter than most reds, I mean, the label is Cupcake so we can’t expect anything too dry. I personally welcome this sweetness, I mean we’re approaching Halloween for goodness sakes. Adults can have a sweet tooth too, right? Well I say adults deserve to have fun, and if that means pouring a tall glass of liquid sunsets then sign me up! Especially if the dark crimson color matches your vampire lipstick on October first, hello, no need to reapply!! I can definitely get behind that one.
Let’s stay on topic, we have THREE products to get through.
The color, like I said, is a perfect inky, crimson. Deep and inviting at first sight, its scent is even better (hard to believe, I know!). This wine is a blend, and when I say blend, I mean BLEND. It is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel (hey summer), Petite Verdot, and Petite Sirah. See? Told you it was a blend. It may sound like someone got mad at their liquor cabinet and blender at the same time, but I promise that Cupcake is genius for this combination.
Now, back to our senses. The smell is dark berry, perfect for a chilly October night. The blackberries and rich raspberries provide a luscious cushion in your first sip between the Zinfandel and Cabernet. The floral aroma is evident on your second whiff, it is easy to miss so be sure to pay attention to this siren’s call. She pulls you in with nothing short of a drowning devotion to her smooth and smoky power.
Captain Jack O Blast on the other hand provides the friendly and familiar smell and taste of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. This limited edition treat is filled to the brim with every delicious part that rum has to offer, mixed in with just the right amount of seasonal sweetness we all crave during fall. The taste lies somewhere between the spices of cinnamon in a pumpkin drink and the spices of rum we all know and love. The smell is pungent in the best way possible, imagine a liquefied pumpkin pie. A heavy mahogany laced with the sweet and delicate aroma of vanilla and nutmeg. With its amber, honey color, the taste is reflective of that warmth which makes it a welcome addition to any liquor cabinet. Mix it with a little coffee for a perfect cozy treat for any chilly night.
Now, beer and pumpkin, that isn’t a combination as easy to make successful. But, Ballast Point’s Pumpkin Down knocked this one out of the park. “A pumpkin ale that bucks the trend” is what they had to say on this product and it could not be more accurate. This is no attempt at a pumpkin pie beer, no no no. This is roasted pumpkin with a caramel and toffee backsplash. It feels like they made it for those who would rather spend their October nights by the bonfire instead of the fireplace. You can taste the malt and earth in it, softened with the slightest hint of spice that you would want in any good beer. You taste ale with every sip, but this heavy flavor is brought up in the most loving way to reflect the romance of the fall season by culminating a trusting relationship between the hops, cinnamon, and roasted pumpkin flavor. We want to recommend to you that you save this one for a night of risotto with butternut squash or a French onion soup with French bread. Don’t waste this ale, friends, savor it.
All three of these products are available at your favorite Payless. Be sure to reserve yours soon or your fall will be a bit less magical without these liquid autumn concoctions!
Bailey’s Irish Cream is infamous for its ability to combine alcohol and sweetness so flawlessly. Beginning in 1971, Bailey’s was of course founded in Ireland and introduced the very first Irish cream to the world in 1974. It’s not just the whiskey in the bottle that’s Irish, but the cream as well! It is produced by a company called Glanbia and has been for over thirty years. The company even claims that their product is so flawless, it will retain its taste for twenty-four full months from the moment it is made. Refrigerated or not, opened or closed, etc.
Don’t even try to deny it, you love pumpkin spice. We all do. No matter how much we try to deny it, it’s delicious. However, do you know what’s even more delicious? Bailey’s twist on this seasonal favorite!
Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Limited Edition Irish Cream is a must have this fall. The notes are of the familiar toasty variety. Cinnamon flutters through your palette as the warm pumpkin and coffee flavors layer over each other in a swirl of sweetness. Bailey’s is smooth, delicious, and comforting to begin with. Add chilly weather and some pumpkin to that, well you’ve got a winner!
