Scotch Whiskey: The Difference Between Johnnie Walker Black and Red

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Johnnie Walker is one of the world’s most famous names in scotch whisky, and for good reason. From his humble beginning as a grocer in the early 19th century, Johnnie Walker created a business that his son Alexander and grandsons Alexander II and George would later solidify into a thriving global brand. Consistently leading the industry as the world’s most popular whisky, Johnnie Walker blends can be found in virtually any bar and liquor store in countries where alcohol consumption is legal.


Both Red Label and Black Label are blended scotch whiskies, which means at least two different types of component whiskies are blended to create a complex taste. These blends consist of single malt and single grain whiskies produced in several distilleries throughout Scotland. Single malt whiskies contain 100% malted barley, while single grain whiskies use cereal grains, typically wheat, malted barley, and corn. Barrels of these types of whisky would have been distilled separately, then blended to create the final product.


Scotch regulations mandate that whisky must be matured for at least three years in a wooden container. Some Johnnie Walker blends feature age statements on their labels to show the number of years they spent maturing in oak, while others do not. These are referred to as no age statement or NAS whiskies. Storing older whiskies in less-mature barrels and then combining whiskies of various ages allow the blending team to add new depth and complexity to the product, and all Johnnie Walker blends have a signature long and smoky finish.


Johnnie Walker Red Label


Red Label is the “Pioneer Blend” that brought Johnnie Walker global fame and helped establish the brand among whisky lovers around the world. It is considered a NAS whisky, meaning that some components of the blend will have aged for the three-year minimum, but others may be older. It mixes up to 30 malts and grains, combining the light whisky flavors of Eastern Scotland with the peaty flavors found in the West. Red Label’s medium-body blend is honey-gold in color with a nose of fruit, malt, and wildflowers. Its vibrant, spicy palate features vanilla, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, toasted oak, and toffee sweetness with hints of peat and smoke. The finish is medium length and characterized by pepper, honey, and pectin. A 750 mL bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label has a 40% ABV and costs around $27.


Johnnie Walker Black Label


Black Label sets the standard for deluxe blended scotch whiskies with a smooth, beautifully balanced taste and distinctly warming smoke finish. This blend has an age statement of 12 years, meaning every barrel used to house the batches was matured for a minimum of 12 years. Polished amber in color, Black Label begins with a nose of smoke, red berries, tropical dark fruits, toffee, winter spice, and hints of sweet vanilla. Its palate is smooth and creamy, perfectly balancing smoke and peat with citrus flowers, fruit, oak, malt, and toffee, which adds sweetness and a bit of spice. The long finish has flavors of citrus peel, fruity sweetness, vanilla, and

cracked pepper. A 750 mL bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label has a 40% ABV and costs around $40.


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Both Johnnie Walker blends are multi-dimensional and versatile, but each has its own strengths. Red Label is often used in cocktails, while Black Label is generally enjoyed straight or on the rocks, and a little added water can be added to either one to really bring out the sweetness. If you have any questions about Johnnie Walker or would like a recommendation, contact Payless Liquors today to speak with our expert team.

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Holiday Liquor Cabinet: How to Properly Stock

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’Tis the season yet again, and as we prepare to gather and make merry, let’s be sure not to skimp on the holiday liquor. Knowing what to have on standby is crucial to creating the perfect drink.


A well-stocked home-for-the-holidays offers drink selections that are both diverse and accessible, with a mix of classic crowd-pleasers and exceptional choices to prominently feature holiday and deep-autumn flavors.


The Holiday Liquor Cabinet


A liquor cabinet that can hold up through Thanksgiving and well into the New Year is important. Nobody wants to break their holiday groove to make an emergency run to the liquor store in their Christmas pajamas. So, make sure you have the following liquors available for guests at a minimum.


  • Rum—Try a spiced rum for warm wintertime vibes. You can’t go wrong with Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry’s. Mixes well with nog and in hot mixed drinks.


  • Whiskey—Make sure you have something on hand for the whiskey connoisseurs at your holiday gathering. Irish whiskeys and bourbons can both hearken back to the memories of a traditional country Christmas. Try exploring offerings from Jameson or Knob Creek.


  • Vodka—a simple, clean vodka is a must-have for guests who want mixed drinks. It’s the most versatile and adaptable of the liquors. Try Svedka or Smirnoff, both of which also offer flavor-infused vodkas that might spark your holiday creativity.


  • Peppermint Schnapps—for those candy-cane-themed mixers or shooters, of course. Try spiking your hot cocoa.


