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.

Barreling Down

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Tucked away in the rolling hills of bluegrass amongst the thoroughbred farms sits one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries, the historic Woodford Reserve. The distillery sits on Kentucky’s oldest distillery site where Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812.woodfordreserve-2016derby

Woodford boasts one of the only heated cycled barrel houses in the world. This process is to ensure that every drop trickles into the charred and crisped white oak, helping it give Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon its signature color and flavor.

So, what can you expect from Woodford Reserve’s award winning bourbon?

Its signature tasting notes are recognized as a complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa with caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound. This truly unique and valued bourbon has a finished described as silky smooth like cream with a warm satisfying tail. Loved by many, this bourbon is sure to leave an impactful taste on your palate.

Woodford Reserve and the Kentucky Derby have a strong relationship, seeing as Woodford Reserve has been the “Official Bourbon of The Kentucky Derby” for 18 years. This affiliation comes as no surprise seeing as both The Kentucky Derby and Woodford are known for their rich Kentucky traditions.

Woodford Reserve will honor this year’s Kentucky Derby with the release of a 2016 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The artwork for this limited edition bottle has been designed by artist Thomas Allen Pauly. Pauly is known for his equine paintings and is the Official Artist of American Pharaoh. The painting’s name has been dubbed “Barreling Down” and features a close-up of 2 thoroughbreds neck and neck racing for the coveted Derby title.

Don’t miss your chance to grab this limited edition bottle to remember the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby! You can find this bottle at your favorite Payless Liquor store but we recommend reserving a bottle through our Contact Us page. This is sure to be a popular item and supplies are limited!

Tale of Two Traditions

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This is a story of the merging of 2 great Kentucky traditions, the world famous Kentucky Derby and its drink of choice, The Mint Julep. The most authentic experience you can have at the Kentucky Derby is enjoying an Old Forrester Mint Julep. Get your silver cups ready, its Derby time!

Through history, the mint julep, served in its infamous silver cup, has become an iconic Old Forrestersymbol of the Derby. Track goers alike have been enjoying mint juleps for years using Old Forrester, Louisville’s Hometown Bourbon, so much so that in 2015, The Kentucky Derby made Old Forrester’s Mint Julep the Official Drink of The Kentucky Derby.

Rich with history and tradition, Old Forrester was introduced by George Garvin Brown on Whiskey Row in 1870. The bourbon was especially popular among Kentucky socialites when it became America’s First Bottled Bourbon.

During this same time, the mint julep was being introduced in southern states. There is often a debated history as to how this essential southern tradition came about but there is no denying that the beloved cocktail is a necessary ritual when it comes to Derby time.

The mint julep was to become the signature cocktail for Churchill Downs in 1938 when they started selling the mixture in souvenir glasses for 75 cents. Since then, the cocktail has been widely praised for its exceptionally smooth taste and crisp refreshing finish.

Every year more than 100,000 mint juleps are consumed over the 2-day period of the Derby spectacle. The recipe for the weekend calls for 10,000 bottles of ready to drink Old Forrester Mint Julep, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 60,000 pounds of ice!

In honor of this tradition, Old Forrester has created the ready to drink Mint Julep, right in the bottle! Want to be a part of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby? Stop by your favorite Payless Liquor store to pick up a bottle of Old Forester’s Ready to Drink Mint Julep and get a taste of this Kentucky tradition! We recommend reserving a bottle through the Contact Us page to ensure you are able to partake in the festivities on May 7th. Annnnnnd they’re off…..!!

GET FUZZED!

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An opportunity to develop a unique tasting product with a notable name came about in early 2005 and legendary golfer, Frank Zoeller jumped on it to create Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka.

With the premium vodka market being so competitive, Frank Zoeller, better known as “Fuzzy”, still felt the urge to produce a truly distinctive product. Fuzzy has considered vodka tonic his signature drink and was in search of a vodka that surpassed his taste expectations. AftPayless- Fuzzy'ser almost four years of research and implementation, Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka was launched in 2009.

