The Cooper’s Croze

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The secret behind Jameson Irish Whiskey lies in the passion and dedication of their masterful craftsmen: our Head Distiller, Head Cooper and Head Blender. The Whiskey Makers Series celebrates them and their craft. The Makers Series is a trio is that includes The Distiller’s Safe, The Blender’s Dog and the Cooper’s Croze.

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The Croze is a tool used to cut the grooves for the heads of the cask. It takes years of experience to use this tool properly.

The Cooper’s Croze was created by Jameson Head Cooper, Ger Buckley. This whiskey showcases the diversity of barrels at the Midleton distillery and the influence that wood yields. With 5 generations of knowledge passed down from his family, Ger selects, repairs, and maintains Jameson’s treasured casks. The Cooper’s Croze is carefully crafted that carries vanilla sweetness, rich fruit flavors, floral and spice notes and the undeniable influence of oak.

This bottle won’t be around for long. Reserve your bottle using our contact us form today! Let us know what you think of The Cooper’s Croze and the Makers Series in the comments below.

From Field to Bottle – Old 55 Sweet Corn Bourbon

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State Road 55 may sound familiar to us Hoosiers. It’s a north/south highway running between northwestern and central Indiana. And it’s about to become much well known thanks to Old 55 Distillery!

Old 55 is a true family business. They are one of the few true field to bottle distilleries in Old 55 Sweet Corn Bourbonthe world. Every bit of the grain used is sourced from local fields or the family farm. Old 55 truly does capture the Midwest from the fields the spirits are harvested from to the hardworking people that travel it daily.

Old 55 is harvested, stored, milled, mashed, distilled, & bottled by hand in Newtown, IN. Their custom built pot still was designed and handmade in Germany by Kothe Destillationstechnik.

Old 55 has recently released a completely new take on bourbon using 100% Sweet Corn off the cob. Grown on the family farm, harvested, and distilled by to make something truly unique. It is Small Batch. It is Heart Cut. And is 40% alcohol by volume.

Get your hands on this new Indiana spirit at your local Payless Liquors or by reserving it online. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

An Evolving Experiment In Bourbon Maturation

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The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company, dedicated to releasing limited edition spirits from rare casks discovered in some of the country’s finest whiskey cellars. Orphan Barrel has brought you Lost Prophet, Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, The Gifted Horse, Forged Oak, Rhetoric 20 & 21.  And now Orphan Barrel has come out with its eighth release, Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22-Year-Old, a 90.4 proof bourbon.

Rhetoric 22Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 continues the slow march of this series set to culminate in the debut of a 25-year-old in 2019. If you are not familiar with Rhetoric, its stocks were said to be found “in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, Ky. The whiskey was distilled between 1990–1993 at the Bernheim Distillery located at the historic 17 and Breckenridge in Louisville, Ky. Its mash bill is 86%  corn, 8% barley and 6% rye.

Each sip of Rhetoric 22 starts with a smoky, leathery nose and tastes of toasted oak dark chocolate with ripe banana and spices of clove and anise. The finish is long and woody ending with dark chocolate notes.

According to Diageo, Rhetoric is an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock. A conversation piece if there ever was one.

Reserve your bottle with us and let us know your thoughts of the new Rhetoric in the comments!

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

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The pomegranate has come a long way since the beginning of time, revered throughout history as a symbol of health, fertility, and rebirth. It is believed that the pomegranate may have been the “apple” in the Garden of Eden. Ancient Greeks believed it was a symbol of PAMA_POMEGRANATE_LIQUEUR_70Cl__04046.1421672589.450.800love and war. Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.

PAMA captures the complex, taste and ruby color of all-natural pomegranates. At 34 proof, it is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. The California pomegranates chosen for PAMA are selected at their peak for ripeness and flavor. PAMA is produced by PAMA Spirits Co. of Bardstown, Kentucky, United States, a subsidiary of Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is perfect for not only cocktails, but also appetizers, entrees, and desert! Here are just a few recipes featuring PAMA.

