La Crema Wine

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La Crema Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of California and has been making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Pinot Gris since 1979. Now a part of the Jackson Family Wines red-winter-wine-packowned by sisters Laura Jackson-Giron and Jennifer Jackson, La Crema handcrafts their wine to ensure balance and intense fruit flavors in very bottle.

The Russian River valley is ideal for producing balanced wines. The first few vintages at La Crema winery were devoted to learning the ins and outs of growing grapes and winemaking in this cool, windy climate. Now, careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure ripe and undamaged grapes. Director of Winemaking, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas then uses artisan winemaking techniques that bring out their distinct flavor.

To ensure La Crema wines stay true to both the varietal and the region, the wine-making teams uses traditional wine-making techniques. They whole-press their Chardonnays before they are fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Before fermentation, the Pinot Noir grapes are cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for five-eight days then aged in both new and used French oak barrels.

Studies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers.

Researchers have suggested red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and antioxidants may help prevent heart disease. February is American Heart Month and we’ve teamed up with Jackson Family Wines for Payless Has Heart. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of all Jackson Family Wines will be donated to the American Heart Association this month.

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Join us Thursday, Feb. 25 for a Payless Has Heart tasting at our Brendon Way store in Zionsville. Grady and Big Joe from 1070 the Fan will be there from 6-7. The wine tasting begins at 5. And stop by your favorite Payless location anytime this month and purchase La Crema or one of the other wines from the Jackson Family Estate and help the American Heart Association this month.


Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey

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Land disputes, a hog, a forbidden romance, a New Year’s Day massacre, and revenge all played a hand in the infamous Hatfield & McCoy Feud.  The legendary feud is an American tale of family, honor, and vengeance. In the end, twelve family members died, seven were sentenced to life in jail, and one had been sentenced to be hanged.

54c0178e527fe.imageNow, nearly 150 years later, the descendants of Randall McCoy and “Devil” Anse Hatfield have come together to partner on The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey.

The goal of this American Whiskey was simple: make an exclusive, top-quality whiskey inspired by family recipes that anyone can afford and be proud to drink. The Hatfield and McCoy families searched for a partner who could take their 150 years of moonshine and whiskey tradition and do what their ancestors never could—make it legal.

They finally found Local Choice, an award-winning distiller out of Charleston, South Carolina, to partner with them to make a whiskey worthy of their legendary names.

With its bold, yet balanced flavor, Hatfield & McCoy whiskey can easily be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail. The 80-proof whiskey is made of corn, barley, malt, and special strains of yeast. In the glass, it’s honey-colors and has light legs.

The aroma is sweet, with hints of vanilla, grass, and honey.  The whiskey is light on the palate with layers of pepper, smoke, dried apricot and walnut. The finish is clean and balanced with hints of caramel, vanilla and butter.

Stop in to your favorite Payless Liquors store to pick up a bottle of this American Whiskey that has been aged in oak barrels and crafted with in Appalachian Mountain spirit making tradition.


Fiftieth Reserve

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This Sunday many eyes will be watching the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. This is the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl and to commemorate this achievement, Freemark Abbey along with leading winemaker, Ted Edwards, were ECM304096selected to create a one-of-a-kind, limited release wine. Fiftieth Reserve is a 2013 Napa Valley Bordeaux-style red wine. It was sourced from pedigreed single vineyard sites from the honored Spring Mountain.

Fiftieth Reserve has rich, dark fruit aromas of dark cherry, Bay leaf, and other herbs. On the palate, ripe boysenberry and Santa Rosa plum are accompanied by a hint of milk chocolate.

The blend of Fiftieth Reserve is 67% Merlot, 14.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 5.7% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels for 18 months. The life span of this wine if stored in a proper cellar is 20+ years. So drink now or save it for Super Bowl 70.

Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Tychson established the original winery along Route 29 in St. Helena where Freemark Abbey still stands. Tyschson is one of the firm women winegrowers on record.  The name of the winery was created in 1939, when the three owners – Charles Freeman, Markquand Foster and Abbey Ahern – combined their names to form the “Freemark Abbey.” Ted Edwards has been a winemaker at Freemark Abbey since 1985. He was named partner in 1992 and is now Director of Winemaking.