Fuzzy Zoeller is not only known for his outstanding golf record but also his charismatic character and charitable work. Fuzzy has won the PGA Tour ten times and continues to play on the Champions Tour from year to year. He is often noted for whistling his way down the fairway adding to his already popular outgoing personality.

As a contributor on and off the green, Fuzzy is also known for his golf course design. Overtime, he has designed nineteen courses, 3 being locations for the PGA Tour event. Fuzzy also owns two golf courses located in Southern Indiana, Covered Bridge Golf Club and Champions Pointe Golf Club.

Now back to the vodka…

Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka acquired its award winning taste because of its unique production process. Fuzzy’s Vodka is distilled five times from American corn and then filtered ten times through charcoal and lava. After, a portion of the distillate is reposed in new oak barrels and then finished off by adding some of the purest water known in the world from Cascade Mountain. By using this extremely rare process, they were able to achieve Fuzzy’s noteworthy and exceptional smooth, creamy, crisp taste.

The brand continues to grow throughout the United States and around the world. Fuzzy’s has recently introduced its Limited Edition 750 mil bottle to commemorate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Race.

You will soon be able to find this limited edition bottle at your favorite Payless Liquor store, just in time for the race! We recommend reserving a bottle through the Contact Us page to ensure you get your hands on this limited edition bottle from Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka! GET FUZZED!

When Bourbon met Zinfandel

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A Zinfandel should have characteristics like a full bodied fruitful taste with smoky notes and a subtle toasted oak finish.

bottleGreat news! 1,000 Stories brings these great qualities and more to their premier Zinfandel. What makes their Zinfandel so attractive, their unique aging process. Batch #001 of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel is produced in small batches similar to premium bourbon, giving it an exceptional taste and inviting aroma.

What started as an experiment became an opportunity to live out a passion. Charlie and Bob, owners of 1,000 Stories, believed that by fermenting wine from a small parcel of premium Zinfandel and then maturing it in bourbon barrels, they would achieve the distinctive taste complexity they were looking for. After acquiring old bourbon barrels from a distillery in Kentucky, Charlie and Bob were able to fulfill their dream and now share their story in each bottle of 1,000 Stories.

1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel was bottled on October 29th, 2014. This date signifies the merging of two American stories, the post Gold Rush arrival of the Zinfandel grapes to California and the new Bourbon barrels, now being made from American oak. Some of the barrels used at 1,000 Stories are 13 years old, having once made the highest quality bourbon.

So, what exactly can you expect from this Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel?

The taste can be described as, a well-balanced blend of dark fruity spices with distinct charred vanilla notes and a subtle smoky finish. The deep and rich purple color can be attributed to the intense mix of the raspberry and black pepper spices. And of course, the warming finish is a result of the custom maturing in the aged Bourbon barrels, which leaves you with the matchless taste promised from 1,000 Stories Winery.

Don’t miss out on the exceptional taste of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, available in your local Payless Liquor Store. You can also visit the Contact Us page to reserve a bottle now. Cheers!

WYOMING. FAMILY. WHISKEY.

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ONLY WYOMING INGREDIENTS  

The Big Horn Basin has everything we need to make great bourbon, and it is important to us to source our ingredients locally. The consistency and uniqueness of these whiskey elements make for a better bourbon that stands apart. It’s the Whiskey of the West.2016-03-31 10_34_05-Wyoming Whiskey

LOCAL CORN, WHEAT, BARLEY, RYE AND NO GMOS.

WE KNOW WHO GROWS. Brent Rageth from Rageth Farm in Byron, Wyoming has worked with Wyoming Whiskey from the start to select strains of non-GMO corn, wheat, barley, and winter rye for specific starch and sugar yields, the building blocks of bourbon making. We use a corn strain that matures in 92 days, and is hand-selected by Brent. Rageth Farms also delivers summer and winter wheat that is grown exclusively for Wyoming Whiskey, and a winter rye that will be the key ingredient for a couple of rye products that are on the near horizon.

