Henry McKenna Single Barrel

Henry McKenna Bottled-in-Bond Single Barrel Bourbon

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There aren’t many spirits as unique as this one. Henry McKenna is the longest aged, bottled-in-bond, single barrel bourbon out there to date! It all started when Henry McKenna, an Irish immigrant, adapted his family’s traditional recipe to work with the grains he found in Kentucky around 1837. The result? A PERFECTLY balanced bourbon.

The mash bill of this product is 75% corn, 13% Rye and 12% malted barley.This 10-year-old single barrel bourbon has won numerous awards and accolades including Double Gold in the 2014 WSWA Spirits Tasting Competition. As well as, Double Gold in the 2015 SF Spirits Competition and Gold in the 2016 World Whiskey Awards.

To be considered a Bottled-in-Bond whiskey must be a product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery. The product must also be aged in a federally bonded warehouse under the supervision of the government for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof. Additionally, the bottled-in-bond label must clearly identify the distillery where it was distilled and where it was bottled.

Henry McKenna

Tasting Notes:

  • Color – Warm, Golden Amber
  • Aroma – Vanilla, Caramel, Oak & light Herbaceous notes
  • Taste – Smooth Oak, Sharp Spices, Honey & Sweetness
  • Finish – Long, Sweet & Spicy

Featured Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon Recipe: Bourbon & Branch

  • 2oz Henry McKenna Single Barrel
  • 4oz Chilled Mineral Water
  • Pour bourbon, add water. Stir in a highball glass half filled with ice. Enjoy!
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Compare Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wines at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration!

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Interested in attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration but wish there would be wine?! Well, you’re in luck! We’ve been receiving quite a few questions regarding wine and we’re here to clear things up.

There will be wine poured at the event. There will be bourbon barrel-aged wines to compare with their non-barrel aged equivalent. Who knows, you might discover that you prefer barrel-aged wines! This will give you a chance to understand more about the kinds of wines you enjoy.

Bourbon barrel-aged wine has soared in popularity since its official inception in 2014 and many brands have hopped in on the trend. This isn’t quite the first time that winemakers have used bourbon barrels in winemaking, however. Modern bourbon barrel winemaking is all about boosting flavor and richness. “When we use bourbon barrels to finish a portion of the wine, we introduce a different, more intense set of aromas and flavors that would be less pronounced in traditional wine barrels.”

At the event we will have (among others):

  • Apothic Inferno Bourbon Barrel Aged
  • Apothic Red
  • Apothic Dark
  • Federalist Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel
  • Federalist 1776 Series Zinfandel
  • Federalist 1776 Series Chardonnay

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Join us for an extraordinary night of bourbon tasting and learn more about the fine art and nuances of distilling and more. Check out our working list of distilleries attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration and Get your tickets here.

Peggy Noe Stevens

Peggy Noe Stevens: The Ultimate Bourbon Woman

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Peggy Noe Stevens has achieved no small feat. Bridging the gap for women in a gentleman’s world of bourbon, she has worked her way up as the first female master bourbon taster in the world, the founder of Bourbon Women’s Association and first and foremost, an expert in hospitality and global marketing.

You hear these titles, but do you know what it takes to get there? How does one become a master bourbon taster? It requires more than just a taste for bourbon. One has to be able to recognize the little nuances between brands, identify precise proofs, hundreds and hundreds of different flavors, and of course, defects. Her taste palate is just one touch point on a list of impressive achievements.

Peggy Noe StevensPeggy founded the Bourbon Women’s Association. This membership group was designed for educational, networking, and charitable purposes that strive to preserve the heritage that surrounds the making and responsible enjoyment of bourbon. She noticed that among her friends, many have a genuine interest in bourbon and she made it possible for women in 22 states, Canada and Australia to explore their interest and connect with like-minded women. Read Peggy’s full biography here.

We’re extremely excited to have Peggy Noe Stevens join the Indiana Historical Society and us at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration in February. Join us for an extraordinary night of bourbon tasting and learn more about the fine art and nuances of distilling and more. Check out our working list of distilleries attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration below and Get your tickets here.

