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

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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

 

 

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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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Answer the following question using the form below to enter our Right to Purchase Contest.

Name one difference between Irish Whisky and Bourbon?

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Contest Rules:

You must answer the question to be considered.
You will be disqualified if you contact us prior to us notifying of you for selection.
You must include an email and phone number so that we can contact you.

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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!

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.

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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!

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