  • Brandy—Brandy is another drink that can go well with egg nog, but it’s also a favorite for just sipping around the fire. Rémy Martin XO is a staple, but in some households, it’s a Christmas tradition to acquire a bottle of Spanish Brandy, or Brandy de Jerez, which owes its unique qualities to being derived from Spanish sherry.


Hearty Winter Beers


It’s not all about liquor. The beer-drinkers at your holiday festivities also deserve consideration. Stock up on a crowd favorite like Budweiser, with their annual holiday-themed cans, but think outside the gift box as well.


There is no shortage of craft brewers putting out seasonal brews each year. Try to have choices in at least three categories. Grab a lager, an ale, and round out the offerings with a porter or stout because you’ll want to have something hearty and dark on hand this time of year.


  • Bell’s Brewery—Christmas Ale
  • Tröegs Brewing—Mad Elf
  • Revolution Brewing—Fistmas
  • Sierra Nevada—Celebration Ale
  • Samuel Adams—Winter Lager
  • Leinenkugel’s—Snowdrift Vanilla Porter


Mull-Worthy Wines


Mulling wine is a fun and easy way to add some warmth and holiday spice to your celebration. You simply simmer a dark wine at low heat and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, and whatever other herbs or spices you like, infusing it with that magical Christmastime flavor. Don’t boil it. Set your heat too high, and you’re likely to burn away alcohol content.


  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel (not white)
  • Garnacha/Grenache


Mixers and N/A


Don’t forget your nog, sparkling juice, ginger ale, and cola. Head to your nearest Payless Liquors and stock up on holiday cheer.

Gameday drinks

Gameday Drinks: End Zone Dance-Worthy Beverages

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Football and beer are no strangers to one another. Americans have cherished the tradition of cracking a brew for the big game for as long as football has been around. However, there are also football enthusiasts with more refined beverage tastes, those who prefer shots over beers. And don’t forget the fans who reach for something non-alcoholic when suffering dry mouth from watching their team set up for a fourth-down goal-line stand. If you’re hosting a tailgate party or having friends over to watch the game, you’ll want a variety of gameday drinks on hand.


With this year’s football season already underway and the winners beginning to separate themselves from the teams experiencing yet another “rebuilding year,” only one question remains: What’s there to drink?


Bud Light NFL Team Cans


Bud Light’s popular team cans are back in 2021, and now glass bottles are also available with team designs. This year’s sleek redesign features team slogans, rallying cries, and hashtags and still allows you to represent your team’s logo while quenching your thirst.


Some of the war cries include “Mile High Salute” for the Broncos can and “Geaux Saints” for the New Orleans team.


The designs are available for most teams, but not all. For example, the Packers, Bears, and Vikings all have their own beer deals elsewhere, leaving the NFC North almost entirely left out.


In a tailgate setting, beer also works great as a marinade for grilled chicken or a medium for boiling up extra juicy brats and hot dogs.


Other Available Gameday Beer Options


Try adding in some fall flavors if you want to go beyond the predictable cooler full of light beer. Oktoberfest brews, newly released spicy seasonals, hearty dark beers are all good options for offering variety.


  • Elysian – Great Pumpkin
  • New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
  • Harpoon – Flannel Friday
  • Founders Brewing – Oktoberfest


NFL Spirits Partner


The first-ever official NFL spirits sponsor will be Diageo. Unfortunately, we have to wait for the 2022 season for this exciting partnership to kick off, but meanwhile, let’s take a look at some of the beloved Diageo brands that might be participating in next year’s football promotions.


  • Smirnoff Vodka
  • Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey
  • Captain Morgan Spiced Rum


That’s a starting lineup to make any playoff team jealous!


Team Spirit Shooter Tray


Do you have friends coming over who prefer shots to beer? If you want to get fancy, you can try to recreate your team’s logo using shots! Try serving touchdown celebration shots in a color-coordinated array for variety and team spirit. Add the perfect touch to your gameday drinks!


Liquors and liqueurs that feature standard team colors and work equally well for mixing and straight-shooting include:

  • Cherry Dr. McGillicuddy’s—red
  • Sloe gin—dark red (can vary)
  • Orange Curaçao—orange
  • Limoncello—yellow (can vary)
  • Midori Melon Liqueur—green
  • Hpnotiq—bright blue
  • Blue Curaçao—blue
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream—off-white


Explore fruity flavored liqueurs for additional options.


Whatever the final score turns out to be, your tailgate or game-watching festivities will be a championship-caliber success after a trip to your nearest Payless Liquors location.


