GYSOT! Gas Monkey Tequila

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Wooo!  Get you some of this!  Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage introduces Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila.  This tequila is 100% blue agave from Mexico, infused with natural cinnamon, 69 proof, and made in America.

Rawlings has held several jobs to feed his car habit including a firefighter, police officer and paramedic all before he was 21 years old. He then went on to build a printing and advertising company that he eventually sold to fund his greatest venture – Gas Monkey Garage.  Since 2012, it has been the focus of Discovery Channel’s Fast & Loud.

Here are few Monkey inspired cocktails for you to try:gasmonkeyoptimzed

MONKEY TONGUE

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • cinnamon sugar mix
  • lime slice

Rim shot glass with cinnamon sugar. Add chilled Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila. Shoot with lime.

MONKEYRITA

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 2.5 oz. agave nectar
  • fresh lime juice
  • lime slice
  • salt

Add first three ingredients into an ice- filled shaker. Shake and strain into salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime slice.

ORANGE PEEL OUT

  • 1.5 oz. Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequila
  • 4 oz. orange soda
  • fresh jalapeño slice

Mix together over ice and garnish with jalapeño.

Pick up your bottle of Gas Monkey Tequila at your local Payless Liquor stores and keep Saturday, September 5 open. The one and only Richard Rawlings will be at our store located at 9310 N. Michigan Road for a tasting and bottle signing from Noon – 1:30pm.  GYSOT!

 

2012 Rombauer Chardonnay

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Sitting on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley is Rombauer Vineyards which was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer.  The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside and they provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines.

TRombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carnerosheir unique style of Chardonnay has developed over time with select vineyards from the Carneros region. The cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for their Chardonnay grapes.

The 2012 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay was aged for ten months in American and French Oak. It is a soft yellow color that will darken with age. You’ll notice bright, vibrant tropical fruit aromas flowing from the glass while underlying grapefruit and lime add depth and character to the aroma. The palate features layers of cantaloupe, pineapple and vanilla. A mouthwatering finish leaves you wanting another sip.  And the flavors only develop further as the wine ages.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass.  And you can find your bottle at select Payless locations or you can reserve your bottle online by using our Contact Us form.

Cheers!

Slaughter House American Whiskey

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Noted California winemaker David Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars is back with another release from his Splinter Group Spirits label. After spending 9 years in American oak, Slaughter House American Whiskey was further aged in Papillon barrels from Orin Swift wines.

SlaughterHouseBtlPhinney has a long history of winemaking at high-end wineries in Napa Valley including Opus One, Whitehall and Mondavi and started Orin Swift in 1998.  He and a few investors began Splinter Group Spirits and began consuming various spirits trying to figure out what they liked and decided to make bourbon their first release.  Straight Edge Bourbon was born and never one to sit still, Phinney knew he wanted to make a whiskey next.

As mentioned previously, Slaughter House American Whiskey was initially aged nine years in American oak before being finished in Orin Swift Papillion barrels which added perfumed aromatics and rounded out the Mouthfeel.  Papillion is Bordeaux blend whose components were sourced from a range of Napa Valley vineyards. The whiskey was then cut with water from a natural hillside spring found on Phinney’s property 2,000 feet above California’s Alexander Valley.

Slaughter House is intense and inviting with flavors of caramelized sugar, baking spices, dark fruits, butterscotch and vanilla notes. The palate is smooth, rich and layered. The finish is impressive with honey, toast and loads of caramel.

You can find Slaughter House American Whiskey at all Payless Liquors locations or you can reserve your bottle by using our Contact Us form on our website.

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Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka

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“Say My Name”…”I’m the one who knocks”…”Tread Lightly”

Sound Familiar? They are popular catchphrases of Walter White/Heisenberg from the hit AMC Show Breaking Bad.  And now, Sony Pictures Television and 21st Century Spirits have partnered up to launch a limited edition line of “Heisenberg” Blue Ice Vodka, inspired by the hit television series.  Collect all three special edition bottles of Heisenberg by Blue Ice, with distinct graphics and infamous quotes

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Blue Ice Vodka is produced in Idaho from Russet potatoes. Less than 3% of the world’s vodka is made from potatoes.  Blue Ice Vodka does not add sugar and is certified gluten-free and Non-GMO.  It was rated the #1 American vodka by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, with 94 points. Other awards Blue Ice has one include Gold Medal Winner San Francisco Spirits Competition 2014, receiving 92 Points Wine Enthusiast, and 94 Points Beverage Testing Institute.

And of course, there are also Breaking Bad inspired cocktails as well:

THE PINKMAN WATERMELON MARTINI

  • 2-3 oz of Heisenberg BlueIce Vodka
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or simple syrup
  • 1oz triple sec
  • 1/2 cup of ice.
  • Cube watermelon into 1″ -2″ thick chunks. Place approx 6 cubes in the blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend!

