Every year at the start of fall, there is one thing you can count on; pumpkin spice everything coming out of the wood works. You either love it because you’re “basic” or hate it because you’re a rebel. Even though we know everyone secretly loves it. There is nothing to not love about the pumpkin spice flavor. Now, the Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte is not for everyone, but a mixed drink sure is! What could get you in the Autumn mood better than a bonfire and that perfect pumpkin spice beverage? We want to share our favorite fall recipes with you!
We all know and love Jim Beam, but we don’t always get to hear about some of the other brands distilled by Jim Beam. Booker’s Blue Knights Batch is one of them and is the 2nd of the 2017 Booker’s releases. This batch was named in honor of Booker Noe’s lesser known group of friends, The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. This was an international group of active and retired law enforcement officers that shared a passion for the open road.
In Jim Beam’s words, “Booker’s Blue Knights Batch is culled from barrels from four different production dates located in four different warehouses. The nose is sweet with vanilla notes, mixed with wood from the white oak barrels. The mingling aromas and tastes from different barrels make this a great, well-balanced batch.”
2% from 4th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE
38% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse D
33% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse F
27% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse J
This whiskey has a mash bill of 77% corn, 13% rye, and 10% malted barley, and was aged in a New Charred Oak cask for a little over 6 years. It is bottled at cask strength and barrel proof of 127, it’s the closest you can get to getting it out of the cask yourself. Caramel to the eye, nicely balanced, full-bodied with a heavy oily feel. Booker’s Blue Knights Batch just has an all-around rich, dense and oaky profile.
Nose: Oak roasted peanuts, Dark Fruit, baking spice, cocoa, and toffee. All-around described as very pleasant.
Taste: Oak roasted peanuts, dark fruit, baking spice, cocoa, leather, and toffee, also described as pleasant.
Finish: A very long finish of oak and peanuts, a little brown sugar, clove and herbal spice.
Perfect for easy going sipping on a spring day! Reserve your bottle of Booker’s Blue Knights Batch while the selection is available. Cheers!
It’s not every day that a whiskey is made in collaboration with a movie. Old Forester Just released their Statesman whiskey a month before Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set to come out. This movie is about a group of master bourbon distillers by day, spies by night. Two elite secret spy organizations band together to defeat a common enemy as the world is held hostage.
Based on the dynamic characters in the movie, Old Forester named this whiskey Statesman after the American secret service-esque counterparts in the movie. “We wanted to make sure that whatever we bottled and sell fit the world that was presented in Kingsman.” That’s why they created the smooth 95 proof Statesman from hand selected casks from the warmest parts of the warehouse, because “True character is only revealed after a little heat.” This Kentucky whiskey is an exceptional balance of heat and spice.
Statesman shares it’s mash bill with the original recipe that Old Forester’s has used since 1870 – 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. The only difference is that Statesman was aged on the highest floor of the warehouse, where temperatures can reach 120 degrees during the summer. This whiskey is golden brown in appearance and bottles at 47.5% ABV.
Nose: Devil’s food, clove & oak spice with an undercurrent of raw vanilla.
Taste: Buttery leather is quickly dominated by a bold flash of pepper, cinnamon, bark and sharp citrus.
Finish: Intense spice and eucalyptus which fade into orange cream and caramel.
Jeff Bridges (middle) stars alongside Statesman as the character champ where he debuted this bourbon at the Kentucky Derby. If you can’t already tell by the makeup it’s wild flavors, this Kentucky whiskey is bold! Get ready for the Kingsman movie, set to premiere September 22, by trying Old Forester’s Statesman. This is thee action-packed whiskey you don’t want to miss out on. Reserve your bottle of Statesman here.
Farm-to-fork eating is all craze today. We want to know that what we are putting into our bodies is fresh. Straight from the ground and onto our plates. Well, we should be thinking the same way about the drinks we put into our bodies. Especially when it comes to alcoholic beverages with unknown amounts of sugar and additives. WhistlePig had a vision of creating a true farm-to-bottle whiskey and they did just that. WhistlePig FarmStock whiskey was created.
WhistlePig FarmStock Whiskey “is the manifestation of the dream that launched the company: to produce the finest whiskey in the world from our Vermont farm.” Farmstock is a blended rye whiskey made of young estate whiskey, five and six-year estate ryes, and MPG 12-year whiskey stock. This 86 proof blend really embraces the spiciness of both the local grains and wood. It is amber to the eye and bottle at 43% ABV.
Nose: Deep and complex aromas, there is a lot going on here. It is mostly made of a rich woody oak. It has subtle hints of dark, salt caramel and then it leaves on a nice fruity note. The grain-forward nature of this whiskey is said to leave an air of baking bread in the nostrils.