Fall Whiskeys to Try

Whiskeys to Try This Fall

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As the darker days set in, we turn to darker liquors. We may even decide to treat ourselves to something special as we gear up for the long winter. Market research shows that whiskeys and bourbons consistently become more popular in the fall and winter months, and distilleries often capitalize on this by dropping new releases and limited editions at the end of summer. Check out these fall whiskeys to see which ones you should try!

What’s good for whiskey drinkers this fall? A whole lot, as it turns out! Here are some of the fall releases we’re most excited for. Click here if you’d like to reserve a bottle.

Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old

Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old is the highest-end product in the Eagle Rare line from the renowned Buffalo Trace distillery.  It’s aged in oak barrels, and the proud producers at Buffalo Trace say it has an “almost a wine-like character,” with spicy, nutty notes and a lingering quality.

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch

Four Roses limited edition runs are over 114 proof, and the 2021 batch has four distinct bourbons to choose from: a 12 year-old, a 14-year old, and 16 year-old bourbons of two different formulations.

King of Kentucky 2021

The historic King of Kentucky bourbon label was revived in 2018, and whiskey drinkers have been anticipating every release since. Head to Kentucky, Illinois, or Ohio if you want to find a bottle, as there will only be about 2,700 produced.

Little Book Chapter 5

Little Book, a series of craft bourbons created by Jim Beam, has reached its fifth incarnation, and Chapter 5 has been branded “The Invitation”. The Little Book line has intrigued both Jim Beam fans and high end whiskey connoisseurs with its interplay between tradition and experimentation. “The Invitation” is perhaps a reference to whiskey drinkers being invited to expand their horizons with this unusual and complex blended whiskey. Little Book Chapter 5 contains four bourbons of various ages, as well as rye whiskey.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

The 2021 version of Old Forester’s coveted Birthday Bourbon is a hefty 104 proof and has been aged 12 years. Budget-oriented whiskey drinkers will be happy to know that Old Forester’s standard line of offerings are also of a very high quality.

Sazerac 18-Year

Our second entry from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Sazerac 18-Year, is a rye whiskey that has been aged for nearly two decades. Sazerac is named after a historic New Orleans coffee house that created an iconic cocktail using rye whiskey.

High West – A Midwinter’s Night Dram Act 9

Each year, High West thrills whiskey lovers with a limited release of their highly regarded Rendezvous Rye that has been specially finished in French oak port barrels. This creates a complex and multi-layered beverage that pairs well with sips by the fire and warm fall flavors.

Penelope Batch 7 Barrel Strength

Barrel Strength is a somewhat experimental label from Penelope Bourbon. The distillery describes the Barrel Strength line as “push[ing] the boundaries of our signature four grain flavor profile” and it lives up to the claim. This year’s batch is a blend of three bourbons which have been aged in new oak for between 3.5 and 5 years.

Angel’s Envy

While not a limited release, we wanted to give Angel’s Envy a special shout-out in this list for their Toast the Trees promotion happening this fall. Great bourbon requires oak barrels, oak barrels require trees, and trees require healthy forests. Angel’s Envy distillery in Louisville is stepping up to do something about it by asking us to #ToastTheTrees to help them plant a whole lot of white oaks this year.

Canadian Whiskey for the fall

Warm Up the Fall With Canadian Whiskey

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Scotch and bourbon lovers are never at a loss for options, but if the cooler fall months have you in a funk, feeling burned out by that same old drink, now is a great time to branch out and try a Canadian whiskey. Canadian whiskey offers a smooth burn similar to bourbon with a flavor profile that is mellow and accessible yet capable of hiding layers of depth and complexity to rival your favorite scotch.


What Is Canadian Whiskey?


The history of Canadian distilling dates back to Quebec City in the mid-1700s, per the Canadian Distillers Association. The first distiller to produce proper whiskey in Canada is believed to be John Molson in 1799.


But the true history of Canadian whiskey predates all of that. Scottish immigrants initially made their whiskey exactly as they did back home, or at least as close as they could get given local resources, conditions, and available ingredients—an origin story very similar to those of Appalachia’s storied bourbons and moonshines. What we now know as Canadian whiskey evolved over the next two centuries from this rudimentary transplanted scotch, just like its cousins in the United States.


To fit the modern definition of proper Canadian whiskey, a product should be aged in charred oak barrels for three or more years. Most Canadian whiskeys contain rye but are not considered true rye whiskey (though some rye-forward products are specifically labeled and marketed as “Canadian rye”).


How to Drink Canadian Whiskey


When you’re first exploring Canadian whiskeys, simply take a small sip at room temperature and roll it around your tongue and mouth. Then, serve it to yourself at the bottom of a proper tumbler rather than in a shot glass so that you can get your nose inside for a good sniff.