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Working list of distilleries attending the IHS Bourbon Celebration

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Fred Minnick

Bourbon Authority Fred Minnick: Special Guest at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration

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Spirits can be more complicated than one thinks. Think your an expert on all thing Bourbon and Whisky? You might be mistaken. When it comes to the history and ability to understand and articulate the vast range of flavors in an array of different spirits, you have to be more than an expert. You have to live spirits and that’s just what Fred Minnick does.

He is a storyteller, and the history of American spirits has many, many stories to tell. Bourbon, in particular, is embedded into American history. The families names that helped create that history are the same families whose names down the labels of the bourbons we drink, and who make up the pages of the books that Fred writes, and we enjoy. Fred a gifted writer who loves to tell the stories and the history behind the spirits we drink, and he just so happens to also have an an impeccable palate (& eye), who through his words can allow you to experience what he is experiencing, and allow you to feel like you just shared the experience with him.

Fred is a Wall-Street Journal Best Selling Author. He has written Bourbon Women, Bourbon Curious, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whisky and Rum Curious. But wait, there’s more! Fred writes for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate and Whisky Magazine. He is also the Bourbon Authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum and he regularly appears on CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes, and NPR.

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We’re extremely excited to have Fred Minnick join the Indiana Historical Society and us at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration in February. Join us for an extraordinary night of bourbon tasting and learn more about the fine art and nuances of distilling and more. Get your tickets here. Samplings and silent auction end at 9:30 p.m.

Participating Distilleries: Fred Minnick
Buffalo Trace
Beam Suntory
Jesse James Distillery
Brown-Forman
Old Forester & Woodford
Heaven Hill
Angel’s Envy
502 Winery
Wild Turkey
Jim Beam
Maker’s Mark
Jefferson’s Bourbon
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Welcome, 2018! Bring on the Bubbly!

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Let your New Year’s Eve be full of laughter and champagne, as it should be! Champagne, Bubbly, Sparkling Wine, whatever you want to call it has been the drink of celebration dating back to the 16th century! Champagne visually and symbolically represents the overflow of abundance and joy.

So, is New Year’s even a thing if you aren’t drinking a glass of bubbly?? Payless Liquors says no. Whether you’re spending the whole night out at the bars, having a house party, or a quiet night with a couple people, champagne cocktails are the ideal way to ring in a new year.

Here are two quick and easy champagne cocktail recipes that will entrance all your co-partiers.

Classic Champagne Cocktail:bubbly

The classic champagne cocktail has been raved about. It’s a solid choice if you’re worried about making something that everyone likes.

  1. Place ¾ teaspoon sugar into the bottom of a champagne flute
  2. Top with about 8 shakes of Angostura bitters.
  3. Add Champagne until full
  4. garnish with a lemon peel

Unicorn Mimosa

The Unicorn Mimosa is the route you want to go if you’re looking for something more fun. This cocktail radiates New Years with its Sparkling Rim.

  1. Dip Champagne flute into water
  2. Rim glass with edible glitter.
  3. Add three scoops sherbet
  4. Add 1 ½ ounces vodka
  5. 1 ½ ounces champagne
  6. garnish with rock candy

If you don’t know what champagne you want to use in your Bubbly New Year’s Cocktail, here’s a quick guide on how to pick out the best bubbly.

Christmas Day Locations

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Payless Liquors Open on Christmas

If Christmas Day comes and you realize you’re gonna need something strong to deal with all the Christmas Chaos, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. There will be 10 Payless Locations open on December 25th! See Below:

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2017 Antique Collection Right to Purchase Lottery

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The Ultimate Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year Set Right to Purchase Contest

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Pappy Raffle
We have the Ultimate Pappy 23 Year Set! Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. These barrels were carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse for an added three years of aging.
This set includes 1 bottle of  Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23-year and 1, 23-year barrel head signed by Julian Van Winkle III himself!
Enter to win the right to purchase this rare set by answering the following question correctly: How many gallons of bourbon is lost in making 3 gallons of 23-year Pappy?

ENTER HERE UNTIL DECEMBER 5TH! 

Jameson Caskmates IPA

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition | When Two Great Worlds Collide

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Jameson is quite a favored choice in Indiana as it was listed as the most popular choice amongst Hoosiers compared to other Whiskey brands. We’re getting Hoosiers will go just as wild for their Caskmates IPA edition.