You can pick up a bottle of Fiftieth Reserve at select Payless stores or contact us on our form to reserve your bottle. Cheers to Super Bowl 50!

Metze’s Select

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Historic Lawrenceburg, IN distillery, MGP, is branching out. Master Distiller, Greg Metze has spent his nearly 40-year career at MGP. And now he’s combined his passion with his natural sense of what makes a great whiskey. Introducing Metze’s Select.Metze's Select

Metze’s Select combines some of MGP’s favorite whiskeys to produce a well-balanced bourbon. Metze’s features a Lawrenceburg-style high rye characteristic that combines spicy notes with creamy vanilla and caramel. The 2015 medley is comprised of:

38% 2006 Bourbon (21% Rye)
3% 2006 Bourbon (36% Rye)
59% 2008 Bourbon (21% Rye)

Sweet from the start, the nose has notes of butterscotch, chocolate, and menthol. The palate takes that sweetness and has a creme brulee character, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown butter, and some cherry on the finish. At 93 proof Metze’s is manageable without water — and the alcohol really just serves to boost the spicy component.

MGP (Midwest Grain Products) of Indiana is a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The distillery was founded in 1847 and currently produces a range of distilled beverages from straight rye whiskey, bourbon whiskey, and neutral spirits like gin and vodka.

Only 6,000 hand-numbered bottles of Metze’s Select were made. Contact Payless today to reserve your bottle!

The Balvenie DoubleWood 17

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A New Sibling…

Like the famous 12-year-old expression, Balvenie DoubleWood 17 year has been matured in two types of casks.  The additional 5 years of maturation in these two casks gives a
perfect balance of fruit, oak, and malt.

A Bit of History…

The Balvenie distillery is located in Speyside in Dufftown, Scotland and is owned by balv130670_balvenie_17_003William Grant & Sons. In early 1892 work began to convert an 18th-century mansion, Balvenie New House, into a distillery. The building took fifteen months to complete, and on 1 May 1893, the first distillation took place at the Balvenie Distillery.  Balvenie produces whisky in a traditional style. The use of locally grown barley is preferred, and is floor malted.  Of the 100 or so distilleries in Scotland, Balvenie is only one of six distilleries with its own malting floor.

A Tale of 2 Casks…

The 2 cask technique is at the heart of The Balvenie DoubleWood. The whisky is first matured in American oak barrels to impart soft sweet vanilla notes. The European oak sherry casks, the second cask, adds rich spicy flavors, depth and fullness of flavor.

Tasting Notes from Balvenie…

Elegant and complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple.

Sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes, traces of oak and deep vanilla.

Vanilla, oak, honey and a spicy sweetness.

Get your bottle today…

Contact Payless Liquors today to reserve your bottle of Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year today!

Hochstadter’s Vatted Rye Whiskey

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With a complex blend of hand-selected straight rye whiskeys, Cooper Spirits has released Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey.  Hochstadter’s has been aged 14-15 years with a blend of whiskeys from distilleries across North America. Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Alberta, Canada.

hochstadters-vatted-rye-bottleThis Rye Whiskey is made via a process known as vatting—a method traditionally used in Scotch production where single-malt whiskies are blended together without the addition of grain spirit. The vatting process created a smooth and full-flavored straight rye whiskey with notes of blackstrap, nutmeg, mace, clove, German-style rye bread and sour cherry. The spirit is non-chill filtered to preserve its nuances and robustness.

“I hand-selected each of the ryes in this blend to create an incredibly flavorful spirit that we believe will be a unique asset to the bartending community and whiskey fans,” says Robert Cooper, third-generation distiller and Founder of The Cooper Spirits Co. “With a significant portion of 8-year-old rye, Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey is smoother yet more complex than the many one-dimensional ryes currently on the market. It’s the ultimate expression of maximum intensity with impeccable balance.”