Drinking it straight over ice or mixed with water are also excellent ways to trial new brands without masking the flavor.


They also make great mixers for the whiskey and coke or whiskey sour connoisseur.


Great Brands for a Budget


At Payless Liquors, we offer a number of high-end and budget whiskeys, and the budget brands offer good flavor while still offering a quality drink.


Windsor Canadian—A staple of taverns and man-caves throughout North America and the world, Windsor is a great entry point for people who want a prototypical Canadian whiskey experience without sacrificing quality.


Canadian Hunter—The iconic bottle design of a rugged hunter with his two imposing dogs belies Hunter’s bright, approachable flavor and almost sweet notes. Canadian Hunter is an excellent choice if you want the most whiskey for your dollar.


Canadian Club—Another brand you’ll find behind the bar at many a fine establishment, Canadian Club has a mellow, even-keeled flavor that makes it great for mixing or sipping over ice. (They also offer a 100% rye version on a green label.)


High-End Canadian Whiskeys for the Connoisseur


In addition to well-known national brands, many special releases, boutique products, and high-end brands make their way through the Canadian whiskey scene. Here are some to watch for:


  • J.P. Wiser’s
  • Pike Creek
  • Forty Creek Confederation Oak
  • Lock, Stock & Barrel
Red wine

3 Red Wines for October

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Summer grapes are on their way out. As fall sets in, it’s time to turn to different red wines that complement the vibrant harvest foods and unmistakable autumn atmosphere.


Syrah is a popular red wine that has been successfully produced in many regions throughout the world. It is full-bodied, fruity, and just a little spicy (in a way that pairs well with fall flavors).

While browsing Syrah wines, you may also encounter Shiraz wines shelved nearby. Syrah and Shiraz actually refer to the same grape. Wines produced in cooler climates tend to be called Syrah, and winemakers in Australia and other warmer areas more often market their wine as Shiraz. Syrah is usually considered a leaner, more elegant, almost savory wine, while a Shiraz will tend to be fruitier and less subtle.

Some producers age their Syrah in oak barrels, which can imbibe it with tones of vanilla and additional spice. Other notes common to many Syrah wines are smoke and pepper.

Syrahs to watch for:

  • Lismore Estate Reserve Syrah – South Africa
  • Les Jamelles Syrah – France
  • Isole e Olena Collezione Privata Syrah – Italy
  • Weingut Ziereisen Gestad Syrah – Germany
  • Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah – USA


Barbera is a darker red wine originating in Northern Italy. Barbera is the third most produced grape in that country, and has been around for a long time—it’s at least one thousand years older than the popular Cabernet Sauvignon.

While Barbera’s dark color may make it appear overly bold or intimidating, most wine drinkers actually find a good Barbera to be a very light and accessible wine. It is known for its fruity flavors and aromas, and is often described as having hints of cherry, strawberry, and blackberry.

This complex fruit flavor makes it a great wine to pair with the transition from summer (strawberries) to autumn (blackberries). A good Barbera will be dark, complex, and warming, while still being bright and fruity enough to leave you feeling refreshed instead of overstuffed when paired with a fall feast.

Some excellent Barbera options:

  • Fratelli Alessandria Priora Barbera d’Alba – Italy
  • B. Burlotto Aves Barbera d’Alba – Italy
  • Giacomo Conterno Cerretta Barbera d’Alba – Italy
  • La Spinetta Vigneto Gallina Barbera d’Alba – Italy
  • Domini Villae Lanata Lo Zoccolaio Sucule Barbera d’Alba – Italy

Pinot Noir 

No secret or surprise here. A good Pinot Noir is a go-to fall wine for many households, and its enduring popularity comes with good reason.

Pinot Noir is considered on the lighter side of red wines, and this makes it very food-pairing friendly. It is an extremely versatile table wine that complements the wide varieties of seasonal produce, mixed flavor profiles, and spice-forward dishes that come to your table in the fall months.

The most sought after Pinot Noirs come from the Burgundy area of France, but Oregon, California, and several countries in South America have also been producing very high end Pinot in recent years.

Pinot Noirs to try:

  • Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir – USA
  • Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir – New Zealand
  • Zorzal Eggo Filoso Pinot – Argentina
  • Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir – Chile
  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir – New Zealand

White Wine Honorable Mention: Semillon

If you’re looking for a white wine instead of a red, consider Semillon for your fall table. Semillon is known for its thick finish, zesty profiles, and being rather bold as whites go. It stands up well to intense fall flavors.