Palate: Despite the sweetness in the nose, the palate accentuates the dryer aspects of this whiskey. Again, predominantly oaky there are sweeter florally flavors at the end with hints of citrus and stone fruit.
Finish: Intricate and enduring finish featuring winter fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco, butterscotch, and vanilla founded in classic rye spice.
Try the WhistlePig FarmStock Manhattan. Combine 2oz FarmStock, 1/2oz Sweet Vermouth, 2 dashes of Angostura. Garnish with a Cherry and wa-la! You know what you’re getting with this whiskey and that’s a true farm-to-bottle whiskey. Heck, it’s even bottled in a barn! You can reserve your own bottle of WhistlePig Farmstock here.
Jim Beam is an American traditional bourbon whiskey that we all know and love. Made with the same secret recipe for over 200 years, it’s considered the world’s #1 Kentucky Bourbon. But, there’s a new member of the family for those looking for a sweet touch on a Kentucky classic, Jim Beam Vanilla. This really is quite the addition. One you can enjoy straight, on the rocks or in a mixed drink.
Jim Beam took the natural flavor of Madagascar Vanilla Liqueur and combined it with their world’s finest Kentucky Straight Whiskey. This combination is the perfect balance of rich full-bodied vanilla with subtle hints of oak, complemented with the deep caramel notes of bourbon. “It’s perfect for those times when you are looking for a touch of sweetness to your bourbon.”
Like mentioned above, there are many ways to enjoy Jim Beam Vanilla; however, one of the most popular ways is mixed with Cola. If you’re not a Cola fan than there are other mixing options for you. Jim Beam has provided us with recommendations for mixing and says it goes really well with orange juice too. Jim Beam Vanilla is the perfect mixer because the flavors in the bourbon whiskey blend with other flavors like in Cola and orange juice to create even more flavor in your beverage.
If you’re someone who prefers things a little on the sweeter side than this is your drink. Don’t drink mediocre cocktails when you can have a well-balanced, sweet and flavorful bourbon cocktail with Jim Beam Vanilla. Cheers!
The two are linked in so many ways it is hard to imagine one existing without the other. The founding fathers of this great country crossed the ocean’s more than two-hundred years ago to start a new world, based on the vision of freedom, free expressions of new ideas, yet structured by a founding set of laws that outline the rules of the land for all to follow. (Kind of sounds like the history of American bourbon whiskey if you ask me.) Many of those founding fathers who help construct this great land were also its first distillers. The history of distilling and the use (and enjoyment) of spirits is well documented in virtually every key moment of early America. One of those founders, and an infamously known distiller and innovator of American whiskey was Thomas Jefferson. Known then for both his curiosity and his experimental spirit, in today’s world Thomas Jefferson would be known as an “innovator”. It’s in this spirit of innovation that Trey Zoeller, CEO of Jefferson’s Bourbon, chose the founding father to be the “face” of his brand, and the inspiration behind the Jefferson’s line. Despite pushing the boundaries (and the definition) of Bourbon, Jefferson’s is committed to holding to the traditions and basic rules that make bourbon whiskey America’s spirit of choice.
Jefferson’s Oceans line was born from just this “outside the box” thinking. After enjoying a day on the water with friends (and a few drams of his bourbon), Trey was inspired after watching the spirits in his glass constantly rock back and forth. He began thinking about the effects that this constant motion, along with the unique environmental elements that the Ocean provides would provide. With that, Trey loaded up a couple 30-gallon barrels and his first voyage set sail, and the bourbon world was changed forever. After word of the unique and delicious characteristics that resulted, the first batch of Ocean’s was soon going for over $1,000 on the secondary market. (It was THAT good!)
Now, after nearly a dozen voyages logged, bourbon enthusiast still regularly await the docking of each new batch, as no two voyages have yet to provide the same results. Despite the average voyage crossing the equator on 4 times, visiting 5 continents, the constantly changing weather conditions and temperament of the sea work together to give each voyage its own special flavor.
Blended especially for you by the lord of the sea’s, “Chef Poseidon” himself, the Voyage 9 Single Barrel from Payless is like no other you will have.
Nose: A wave of candied dark cherries jump out of the glass and grabs you right up front. Subtle notes of fig present, followed by a leveling notes of rye grain and spice. There is a butterscotch element that enters and instantly blends with the grain to provide a gram-cracker element, allowing the underlying sweetness and cinnamon spice to lift anchor and inspire you to set sail for a taste.
Taste: Sweetness splashes the lips, with elements of sweetened wood drifting in. There’s a subtle, almost salty-brine dryness and hints of leather that washes over the mid pallet that may remind some of the up-front characteristics that an Islay scotch provides, while others may envision characteristics of an Irish whiskey. Currents of dark fruit, bread, and nutty elements give just a flash memory of a pecan pie, changing to salted-caramel and chocolate, before receding like the tide, leaving spice to sparkle on the tongue like the shell treasures the sea shares on its sandy beaches.
