Dublin whiskey was once known as a holding the Premier whiskey in the world, with distillers and traditional practices dating as far back as the 1700s. A well renowned brand, Teeling Irish Whiskey, has been perfecting its Irish Whiskey since 1782. With over 230 years of tradition ran by the Teeley family, they know Irish Whiskey.
Starting with its initial release of the Teeling Small Batch, an Irish Blend, Teeling Irish Whiskey has developed a line of premium Irish Whiskeys. Regularly released, each batch includes a highly regarded single grain, a single malt, and poitin which is a traditional Irish distilled beverage. Its most recent release is a limited edition Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt whiskey. It has been awarded the Best Irish Single Malt by World Whiskies Awards, and it has definitely earned it! It was distilled in 1991, aged in ex-bourbon barrels, and finished in Sauternes wine casks.
To give you a sneak peak of what to expect, we have some tasting notes. In the glass, the quarter of a century old single malt has a rich, golden color, with long legs. On the nose, you can expect to find gentle notes of peat and wood smoke, fresh baked break, fresh gooseberries, and orchard fruit. On the palate, you’ll taste syrupy sweetness with more peat and soft fruits, especially apricots, balanced with almonds and fondant icing. The finish is long and spicy, yet balanced and pleasant, leaving you with the fruit aftertaste you would expect from the wine cask finish. Whiskey Reviewer said that the choice to finish in Sauternes casks is what truly sets this whiskey apart. It’s a great example of what time and a good choice in finishing can do.
Only 1,000 bottles of this limited edition was produced! Payless Liquors received a few bottles of this prestigious brand’s limited edition, and you can have the chance to try it. Reserve your bottle today, and let us know what you think!
Jim Beam is a household name. We’ve all heard of it and we all love it! From the original to the Honey flavor and everything in between, this distillery has amassed a collection as delicious as it is diverse. Beam has been producing quality bourbons from one family for seven generations, churning out award winning products time and time again. They’ve been trail blazers from the get-go with unique techniques (say that ten times fast), such as aging their bourbons twice as long as necessary for a bourbon truly worth writing home about. 200 years have passed and they have tirelessly continued to perfect the art of distilling. Not only has it been held within one family, but also one location. “America’s native spirit” is only distilled in Kentucky. Jim Beam Bourbon has been able to grow and become a world-wide success, while still maintaining intimate, small town roots. It is without a doubt the authentic, original Kentucky bourbon that has survived to be a longtime favorite of all. From businessmen to writers, artists to scientists—there’s a Beam for everybody (that’s over 21).
Of this bourbon collection, we’re taking a look at the Jim Beam Double Oak. As the name implies, it is crafted in charred oak barrels, switched between two to intensify and enrich the aging process. When first opening this bottle, it is clear that this will be a particularly sweet treat. The scent of toffee is right at the forefront of its scent, vanilla is a close second. The taste is similar with few surprises, instead it is a comforting and warm caramel that greets us. The second wave of flavor is vanilla and clove. One can truly taste the way the aging process has been taken to the next level with the depth of every single note, perfectly woven together into a rich, spicy, and smooth bourbon dream.
This bourbon is one that truly must be on your shelf. Reserve your bottle today at your favorite local Payless to get ahold of the Jim Beam Double Oak. It is sure to open your eyes to the way bourbon was meant to be aged.
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.
The secret behind Jameson Irish Whiskey lies in the passion and dedication of their masterful craftsmen: our Head Distiller, Head Cooper and Head Blender. The Whiskey Makers Series celebrates them and their craft. The Makers Series is a trio is that includes The Distiller’s Safe, The Blender’s Dog and the Cooper’s Croze.
A Quick Vocabulary Lesson
The Croze is a tool used to cut the grooves for the heads of the cask. It takes years of experience to use this tool properly.
The Cooper’s Croze was created by Jameson Head Cooper, Ger Buckley. This whiskey showcases the diversity of barrels at the Midleton distillery and the influence that wood yields. With 5 generations of knowledge passed down from his family, Ger selects, repairs, and maintains Jameson’s treasured casks. The Cooper’s Croze is carefully crafted that carries vanilla sweetness, rich fruit flavors, floral and spice notes and the undeniable influence of oak.
This bottle won’t be around for long. Reserve your bottle using our contact us form today! Let us know what you think of The Cooper’s Croze and the Makers Series in the comments below.
Nestled in the rolling hills of bluegrass and thoroughbred farms sits the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery. Woodford Reserve is one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries. The distillery was built on history, sitting where Elijah Pepper began in 1812.
Woodford Reserve is crafted in small batches. This process allows uses all five sources of bourbon flavor giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. The five sources are grain recipe, water source, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.
Woodford Reserve Distillers Select has a brilliant honey amber color. On the nose, you’ll find hints of mint and oranges. The taste is rich and complex with flavors of citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. The warm and satisfying finish is smooth and silky.
The next expression in Woodford’s lineup is their Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. The mash bill contains 53% rye which results in a spicy and sweet whiskey. The distillers work with the five sources of flavor to ensure the unique taste and a balanced flavor to produce the distinct taste they looking for in every bottle of Woodford Reserve.
Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels gives Woodford Reserve Double Oaked a soft, sweet oak character. This innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor Master Distiller Chris Morris was looking for. The mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Chris knows the secrets to making good whiskey are time and patience.
Recently, Liz (the self appointed bourbon Grinch of Payless) and Charlie got the opportunity to sit down with some friends to pick out some Woodford Reserve barrels of their own! The Charlie Selection has the tasting notes of oak, chocolate and pecans with a slight hint of coconut. Liz’s selection has flavors of oak, tea leaf, molasses and caramel, with a hint of dark chocolate and apple. And you’re in luck, we’ve got 2 events where you can sample Liz and Charlie’s picks. We’ll be at our Uptown Drive store June 11 and our Greenwood Mall store June 18. So stop by one of our Woodford events in June to see who picks the better barrel!
First available in Indiana in 2012, Backbone Bourbon set out to create class craft spirits that can stand on their own merits. They sought rick flavors and classic profiles. Since Backbone’s launch, they’ve also introduced Bone Snapper Rye Whiskey, Bone Dry Gin and Backbone Prime. And now they have a new expression to their line-up, Old Bones Bourbon.
Old Bones is a barrel-strength high rye bourbon coming in at 110 proof. The mash-bill is composed of 55% corn, 40% rye, and 5% barley. Only 2,430 bottles of this 10-year-old bourbon were packaged.
Whether served straight or in a craft cocktail, these spirits are meant to be sipped and savored. Looking for a bottle of Old Bones? Fill out our Contact Us form today and reserve before they are gone!
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.
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 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.
A traditional bourbon, from an untraditional place.
Our original, flagship, and defining product, the award-winning Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey.
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.
Bottled to capture this unique bourbon and moment of time, both of which will never happen again.
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
The most elusive of the WW offering.
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
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.
Distiller: Heaven Hill (New Bernheim)
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.“
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
This 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 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.
Five Sources of Flavor
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.
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!
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 William 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.
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 downtown 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.