Attention all avid Downton Abbey fans! The Downton Abbey Wine Collection has expanded their portfolio with the Countess of Grantham Collection, and just in time for the show’s fifth season. The collection features a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. These wines were inspired by Lady Cora Crawley, the American-born wife of a British aristocrat, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham.
The Downton Abbey duo of wines are crafted with premium fruit from the prominent Entre-Ceux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France by the Dulong Grand Vins. The family-owned vineyard has well more than 130 years of winemaking experience. It is quite possible that the Dulong ancestors might have very well made the wines enjoyed at Downton.
Downton Abbet Claret
Claret is an elegant, dry red blend made with the finest grapes from the Entre-Ceux-Mers region of France. Each bottle of Claret was made using the traditional vinification process, which includes aging in temperature-controlled environments for 4 to 5 weeks for the ideal color and flavor. Then, the wine goes through another nine months of aging prior to the final blend. The result of this process is a deep purple color that embodies sweet scents of blackberries, raspberries, and black currants. Hints of spice are also present due to the Malbec blend. On the palate, you will notice a well-rounded taste of ripe fruits from the Merlot. And finally, the Cab aspects give an added freshness to the overall tone, and a silky finish.
Blend: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
Downton Abbey Blanc
A Muscadelle and Semillon Blanc blend, Blanc is a classic white wine also made with grapes from Entre-Ceux-Mers in Bordeaux, France. To ensure the best flavor, the grapes were harvested at the best time, when they were ripe and full of flavor.
Blanc is a lovely pale yellow color with a sweet aroma. On the palate, there are notes of tangerine, orange, and apricots. All the citrusy fruits meld together for a delightful flavor. This is a perfectly balanced wine that offers a refreshing, lingering finish.
Blend: 70% Muscadelle, 30% Semillon Blanc
This Downton Abbey Wine duo, Claret and Blanc, are available at most of our Payless Liquors locations. To ensure you get your hands on a bottle, reserve on our website.
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You’ve heard of Barterhouse, Old Blowhard and Rhetoric. Now we welcome the fourth edition to Orphan Barrel’s collection, Lost Prophet. We suggest you judge this book by its cover.
A 22 year old rye whiskey, Lost Prophet was distilled in 1991 at the old George T. Stagg Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Then the whiskey further aged in the Sitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville. This extensive aging process adds sharp varying tones to Lost Prophet. After 22 years of aging in charred barrels, this whiskey certainly has a robust and enjoyable smoky flavor.
One of the most intriguing parts of this whiskey, besides its strong flavors, is the packaging. Lost Prophet’s label is meant to reflect its divine and intricate personality by mixing line illustrations, embellished typography and gaudy borders. An embossed gold design on the primary label showcases the symbolism of the “lost lamb.” The rich amber colors of the whiskey offer a beautiful backdrop behind the black designs.
On the nose, Lost Prophet’s aroma is filled with sweet notes of honey, summer fruit and clove. At first sip, you will taste flavors of spice cake, warm vanilla and leather and ends with a sweet, sweet smoky finish.
In an effort to produce the most quality product, Orphan Barrel has only distributed a small quantity of Lost Prophet, making it a great buy.
Look forward to Orphan Barrel’s fifth release, Forged Oak to make its appearance in early February for this year. It’s a 15 year old bourbon from the Bernheim Distillery, before it was sold to Heaven Hill. It has a much sweeter finish compared to Lost Prophet.
If you are interested in purchasing Lost Prophet, please reserve on our website today. Beware- this product is selling fast, so get your hands on a bottle today!
The beginning of a new year calls for celebrating those things that were standouts in the past year. Today we would like to celebrate a renowned whiskey product that is now available at Payless Liquors stores. That product would be none other than St. George Single Malt, Lot 14.
