If you are one who likes to “think about your drink”, are a spirit enthusiast, or just have an interest in the history of America, at one point or another you will be reading about bourbon. Once you start reading into the history of bourbon (its birth, near death, and revitalization), you will no-doubt hear the name, George Remus.
George Remus, who was given the title of “King of the Bootleggers”, was actually born in Germany before his family moved to Chicago when he was just a child. George followed his father’s footstep and became a pharmacist at the young age of 19, but left the trade in his mid-twenties to become a lawyer, focusing in criminal defense. With the passing of the 18th Amendment and the start of prohibition, George saw many of his criminal clientele grow, and become very rich making and selling bourbon. By using his background as a pharmacist, and his knowledge as a lawyer, George found loopholes in the law to make and sell bonded bourbon for “medicinal purposes” legally, but also organized to have his own product “stolen” by (his own) hijackers, where he then sold his product illegally. George soon moved to the Cincinnati area, where distilleries were plentiful and purchased several to help make his personal secret recipe, and to continue to grow his trade. George grew a 40 million dollar empire where he was known for throwing some of the most extravagant parties people had ever seen. Many believe that it is George Remus that inspired the character Jay Gatsby in the iconic F. Scott Fitzgerald book “The Great Gatsby”.
This bourbon is a 4 yr. old MGP release, their 2nd release under their own branding (last years Metze’s select was their first, a fantastic rye if you can find it), so you know it will be good. It is a 94 proof high-rye blend used to recreate the flavor profile of the iconic George Remus brands of days past.
Nose: Fruit (orange and cherry) with soft rye spice hit up front. Following is a mix of sweetened wood, containing hints of maple and vanilla that present but don’t overtake.
Taste: The sweet vanilla-maple notes from the nose quickly find the front of the tongue, before fading into more of a sweet corn as it walks the tongue towards the mid-pallet. This is where the rye spice grows, but never takes over as rye spice sometimes tends to do (possibly by the vanilla notes that never went away). Arriving late to the party are some subtle hints of chard caramel and notes of pepper, that starts sliding back down towards the front third of the tongue a bit, not so much to the back as in most bourbons, making this one a bit unique.
Finish: A medium finish leaves you a bit unsure if you just enjoyed a sweet rye, or a spicy bourbon, but truth be told, you just enjoyed the best of both. There are some high-priced limited releases that are known for this complex mix of profiles, but are twice the price and in a side-by-side would not distinguish itself from this bourbon at half the cost.
Truth be told I think I would enjoy this bourbon even more then I already do if the proof were just a bit higher (100 proof would be a sweet spot IMO), but that said this is absolutely worth a purchase! I tend to lean towards a high proof, high rye kick to my bourbons, and this gives me just enough of both to keep me interested, yet still provides me a fun sweetness that keeps it in play as an option when I want something a bit softer. If you are into cocktails, I could see this working fantastically in a Old Fashion, so keep this in mind if cocktails is your jam.
Contact us today to reserve your bottle of George Remus Bourbon. Cheers!
If you’re a serious bourbon drinker then you’re about to love this 2017 Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. As part of Campari America’s new Whiskey Barons Collection, Old Ripy is a recreation of a whiskey born in 1868 to James Ripy. James was an Irish immigrant and a well-known piece in Anderson County’s busting distilling community in Bourbon’s heartland. With the help of his family, James’s Whiskey was kept alive on site of the current Wild Turkey Distillery, where it is currently being produced, up until 1950.
This 2017 Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is special because it is the closest recreation to the original whiskey there’s ever been. It Is a combination of different aged Whiskeys. While 8 to 12-year old Whiskey’s dominate in the combination there are traces of younger Whiskeys. The actual ingredients are undisclosed; however, it is assumed to be around 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. This deep amber whiskey is bottled at 52% ABV, aged in Timber warehouses and non-chill filtered. This is to retain congeners, fusil oils, lipid fats and proteins that were believed to be in the original Old Ripy Whiskey. The result of this process is a natural, complex flavor profile with fuller body and a smooth mouthful.
The most appealing part of this Bourbon Whiskey is the profile, it’s the part you’ve all been waiting for and the part that’s sure to make you bourbon lovers want to snag a bottle. Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a toasted oak and fruity nose, described like a medley of vanilla, raisins, apples and bananas. Its taste is dominated by spicy oak with a subtle hint of toffee and apples. The finish is dry with sweet caramel aftertastes accompanied by a peppery bite. You’re sure to experience a nice, comfortable burn in the back of your throat.
This is a limited edition 2017 Whiskey only available in a handful of States. This drink is not intended as an everyday drink, but it is nice to have around to try for special occasions. Interested in your own bottle of Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. You’re sure to find appeal in this Whiskey straight from Bourbon’s heartland. Cheers!
Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay for over 200 years. Ardbeg Kelpie gets its name from the legends of the shape-shifting kelpie that revolve around the sea of Ardbeg. They say that the kelpie can take the form of a horse, or a bull, and may have claws, or even be a dog with the head of an ant that flies. Robert Burns once wrote about this mysterious creature in his poems. This Ardbeg Kelpie is a limited-edition whiskey that released in March of 2017. This whiskey is 100% malted barley from a single distillery and dried with peat. It is matured in an ex-bourbon cask and a virgin cask made from Adyghe republic oak and bottled at 46% ABV.