Hochstadter’s can be enjoyed straight, over ice, or as a rich cocktail ingredient in classic cocktails like the old fashioned the Manhattan or  julep.  Contact us today to reserve your bottle of this Vatted Rye Whiskey today.

Ciroc Ten

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Early in 2015,  Sean “Diddy” Combs announced on Instagram the latest expression from Ciroc Vodka was coming — Ciroc Ten. Ten is made with a blend of the finest grapes, including the first harvest grapes of 2013. Vintners have said that those grapes were the crispest of the harvest.

ciroc tenCiroc was founded in France by Jean-Sebastien Robicquet.  Robicquet’s family hails from the wine-growing region of Bordeaux and has been in the wine business for 400 years dating back to the 17th century. He was approached by the Diageo to produce a vodka made from grapes as opposed to grain or potato common among most vodka. The brand was introduced in 2003.

In 2007, Diageo partnered with Sean Combs for a strategic alliance to manage all branding and marketing initiatives for Ciroc Vodka. Combs said he wanted to work with Diageo because the company understood that “I’m not just a celebrity endorser, I’m a brand builder. I’m a luxury brand builder.”

The nose is clean, mild, with a hint of mint. The palate is quiet, touched just barely with vanilla, and fading out with a clean, simple finish that has a trace of sweetness. For straight sipping, Ciroc Ten offers a straightforward and quite enjoyable experience.  It would also blend well naturally with just about anything.

Less than 10,000 cases of Ciroc Ten will be made available annually, and were able to secure a limited quantity. Use our contact us form to reserve your bottle of Ciroc Ten today.

Spirit of America Bourbon

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Good bourbon doesn’t have to come from Kentucky. In fact, you can find great bourbons right here in the heart of Indiana. Spirit of American Bourbon is produced and bottled in SpiritofAmerica_bs-150x300downtown Indianapolis. In fact, 100% of the product is made in the USA.  The bottle is made in Missouri, the cap in Michigan, and the shipper is from Minnesota and the bottles are screen printed in Chicago. Doesn’t get more Midwest than that!

Being a 100% made in the USA product was important to Lenny Roberts, one of the founders. His father, Mike, was a veteran and had a long career in the spirits industry. He filed the trademark for Spirit of American in 1980, but unfortunately he never saw the product come to fruition. He passed in 2012, but his sons found a partner in Heartland Distiller’s Stuart Hobson, and in 2013 Spirit of American Bourbon was born.

SOA partner, MGP, selects only the best Midwestern wheat and Indiana provides the perfect year-round climate for the crop.  Because distilling wheat is easier to use and will mature at a quicker rate, younger bourbons are able to provide a mellow tasting experience on par with longer aged rye and corn bourbons.

At 86 proof, Spirit of America bourbon has a mash-bill of 51% corn, 45% wheat and 4% malted barley. Bright woody notes with hints of caramel, and spice lead into a smooth and sweet finish.

Spirit of America bourbon is available at your favorite Payless store or you can reserve a bottle via our Contact us page. Cheers!

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut

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Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of the upper class throughout Europe.  Philippe owned a number of vineyards decided to establish Clicquot House wines.  When he passed in 1805, he left his widow, Barbe, in control of a company. Madame Clicquot became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. The French word for window is Veuve.

bouteille-champ_yellow-prodBy 1866 Veuve Clicquot had become both a substantial Champagne house and a respected brand. Recognized by its distinctive bright yellow labels, the wine holds a royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has grapes from 50 to 60 growing areas. They include approximately 55% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and the remainder Chardonnay. Each grape helps ensure the structure, round out the blend, and provide a balanced wine’s elegance & sophistication.

The appearance of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label looks beautiful. A golden yellow color adorned with a foaming necklace of bubbles.

On the nose, it begins with hints of white fruits, followed by vanilla and brioche. Note the fine balance between the fruity aromas coming from the grape varieties and the toasty aromas following the ageing in the bottle.

