An Evolving Experiment In Bourbon Maturation

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The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company, dedicated to releasing limited edition spirits from rare casks discovered in some of the country’s finest whiskey cellars. Orphan Barrel has brought you Lost Prophet, Barterhouse, Old Blowhard, The Gifted Horse, Forged Oak, Rhetoric 20 & 21.  And now Orphan Barrel has come out with its eighth release, Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22-Year-Old, a 90.4 proof bourbon.

Rhetoric 22Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 continues the slow march of this series set to culminate in the debut of a 25-year-old in 2019. If you are not familiar with Rhetoric, its stocks were said to be found “in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, Ky. The whiskey was distilled between 1990–1993 at the Bernheim Distillery located at the historic 17 and Breckenridge in Louisville, Ky. Its mash bill is 86%  corn, 8% barley and 6% rye.

Each sip of Rhetoric 22 starts with a smoky, leathery nose and tastes of toasted oak dark chocolate with ripe banana and spices of clove and anise. The finish is long and woody ending with dark chocolate notes.

According to Diageo, Rhetoric is an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock. A conversation piece if there ever was one.

Reserve your bottle with us and let us know your thoughts of the new Rhetoric in the comments!

The Rebirth of Yellowstone

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In 2010, the seventh-generation distillers Paul and Steve Beam founded Limestone Branch Distillery with the intention of crafting the finest whiskey. Yellowstone is one of the older yellowstone-selectbourbon brands, dating back to 1872, the year its namesake national park was founded. Minor Case Beam, Paul & Steve’s great-grandfater was the original owner of the Yellowstone brand.

The first bourbon they released was Yellowstone Limited Edition. And now, they proudly present the 93 proof Yellowstone Select. The Beams selected, blended, and bottled barrels of 4 and 7-year-old of sweet, spicy, and smoky bourbons for this expression. Each was selected to give this exclusive whiskey a taste that celebrates its deep, family origins.

Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance: Deep, golden chestnut.
  • Nose: Leather and dried fruit with a slight hint of citrus and smoky oak.
  • Palate: Spicy rye with a whisper of dried cherries fading to smoked caramel.
  • Finish: A memorable finish, rich with brown sugar and Kentucky tradition

This is an easy-drinking bourbon with a well-balanced flavor profile that also works well in cocktails. Grab your bottle at your favorite Payless location or reserve a bottle today!

Three Floyds Finest

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One of Indiana’s most well known craft breweries, Three Floyds was founded in 1996 by 3FloydsMike Floyd and his 2 sons Nick & Simon. They moved to Munster in 2005 and have since added a brewpub across the street. The Floyd’s started with just a few hundred dollars, a small system, and a love of brewing. They always strive to make the best and most memorable beers that leave no doubts in drinkers mind that they just had a Three Floyds lager or ale. This is especially true for 2 of their most well known brews – Gumballhead and Zombie Dust.

ZombieDustClipped-400x1754Zombie Dust is an intensely hopped pale ale that was created with their friends in the comic industry. The head has a yellow tint from the body of the beer which is a slightly hazy dark yellow. The Citra hops used give off tropical fruit notes of tangerine, mango, and lemon grass. The taste is impressive, with a bittering pull towards the front and middle palate, followed by a short malt kick, and then grassy, lemony, lingering hop dryness.

Gumball head is a hopped session American wheat beer brewed with a shapeimage_2boatload of Amarillo Hops. A vibrant straw yellow, Gumballhead is a crisp refreshing beer perfect for summer. The Amarillo hops produce notes of grapefruit and lemon zest with a slight pepper smell. The flavors balance out perfectly with a burst of lemongrass and citrus fruits and during the swallow the wheat character shines through and the finish is somewhat tart and dry.

Three Floyds refuses to compromise on the quality and flavor of their beer and you shouldn’t either. Zombie Dust and Gumballhead are available for a very limited time. Contact us to find a 6-pack today.

Stranahan’s Private Label

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Founded in 2004, Stranahan’s is the first modern microdistillery to legally make whiskey in Colorado, and the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

Stranahan’s is a straight whiskey and like bourbon, is aged in new number 3 charred oak barrels. The final whiskey is a blend of 2, 3 and 5 year-old whiskeys and cut with water IMG_0025sourced from the Eldorado spring outside Boulder. Stranahan’s is distilled from a 100% malt barley base grain – the first to ever do this. And Stranahan’s is different than most all mid-west (Kentucky) bourbons. You will taste the difference the western grains bring to this bourbon.

Typically when a distiller bottles his whiskey, several hundred or even several thousand barrels are combined for a staunchly uniform taste. At Stranahan’s, they select ten to twenty of our choicest barrels, and combine them for a small batch with a reliable, yet distinctive flavor unique to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Each barrel is bottled by hand, with each label hand-signed by the distiller. The bottling process is done by volunteers.