MASH BILL

Mash bill for (1) mash cooking will consist of 2,166 gallons of liquid.

Liquid will consist of:
1,100 gallons of water and
450 gallons of backset, or thin stillage.

Grain: 57 Bushel
68% Corn – 3,183 pounds
20% Wheat – 951 pounds
12% Malt Barley – 570 pounds

SMALL BATCH BOURBON WHISKEYWyomingWhiskeyBottle

A traditional bourbon, from an untraditional place.
Our original, flagship, and defining product, the award-winning Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey.

TASTING NOTES
COLOR: dark amber
NOSE: floral, with a hint of vanilla bean and caramel pudding
PALATE: floral with brown baking spices and browned butter, vanilla crème, caramel, and a hint of cinnamon
MOUTHFEEL: light and smooth with vanilla bean and cinnamon spice filling the mouth cavity, hint of mint
FINISH: medium length finish with toffee. Spice and vanilla fade

SINGLE BARREL BOURBON WHISKEY

A traditional bourbon, from an untraditional place.
Our original, flagship, and defining product, the award-winning Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey.ww_single_03s

Bottled to capture this unique bourbon and moment of time, both of which will never happen again.
TASTING NOTES:

COLOR: deep copper to mahogany
NOSE: browned butter, Cola, black currant and dried dates, orange citrus blossoms, bittersweet dark chocolate, almond butter.
PALATE: Cola, dark chocolate, buttered pastry, dried date and fig, raisin and orange citrus.
MOUTHFEEL: full and rich, chewy, spicy, creamy with nuts.
FINISH: long finish; dry, but with lingering impressions of butter crème, candied orange peel, and dark dried fruit.

BARREL STRENGTH BOURBON WHISKEY

Wyoming-Whiskey_Barrel-Strength-copy-e1454524099638The most elusive of the WW offering.

TASTING NOTES:

COLOR: deep copper to mahogany
NOSE: intense, but still buttery-smooth with a nice oakiness, vanilla, Turbinot sugar, orange blossom honey, caramel candy, fudge, and muted touches of clove and nutmeg in the background.
PALATE: balance between clove and nutmeg and sweeter notes of fudge, caramel, orange blossom honey, anise, and just a kiss of smokiness that completes the complexity.
FINISH: romatic and spicy, dominated by clove with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, fudge, orange peel, and anise that come out as the clove fades

 

 

Reserve your bottle of Wyoming Whiskey today!

Orphan Barrel – Forged Oak Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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A pillar of strength rooted in time and wisdom,
Forged Oak was found while foraging through the historic
Stitzel-Weller rickhouses. This Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey spent 15 contemplative years in charred American white oak barrels.

Forged Oak is a statuesque whiskey with aromas of cedar, maple and vanilla bean that give way to seasoned woody notes of cocoa and young berries, ultimately leading to a long, dry finish of black pepper.

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Distiller: Heaven Hill (New Bernheim)
Age:15 years
ABV: 45%
Mashbill: 86% Corn, 8% Barley & 6% Rye

Nose:  Dark Sweet, Cherry Dark Fruit, Dried Strawberry
Taste:  Wood, Spice, Dark Sweets, Vanilla, Grain
Finish:  Long.  Wood, Grain, Caramel, Spice

“Ok, I have been sampling whiskey for some time now, and I have gotten to know exactly what I like and dislike, but I still enjoy pushing my experiences in new directions; the road less traveled theory. Every now again there is a whiskey that comes up that is on my “must try” list.

I received the sample bottle from my editor for this review a few more weeks ago than I care to admit, as I would then be past my due date for this article.  I have saved it for the last in this batch, my reward to keep me pushing towards that finish line, however arbitrary it is, as there is always more to sample.

As you may remember, I loved the Rhetoric by Orphan Barrel. As for Orphan Barrel Forged Oak, which is the focus of this review, this straight Kentucky bourbon spent 15 years in barrels in the Stizler-Weller rickhouses.  And I am sure that many of you know that Pappy Van Winkle built that house.  Now I hope you can understand my plan to use this as a reward.