On the palate, the initial sip delivers a combination of freshness and forcefulness which is synonymous with Yellow Label. This is a classic Brut Champagne.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is an ideal aperitif or companion to a white meat, white fish or pasta dish.

You can purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at your favorite Payless store for just $39.99, perfect to ring in 2016!

Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 1838 White Corn Bourbon

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Woodford Reserve’s owner, Oscar Pepper, and Master Distiller, James Crow, have been credited with refining and defining many processes in the whiskey world. These processes include mashing, yeast propagation, copper pot distillation, and the maturing of whiskey in new charred oak casks. Together, Pepper and Crow redefined bourbon and the distillation process. Their legacy lives on even now, more than 200 years later.

To honor this legacy, Woodford Reserve created a Master Collection. Each year, a new bottle is released. The bourbon is made using their pioneering processes, gain recipes, and1838_white_corn-149x300 fermentation style. The result is a growing range of unique and delicious whiskies.

This year, Woodford Reserve released its 10th bottle in the series, the 1838 Style White Corn Bourbon. As the name suggests, this whiskey got its unique character from a change in the first source of flavor—the grain. Instead of the traditional yellow corn, the distillers chose to use white corn. The result is a flavor that perfectly complements the other grains and creates a sharper, yet lighter and sweeter whiskey with a full-flavored profile.

At first sight, one may not notice anything special about this whiskey. Its light, golden honey coloring is similar to most bourbons. However, the character and complexity is clear as soon as the bottle is opened. Scents of nutty grain pour out, softened and sweetened by hints of apply, sugar, and vanilla. All of this is tied together with spice and smoke. The taste is just as complex. Shortbread and lemon custard take the lead, balanced by hints of pepper. The finish is long and slightly dry, leaving a sweet, buttery texture behind.

This unique whiskey is the perfect choice to help celebrate the holidays! Reserve a bottle for yourself using our Contact Us form today.

William Grant & Sons Rare Cask Reserves Ghosted Reserve

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Built in 1938, Inverleven was located just outside of the lowlands, distilling high quality scotch whiskies until it closed in 1991, mothballing in 1992.

Similarly, Ladyburn, an expansion of the Girvan distillery, was built in 1966, but closed less than a decade later in 1975 and was demolished in 1976. Both distilleries have been silent ever since.

Now, the two lowland distilleries’ products are being reintroduced into the market, but with a unique twist. William Grant & Sons’ Master Distiller, Brian Kinsman, has handpicked casks from each distillery to blend into one rare scotch whisky. This unique invention goes by the name Rare Cask Reserves Ghosted Reserve.

This singular blend scotch has been aged for more than a quarter of a century. Those 26 years allowed the flavors of each scotch to mold together, blending perfectly. Upon opening the bottle, the scent is sweet, but oaky. The flavors of each scotch are separate, yet blended. The taste is oaky and slightly oily from Ladyburn, yet sweet, fruity, and floral notes are present from Inverleven. The finish is long, intense, and smooth. Kinsman describes the overall experience on the palate as “deep and intense, with a creamy mouthful followed by delicate spice and toasted almonds.”

William Grant & Sons’ Rare Cask Reserves Ghosted Reserve is more and just a rare scotch, it is truly unrepeatable and something that Brian Kinsman is extremely proud of. “It bears testament to the vision and skills of the five Master Blenders who came before me. This exceptional release is a whisky that gives me enormous personal pride. I see it as truly a high point of what blending can bring to the finest whisky, and a spirit that would win the deepest respect of our founder, William Grant.”

Only 4,100 bottles of this special whisky were released throughout the world. With less than half of those in the United States, they are bound to vanish quickly. Don’t let this one-of-a-kind release slip away from you. Contact Us today to reserve a bottle.

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum – Payless Private Barrel

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Mount Gay has been producing rum for over 310 years now and to celebrate, they once again entered a “black” space with their Black Barrel Rum. This small batch rum is handcrafted by blending two different varieties before allowing the blended rum to mature a second time, creating a bold yet balanced taste.