Bailey’s has several great recommendations for creating some cozy cocktails with this seasonal bottle. The first is none other than the Pumpkin Spice Latte! It is quite simple and involves combining two ounces of Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice, with one and a half ounces of coffee, and one ounce of milk. It can be served warm or over ice. We would like to recommend sipping on this next to a fire with a warm cinnamon bun. Doesn’t that sound incredible?
Next up is the Old Fashioned Pumpkin. This is comprised of just one and a half ounces of Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice and three-quarters of an ounce of bourbon! Shake it up with ice and serve. This classic would be best consumed with a delicious plate of Thanksgiving favorites like turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing!
Now, here’s the thing, Bailey’s has so many more recipes for this concoction of theirs, but don’t feel limited to their suggestions! There are about a million and one things to be made from this sweet seasonal treat. It won’t last long so be sure to hurry and grab a bottle (or seven) from your favorite Payless. Happy sipping!
Robert Mondavi’s vineyards are what one could categorizer as the very niche category of “grape paradise”. With sunshine and fog living in perfect equilibrium, it’s no surprise that these wines are notorious for their quality. The slow and drawn out process of growing the prize winning grapes pays off with their depth and purity of flavor. Mondavi himself spoke to the immense impact that the location of his vineyard has on his wines, “there is no secret: great wine begins in the vineyard.”
This particular vineyard’s notable history began in 1968 when Robert Mondavi developed a dry oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Fumé Blanc. It became so popular that it is now synonymous with Sauvignon blanc, thus began the incredibly astronomical success of Robert Mondavi’s wines and vineyard. From the Fumé Blanc came a number of incredible wines, but today the subject is none other than the Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
A member of Mondavi’s Private Selection, this wine is nothing short of what you’d expect from such a notorious name in this industry. It is pleasant to all your senses. Visually, its deep red color is perfectly matched to the deep warm smell we are initially greeted with. The toasty smell is paired sweetly with vanilla and brown sugar. Our mouths are watering even before our first sip!
The taste is just as delicious as one would imagine. It’s as if the Earthy scent of this red has been liquefied, sprinkled with the finest spices, and aged in the greatest bourbon barrels on the perfect vineyard! Among the traditionally delicious cabernet sauvignon taste, there is a mix of ripe blackberries and tart black cherries.
This is truly a bottle you need to reserve as soon as possible from your local Payless. It’s not every day that you find a wine that will taste just as delicious with ribs as a charcuterie board!
Jim Beam is a household name. We’ve all heard of it and we all love it! From the original to the Honey flavor and everything in between, this distillery has amassed a collection as delicious as it is diverse. Beam has been producing quality bourbons from one family for seven generations, churning out award winning products time and time again. They’ve been trail blazers from the get-go with unique techniques (say that ten times fast), such as aging their bourbons twice as long as necessary for a bourbon truly worth writing home about. 200 years have passed and they have tirelessly continued to perfect the art of distilling. Not only has it been held within one family, but also one location. “America’s native spirit” is only distilled in Kentucky. Jim Beam Bourbon has been able to grow and become a world-wide success, while still maintaining intimate, small town roots. It is without a doubt the authentic, original Kentucky bourbon that has survived to be a longtime favorite of all. From businessmen to writers, artists to scientists—there’s a Beam for everybody (that’s over 21).
Of this bourbon collection, we’re taking a look at the Jim Beam Double Oak. As the name implies, it is crafted in charred oak barrels, switched between two to intensify and enrich the aging process. When first opening this bottle, it is clear that this will be a particularly sweet treat. The scent of toffee is right at the forefront of its scent, vanilla is a close second. The taste is similar with few surprises, instead it is a comforting and warm caramel that greets us. The second wave of flavor is vanilla and clove. One can truly taste the way the aging process has been taken to the next level with the depth of every single note, perfectly woven together into a rich, spicy, and smooth bourbon dream.
This bourbon is one that truly must be on your shelf. Reserve your bottle today at your favorite local Payless to get ahold of the Jim Beam Double Oak. It is sure to open your eyes to the way bourbon was meant to be aged.
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