Some solid Semillons:

  • Matias Riccitelli ‘Old Vines from Patagonia’ Semillon – Argentina
  • Château Coutet, Sauternes – France
  • Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 1 Semillon – Australia

When you’re stocking up this fall, remember that Payless Liquor is your one stop shop for all your seasonal red wines. Stop by or place an order today!

Payless Liquors Talks Tequila: Part 2

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Cincoro Tequila


Cincoro Blanco is the crystal-clear tequila that’s taking the spirit world by storm. Made from pure agave in the heart of Mexico’s tequila capital, this innovative blend spotlights delicious flavors of honey, citrus and subtle coconut. With its ultra-smooth finish and distinguished heritage, Cincoro Blanco has earned its place among connoisseurs as the new gold standard for sipping tequilas. This special Blanco has earned the Double Gold Medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Remarkable when sipped with or without ice. Mix with fresh lime and orange liqueur for a truly mouthwatering Margarita.


With award-winning Cincoro Blanco as its base, Cincoro Añejo is barrel-aged for over two years, taking it beyond the fresh agave flavors through toasted oak to a deeper level of woody richness. This enticing copper-colored spirit is an evolving masterpiece of fresh-cut wood, maple, dark chocolate, and black pepper. Beautifully complex, it deserves to be sipped simply – on its own without ice. Or if cocktails are your thing, keep it classic with an elevated Old Fashioned. Tequila of the Year winner at the 2019 New York International Spirits Competition. For a truly unique offering, Cincoro Añejo 1.75L arrives in a scaled-up edition of Cincoro’s one-of-a-kind bottle, suitably presented in a tailor-made gold box.


With its deep golden color and delicious wood-based flavors, Cincoro Reposado is an evolution of Cincoro’s award-winning Blanco. Distilled in small batches, this rare spirit is characterized by the flavors of toasted oak, caramel, and baking spices. Smooth and refined, this is a tequila made for sipping – on or off the rocks. Double Gold winner at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Payless Liquors Talks Tequila: Part 1

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Don Julio Primavera

The Product Story

Introducing Tequila Don Julio Primavera – A limited Edition. In his true innovative spirit, Don Julio González was a pioneer in creating ultra-premium tequila and believed reposado tequila was tequila at its finest. Embracing the legacy of its founders’ innovative spirit, Tequila Don Julio Primavera features a deliciously smooth expression that takes the brand’s traditional Reposado and finishes it in orange wine casks, which previously held wine infused with macerated orange peels, striking the balance of citrus and honey. This unique reposado tequila is made for moments spent outdoors, in the daytime, with friends.

Featuring a flawless balance of notes including honeyed agave, a hint of spice, and a light, citrus finish, Tequila Don Julia Primavera is best enjoyed on the rocks with an orange wheel or in our signature drink of the summer: The Primavera Sunset. Simply top Tequila Don Julia Primavera with club soda and garnish with a cara cara orange wedge – it’s the perfect cocktail for any outdoor daytime get-together.

Komo’s Anejo Cristalino

The Tasting Panel Magazine

Rated 98 Points

A stunning nose of sugared pineapple is surrounded by bright agave freshness and lime zest. The satin-coated warms the perfect peel converge for a tart starkness. Mineral-driven and dry, the spirit’s gravitas is also palpable in its seamless finish.

Tasting Notes

Komos is a completely unique expression of the very best Tequila can be. Komos is made with a unique five-step process. First, they make great tequila in the namesake town from agave of perfect ripeness from both the highlands and the lowlands for complexity. Then, the tequila is aged in only the finest wine barrels for twelve months. Next, the tequila is refined again removing any impurities. From here, the tequila is rested in the ancient Greek amphorae which makes it even more smooth. Komos is packaged in handmade ceramic bottles recalling Greek ceramic traditions in a modern expression.

80 Proof

Casa Dragones


Mexico – The crystal-clear tequila is full of fresh fruit on the nose, most prominently grapefruit and green apple. Take a sip, and the agave shines through immediately, followed by hints of black pepper, cloves, and mint, plus a juicy tropical fruit note.


What does Añejo tequila taste like?

It has a smooth flavor and notes of oak, vanilla, and caramel. Tequila añejo is aged 1 to 4 years in oak barrels (añejo means “old” or “vintage” in Spanish). It tastes richer, with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Añejo shines when drunk straight and on the rocks, so you can taste the nuances of its character.

El Mayor Añejo Sherry Cask

El Mayor has unveiled a new limited-edition tequila, Extra Añejo Sherry Cask Aged. Distilled and produced at Destiladora González Lux, the limited-edition tequila will be available nationwide in September.