Named “Craft Whiskey of the Year” by Whiskey Advocate Magazine, St. George Single Malt will surely not disappoint. Hailing from Alameda, California, this whiskey is as American as they get. The finished product comes from a combination of ex-bourbon, ex-Tennessee, French and American oak sherry and port, St. George apple brandy and Blacksmith Cellars white wine barrels. As you can tell, this combination of barrels certainly adds to the complex of flavor Lot 14 provides. The 100% barley whiskeys is aged between 4 to 15 years and bottled at 86 proof.
Explore the tasting notes of this most balanced American Single Malt on the market, below:
Aroma is a combination of all spice, chocolate, ripe mango and a refreshing floral scents. The heavy chocolate aroma offers a decedent introduction.
On the palate, enjoy an overwhelming taste of grain and sweet honeysuckle, with hints of dark chocolate. Notes of spice and creamy vanilla are also present at the first sip. A bit dry, but don’t let that discourage you.
A hauntingly sweet finish leaves note of spice and delicate fruit. One glass won’t be enough.
Get your hands on this year’s “Craft Whiskey of the Year” by requesting a bottler per our website. Hurry and reserve, because these bottles won’t last!
Cheers to a new year, and great new spirits!
From the deep Japanese forests arises a blended whisky that embodies the craftsmanship and soul of the people. The legendary Hibiki Whisky represents true harmony. Some even consider if to be the ideal of perfection. Here at Payless Liquors, we are fortunate to be one of the few carriers of this sophisticated seventeen-year-old whisky.
In Japanese, Hibiki means resonance. This is fitting because it speaks to the soul and emotions of the most perceptive whisky lover. Hibiki echoes all 24 seasons of the Japanese lunar calendar. This aging process is noticed in the earthy tones one can taste throughout the whisky.
We like to describe Hibiki in three words: elegant, poised and balanced. Coming from the Suntory Distillery, Hibiki provides a fantastic blend of aged malt and grain whiskies. The barrels used for aging are made from extremely rare oak. This offers a more complex flavor to the blended whisky. Hibiki is bottled at 86 proof and is jam packed with sweet oak flavors.
Quite full, with notes of honey, wax and oak. Hints of gentle rolling smoke, cocoa, and cooked, dark fruits. The whisky is light amber in coloring.
On The Palate
The palate is sweet and rich. Flavors of toffee, black cherry, and warm vanilla are present throughout the first sip. You might also taste notes of crisp apple, raisin, citrus peels, and the notorious Mizunara, a Japanese oak varietal.
A long sweet finish with lingering notes of oak, cocoa, and a lychee aftertaste.
In 2012, Hibiki was recognized as the “Best Japanese Blend 13 to 20 Years” by the World Whiskies Awards. Also in 2010, it was given a Gold “Editor’s Choice” award from Whiskey Magazine, and also received the award in its category.
This holiday season we invite you to purchase Hibiki, either as a gift for a loved one, or to share amongst friends and family. To get your hands on one our most sought-after products, reserve a bottle of Hibiki on our website.
The latest thing in bourbon has hit Payless Liquors stores all around Indianapolis. Ocean: Aged At Sea is the new release from Jefferson’s Bourbon out of Louisville, KY. The Ocean edition was inspired by the original Jefferson’s Ocean, which were bourbon barrels that traveled around the world. These filled barrels stopped at five different continents and crossed the equator four times. Nowhere will you find a more well-traveled bourbon.
Ocean: Aged at Sea is very specific in its metrics of aging. For an estimated 7 to 8 years, the bourbon was aged in barrels on land. Then for an additional 5 to 10 months, it was aged in the same barrels at sea. The constant rocking of the ocean water, inconsistent temperatures and saline-rich air help mature the whiskey and add depth to the flavor. Barrels were stored aboard the OCEARCH 126-foot vessel. OCEARCH is a nonprofit organization that reaches great white sharks and other large apex predators that live in our oceans.
This second edition of Ocean bourbon consists of approximately 66 barrels, but only 62 of those barrels have been released to the public for purchasing. The four remaining barrels have been auctioned off, with the proceeds going to benefit OCEARCH foundation. Master Distiller of Jefferson’s Bourbon, Trey Zoeller and Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader of OCEARCH, Chris Fisher, are close friends who banded together for the cause.