PAMA MargaritaPama Margarita

Ingredients
2 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
Splash Lime Juice
Splash Simple Syrup
Shake and serve over ice in a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pomegranate SalsaPama Salsa

Ingredients
1/4 c. of pomegranate seeds
1/4 c. blueberries
1/4 c. of pineapple, diced finely
1/3 c. of strawberries cut into matchsticks
2 jalapeno peppers seeded and finely diced
3 Tbsp. fresh mint cut into thin ribbons
Juice of 1 Lime
4 tsp. of PAMA pomegranate liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside until ready to serve. If preparing several hours ahead, don’t add pineapple until the last minute (enzymes will soften the other fruit). Serves 6.

PAMA Soaked Watermelonpama-soaked-watermelon

Ingredients
12 slices of watermelon
1 cup PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 tbs chopped mint or basil

Drizzle watermelon with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. Allow to soak at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator overnight. Add to a serving platter, sprinkle with herbs.

There are so many ways to incorporate PAMA into your favorite recipes. We’d love to hear how you use PAMA! Grab your bottle at your favorite Payless Liquors store and get cooking today!

The Rebirth of Yellowstone

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In 2010, the seventh-generation distillers Paul and Steve Beam founded Limestone Branch Distillery with the intention of crafting the finest whiskey. Yellowstone is one of the older yellowstone-selectbourbon brands, dating back to 1872, the year its namesake national park was founded. Minor Case Beam, Paul & Steve’s great-grandfater was the original owner of the Yellowstone brand.

The first bourbon they released was Yellowstone Limited Edition. And now, they proudly present the 93 proof Yellowstone Select. The Beams selected, blended, and bottled barrels of 4 and 7-year-old of sweet, spicy, and smoky bourbons for this expression. Each was selected to give this exclusive whiskey a taste that celebrates its deep, family origins.

Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance: Deep, golden chestnut.
  • Nose: Leather and dried fruit with a slight hint of citrus and smoky oak.
  • Palate: Spicy rye with a whisper of dried cherries fading to smoked caramel.
  • Finish: A memorable finish, rich with brown sugar and Kentucky tradition

This is an easy-drinking bourbon with a well-balanced flavor profile that also works well in cocktails. Grab your bottle at your favorite Payless location or reserve a bottle today!

Three Floyds Finest

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One of Indiana’s most well known craft breweries, Three Floyds was founded in 1996 by 3FloydsMike Floyd and his 2 sons Nick & Simon. They moved to Munster in 2005 and have since added a brewpub across the street. The Floyd’s started with just a few hundred dollars, a small system, and a love of brewing. They always strive to make the best and most memorable beers that leave no doubts in drinkers mind that they just had a Three Floyds lager or ale. This is especially true for 2 of their most well known brews – Gumballhead and Zombie Dust.

ZombieDustClipped-400x1754Zombie Dust is an intensely hopped pale ale that was created with their friends in the comic industry. The head has a yellow tint from the body of the beer which is a slightly hazy dark yellow. The Citra hops used give off tropical fruit notes of tangerine, mango, and lemon grass. The taste is impressive, with a bittering pull towards the front and middle palate, followed by a short malt kick, and then grassy, lemony, lingering hop dryness.

Gumball head is a hopped session American wheat beer brewed with a shapeimage_2boatload of Amarillo Hops. A vibrant straw yellow, Gumballhead is a crisp refreshing beer perfect for summer. The Amarillo hops produce notes of grapefruit and lemon zest with a slight pepper smell. The flavors balance out perfectly with a burst of lemongrass and citrus fruits and during the swallow the wheat character shines through and the finish is somewhat tart and dry.

Three Floyds refuses to compromise on the quality and flavor of their beer and you shouldn’t either. Zombie Dust and Gumballhead are available for a very limited time. Contact us to find a 6-pack today.