Finish: Caramel and vanilla dock on the pallet, washed in with a smooth medium finish that leaves the tongue feeling as smooth as the early-morning sand after the high tide has come and gone. Hints of that salty-brine remain, reminding you the taste voyage you just experienced was unlike any other. While traditional bourbon flavors are always there, like the relaxation of an ocean cruise can provide, it relaxes you just enough to show you a different side of something you’ve always known and loved.
There’s nothing more relaxing in the summer than a sunny day, sitting poolside with a sangria in hand. Whether it’s the weekend or another “Wine Wednesday”, sangria is the perfect refreshing beverage. Lucky for us, summer isn’t over yet and sangria is pretty easy to make at home.
Sangria, rooted in Spain, has become a popular and refreshing party drink all around the world and there are many different variations of this traditional red wine punch. It seems every restaurant has its own mixture of sangria, and that’s just the thing, don’t buy a mix from the store make it home and add your own flare. Here are a couple of the best summertime sangria recipes for you to make at home and alter just the way you like.
1 bottle Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 oranges, sliced
½ lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 peach, chopped
1 lime, sliced
2 oz. triple sec
10oz seltzer water
First, you want to muddle the bottom of a large pitcher with sugar, oranges, strawberries, peach and lime slices. Next, you’ll want to pour wine, triple sec and seltzer water into the pitcher and stir. For best results, refrigerate overnight and serve in a tall glass over ice with your best friends. The next recipe is a more traditional red sangria if that’s what you’re into. But again, like I said, it is encouraged that you make your sangria based on what you will like best – it’s your drink!
½ apple, cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces
½ orange, rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed
3-4 Tbsp. organic brown sugar
¾ cup orange juice
1/3 cup brandy
1 750 ml bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz
For this recipe, you want to muddle the bottom of a large pitcher with apples, oranges, and sugar with a wooden spoon for about 45 seconds. Then, add orange juice and brandy, muddle for 30 more seconds. Add red wine, stir and taste. Adjust the flavor as needed. Once complete, add ice, stir once more and chill. If you want to get real fancy you can garnish with orange.
Now it is time to chill in the sun with your perfect wine punch. There are many different ways you can make sangria and they are all just as delicious and won’t break the bank! Get your favorite Lindeman Wines to compliment your sangria for just $3.99 at Payless! Cheers!
A unique step away from Kentucky’s authentic Bourbon Whiskey is the always interesting is Rye Malt Whiskey. Bourbon lovers everywhere may be familiar with different bourbon whiskey alterations. For those who aren’t, stay tuned. You may find more of a reason to try Old Pogue’s latest release, Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky.
Rye whiskey was very popular in the pre-prohibition era. Mostly used in cocktails, especially Manhattans. The difference between rye whiskey and bourbon is the amount of mash bill. The mash bill is a list of grains used for distillation. In America, rye whiskey must have a minimum of 51% rye with barley, wheat and corn. The rye gives the drink a unique savory and spicy flavor. The popularity of rye whiskey faded over time, but a recent spike in production from prominent brewers has brought this unique whiskey back to life. Premium brands such as Old Rip Van Winkle, Sazerac, and Old Pogue Distillery.
The Old Pogue Distillery recently released a limited edition of Kentucky Straight Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whiske. Bottled at 110 proof, you can expect spicy pepper and caramel flavors that give showcase the unique rye taste. The product is named after an original recipe long held in the Pogue family. It is named after the five generations after the founding of the H.E. Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Kentucky. The product is even produced on its original distillery grounds to honor the tradition of the family recipe.
Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whisky is a drink that continues that heritage of the Pogue Distillery. Its recipe is authentic and perfected. If you’re new to rye whiskey, this is definitely one to try! If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bottle of this exclusive whiskey, contact us today. We hope you enjoy it. Cheers!
“We make fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always, fine bourbon.”
That was Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle philosophy that guided him through his new ventures into bourbon. He didn’t always intend to enter the bourbon business, but when he did, he created simple recipes with dedication to producing fine bourbon.
Pappy started his career as a traveling whiskey salesman, and later became President of the Stitzel-Weller distillery. The prohibition era did not slow Pappy down from building a pristine reputation in the bourbon industry. His family carried the Julian Van Winkle name of perseverance and producing fine bourbon. Four generations later, the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery is still producing original Pappy recipes, including the treasured family reserve labels.