Tasting notes of Ocean: Aged at Sea include:
The aroma embodies scents of warm vanilla, sweet caramel and burnt wood.
On the Palate
Enjoy a savory taste with sweet elements of butterscotch, vanilla, crisp brown sugar and spice. You might also taste a bitter, yet warm balance. Hints of cinnamon and plum are also present.
The finish is a medium length followed by a strong bitter bite. There is also a lingering sweetness from the palate.
Whether you are passionate about animal rights and philanthropy or just looking for a great bourbon, Ocean: Aged at Sea is what you need. These bottles also make great holiday gifts for loved ones. You can find Ocean: Aged at Sea in select stores or reserve here on our website.
Nothing says the holidays like a fantastic bottle of champagne. This year, we invite you to enjoy a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006 sparkling wine from Champagne, France. Louis Roederer embodies all the exciting elements the season brings!
The Making Of Cristal Brut
The Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006 is an indicative blend of Chardonnay 40% and Pinot Noir 60%. The champagne is aged six years, then left for eight more months after dégorgement. The specific aging and blend is the key to creating an overall refreshing and
Cristal Brut Tasting Notes
When first popping the cork, you can expect a glistening light amber color with soft, timid bubbles. Cristal Brut flavors include zesty lemon and orange, lilies and toasted hazelnuts. The aroma gives off an intense fruit scent full of apricots, melons and mangos. At first sip, enjoy a juicy burst of summer fruits. The last notes leave an impression of slight bitterness, yet still remaining true to the fresh fruit flavors.
The Acclaims of Cristal Brut
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2006 is critically acclaimed, as well. It received a 95-point rating from Wine Enthusiast for its “impressive balance between ripe fruit and crisp acidity.” Wine Spectator also recognized Brut 2006 for its “sense of finesse, despite underlying power” and also gave it a 95-point rating. Lastly, Cristal Brut was unanimously named one of the top 5 Champagne Brut wines in the world.
Is a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut something you would enjoy with friends and family? Stop by one of our Payless Liquors locations, or you can easily reserve a bottle here on our website.
Happy Holidays and here’s to popping bottles this holiday season!
Finding the perfect wine for the holiday season might be easier said than done, but Payless Liquors can help you find a wine for the occasion. This month we welcomed two new wines to our stores from The Prisoner Wine Company Winery. Prisoner Wines offer a burst of flavor that will compliment any holiday celebration.
Prisoner Wines are truly one-of-a-kind wines launched in 2003 by Dave Phinney. Dave was inspired by the “mixed black” blends first made by Italian immigrants, who settled in the Napa Valley. The wines produced by Prisoner Wines are innovative and unique in their own respects. In order to cultivate this distinct blend, growers pay careful attention to the complex foundation of the relationships between the different grapes. Grapes are acquired from more than 80 vineyards in exclusive regions of Napa Valley.
Currently Prisoner Wines has a collection of four: The Prisoner, Blindfold, Cuttings and Saldo. In Payless Liquors stores we are carrying the Blindfold and Cuttings bottles.
A bold and intriguing white wine blend, Blindfold was created on a Chardonnay base and evokes fresh flavors of lemon zest, pear and mandarin orange. Hints of roasted marshmallow, spiced apple tart and pineapple are also present. Enjoy a creamy, yet rich and balanced overall taste.
Reminiscent of its name, Cuttings is a deep red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Indulge in its powerful and structured profile, with intense smells of dark fruit, black cherry, spice and cedar. Expect a rich and dense flavor, with hints of ripe plum, red berries and dark chocolate.