Mount_Gay_Black_Barrel_rum (1)Despite its name, Mount Gay’s Black Barrel Rum isn’t dark in color. Rather, this unique rum was given its name from the color of the barrels. The interior of the barrels in which Mount Gay’s Black Barrel Rum is aged are deeply charred, helping the rum to pick up more distinct wood notes.

This one-of-a-kind process yields outstanding results. Each barrel has a slightly different taste, some have more wood notes while others lean closer to fruity. We learned this when we had the opportunity to meet Master Blender, Allen Smith back in July.

As the only retailer in Indiana given this opportunity, we were able to sample different barrels alongside Smith. After tasting many barrels, we all agreed which barrel we wanted to be ours. Our bourbon barrel rum was aged for 3 years in an “A” barrel in a distillery in the Brown Foreman family. It has since been bottled and delivered, ready for you to try!

The barrel we chose has a bold scent of spice and roasted wood. The taste is also bold and spicy, but balanced with vanilla and sweet caramel, making way for a long, warm finish. It was so good, we had to make sure it would make its way back to us!

Try it this weekend at our Bourbon Women Sip and Shop at our Greenwood Mall store and these other tasting dates:

12-11-15 4-6pm
726 Adams Street, Carmel

12-11-15 3-5pm
9520 Uptown Drive, Indy

12-18-15. 3-5pm
60 Brendon Way, Zionsville

Barterhouse & Rhetoric Available at Bourbon Women Sip & Shop

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Based out of Tullahoma, Tennessee, The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company was founded with the mission to share barrels of rare and delicious whiskeys. Every year, barrels are overlooked and nearly forgotten in the back of distilleries around the world. These “lost” whiskeys have become a legend and Orphan Barrel has made it their goal to bottle these rare whiskeys for the world to try.

In order to guarantee that these whiskeys are treated with the care they deserve, each barrel is hand bottled by knowledgeable and responsible curators. Due to their origins as forgotten barrels, many of the bottles produced by Orphan Barrel are only available once. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

img-the-bar-collection_0055_orphan-barrel-barterhouseOne of these rare finds is Barterhouse. After being aged for twenty years in American oak barrels, most whiskeys are mellowed…but not this one. One barrel turned out perfect. For just one barrel, those twenty years were the right length of time to craft perfection. The distillers had written this barrel off as a failure. They believed that its perfection was just a false rumor. But Orphan Barrel didn’t believe them and wanted to give this barrel a chance. As it turned out, the distillers were wrong, and the rumors were true.

Barterhouse is bottled at just over 90 proof. Upon pouring a glass, scents of oak, almonds, nutmeg, and cherry fill the air. The first sip is heavy on the oak and spice, mixing well with mint flavors. The finish is long and warm with vanilla and caramel perfectly dulling the potentially overwhelming spice.

Unfortunately, this delicious whiskey is an extremely rare find due to the single barrel available for bottling. And once it’s gone — it’s gone forever.

But Orphan Barrel has recently released other unique whiskeys, including Rhetoric. Unlike img-the-bar-collection-_0076_orphan-barrel-rhetoricBarterhouse, Orphan Barrel has been releasing better tasting, more complex versions of Rhetoric each year. And each new year brings with it more mature flavors and character. This year, the whiskey has been aged 21 years.

At first sight, there isn’t much of a difference between last year’s Rhetoric and this year’s version. However, the difference and improvements are obvious with as much as the first smell. The scent is still dominated by oak, but the apple, caramel, cinnamon, and orange scents are more prominent. The taste is soft and well-rounded with baked apple, caramel, and oak mixing perfectly with the spices. The finish lasts just the right amount of time, not too long, not too short. It is fairly dry with strong citrus flavors.

It seems as though Orphan Barrel’s annual releases of Rhetoric are somewhat of a showcase, allowing their followers to see the process of aging for themselves. Many whiskey connoisseurs see this as a dream come true.

Both of these Orphan Barrel creations can be bought at our Bourbon Women event, December 5 at our Greenwood Mall store.

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