Stranahan’s Private Label

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Founded in 2004, Stranahan’s is the first modern microdistillery to legally make whiskey in Colorado, and the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

Stranahan’s is a straight whiskey and like bourbon, is aged in new number 3 charred oak barrels. The final whiskey is a blend of 2, 3 and 5 year-old whiskeys and cut with water IMG_0025sourced from the Eldorado spring outside Boulder. Stranahan’s is distilled from a 100% malt barley base grain – the first to ever do this. And Stranahan’s is different than most all mid-west (Kentucky) bourbons. You will taste the difference the western grains bring to this bourbon.

Typically when a distiller bottles his whiskey, several hundred or even several thousand barrels are combined for a staunchly uniform taste. At Stranahan’s, they select ten to twenty of our choicest barrels, and combine them for a small batch with a reliable, yet distinctive flavor unique to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Each barrel is bottled by hand, with each label hand-signed by the distiller. The bottling process is done by volunteers.

And Payless was fortunate enough to get to select our own Private Barrel. We gathered a committee and sampled several barrels to create our own unique bottle.  Here are the tasting notes of our barrel:

Nose:  Malt & barley, oak, some IMG_0024brown sugar with a hint of toffee and spice.

Taste:  Malt & Barley, almost cereal like hit first, with some brown sugar sweetness.  Quickly oak wood enters in the middle, with some subtle hints of dried fruit.  A smooth thickness coats your mouth, leaving you with some nice cinnamon-clove spice, with a vanilla-caramel flavor entering at the end.

Finish:  A spicy malt flavor lingers a bit on the tongue, longer than most, to remind you that you have just had something unique.

Our Stranahan’s Private Label will be rolling out to all stores soon. And you can always reserve a bottle using our contact us form. Cheers!

Maker’s Mark Private Barrel Program

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Maker’s Mark was born in 1954 when T. William “Bill” Samuels Sr. purchased Burks Distillery in Loretto Kentucky. For the next 52 years, they pretty much stuck to the original recipe, occasionally releasing higher proof variations. But in 2010, as Bill Samuels Jr. was retiring, the idea of “I’ve spent my whole career not screwing up mom and dad’s whiskey, how do I leave this industry and not do something on my own” bothered him. And thus, Maker’s 46 was born.

PL-MakersMark-(500x500)Maker’s 46 went through 124 experiments with Independent Stave Company (ISC) before they finally settled on a process that required 10, one-inch thick toasted French oak staves to be inserted into a barrel that originally housed Maker’s Mark.  The barrel is then refilled with mature Maker’s Mark were it will age another nine weeks. This amplified the baking spices, especially the cinnamon and vanilla flavors that are already present in Maker’s Mark. And because no unnatural agents are added and the special staves are from oak, the product is still a Bourbon.

When Maker’s started looking at doing a barrel selection program, they opted to put12694504_10153915529129287_4372940464238325333_o together a program that allowed buyers to build their own unique barrel of Bourbon, similar to the experiments they went through for Maker’s 46. And Payless was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to get the 28th Barrel from the Maker’s Private Select Barrel program.

The Maker’s Barrel program is unlike no other. Instead of sampling bourbon direct from barrels and choosing which barrel we preferred the taste of, you choose 10 oak staves in various combinations and let them age an additional 9 weeks in a barrel of Maker’s Mark. These staves alter the flavor profile so you get a unique barrel of Maker’s. Even though we could use the Maker’s 46 staves, we wanted ours to be different from and our committee of 7 chose not to.

12710888_10153920467969287_7072899678516676334_oWe did have an American oak stave, baked oak, which allows vanilla and some sweetness to the bourbon. Then we used a combination of seared French Cuvee, and toasted French spice to allow flavors of butterscotch, caramel, fruits and spice.  The roasted French mocha stave allows this Maker’s to have a lasting finish with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

 

12657156_10153915951694287_7311399180532579803_oThis is a unique barrel of Maker’s and your opportunity to taste is June 18th at the Greenwood Store by the Mall. Come have a sample and we are sure you will want to pick up a bottle or 2.