Cuttings and Blindfold will make the perfect addition to the table at any holiday celebration. You can find the wines at select Payless Liquors stores, or you can reserve a bottle on our website.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
This week, we’ve switched gears and turned our focus toward wine. In case you missed it, Wine Spectator magazine has released its Top 100 Wines of 2014. We are proud to announce that Payless Liquors is the exclusive retailer of the #1 wine, Dow’s Vintage Port 2011. Dow’s received a 99 point rating from the magazine, which is the highest honor. It was also the first fortified and first Portuguese wine to top the famous list. So what makes this wine so great? Let us take you on a journey to uncover the secrets behind Dow’s one-in-a-million flavor.
Dow’s has been owned and operated by the Symington family since 1912, but the origins of the Port can be dated back all the way to 1878, when it was one of the first wines to have its own vineyard established. The Symingtons have been producers of wines for five generations, but their involvement with the wine industry dates back almost fourteen generations to their beloved great-grandmother, Beatrice Leitao de Carvalhosa Atkinson. This family is a well-known wine producer throughout Europe, and owns what is also recognized as the leading vineyard in the Douro Valley. The Dow’s notorious portfolio of Ports include: Late Bottled Vintage, Trademark Reserve, Aged Tawny Ports and Vintage Ports. In the United States, Dows Port is imported by Premium Port Wines, Inc. It’s available in restaurants and retailers nationwide.
The red Port is a blend of several grape varieties. The creation of the perfect balance of proportions is key to producing an appetizing final blend. In the Douro region, there is much debate on what fortified wine is. But in reality, there is no secret to be protected, because no one actually knows for sure what they are growing in their vineyards. Vintage Port is the most expensive and prestigious member of the Port family. Although the Vintages only account for 1% of Port production, it remains one of the most popular wines around the world. A Port is declared Vintage when the quality of fruit, bottles available and the market meet a demand. The Vintage stamp of approval is one highly sought after among Ports.
Dow’s Vintage Port 2011
Type: Dessert & Fortified Wine
Special Designation: Collectibles
A strong-bodied, luscious and refined red Port. A tobacco nose with an astonishing texture. The bouquet divulges hints of chalk and stone with hints of herbal scents. The core reveals an elegant combination of dark fruits and sweet tart. The finish is long with rich, chocolaty flavors. Certainly a lip-smacking wine!
Like we mentioned, Payless Liquors is the exclusive retailer of Dow’s in the local Indianapolis area. Stop by your local Payless store to pick up your bottle of the extraordinary Dow’s Vintage Port 2011, or reserve a bottle here on our website.
Another week in November so soon? Time to talk about more bourbon releases at Payless Liquors! This week we will be highlighting two great buys from Mitcher’s Whiskey and Jim Beam. The Mitcher’s Toasted Barrel is a new release from one of America’s oldest whiskey brands. It offers a unique taste provided by an extra step in the aging process. The Jim Beam Harvest Collection is a made up of bourbons that use the namesake grain as the secondary ingredient. So kick back, relax and let us take you on a journey to all things bourbon.
Mitcher’s Toasted Barrel
Bourbon fans can now rejoice with the release of Mitcher’s Toasted Barrel. Mitcher’s has a long legacy of producing traditional American whiskey, and there is no doubt Toasted Barrel will aim to please. Toasted Barrel is made with Mitcher’s standard US*1 Bourbon, but instead of bottling after the normal aging time period, it is then transferred to a custom barrel for time to finish.
The custom barrel is made of wood staves that have been cured with months of drying. This transfer into the custom toasted barrels offers a unique flavor to this ever-so-popular brand of bourbon. Mitcher’s Toasted Barrels are lightly browned, unlike typical bourbon barrels, which are charred. This process provides the “toasted” aspect.
Jim Beam Harvest Collection
Next up is the Harvest Collection from the folks at the Jim Beam Distillery. The idea behind the collection was to offer fans a line of innovative expressions, in the form of small batch bourbons that showcase some of Jim Beam’s finest hand-crafted products. So far, Jim Beam has only released the Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice members of this series of six. The remaining four, Whole Rolled Oat, Triticale, High Rye and Six Row Barley, are expected to be released throughout 2015.