THE DANGER MARTINI:

  • 3oz  Heisenberg BlueIceVodka
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 8 cubes of watermelon
  • 1/2 a jalapeño (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • Add everything to a blender and blend!

You can find Heisenberg Blue Ice Vodka at all Payless Liquors locations.  Or contact us to reserve your bottle today.  Cheers!

Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey originated in the 1800s and was last bottled in the late 1950s.  However, Mitchell & Son announced that they are re-introducing Yellow Spot and it has made its way over to this side of the pond!

The Spot Range

So what is the significance of the name “Yellow Spot”?  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.

Yellow Spot Whiskey

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.

Single Pot Still

Yellow Spot is a Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Single pot still does not mean the whiskey is distilled just once, but rather that it has been triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills within a single distillery.  The whiskey is then matured for 12 years in three oak cask types: American Bourbon barrel, Spanish sherry, and Spanish Malaga casks.

Tasting notes

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.

Limited Edition – get yours now!

Yellow Spot is produced annually but in very small batches.  But you can find it at Payless Liquors.  Contact us today to reserve your bottle of Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

National Tequila Day

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July 24th is National Tequila Day.

Tequila is a spirit made from the agave plant.  Mexico is the only country that can legally produce Tequila and it can only be made in the state of Jalisco and surrounding regions.

Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:

  • Blanco (white) or Plata (silver): A white spirit that is unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation.
  • Joven (young) or Oro (gold): This is an unaged silver tequila that may be flavored with caramel coloring or oak extract. It can also be a blend of silver tequila with aged and/or extra-aged tequila.
  • Reposado (rested): Tequila that is aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size.
  • Añejo (aged or vintage): Has been aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels.
  • Extra Añejo (extra aged or ultra-aged): Tequila that is aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. This category was established in March 2006.

In the late 1990s, Sammy Hagar began selling patrons of his Cabo Wabo resort a house Cabo-Wabo-Tequila-Blancobrand, hand-made tequila that he commissioned from a family owned distillery in Jalisco.  It became a quick success and by 2006 it was the second-best-selling premium tequila in the US.  Cabo Wabo Tequila is bottled in unique, hand-blown artisan glass bottles.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco offers an aroma with a fresh, floral bouquet, spicy lime and mint.  Flavors of agave and a slight spice character deliver a crisp clean finish.  This tequila has won multiple awards including Bronze and Silver at the San Francisco World Spirts Competition and Silver at the 2013 International Wine and Spirts Competition.

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco is easily enjoyed as a chilled shot or in your favorite cocktail.  Here are some recipes to help you celebrate National Tequila Day:

The CaboRita

  • 3 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Contreau
  • Splash of Grand Marnier

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Shake several times.  Strain, pour, and enjoy.

Beer-Rita

  • 24 oz. (2 bottles) Light Beer
  • 12 oz. Can Frozen Limeade
  • 8 oz. Cabo Wabo Blanco
  • Limes

Fill pitcher with ice. Add beer, limeade and Cabo. Stir. Throw in some lime wedges. Done.

The Siesta

  • 2 oz. Cabo Blanco
  • ½. Oz Campari
  • ½ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup

Garnish with a grapefruit rind

Payless Liquors has Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco for just $29.99.  You can stop in at any one of our stores or contact us to reserve your bottle online.  Please enjoy National Tequila Day responsibly.

Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish

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Jefferson’s Bourbon prides itself on creating unique bourbon.  And their latest blend is no different.  It comes to us by way of a very unlikely source: Napa Valley.  Please welcome Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Reserve Cask Finish.

NAPA VALLEY INFLUENCE

When not drinking bourbon, Jefferson’s Founder and Master Blender Trey Zoeller can be found enjoying a good Cabernet.  He was curious to see if he could combine the bold fruit flavors in wine with the spice of the Reserve Bourbon.

jefferson_s-reserve-groth-reserve-cask-finish-very-old-straight-bourbon-whiskey-1_1Groth Vineyards & Winery sits on 165 acres in Napa Valley.  Their Cabernet is highly regarded which likely led Jefferson’s to use their wine casks for this special release.

AGING PROCESS AND FLAVORS

Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon was first aged in new, charred, white oak barrels for six years.  It was then moved to Groth Cabernet Sauvignon casks and aged for another 9 months.

This new finish added a lush fruit flavor and a sweet vanilla character to the bourbon. Also present are flavors of black cherry and blackberry blend with the spice of the rye and the toffee notes of the bourbon.