The Woodford Reserve Family of Bourbons

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Nestled in the rolling hills of bluegrass and thoroughbred farms sits the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery. Woodford Reserve is one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries. The distillery was built on history, sitting where Elijah Pepper began in 1812.

Woodford Reserve is crafted in small batches. This process allows uses all five sources of WoodfordReservebourbon flavor giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. The five sources are grain recipe, water source, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.

Woodford Reserve Distillers Select has a brilliant honey amber color. On the nose, you’ll find hints of mint and oranges. The taste is rich and complex with flavors of citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. The warm and satisfying finish is smooth and silky.

The next expression in Woodford’s lineup is their Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. The mash bill contains 53% rye which results in a spicy and sweet whiskey. The distillers work with the five sources of flavor to ensure the unique taste and a balanced flavor to produce the distinct taste they looking for in every bottle of Woodford Reserve.

Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels gives Woodford Reserve Double Oaked a soft, sweet oak character. This innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor Master Distiller Chris Morris was looking for. The mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Chris knows the secrets to making good whiskey are time and patience.

Liz&CharlieWoodfordRecently, Liz (the self appointed bourbon Grinch of Payless) and Charlie got the opportunity to sit down with some friends to pick out some Woodford Reserve barrels of their own! The Charlie Selection has the tasting notes of oak, chocolate and pecans with a slight hint of coconut.  Liz’s selection has flavors of oak, tea leaf, molasses and caramel, with a hint of dark chocolate and apple. And you’re in luck, we’ve got 2 events where you can sample Liz and Charlie’s picks. We’ll be at our Uptown Drive store June 11 and our Greenwood Mall store June 18. So stop by one of our Woodford events in June to see who picks the better barrel!

Introducing Old Bones Bourbon

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First available in Indiana in 2012, Backbone Bourbon set out to create class craft spirits Old Bones Bourbonthat can stand on their own merits. They sought rick flavors and classic profiles.  Since Backbone’s launch, they’ve also introduced Bone Snapper Rye Whiskey, Bone Dry Gin and Backbone Prime. And now they have a new expression to their line-up, Old Bones Bourbon.

Old Bones is a barrel-strength high rye bourbon coming in at 110 proof.  The mash-bill is composed of 55% corn, 40% rye, and 5% barley. Only 2,430 bottles of this 10-year-old bourbon were packaged.

Whether served straight or in a craft cocktail, these spirits are meant to be sipped and savored. Looking for a bottle of Old Bones? Fill out our Contact Us form today and reserve before they are gone!

Yippee-Ki-Yay, Cowboy!

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Yippee-Ki-Yay, cowboy!

Grab a glass and your cowboy hat too, and join us round the campfire for some good ole’ time tunes!

High West Distillery presents the Old Western taste and tradition to their blend of straightbest-whiskeys-unexpected-places-high-west-fwx rye whiskey, Yippee-Ki-Yay. Recommended to be enjoyed in a glass at room temperature, this old-style whiskey needs to sit idle for a few minutes allowing the bouquet to reach its full potential. Because this whiskey is aged in old wine barrels, you can expect to experience the natural and sweet blend of rye whiskey and aged wine.

The ratio of whiskeys has been left to be top secret but we do know there is a seamless mix of a 2-year-old mashbill of 95% rye and an older rye with a “barely legal” rye mashbill of 53% rye and 37% corn from Barton Distillery. There are 2 barrel types used to age this authentic whiskey, an oak barrel that previously held Vermouth Barrel and another oak barrel that previously held Qupé Syrah.

Tasting notes are as follows:

The nose is expected to be warm with baked spices and sweet cinnamon, dried thyme, desert sage with elusive black berry and cassis. The taste is described as a spiced maple and cinnamon with blackberry and raisin throughout, finished with dark caramel and an all spice complex. The Tasting Panel Magazine gives Yippee-Ki-Yay 93 points!