Jameson had an epiphany to combine their loved signature flavor with that of Irish Pale Ale and that’s how they came up with their caskmates series. Jameson Caskmates IPA is the 2nd edition in Jameson’s line of whiskeys aged in former beer casks.Jameson caskmates ipa

Jameson has successfully partnered with breweries in the past and had an inclination that a Zesty Irish Pale Ale was just what they needed in 2017. They loaned their barrels to Franciscan Well Brewery to soak in beer and what they got back were barrels full of crisp and hoppy notes, where they were then resoaked in Jameson.

The final product holds true to the signature Jameson flavor we Hoosiers know and love while adding light hints of hops, fresh citrus, and floral notes. Bottled at 40 ABV, this whiskey is comprised of both single malts and single grains from many different distilleries.

Nose: Floral, herbal hops, grapefruit, citrus notes with subtle orchard fruits, complemented by wood shavings and a little nuttiness.

Taste: Hops and light citrus with sweet herbal notes and delicate spicy tones.

Finish: The lingering fresh fruit and hopes give way to grains of barley and a signature smooth finish.

“The expression picks up the best parts of an IPA. Has the juicy quality of a New England IPA. A lot of orange and citrus, almost like an orange creamsicle.” 

The other blend in their Caskmates series is aged in stout barrels. All we have to say is, there’s a reason that Jameson is the worlds #1 selling Irish Whiskey and when you combine two great products you get something even more spectacular. Say hello to Jameson’s Caskmates IPA Edition. Cheers!

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine: A Party in a Jar

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There are more ways to get high-quality moonshine than that local guy at the bar in the middle of nowhere. Believe me when I say that, i’ve come across moonshiners in country bars that make and sell it out of there home. Thanks to Ole Smokey Distillery getting your hands on the authentic stuff is as easy as heading to your local Payless!

Ole Smoky was actually the first licensed distilleries in East Tennessee, and is now one of the most frequented tourist spots in the Smoky Ole Smoky MoonshineMountains. When it comes to moonshine, there’s a plethora of flavors to choose from. Ole smoky produces a wide variety of different flavors and proofs. Some of their most popular products include: Original Moonshine (100 Proof), White Lightnin (100 Proof), Moonshine Cherries (100 Proof), and Apple Pie Moonshine (40 Proof). You can view a complete list of their flavors and proofs here.

The Original Moonshine is for those wanting the authentic moonshine experience. This product is a combination of 80% corn and a top-secret ingredient. The result is a high-octane and extremely bold flavored moonshine! Some of the flavored Ole Smoky products make for great cocktails and they even shared a list of recipes on their site for inspiration.

We are offering a number of Ole Smoky tastings across various locations in Indianapolis through December. Be sure to check out our events calendar to find the most convenient location for you! And, there’s another thing we are extremely excited about and thats Moonshine Minis! If you aren’t sure what flavor is for you, you can pick up a few different 50mL jars to decide. Moonshine Minis also make the best stocking stuffers and gifts for co-workers and bosses. Go on now, get yourself a Party in a Jar!

“If you are looking for moonshine that tastes great, but is capable of sterilizing hospital equipment, you need Ole Smoky in your life.” 

 

Johnnie Walker

Get a Taste of the Future with Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut

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Johnnie Walker is home to exceptional Scotch Whiskies in the present and is now tapping into the future with their limited edition Black Label The Director’s Cut. Seriously though. But how could one create a whisky of the future in the present you ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

You could also call this whisky Johnnie Walker Blade Runner due to its roll in the new movie Blade Runner 2049. In fact Blade Runner 2049 is the whole premise around the creation of this overly exception whisky by master blender Jim Beverage in collaboration with the visionary filmmaker Denis Villeneuve.

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Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is compromised of over 30 different malt and grain whiskies. Futuristic products are adaptations of what we have now, and combining as much as 30 whiskies together to create a new one is certainly a thing of the whiskey future. It is honestly amazing that so many different recipes could come together to create such a smooth and delectable taste.

This limited edition scotch whisky presented in a futuristic bottle takes the original trademark of smokiness and exceeds  it with a contemporary twist of sweet fruity and vanilla flavors. This Whisky appears yellow and is bottled at 49% ABV.