LIMITED SUPPLY AND AVAILABILITY

Jefferson’s bourbons are made in ridiculously small batches and the Groth Reserve Cask Finish is no different.  There is a limited supply, but you’re in luck, Payless Liquors has you covered.

The only way to get your bottle is to click here to contact us to reserve your bottle.

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Introducing Backbone Prime Batch 1

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Backbone Bourbon is going back to its roots. 

Backbone Prime is a throwback to the first batches of Backbone Uncut.  With bold, deep flavors, Prime is a blend of 7*year and 3-year batches along with some young rye, and 8-year corn whiskey.

Like Backbone Uncut, Prime is not chill filtered, is not watered down, has no additives and comes in at 104 proof.

prime-label-150Backbone Bourbon was crafted for those who understand that hard work, guts, and determination deserve a reward.  Backbone Prime is smooth to drink but is also the perfect craft cocktail bourbon.  It is the best choice to elevate any cocktail that requires a bold flavor without overpowering other ingredients.

Backbone Bourbon is distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and then bottled in small batched in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Prime just started shipping in early June so it may be hard to find around town.  However, you can get our bottle of Backbone Prime at your local Payless Liquors.  Find your local store, or reserve your bottle on our site by clicking here.

Stranahan’s Black Label

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There is a new expression on the block!  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey presents Diamond Peak, the Black Label of its original.  Aged for 4 years, this 94 proof whiskey is smooth enough to easily be drank neat.

Craft Distillery

Stranahan’s was founded by Jess Graber and George Stranahan, the whiskey’s namesake, in Colorado in 2004.  Colorado’s first microdistillery, they were also the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

Also being one of the first craft whiskey distillers in the US, Stranahan’s is said to have “kicked off the Colorado distilling craze”.  They are dedicated to making the smoothest, most distinctively-flavored whiskey on the market using hand-crafted distilling techniques and Colorado’s premium natural ingredients

image1Diamond Peak is selected from the oldest and rarest casks of American oak barrels that have been aged 4 years.  There are 6 total batches of Diamond Peak, hand bottled by volunteers at the Colorado distillery.

Tasting Notes from the Source

Stranahan’s Master Distiller Rob Dietrich has shared his tasting notes on Diamond Peak and are presented below for you:

Nose: Dried apricot, tack-shed leather, black licorice, hint of wet cedar.

Palate: Turkish, dark roast coffee, butterscotch oak, cayenne and Mexican hot chocolate with a parting gift of a rolling creamy finish.

Don’t Miss Out

This is a limited edition whiskey with only 6 batches out and even fewer available outside of Colorado.  Purchase your bottle at your local Payless Liquors store or reserve a bottle on our website.  Hurry before they are gone.

This Isn’t Your Father’s Root Beer

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This Isn’t Your Father’s Root Beer

In honor of all the Dads out there, this week on our blog we’re highlighting Small Town Brewery’s, Not Your Father’s Root Beer.  It’s silky, smooth unmatched flavor is the perfect beverage to celebrate dad this weekend.

Looking for a beer that smells and tastes exactly like your favorite fountain pop Root Beer? Then this is the beer for you. The fermentation process brought out by Small Town includes several natural ingredients including: honey, vanilla, cinnamon, wintergreen and sarsaparilla bark. Although Not Your Father’s is a highlight acclaimed beer, some critics don’t even consider it a beer because it lacks on critical ingredient essential to beer, hops. But this hasn’t stopped it from being wildly popular among enthusiasts.

The 12-ounce, 5.9% ABV bottles pour dark cola brown with a slight caramel color. In comparison to actual root beer, it’s a little stickier and not nearly as fizzy. But as we mentioned before, all the aromas are reminiscent of soda with sweet honeyed vanilla and sassafras spice. There is a subtle boozy note to it, sort of like a spiked root beer. Flavors of black licorice, cream soda and small bitter rootlike qualities.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer is for everyone. It appeals to beer aficionados, as well those who don’t typically enjoy beer. Not only is it great to share with your dad this weekend, but also very enjoyable at a summer BBQ, out camping and any other warm-weather activities. Its available now in stores at a limited supply (this stuff is going fast!), but you can also reserve it here on our website.

Bourbon for the World’s Greatest Dad

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Bourbon for the World's Greatest Dad

Father’s Day is June 21st. Are you ready to shower your dad in gifts? This week we are offering a great bourbon for an equally great price just in time for Father’s Day. Explore E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon with us today.

Who is Colonel Taylor?

Bourbon founding father, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left a lasting legacy on the ever-growing industry. Even today the techniques he perfected in the Civil War era are still used today. Enter E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon Bottled in Bond. Made by hand, each bottle contains bourbon aged in century old warehouses by Colonel Taylor.