El Mayor Extra Añejo Sherry Cask Aged is aged 38 months in sherry casks, resulting in a liquid with a golden amber color and an exceptionally smooth and balanced finish of oak, vanilla, and caramel. As with every bottle of El Mayor, this limited-edition tequila is made with 100% estate-grown, blue agave from the valley area of Jalisco, Mexico. For this ultra-premium variant, only hand-selected agaves were cut, using the Jica Jima process for a smooth taste.

“The sherry cask enhances the full-body extra añejo, producing a liquid that is beautifully complex and elegant,” said Graciela González, fourth-generation distiller, and daughter of Rodolfo González, master distiller at Destiladora González Lux. “From the dried-fruit-and-spice nose to the smooth finish of vanilla and cooked agave, this is an outstanding tequila that is sure to please even the most discriminating of tastes.

Casino Azul Limited Edition

This collectible tequila features three separate sections, each divided into 250mL sections: añejo, reposado, and silver. Each section has a separate pour spout. 100 % Agave.


A Definite golden color with a sweet aroma reminiscent of the smell of fine leather with vanilla highlights and a hint of fruit.


This tequila with a light beige straw color has a pleasant aroma with good complexity, smooth floral overtones, a musty earth-like bottom, and a hint of leathery wood smells.


This product is a very pleasant Tequila manufactured in the Artisanal tradition of the smaller tequila companies.

Casino Azul Añejo Jaguar

Casino Azul Añejo Jaguar Edition is a beautiful bottle of Añejo Tequila. A one-of-a-kind choice bottle shape, and complex tequila. A wonderful blend of crisp vanilla with hints of fruit, and extremely smooth.

Casino Azul Añejo Ship

Casino Azul Extra Ship Edition is a beautiful bottle of Añejo Tequila. A one-of-a-kind choice. A golden color with sweet aromas of fine leather and vanilla with a touch of fruitiness.

Dulce Vida Extra Añejo Tequila

Dulce Vida Tequilas sources its 100% organic agave from the Los Altos highlands in the Tequila region of Mexico. Because of the unique climatic characteristics and the air & soil, this area is well known for producing larger, fruitier agave, ideal for tequila. This organic agave ensures Dulce Vida makes tequila the way tequila has always tasted best: pure and powerful, free of any additives.



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New Crown Royal Canned Whiskey Cocktails to Warm You Up All Season Long

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Crown Royal Canadian whiskey is a perennial cold-weather favorite, whether you’re enjoying the big game, a Halloween bonfire, hunting, camping, or the last fall fishing trip. You never think of Canadian whiskey the same again after that first sip of Crown, and now they’ve gone and changed the game again with the release of three canned cocktails.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made history in 1939 as the first reigning monarchs to tour Canada, and the Seagram beverage company made history with them by introducing Crown Royal to mark the occasion. Over 80 years later, Crown Royal is making history again with these groundbreaking canned cocktails.

Your fall drink decision just got a lot easier.

Meet the New Royalty

Crown Royal canned whiskey cocktails capture the essence of your favorite Crown Royal drinks in a convenient aluminum can, and they come in three amazing flavors.

  • Washington Apple
  • Peach Tea
  • Whiskey and Cola

Canned cocktails saw a big upsurge in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic, as quarantined cocktail lovers looked for a way to enjoy their favorite drinks without going to the bar. Lovers of

smooth Canadian whiskey had been left behind the canned cocktail trend until Crown Royal stepped up to fill the void.

Washington Apple

Is there anything more perfectly fall than biting into a crisp, freshly picked apple? If you love apples but are feeling burned out on a cycle of heavy ciders and stiff apple-tinis, Crown Royal is here to help you switch things up. Crown Royal Canadian whiskey has long been known for its warmth, boldness, and smooth finish—and Crown Royal Washington Apple canned cocktail is one apple that doesn’t fall far from the tree! Crown Royal Washington Apple canned cocktail is a great change of pace for anyone who likes Redd’s Apple Ale or Strongbow cider.

Peach Tea

Hard iced teas have enjoyed consistent popularity in the summer drink market for several years now, and you won’t want to miss this one. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet peach, refreshing tea, and smooth Crown Royal Canadian whiskey puts this crafted beverage a level above your typical hard iced tea. Crown Royal Peach Tea canned cocktail is great for anyone who likes a refreshing, slightly fruity, not overbearingly sweet drink. Twisted Tea fans in particular should give this one a try.