The back label stories are what makes these High West Distillery bottles so interesting and unique. The back label for this particular bottle comes from a historic poster that can be found in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. This straight rye whiskey blend is sure to make you say “YIPPEE-KI-YAY” after just one sip.

This High West whiskey can be found at your favorite Payless Liquor store but we recommend reserving a bottle from our Contact page to ensure you get your hands on it!

A Whiskey Truly Fit For Royalty

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Hand-crafted blends of over fifty of the finest whiskies, all blended together to create the exceptional and signature smoothness of Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey. First created in 1939 as a gift to celebrate the arrival of The King and Queen of England, this Canadian whiskey continues to be crafted to meet the same promising standards it did in 1939.crown honey

Known for its smoothness, Crown Royal boasts hearty ingredients with each distilled batch.  The established home for the manufacturing of this infamous whiskey is settled along the shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. The smooth waters from this lake are naturally filtered through the limestone beneath Lake Winnipeg, which in return are combined with the natural ingredients to make Crown Royal Whiskey.

Crown has been notorious for offering its customers a variety of different flavors giving much anticipation as to what they will surprise us with next! The newest addition to Crown Royal’s family, Crown Honey. Staying true to tradition, the whiskey is carefully selected by Crown’s Master Blenders and then infused with the sweet taste of honey to create the extraordinary blend of Crown Honey. The richness of original Crown compliments the pleasant and subtle notes of wild clover and sunflower honeys. The outcome, a delicious and lively whiskey with the uncontested sophistication and smoothness of Crown Royal.

There’s no limits to enjoying this cocktail just the way you want. Crown Honey is meant to be enjoyed straight, on the rocks or in a cocktail. You can find this honey whiskey blend in your local Payless store. We suggest heading over to our Contact page to reserve a bottle at your preferred location.

Cowboys vs. Jackalopes

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You’ll need a campfire, beautiful scenery and a chilled glass to enjoy this bourbon and rye beverage.

High West Distillery and Saloon dubbed this unique whiskey, Bourye, “bou” for bourbon and “rye” for rye whiskey. The unusual name is used to signify the matchless taste that follows the process of blending rich bourbon and premium rye whiskey. Just as you would with any quality whiskey, this refreshment is meant to be enjoyed with no ice and sipped straight or with a little water.

While the ratio of component whiskey remains top secret, High West Distillery does boast using a 9-year-old straight bourbon, 13-year-old straight rye whiskey, and another 17-year-old straight rye whiskey to formulate this clean and crisp concoction.  The whiskey is bottled at 46% ABV leaving it with a 92 Proof. Being one of High West’s all-time favorites, it comes as no surprise that this whiskey was awarded Best Blended bourye-bottleWhiskey in 2010 and frequents great reviews.

“It starts out more like a high rye content bourbon, with the molasses, caramel, coconut cream, sweet corn and honey-kissed fruit marrying nicely with the dried spice (vanilla, cinnamon, brisk mint). But then on the latter of the palate, the rye really kicks in. The whiskey gets bold, the rye becomes intense, with a dried spice finish.” – John Hansel, Malt Advocate Magazine

Possibly the most interesting element of this whiskey is the story behind the picture on the back label. The bottle shows a picture of a jackalope, also known as a antelrabbit. The jackalope is described as an antlered species of rabbit that was found in the Old West and hunted by cowboys. Legends say the best way to catch a jackalope was to lure it with whiskey, as they have a great liking for this particular drink. Once the jackalope was good and drunk, it became easier for the cowboys to hunt and capture. Although this species is labeled as a mythical animal, it is still rumored to still be in existence in areas of the American West.

Don’t miss out on this Old Western style whiskey, this is sure to be a summer camping essential! You can reserve a bottle through our Contact page or pick up a bottle at your local Payless Liquor store.

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