Soft Red Wheat is a light-bodied bourbon that has been aged 11 years. Wheat from Kentucky and Indiana gives the bourbon an approachable spice, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness. An aroma of oak, honey and amber gives it a warming welcome. The light-bodied finish can best be enjoyed straight on the rocks.
Brown Rice Bourbon is bottled at 90 proof and gives a long lasting, full-bodied flavor. The aroma is reminiscent of sweet potato and sweet brown sugar, with a slight oak spice. Enjoy tastes of tasted grain with rich vanilla notes. Just like Soft Red Wheat, we recommend drinking Brown Rice straight, either on the rocks or neat. The deep amber color of the bourbon resembles that of fresh brown rice.
Don’t miss out on these great bourbon buys at Payless Liquors. You can find these products at your local store, or you can reserve the bottle of your choice online.
Look forward to more bourbon releases and reviews next week on our blog!
Bourbon season is absolutely here! This week at Payless we welcomed a new arrival, The Boss Hog from WhistlePig. It may not be at the top of your list of bottles to buy this year, but it’s for sure a must try for any bourbon lover.
The recent release of Boss Hog is a combination of 24 of the oldest and finest barrels from the WhistlePig Dstillery. After fermentation, it’s aged for ten years in new American oak casks then second-use bourbon casks. This is where the hint of sweetness occurs from the rye flavors. Once the aging process is complete, Boss Hog is bottled by hand in Vermont at 100 proof. The most characteristic flavor to come from Boss Hog is the signature balance of rich, intense rye spice and smoothness. Some might even call it one of the best ryes on the market today. In fact, it’s one of the few 100% rye whiskies available today.
Have we piqued your interest? Read below for our aroma, taste and finishing notes.
Boss Hog is gold in color, which is a bit lighter than one would expect for a barrel proof, but is still a rich color nonetheless.
A sweet scent of rye toast and baking spices is present on the nose.
On the Palate
Enjoy a warm taste of honeyed oak, caramel, gingerbread and vanilla on the palate. Notes of fresh mint and winter fruit are also present.
The rye whisky finishing long and hot with the lingering spices of ginger and wood.
The Boss Hog by WhistlePig is an exclusive product. Only 50 barrels were hand-selected by the Master Distiller, Dave Pickerell to put out on the market. Get an exclusive bottle at your local Payless Liquors store or reserve a bottle on our website.
Have you had a chance to try Boss Hog? What did you think? Leave us a comment below!
The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary release commemorates the 60th anniversary of Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell. Russell has been working since 1954 and hasn’t quite yet. And with bourbon currently on the rise, there is no better time to celebrate a great legend in the industry. He has single handedly defined the Wild Turkey brand for decades. To also mark the occasion, Wild Turkey has dedicated this year, the “Year of Jimmy Russell.” Such an honor for a man who has used his abilities to help grow the bourbon industry.
Jimmy Russell has always been persistent on keeping bourbon to its original roots of higher proof with a spicy profile and his son, Eddie did an excellent job of paying homage to his father with the Diamond Anniversary blend. Wild Turkey Diamond has been aged for 13 and 16 years in contrast to the standard, which is aged for 6 to 8 years. It’s bottled at 91 proof and comes in a special commemorative anniversary bottle.
The nose has a fruity aroma, with hints of apples, caramel, oranges and spearmint. The aging also gives a woody vibe, but it isn’t too overpowering for those who don’t enjoy a wood flavor.
On The Palate
A gentle bourbon at first sip, with a creamy, round body. A little on the sweet side, there is also a nice mouthful of caramel and dark chocolate.
It finishing a long, light woody taste. Don’t be surprised if you go back for more!
How to Enjoy
We recommend drinking Wild Turkey Diamond neat, with just a few cubes of ice, or drops of water. And of course, remember to toast to the great Jimmy Russell!
The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary bottle is meant for anyone who enjoys a great bourbon. Reserve a bottle today here on the Payless Liquors website.