Ardbeg Kelpie is burnished gold in color and is a wonderfully intense whiskey. Each person experiences the nose, taste, and finish a little differently. There are many intertwined aromas that have been described as powerful, dark chocolatey, or sea-weedy with also a bit of spicy black pepper. The taste is far harder to determine, to each their own ideas, whether it’s smoked bacon, roasted peanuts, or ginger and nutmeg, the taste is just as shape-shifty as the tales around it. The finish seemingly lasts forever with deep, slightly dry flavors of gentle smoke and rich toffee. The Ardbeg Kelpie has a vast profile of official flavors all the way from smoky to floral. This might just be the fun, flavored, and mysterious whiskey you need to spice up your night.
This limited-edition Ardbeg Kelpie was intended to be released for the members of the Ardbeg Committee; however, a few retailers in the US were lucky enough to snag some bottles, including us! No proof of membership is required to purchase a bottle, let us know if you are interested in reserving a bottle at your nearest location. We hope you enjoy this wonderful whiskey, let us know what you think. Cheers!
Minor Case’s mission in life was to craft only the finest whiskey. “He never settled for less.” Limestone Branch Distillery’s latest release, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, is a tribute to Minor Case, Steve and Paul Beam’s great-grandfather. Minor was a distiller prior to the Prohibition era, passing away shortly after the 18th amendment was repealed. Minor had once distilled her products prior to prohibition in the same location Limestone Branch Distillery reopened in 2011. Stephen Beam says the bourbon is their idea of what Minor might have produced if he had the opportunity distil again.
The bottle itself will catch your eye. Its antique, flash look resembles bottles that you would find 100 years ago.
The two-year-old Indiana Rye is finished in Sherry Casks and bottled at 45% ABV. The sherry cask finish gives it a “smooth mouth feel” with hints of dark fruit & spice. According to the bourbon guy, it takes some time for the full effects of the whiskey to develop on the nose. After about 20 minutes of breathing, you’ll find the smells brought on from the sherry cask finish: darker fruits, rich spices, cedar & brown sugar. These same flavors experienced on the palette and finish of the bourbon. The finish lingers, spicy and warm, with strong cider and rye spice flavors.
Interested in trying Limestone Branch Distillery’s latest release? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. You won’t regret trying this exquisite rye whiskey named after a truly legendary man. Raise a glass in tribute to Minor. Cheers!
Crown Royal is stepping up their game with a new Noble Collection, which honors the brand’s monarchy roots. The first release in the Noble Collection is Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend Canadian Whiskey. It’s a combination from three of Crown Royal’s fundamental whiskeys: a spicy Canadian rye, a coffee still whiskey and a bourbon-style whiskey aged in charred American white oak. The final product produces a deep gold whiskey with strong flavors and a soft finish.
The Crown Royal Noble Collection was designed to honor the monarchy that reigned its Canadian roots. Understanding the history of Crown Royal and its brand will help you understand the distinct importance of this limited release. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth set off to visit Canada. This was a big deal because no other monarchy had traveled to North America to visit the country. A Canadian spirits entrepreneur heard of their expected arrival and wanted to create a whiskey that was exceptional for the King and Queen. He wanted perfection, so he tried more than 600 blends before deciding the final blend of 50 whiskeys. Exceptionally smooth, this whiskey blend was fit for royalty and was even presented in a decanter wrapped with regal purple bag and gold stitching, just like it is today.
To this day, Crown Royal is proud to continue the tradition of producing whiskey fit for a King. For even the most discerning of palates, Crown Royal’s whiskey is considered one of the finest whiskeys of all. And the Crown Royal Noble Collection is no different. Inspired by the monarchy that led to the first bottle ever created, the Cornerstone Blend is perfect for whiskey lovers everywhere. On the nose, you can expect ride fruits, malted grain, toffee, and vanilla. The palate is balanced, with notes of sweet caramel, toasted grains, subtle oak and tropical fruits. The tart fruit flavors continue into the finish, ending with a gentle woody spice.
The first release in this collection has been long anticipated. Be the first to try this extraordinary blend and let us know what you think! Bottles will hit our stores this week. Stop by your local Payless Liquors or reserve your bottle online.
In an age of increasing popularity of rye whiskey, we introduce another new product on the market: Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey. Basil Hayden’s regular bourbon is already known for its spicy notes and their latest release capitalizes this distinct taste even more.
According to the producers of the new label, it is a Kentucky straight rye whiskey that has undergone a unique re-barreling rye process. The re-barreled rye actually starts as a 4-year-old traditional rye, which is taken from its aging barrels and placed in newly charred quarter cask oak barrels for an additional seven years. The finished product is then blended with traditional Kentucky straight rye whiskey.
To give you an idea of what to expect from Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, here are some tasting notes for you. The color is a warm golden amber, aged to 80 proof. On the nose, you can expect spicy like any Basil Hayden or rye whiskey with hints of tea and peppermint. On the palate, you can find more spice and pepper flavors with honey. The whiskey is light-bodied but has a gentle bite. The finish is dry, clean, and brief, without leaving you too many overpowering flavors behind. Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey is so good it was awarded the Silver Medal Button too!
Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey recipe has been artfully mastered for over 200 years. Even though the popularity of Basil Hayden has grown, they still maintain the small batch bourbon goodness that the original Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr created in 1796. Basil Hayden has been loved for centuries and if you’re a fan of spicier, rye whiskey, we are sure you’ll love their latest release too. Stop by your local Payless Liquors today to pick up a bottle or reserve yours online and pick it up at your convenience. We know you’ll enjoy it. 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!
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!