Whiskey and Cola

Crown and cola is a classic combination whose popularity speaks for itself. Crown Royal has long been iconic for whiskey and cola drinkers, thanks to Crown’s unparalleled smoothness. Now you can enjoy it at home without the mess and hassle of mixing up your own drinks. To class it up, try serving Crown Royal Whiskey and Cola canned cocktail in a highball glass over ice, and garnish it with a slice of lime.

Crown Royal Canned Whiskey Cocktails

Take your place among the new royalty today! 4-packs of Crown Royal canned cocktails retail for $14.99, and single cans are also available. Crown Royal canned whiskey cocktails are 7% alcohol by volume. Place your order for pickup today!

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How to Host a Wine Party

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Do you have friends who are wine enthusiasts? Or maybe, like me, they’re your favorite people to go shopping with because they know the most about what they want. Either way, hosting a party where guests can try different wines is sure to be a hit! But how do you make it super easy on yourself? We’ve got some tips for making entertaining easier.

  1. Know Your Wines

The main idea is to try new wines, learn something and have fun. To start learning about natural wine, one should read some books on it for a better understanding of the concept.

  1. Have a Variety

When party prepping, make sure you have enough wine for your guests to sample five varietals of red and white wines. A standard tasting pour is half a regular serving size so that’s why we recommend 5 different types/varieties.

  1. Incorporate the Seasons

Have fun with seasonal decorations! To set the stage for your summer wine tasting party, get simple greenery. For a wintertime get-together, brownie points if you incorporate extras like berries or pine cones!

  1. Organization is Key

When hosting a party or other get-togethers involving drinks, it is important to have the right supplies in order to make sure everyone enjoys themselves fully! Trays are perfect because they offer another way of displaying drinks while also being able to hold them all together when you need that function too.

  1. Give out Party Favors

Host a bottle swap at the end of your night. This is where you exchange bottles with friends to try new wines and make sure everyone has wine for their next get-together. To go above and beyond, wrap each bottle in an entertaining tea towel that will be useful as party favors!

The next time you’re planning a party and want your guests to be able to try different wines, make it easy on yourself. Pick up your favorite wine from Payless Liquors before they sell out so you can have all the best drinks on hand. No matter what kind of wine enthusiast your guest is or how many people are coming over, we’ll have something for everyone.

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Wine to Pair with Autumn Foods

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Picking wine to pair with the fall food season can be overwhelming. You want something that will complement your meal and you need a wine that is easily accessible. This blog post will break down some of the best wines for your dishes this season. 

When pairing wines with fall foods, you want to focus on the color of food and temperature. For lighter-colored wines, match it with lighter-colored dishes that are cooked at a lower heat while darker colors go along better when paired up against heavier wine or grilling something.

Rose Pairings

All year long, rosé wine is a great choice for dinner parties and can pair well with all sorts of meals. One such variation that transitions from the summer to fall season seamlessly is grenache rosè. It’s one of the fruitiest varietals but also contains just enough tannins and acidity to match up against autumn cuisine. 

With fall dishes in mind, cabernet sauvignon rosé has a unique acidity that pairs wonderfully with spicy food. As these wines are big and bold, they pair well when you have time to enjoy them over the course of your evening – whether it be before or after dinner!

White Wine Pairings

Although chardonnay is a staple in the wine industry and has immense popularity, we believe viognier deserves just as much recognition. This unique white grape variety possesses honeysuckle qualities that make it stand out from other wines such as chardonnay or riesling. The key to choosing which varietal-style of this grape you like best depends on your desired taste profile: do you want something lighter? Then go for dryer styles; if richness and sweetness are more appealing then sweeter varieties fit the bill!

While the summer heat still lingers, enjoy an ice cold glass of Bordeaux Blanch. This white wine is made with two incredible grapes that are mixed together to create a denser yet acidic beverage which makes it perfect for fall foods.

Red Wine Pairings

Pinot noir is one of the best wines to pair with fall foods. It’s bright acidity, complexity and rich fruity character pairs nicely with just about any food pairing- it’s a highly versatile wine!

Deep zinfandel is a perfect fall wine for those who love sweet potatoes. These smooth wines can have hints of smoke and dark fruits, while others lean towards earthy with less fruit-forward flavor. Depending on which bottle you grab, you can pair it like one would pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon type flavors that complement its own unique taste profile.

The deep tannin-filled red you’ve been waiting for, this is the Bordeaux rouge. For meals filled with hefty meats and heavier palates (think potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms), go for a strong red wine to pair perfectly with rich meat dishes.

You want to be able to pick up a wine in the store and know you’ll love it. If this sounds like what you need, we can help! We have curated our list of best wines for fall that will not only complement your meal but also be easy accessible at Payless Liquors! Pick up one today!