Have you gotten your hands on a bottle of the Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary? What are your thoughts?
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale St. Louis, MO
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is a fantastic brew made with plenty of pumpkin, squash and spice. The foundation is made from pounds of pumpkin, while flavors of fall, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, play a supporting role. In fact, it’s one of the best widely available pumpkin beers! What sets Schlafly’s apart from the rest is its big, flavorful body, and the definite pumpkin pie vibe it has going on.
Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale Hayward, CA
Originally brewed in 1985 in Hayward California, Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale was the first commercially available pumpkin beer brewed in the United States back in 1985. This one is all pumpkin spice and lighter on the malty beer flavors found in other examples of the style. It’s made with real pumpkin and embodies a golden amber color. Enjoy it all throughout the fall season, as it is available from August to November.
Tin Man Herald Imperial Pumpkin Ale Evansville, IN
Herald Imperial Pumpkin is a higher octane pumpkin beer at just over 8% alcohol and is pretty well balanced, while also refreshing. It pours a ruby-amber color and the nose is reminiscent of subtlety fall smells. The overall taste is heavy and overpowering, but in a good way. The spice and malt play well together for a delicious pumpkin brew.
Flat 12 Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale Indianapolis, IN
Flat Jack is the fall seasonal ale from Flat 12 brewing in Indianapolis. In their words it’s, “a special blend of Indian(a) spices and pumpkin shine through just enough to complement this slightly sweet and malty tribute to the season of hayrides and bonfires. Flat out fantastic.” Flat Jack is full of pumpkin spices and offers a nice bitter finish.
Be sure to check out our pumpkin beer selections this fall at your local Payless Liquors store. If you would like to reserve one of these beers, be sure to send us a request via our website.
We hope you have a Happy Halloween full of pumpkin beers!
Let us travel back in time to the year 1870, shortly after the Civil War. John F. Fitzgerald, a simple man, built a distillery on the banks of the Kentucky River, where he sold his bourbon to passengers on rail lines and steamships and to members of private clubs. Fitzgerald then made the decision to sell his brand to the one and only Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle for a small fortune of $10,000.
But more to this story has been uncovered in recent years. In 1999, a member of the Pappy Van Winkle family revealed a different side to Fitzgerald. It seems he wasn’t the man or the distiller he claimed to be — he was actually a bonded treasury agent, which meant that as a member of the Treasury Department, he was one of the only people allowed to carry keys to the barrel storage warehouses. As a man with a taste for fine bourbon, he used this luxury as an advantage to swipe the best barrels from all around as they aged and add them to his own “Fitzgerald barrels.”
Thus, the Old Fitzgerald Bourbons were a combination all the best barrels around. With the pick-up from Van Winkle’s, Old Fitzgerald was immortalized. What made it unique was the mash bill that contained wheat, rather than the other grains which were used in recipes at the time. This provided a softer, rounder profile to the bourbon.
Today we recognize Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon as a tribute to the lawless John E. Fitzgerald and his impeccable taste in bourbon. Larceny is made of corn, wheat malted barley and rye mash. Once the grains are milled, they are cooked in the Kentucky limestone water. After fermentation, the bourbon is aged in honey barrels for six to twelve years. Once the aging process is complete, the bourbon is bottled at 92 proof. Below you will find color, aroma, tasting and finishing notes.
Bright copper coloring.
The aroma is a blend of buttery bread, honey, vanilla and toffee. You may also notice hints of butterscotch and honeysuckle.
On The Palate
Enjoy a velvety taste on the tongue with a pleasant hint of spice. The taste also includes a rich mouthful of caramel and cinnamon.
A tad short, but the finish embodies an even warmth and notes of honey sweetness.
Larceny has received high ratings from the following:
- Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013: 93 points
- Wine Enthusiast: 93 points
- Named in Top 20 Spirits by Spirit Journal
- Best Buy by Whiskey Magazine
Have you had a chance to try the unruly Larceny? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!