And Payless was fortunate enough to get to select our own Private Barrel. We gathered a committee and sampled several barrels to create our own unique bottle.  Here are the tasting notes of our barrel:

Nose:  Malt & barley, oak, some IMG_0024brown sugar with a hint of toffee and spice.

Taste:  Malt & Barley, almost cereal like hit first, with some brown sugar sweetness.  Quickly oak wood enters in the middle, with some subtle hints of dried fruit.  A smooth thickness coats your mouth, leaving you with some nice cinnamon-clove spice, with a vanilla-caramel flavor entering at the end.

Finish:  A spicy malt flavor lingers a bit on the tongue, longer than most, to remind you that you have just had something unique.

Our Stranahan’s Private Label will be rolling out to all stores soon. And you can always reserve a bottle using our contact us form. Cheers!

Maker’s Mark Private Barrel Program

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Maker’s Mark was born in 1954 when T. William “Bill” Samuels Sr. purchased Burks Distillery in Loretto Kentucky. For the next 52 years, they pretty much stuck to the original recipe, occasionally releasing higher proof variations. But in 2010, as Bill Samuels Jr. was retiring, the idea of “I’ve spent my whole career not screwing up mom and dad’s whiskey, how do I leave this industry and not do something on my own” bothered him. And thus, Maker’s 46 was born.

PL-MakersMark-(500x500)Maker’s 46 went through 124 experiments with Independent Stave Company (ISC) before they finally settled on a process that required 10, one-inch thick toasted French oak staves to be inserted into a barrel that originally housed Maker’s Mark.  The barrel is then refilled with mature Maker’s Mark were it will age another nine weeks. This amplified the baking spices, especially the cinnamon and vanilla flavors that are already present in Maker’s Mark. And because no unnatural agents are added and the special staves are from oak, the product is still a Bourbon.

When Maker’s started looking at doing a barrel selection program, they opted to put12694504_10153915529129287_4372940464238325333_o together a program that allowed buyers to build their own unique barrel of Bourbon, similar to the experiments they went through for Maker’s 46. And Payless was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to get the 28th Barrel from the Maker’s Private Select Barrel program.

The Maker’s Barrel program is unlike no other. Instead of sampling bourbon direct from barrels and choosing which barrel we preferred the taste of, you choose 10 oak staves in various combinations and let them age an additional 9 weeks in a barrel of Maker’s Mark. These staves alter the flavor profile so you get a unique barrel of Maker’s. Even though we could use the Maker’s 46 staves, we wanted ours to be different from and our committee of 7 chose not to.

12710888_10153920467969287_7072899678516676334_oWe did have an American oak stave, baked oak, which allows vanilla and some sweetness to the bourbon. Then we used a combination of seared French Cuvee, and toasted French spice to allow flavors of butterscotch, caramel, fruits and spice.  The roasted French mocha stave allows this Maker’s to have a lasting finish with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

 

12657156_10153915951694287_7311399180532579803_oThis is a unique barrel of Maker’s and your opportunity to taste is June 18th at the Greenwood Store by the Mall. Come have a sample and we are sure you will want to pick up a bottle or 2.

The Woodford Reserve Family of Bourbons

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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 WoodfordReservebourbon 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.

Liz&CharlieWoodfordRecently, 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!

Introducing Old Bones Bourbon

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First available in Indiana in 2012, Backbone Bourbon set out to create class craft spirits Old Bones Bourbonthat 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!

Yippee-Ki-Yay, Cowboy!

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Yippee-Ki-Yay, cowboy!

Grab a glass and your cowboy hat too, and join us round the campfire for some good ole’ time tunes!

High West Distillery presents the Old Western taste and tradition to their blend of straightbest-whiskeys-unexpected-places-high-west-fwx rye whiskey, Yippee-Ki-Yay. Recommended to be enjoyed in a glass at room temperature, this old-style whiskey needs to sit idle for a few minutes allowing the bouquet to reach its full potential. Because this whiskey is aged in old wine barrels, you can expect to experience the natural and sweet blend of rye whiskey and aged wine.

The ratio of whiskeys has been left to be top secret but we do know there is a seamless mix of a 2-year-old mashbill of 95% rye and an older rye with a “barely legal” rye mashbill of 53% rye and 37% corn from Barton Distillery. There are 2 barrel types used to age this authentic whiskey, an oak barrel that previously held Vermouth Barrel and another oak barrel that previously held Qupé Syrah.