With the purchase of his first distillery, O.F.C. Distillery, Colonel Taylor right away developed new equipment and sour mash techniques to perfect the process of producing bourbon. Not to mention, he was also a key player in the passing of the Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon for the World's Greatest DadAct of 1897 which created a standard of quality for bourbon whiskey. While also holding the position of May of Frankfort, Kentucky for 16 years, Taylor had a major part in helping grow and develop the bourbon industry in the state.

Bottled in Bond

The E.H. Small Batch Bourbon was aged for 7 years in the famous Colonel Taylor warehouses, which were built in 1881. It’s one of the most affordable of the Buffalo Trace collection and presents a smooth and delicate character. A great spirit for sipping bottled at 100 proof.

Flavor Profile

The aroma is filled with your usual vanilla and caramel scents, but with an unexpected green apple and woody smell. The nose also presents unusual notes of honey and hot cinnamon. On the palate the corn base is apparent with notes of tangy apple cider, toffee and butter. Hints of butterscotch and caramel corn are also tasted on the first sip. The finish has just enough bite with a very pleasing medium-to-long finish with caramel lingering throughout.

Recognitions

Some of the various accolades E.H. Taylor Small Batch has received include:

  • 97 Points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge (2 points higher than Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old Bourbon)
  • Liquid Gold Award – 2014 Jim Murray’s Whisk Bible
  • Gold at the Worldwide Whiskey – Bourbon 2013 International Wine 7 Spirit Competition
  • 2015 Gold Medal- San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2013 Double Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Bourbon Whiskeys 2015

E.H. Taylor Small Batch is the perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day. And just for that reason we have it available at special price of just $49.99. We encourage you to purchase this rare bourbon in one of our stores on reserve a bottle here on our website.

Celebrating 250 Years of Hennessy

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Celebrating 250 Years of Hennessy

It’s a cognac of great distinction. This year Hennessy is celebrating the big 2-5-0. To commemorate the anniversary they have released the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend, which pays full tribute to the centuries of excellence, expansion and passion.

The Aging

A cognac is defined by its blend and aging process. The Hennessy Master Blender, Yann Fillioux prides himself in offering the best product for the 250 edition. With 50 years of experience, Fillioux has created a blend made from double distilled white wine from locally grown ugni blanc grapes. The spirit was aged in Limousin oak barrels stored at ground level near the banks of the Charente River. These barrels add a touch of warm vanilla to the overall taste of the cognac. The eaux-de-vie blend has been aged 15-35 years. It’s a harmonious balance of power, vivacity and elegance.

The Boldness

At first glance, Hennessy Collector’s Blend makes a statement with its smooth, amber colored brandy. On the nose one can expect rich and expressive aromatic tones of spice and bitter orange. Fresh notes of nutmeg, black licorice and sweet peppermint all combined for an invigorating flavor. Powerful on the palate with the familiar elegant Hennessy flavors. A persistent finish with the spicy density and hints of saffron.

The Uniqueness

Unlike any other collectible liquor, the Hennessy 250 bottle is made from hand-cut crystals that increase its value. Only 250 barrels of the cognac have been produced, which comes out to be about a few thousand bottles. To enjoy this cognac at its best, sip neat at room temperature.

Own a piece of history with Hennessy 250 Collector’s Blend. We encourage you to reserve here on our website. Don’t miss out on your chance to own this iconic blend.

Take the Oath

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Blood Oath

Blood Oath Bourbon. No this isn’t some kind of crazy cult, rather its Kentucky’s finest straight bourbon. This luxury spirit is sure to take your taste buds to the next level.

The Pact

Rare and wonderful. Famous and forgotten. Blood Oath is absolutely one of a kind. We aren’t kidding. This version of the bourbon will be a one-time release only. The next ‘Pact’ will be a different recipe and flavor. This specific edition is a special blend of three hand-selected top-notch certified Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys, which include a 7 year rye, 6 year old wheat and a 12 year rye based bourbon. The total blend age ranges from 6-12 years. Each is blended by hand and bottled at 98.6 proof. And in case you didn’t know, Blood Oath comes from the Luxco brand out of St. Louis, Missouri, which is also responsible for famous Rebel Yell and Ezra Brooks.

The Flavor

An exquisite nose full of cream soda, vanilla and green apple aromas. The first sip is creamy with a kick of rye spice and hint of fresh mint. Notes of cinnamon and pepper are also present on the palate. The finish is sweet on your tongue with a bit of spice. Overall a very solid flavor and great bourbon.

Enjoy

What’s the best way to enjoy Blood Oath? Sip it neat with a splash of water. Or if you prefer, on the rocks is also a delightful treat.

What are you waiting for? Take the oath. Blood Oath is a limited supply bourbon. Reserve a bottle today via the Contact Us page here on our website.

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