The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve bottles are very rare, and come in 15, 20, and 23-year-old versions. The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery only releases 7,000 to 8,000 bottles of Family Reserve every year, making the availability of bottles extremely rare and highly collectable. In fact, Pappy Van Winkle has become so popular that the annual release of new Pappy Van Winkle bottles is commonly known as “Pappy Day.” One of the most sought after bottles is the 15 year aged bourbon.
While not the oldest member of the Pappy Van Winkle family, it’s well-aged, full-bodied flavors have won many awards. The bottles come from hand-selected, deeply charred oak barrels. They are aged for 15 years to allow flavor from the oak to mellow and the base ingredients strengthen. Similar to other Pappy Van Winkles, you can expect caramel flavors from beginning to end. The 15 year bourbon has a smoother finish, with rich notes of dried fruits, exotic spices, oak tannins, and a cooked sugary sweetness.
Interested in getting your hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve? You can bid on your chance to win an “All Things Pappy” gift basket, including a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year bourbon, at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Affair. The event takes place Friday, February 17th at the Indiana Historical Society. You’ll have the chance to sample bourbons from various breweries, followed by a silent auction. Proceeds benefit education and outreach programs by the Indiana Historical Society. Click here to get your tickets for this fabulous event.
The Willett name dates back to one of the very first pewters, Edward Willett of Maryland. However, his descendant, Aloysius Lambert “Thompson” Willett of Bardstown, Kentucky was where it all began. Thompson began his love for whiskey and rye by working with his father at the Bernheim distillery. After a couple of years, he left to start the Willett Distilling Company with his brother, Johnny. They erected their pride and joy on their family farm, and history was made as this small family venture began to blossom.
Their first batch was officially produced in 1937 on Saint Patrick’s Day, located on high ground to ensure the Kentucky breeze would aid in the maturation. Over several years, Thompson’s brothers joined the company and eventually it was bought from him by his son-in-law, while his daughter was made president of the company. They renamed it Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, though it still remains very much a family business. After a revamping of their facilities, they went back into business on what would have been Thompson’s 103rd birthday.
This particular small batch is a chestnut color, understandably lighter than the average whiskey due to its shorter fermentation period. At first glance, you may think it won’t pack quite as much of a punch as its siblings in the Willett line. However, you will be pleasantly surprised. At first whiff, it’s all leather and light spices; but if you dwindle a bit, you’ll pick up on the light, sweet spices.
In your first sip, you’ll be immersed in a diverse flavor combination that may shock your palette at first—but in the best possible way. On the front, this rye offers up notes of mint and tingling spice. As it goes down your throat, you get the familiar warmth of all good rye. Evergreens, sweet caramel, and dry dark clove and oak all dance around in harmony in this delicious 3 year rye.
This special treat will be in limited supply on our shelves, so be sure to contact us soon. You will not want to miss out on tasting what the Willett family name is all about, and just how much they really understand rye whiskey.
Though the brand has changed hands a few times, I.W. Harper is back where it belongs, thanks to Diageo. The limited edition 15-year whiskey is produced in the original Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. It has been aged most recently at the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery.
The bourbon distillery had humble beginnings as one of its founders, Isaac Wolfe Berhheim, came to New York from Germany in 1867 with a lowly $4 to his name. However, by the 1870’s, Isaac, his brother Bernard, and silent partner Eldridge Palmer started the Bernheim Brothers distillery in Kentucky with $3,200. This was quite the turnaround for two industrious immigrants. In this same decade, the brothers re-branded as I.W. Harper and a legend was born
The brother’s product was quickly recognized throughout the country, most notably taking home gold at the Chicago’s world fair in 1893. A huge reason why I.W. Harper was so profitable so quickly was that it was one of only ten distilleries legally allowed to still remain in production during prohibition–for medicinal purposes. The love affair between this incredible concoction and the world at large continued to grow as it became an international sensation.
Fast forward to today, and this 15-year bourbon whiskey is the stuff of dreams. At first sniff, cherries and apricots alert the senses of the warmth about to be provided by the handcrafted beverage. Notes of chocolate and lemon come in a second waft, and balance each other out with the lightness of citrus and deep rhythm of cacao. A flurry of emotions ensue as the drink embraces you with your first sip. The first impression is one of glowing caramel and heavy oak–an all too familiar feeling for us bourbon lovers. You are welcomed home, and yet there is a surprise in this rare version of an old favorite. It’s the balance of sweet and dry notes that really make it a home run. The smooth, fruity flavors provide a delicate coating for the deeper ones to kick through as you swallow.
This limited edition legendary bourbon whiskey is one that cannot be missed out on. The return of I.W. Harper to its origins is an occasion that should not be celebrated without a glass of its 15-year creation. Be sure to pick up a bottle at our East St. store, or reserve yours today. After trying it, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.
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 love 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.
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.
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 Watermelon
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!
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 straight 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!