Tasting notes are as follows:

The nose is expected to be warm with baked spices and sweet cinnamon, dried thyme, desert sage with elusive black berry and cassis. The taste is described as a spiced maple and cinnamon with blackberry and raisin throughout, finished with dark caramel and an all spice complex. The Tasting Panel Magazine gives Yippee-Ki-Yay 93 points!

The back label stories are what makes these High West Distillery bottles so interesting and unique. The back label for this particular bottle comes from a historic poster that can be found in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. This straight rye whiskey blend is sure to make you say “YIPPEE-KI-YAY” after just one sip.

This High West whiskey can be found at your favorite Payless Liquor store but we recommend reserving a bottle from our Contact page to ensure you get your hands on it!

A Whiskey Truly Fit For Royalty

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Hand-crafted blends of over fifty of the finest whiskies, all blended together to create the exceptional and signature smoothness of Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey. First created in 1939 as a gift to celebrate the arrival of The King and Queen of England, this Canadian whiskey continues to be crafted to meet the same promising standards it did in 1939.crown honey

Known for its smoothness, Crown Royal boasts hearty ingredients with each distilled batch.  The established home for the manufacturing of this infamous whiskey is settled along the shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. The smooth waters from this lake are naturally filtered through the limestone beneath Lake Winnipeg, which in return are combined with the natural ingredients to make Crown Royal Whiskey.

Crown has been notorious for offering its customers a variety of different flavors giving much anticipation as to what they will surprise us with next! The newest addition to Crown Royal’s family, Crown Honey. Staying true to tradition, the whiskey is carefully selected by Crown’s Master Blenders and then infused with the sweet taste of honey to create the extraordinary blend of Crown Honey. The richness of original Crown compliments the pleasant and subtle notes of wild clover and sunflower honeys. The outcome, a delicious and lively whiskey with the uncontested sophistication and smoothness of Crown Royal.

There’s no limits to enjoying this cocktail just the way you want. Crown Honey is meant to be enjoyed straight, on the rocks or in a cocktail. You can find this honey whiskey blend in your local Payless store. We suggest heading over to our Contact page to reserve a bottle at your preferred location.

Cowboys vs. Jackalopes

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You’ll need a campfire, beautiful scenery and a chilled glass to enjoy this bourbon and rye beverage.

High West Distillery and Saloon dubbed this unique whiskey, Bourye, “bou” for bourbon and “rye” for rye whiskey. The unusual name is used to signify the matchless taste that follows the process of blending rich bourbon and premium rye whiskey. Just as you would with any quality whiskey, this refreshment is meant to be enjoyed with no ice and sipped straight or with a little water.

While the ratio of component whiskey remains top secret, High West Distillery does boast using a 9-year-old straight bourbon, 13-year-old straight rye whiskey, and another 17-year-old straight rye whiskey to formulate this clean and crisp concoction.  The whiskey is bottled at 46% ABV leaving it with a 92 Proof. Being one of High West’s all-time favorites, it comes as no surprise that this whiskey was awarded Best Blended bourye-bottleWhiskey in 2010 and frequents great reviews.

“It starts out more like a high rye content bourbon, with the molasses, caramel, coconut cream, sweet corn and honey-kissed fruit marrying nicely with the dried spice (vanilla, cinnamon, brisk mint). But then on the latter of the palate, the rye really kicks in. The whiskey gets bold, the rye becomes intense, with a dried spice finish.” – John Hansel, Malt Advocate Magazine

Possibly the most interesting element of this whiskey is the story behind the picture on the back label. The bottle shows a picture of a jackalope, also known as a antelrabbit. The jackalope is described as an antlered species of rabbit that was found in the Old West and hunted by cowboys. Legends say the best way to catch a jackalope was to lure it with whiskey, as they have a great liking for this particular drink. Once the jackalope was good and drunk, it became easier for the cowboys to hunt and capture. Although this species is labeled as a mythical animal, it is still rumored to still be in existence in areas of the American West.

Don’t miss out on this Old Western style whiskey, this is sure to be a summer camping essential! You can reserve a bottle through our Contact page or pick up a bottle at your local Payless Liquor store.

Barreling Down

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Tucked away in the rolling hills of bluegrass amongst the thoroughbred farms sits one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries, the historic Woodford Reserve. The distillery sits on Kentucky’s oldest distillery site where Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812.woodfordreserve-2016derby

Woodford boasts one of the only heated cycled barrel houses in the world. This process is to ensure that every drop trickles into the charred and crisped white oak, helping it give Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon its signature color and flavor.

So, what can you expect from Woodford Reserve’s award winning bourbon?

Its signature tasting notes are recognized as a complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa with caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound. This truly unique and valued bourbon has a finished described as silky smooth like cream with a warm satisfying tail. Loved by many, this bourbon is sure to leave an impactful taste on your palate.