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In honor of St. Paddy’s Day – Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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The History

In 1805, William Mitchell purchased no.10 Grafton Street and set up a bakery and confectionary business.

In 1887, Robert Mitchell, a gentleman of not inconsiderable business acumen, expanded the business into whiskey bonding, moving shortly thereafter to new premises around the corner to No.21 Kildare Street. The family first commenced retailing the venerable Green Spot whiskey in 1933 at which time one could purchase “John Jameson & Son 10 Year Old Green Seal @ 180/-per dozen”

The Spot Range

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.

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.

Green Spot

green_spot_single_pot_still_irish_whiskey_2The nose has hints of peppermint, malt and sweet barley. Flavors of sugary porridge, creamy vanilla and citrus are also present.  On the palate, one can taste a combination of gentle bourbon oak, green wood, menthol and potpourri. Green Spot has a balanced spicy, yet soft, flavor. It has a very pleasant and light body.  Finally, Green Spot finishes long and creamy. Punches of vanilla, warm fruit and hazelnut are also present in the finish. It is known to leave one craving more.

Yellow Spot

Yellow Spot Whiskey

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.

 
Don’t miss out on your chance to have a piece of Irish whiskey history. It’s available in Payless Liquor Stores now , but to ensure you get your hands on this iconic whiskey, we recommend reserving a bottle through the Contact Us page.  Just include that you would like to reserve a bottle in the comment/question section.

May the luck of the Irish bring you some bourbon gold!

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Name one difference between Irish Whisky and Bourbon?

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You will be disqualified if you contact us prior to us notifying of you for selection.
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When Oops becomes Ahh!

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Orphan Barrel – The Gifted Horse American Whiskey

This product is something like one of those stories of a pregnancy that was neither expected or planned for but births something truly amazing that is immediately loved by all.

The Gifted Horse is the progeny of a mistaken mixing of a 17 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a 4 year old whiskey at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.  It’s “parents” being a blend of 39% 17 year old whiskey and 61% younger corn whiskey and Indiana bourbon whiskey.

Tgifted_horse_isolatedhis whiskey is bottled at a higher ABV, coming in at 115/57.5. 

Beginning with a nose hinting at apple skin, almond, toffee, raisins and slight milk chocolate, The Gifted Horse has unique tasting notes of creamy caramel, Bosc pear and fruit cake. This unusual blend’s fruity notes become more apparent with a splash of water.

The Gifted Horse’s package design reflects the lucky fortune in discovering such a unique whiskey, featuring a lighthearted illustrative style, a horseshoe and the prominently featured Gifted Horse image. Hinting at what’s inside the bottle, the weathered red label entices those to discover a whiskey bold and flavorful.

The Gifted Horse was hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn. and highly allocated, with no future releases planned.

Due to the fact that no future releases are planned, we are offering this product only via reservation.  Please Contact Us in order to reserve your bottle now.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is made in the traditional style of Kentucky Ryes. It delivers bold flavors of pepper and tobacco with a long fruit and sweetly spiced finish. And it is now available for purchase in Indiana.

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Woodford Reserve Rye is the third permanent line extension in their lineup following Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select and Double Oaked. They pride themselves on their original and contemporary approach to bourbon and whiskey while focusing on adjusting one of the five sources of flavor. The five sources are: grain recipe, water source, fermentation, distillation, and maturation. For this rye whiskey, the grain was sourced to produce the signature taste in each bottle of Woodford Reserve. The mash bill contained 35% rye which helped produce the spicy notes.

Tasting Notes

Proof: 90.4°

Appearance: Rich honey.

Nose: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths.

Taste: Clove, rye, mint, molasses, sorghum and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt.

Finish: Long and sweetly spiced.


Woodford Reserve Rye arrived in stores this week and is rolling out to stores now. Contact us to reserve your bottle today or visit your favorite Payless location!

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