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Top 10 Pumpkin Beers

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In the fall, pumpkin beers are a go-to choice for many beer drinkers. The sweet and nutty flavors of these beers provide a perfect way to get out of the sunshine and into the cooler weather that is just around the corner. In light of this, we’ve compiled a list of some popular pumpkin beers to help you decide which one will be your new favorite! 

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin is the favorite flavor of all time, and this seasonal release tastes as good as it smells. This beer has a rich body orange color with a liquid caramel nose, reminiscent of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving morning – before anyone had to go back to work. Taste this nostalgia-inducing brew today!

Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin

Made from a pile of pumpkin, some malted barley and the pure spirit of Samuel Adams for true happiness. Allowing you to drink your beer like your ancestors drank theirs (we’re assuming they took their ale in through the nose). Drink it alone or with friends, but be careful because sometimes these things can get worse before better.

Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale

There are few things better than pumpkin pie, except for this. Dogfish Head has combined all of the spice you love about Thanksgiving dinner with a rich brown ale to create something wickedly delicious. It’s brewed not-too-spicy, but crispy with plenty of warmth from molasses and brown sugar flavor—or as we like to think: it’s everything you and your taste buds need together in one perfect drinkable package. So this season say “yes” to fall and enjoy the flavor explosion that is our Pumpkin Ale.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Get your pumpkin fix with a twist. Shipyard has been around for over 100 years and there’s no denying that the New England brewers have perfected their versions of America’s favorite seasonal beers. But who could ever get tired of pumpkin beer, even if it is nearly October? Don’t try to tempt fate because this one is expertly crafted right down to its 9% ABV so you can enjoy every last drop.

Elysian Punkuccino

We tried Elysian Punkuccino craft beer and we loved it so much. We’ve never tasted anything like this before! It’s got just the right amount of sweetness, mixed with a wonderfully subtle pumpkin spice flavor that makes for an excellent change in pace from regular coffee. Plus, even when you’re drinking it over ice, you don’t have to worry about getting warmed up or feeling sleepy – because at 9% alcohol by volume (ABV), Elysian Punkuccino is one little can of happiness that’s perfect for 3 o’clock in the afternoon!

We hope that this list has helped you decide on your new favorite pumpkin beer! If not, come by our store and we can help you find the perfect one for any occasion. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Fall’s Hard Ciders

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You know that crisp, refreshing feeling you get from drinking a nice hard cider on a cool autumn day? Yeah, it’s about to be your favorite season ever.  In the past year alone, sales of hard ciders have nearly doubled and shows no signs of slowing down. There are so many different flavors and types out there for everyone to enjoy! Check out these tasty fall favorites!

Redd’s Apple Ale

Redd’s Blissful Apple Ale is the perfect combination of refreshing beer and crisp apple flavor. Two things that are great on their own, but together? Whoa. At only five percent alcohol by volume, our traditional brew is less caloric than most other beers too! Redd’s Hard Apple comes in a limited 16oz can 4-Pack for those who don’t need to go home with their drink or an assortment of 12 packs for all your hootenanny needs.

Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider

Angry Orchard’s crisp apple is perfect for any occasion that needs a beverage with just the right balance of sweet and dry. Pair it up with your favorite spicy wing sauce, eat some strudel, or throw on some jorts after an all-nighter…hard cider has never tasted so good!

Stella Artois Cidre

Since the very first step of conversion, this carefully crafted cider has a subtle, sweet fruitiness that is striking. As you take a sip and let it linger on your tongue, you will delight in a dryness that gently takes over until the sweetness starts to come through. There’s no need for any other drinks by the pool because Stella Artois Cidre is just right!

Ace Apple Cider

Ace Apple is made with 100% all natural apples, which are sourced from the heart of our nation’s most fertile apple-growing region. This cider is crisp and refreshing thanks to its 4.2% alcohol content, perfect for pairing with BBQ pork or wasabi crème fraîche when out on the patio in September.

Aspall Organic Cider

This fancy-sounding drink is certainly a one of a kind. Nearly every sip lights up your tastebuds with lively floral flavours, offering rich and delightfully complex dry notes on the finish. Quit wasting time trying to go into that bar brawl tonight when you could be sitting back with this brew instead.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious hard cider. Whether you’re looking for something light or dark, sweet or dry, fruity or hoppy – there’s an apple-based brew out there that will perfectly complement your season. Why not take this opportunity to explore some of these tasty fall favorites? We have all sorts of flavors and types available at Payless Liquors so you can find what suits you best! Happy hunting!