Woodford Reserve and the Kentucky Derby have a strong relationship, seeing as Woodford Reserve has been the “Official Bourbon of The Kentucky Derby” for 18 years. This affiliation comes as no surprise seeing as both The Kentucky Derby and Woodford are known for their rich Kentucky traditions.

Woodford Reserve will honor this year’s Kentucky Derby with the release of a 2016 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The artwork for this limited edition bottle has been designed by artist Thomas Allen Pauly. Pauly is known for his equine paintings and is the Official Artist of American Pharaoh. The painting’s name has been dubbed “Barreling Down” and features a close-up of 2 thoroughbreds neck and neck racing for the coveted Derby title.

Don’t miss your chance to grab this limited edition bottle to remember the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby! You can find this bottle at your favorite Payless Liquor store but we recommend reserving a bottle through our Contact Us page. This is sure to be a popular item and supplies are limited!

Tale of Two Traditions

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This is a story of the merging of 2 great Kentucky traditions, the world famous Kentucky Derby and its drink of choice, The Mint Julep. The most authentic experience you can have at the Kentucky Derby is enjoying an Old Forrester Mint Julep. Get your silver cups ready, its Derby time!

Through history, the mint julep, served in its infamous silver cup, has become an iconic Old Forrestersymbol of the Derby. Track goers alike have been enjoying mint juleps for years using Old Forrester, Louisville’s Hometown Bourbon, so much so that in 2015, The Kentucky Derby made Old Forrester’s Mint Julep the Official Drink of The Kentucky Derby.

Rich with history and tradition, Old Forrester was introduced by George Garvin Brown on Whiskey Row in 1870. The bourbon was especially popular among Kentucky socialites when it became America’s First Bottled Bourbon.

During this same time, the mint julep was being introduced in southern states. There is often a debated history as to how this essential southern tradition came about but there is no denying that the beloved cocktail is a necessary ritual when it comes to Derby time.

The mint julep was to become the signature cocktail for Churchill Downs in 1938 when they started selling the mixture in souvenir glasses for 75 cents. Since then, the cocktail has been widely praised for its exceptionally smooth taste and crisp refreshing finish.

Every year more than 100,000 mint juleps are consumed over the 2-day period of the Derby spectacle. The recipe for the weekend calls for 10,000 bottles of ready to drink Old Forrester Mint Julep, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 60,000 pounds of ice!

In honor of this tradition, Old Forrester has created the ready to drink Mint Julep, right in the bottle! Want to be a part of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby? Stop by your favorite Payless Liquor store to pick up a bottle of Old Forester’s Ready to Drink Mint Julep and get a taste of this Kentucky tradition! We recommend reserving a bottle through the Contact Us page to ensure you are able to partake in the festivities on May 7th. Annnnnnd they’re off…..!!

GET FUZZED!

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An opportunity to develop a unique tasting product with a notable name came about in early 2005 and legendary golfer, Frank Zoeller jumped on it to create Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka.

With the premium vodka market being so competitive, Frank Zoeller, better known as “Fuzzy”, still felt the urge to produce a truly distinctive product. Fuzzy has considered vodka tonic his signature drink and was in search of a vodka that surpassed his taste expectations. AftPayless- Fuzzy'ser almost four years of research and implementation, Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka was launched in 2009.

Fuzzy Zoeller is not only known for his outstanding golf record but also his charismatic character and charitable work. Fuzzy has won the PGA Tour ten times and continues to play on the Champions Tour from year to year. He is often noted for whistling his way down the fairway adding to his already popular outgoing personality.

As a contributor on and off the green, Fuzzy is also known for his golf course design. Overtime, he has designed nineteen courses, 3 being locations for the PGA Tour event. Fuzzy also owns two golf courses located in Southern Indiana, Covered Bridge Golf Club and Champions Pointe Golf Club.

Now back to the vodka…

Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka acquired its award winning taste because of its unique production process. Fuzzy’s Vodka is distilled five times from American corn and then filtered ten times through charcoal and lava. After, a portion of the distillate is reposed in new oak barrels and then finished off by adding some of the purest water known in the world from Cascade Mountain. By using this extremely rare process, they were able to achieve Fuzzy’s noteworthy and exceptional smooth, creamy, crisp taste.

The brand continues to grow throughout the United States and around the world. Fuzzy’s has recently introduced its Limited Edition 750 mil bottle to commemorate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Race.

You will soon be able to find this limited edition bottle at your favorite Payless Liquor store, just in time for the race! We recommend reserving a bottle through the Contact Us page to ensure you get your hands on this limited edition bottle from Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka! GET FUZZED!