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Nose: It has a uniformly pleasant scent of marshmallow, honey, and crisp red apple followed by golden raisins and figs, finished off with subtle notes of green tea.

Palate: You can definitely taste more than you can in the original. It goes down very smooth with tastes of leather, himalayan salt, spice, black pepper, black tea, cotton candy, powdered cocoa, taro root, caramel, dates, golden raisins and a slightly bitter note of chicory.

Finish: The finish is medium in length, with pleasant lingering flavors of black pepper, oak tanin, coal lla peat and chicory. “A spicy tingle that lasts the death.

Now that you’re hooked on this futuristic whisky, it doesn’t stop there. You can make the Penicillin 2049 at home! This is a futuristic twist on a classic cocktail, using ultrasound technology to create a sensory cloud of ginger essence.

  1. Pour 40mL of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 30mL clarified lemon juice and 30mL of honey syrup.
  3. Shake Well
  4. Strain contents over large cold draft ice cube in a rocks glass.
  5. Garnish with a slice of fresh ginger.

Cheers to the future and exceptional whisky! 

 

Blade and Bow

Blade and Bow Bourbon: Commitment to Craftsmanship and Artistry

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What the key to a great anything? A true commitment to craftsmanship and artistry. That’s what Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is all about. The story of this bourbon is one you’ll have to pull up a chair for. Are you ready to unlock the secrets of this iconic bourbon?

Stitzel-Weller Distillery

Blade and Bow is manufactured under the Diageo umbrealla. Diageo dedicated this bourbon to the craftsmanship of the historic Stitzel-weller Distillery, where Blade and Bow is aged and non-traditionally blended and partially distilled from. The Stitzel-Weller Distillery encompasses a lot of bourbon history. In fact, this is the site where legendary Julian (Pappy) Van Winkle made his mark.

Stitzel-Weller was originally owned by the company that owned and operated Guinness, United Distillers. They shut the distillery down in 1992. Eventually Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo and Diageo reopened the facility in 2014 to keep it’s legend alive. Each bottle of Blade and Bow contains actual distilling history of Stitzel-Weller.

Blade and Bow

Solera Style Aging System

At the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Blade and Bow uses a unique solera style aging system. Another name for this process is fractional blending. This aging involves a pyramid or tier system of barrels that always feed to the bottom barrels.

Blade and Bow is made using a five barrel solera system. The bottom or #5 barrel contains some original bourbon distilled in the early 90s. They say the trick is to never dump more than half of the barrel. So when barrel #5 is dumped for bottling, barrel # 4 is used to refill barrel #5. Then barrel #3 fills up #4 and so on until barrel #1 is used to fill barrel #2. That’s when a whiskey that is not currently in the system is used to fill barrel #1.

Diageo says all of the bourbon used to produce Blade and Bow is at least 6 years old.

The Five Key Symbol

The true symbol of Blade and Bow, from its name to is bottle, is a key. Blade and BowThis bourbon was named after the anatomy of a key. Blade refers to the long section and Bow is the end or ornamental part. Originating from Stitzel-Weller is their five key symbol, which always had a strong presence at the distillery.

The five key symbol stands for the five steps of making bourbon: grain, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging.

The design of the Blade and Bow bottle encompasses the five key ways of doing things. with six sides, five are dedicated to the bourbon making process and one is left for labeling.

Tasting Notes

Nose: You can easily identify the grain, oak, and dominating vanilla aromas. There are small hints of toasted coconut and “alcohol punch”.

Taste: The first thing one notices is a sweetness described as vanilla fudge and coconut macaroon. Then you’ll taste secondary notes of cinnamon and baking spices. But wait, thats not all. As the dominating flavors subside, you’re left with flavors of oak, toasted almonds, apricot preserves. Peppermint and milk chocolate also appear.

Finish: Despite the intense taste, the finish is short and abrupt.

An expert review on Distillers.com said, “This bourbon packs a surprising amount of flavor into an approachable and easy drinking whiskey.”

You can taste Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at our Holiday Tasting Saturday, November 4th between 1:00 and 4:00pm! 14580 River Road, Carmel, IN 46033. 

 

 

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