Blender's Dog

The Art of Balance: Jameson The Blender’s Dog

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Have we got a real treat for you! Jameson’s head blender crafted this perfectly balanced Blender’s Dog, that you will absolutely love. Billy Leighton, their head blender, “has a musical note in his head and harmony is his main pursuit.” The Blender’s Dog whiskey celebrate Billy’s craft, the art of marrying whiskeys.Blender's Dog

This is a superbly balanced, complex whiskey. The perfect balance of spirit, work, and time; delivering butterscotch sweetness with a prickle of spice and tannins. This blend is more than a science, it’s an art.

After scouring the internet for the word on The Blender’s Dog, it is unanimously a must-have. It’s the whiskey for anyone, even non-whiskey drinkers. “It is a wonderful complexity of flavors that were perfectly timed in your mouth,” one reviewer said, “The finished end was just lovely”.

Nose: From light citrus to pineapple, mango and kiwi notes, with the addition of fig and dates. A touch of walnut leads into the contribution of the seasoned American barrels and Spanish butts, vanilla and toasted oak.

Taste: A rich, round, creamy mouthful, with the sweetness of butterscotch, giving away to the prickle of the pot still spices Succulent fruit brings the perfect balance of charred oak with some subtle tannin add to the complexity.

Finish: Exceptional long, as the luscious fruit Is slow to fade.

Hands down, if you don’t think you can grasp the difference between the science of whiskey and the art of whiskey, you have to try this. Unlike other whiskeys, it is truly a work of art. Stop into Payless today to pick up a bottle, or reserve a bottle for yourself here. You will be completely blown away. Cheers!

apothic inferno

Apothic Inferno

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Are you looking for that perfect concoction of flavor and awe? Try a wine inspired by “Apotheca”, a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in the 13th century Europe. At a time when people who prepared of sold medicine or drugs were called Apothecaries. Try Apothic Inferno. This wine will take all your pain away at 15.9% ABV with flavors so vast like a raging fire. Apothic is a pioneer in creating innovative blends that push the envelope of what’s expected from a wine.Apothic Inferno

Apothic Inferno is a limited time small batch California blend that just returned to the shelves at the beginning of September. “A new blend emerges from the flames of a time-honored craft, creating the most unexpected and masterful encounter.” This limited release red blend wine has been aged in whiskey barrels for 60 days. They call this a “wine with a whiskey soul”, now that truly sounds like pain relief.

Debbie Juergernson is a master apothecary…or winemaker, if that’s what you wanna call it. She uses only the most distinct California grapes in her concoctions. “I strive to tell a story with each blend of Apothic”, she says. Apothic Inferno’s story starts off with it ‘s mysteriously dark red and blackberry color. The nose brings whiffs of chocolate covered strawberries and smokey hints of campfire. Then, red and dark fruit flavors combine with layers of maple and spice, giving way to a long, clean finish.

Now, Apothic Inferno is not your average wine, it’s nothing something you would want to pair with food. Its strong flavors are often overpowering of food (besides rich chocolate and cheesecake).  This is a wonderfully mysterious and sensual wine good for relaxing by the fire or even a girls night. It is absolutely beyond worth it for the price. Wine with a whiskey soul and a hauntingly addictive flavor,

Jesse James

Jesse James Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey – Only At Payless!

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Calling all Whiskey Connoisseurs!
Did you know that Payless is the only store in Indiana that offers Jesse James Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey? This whiskey is made in the spirit of America’s true outlaw and it’s yours for just $39.99. You won’t find this anywhere else.

It’s Fall & You Know What That Means: Pumpkin Spice Everything!

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Every year at the start of fall, there is one thing you can count on; pumpkin spice everything coming out of the wood works.  You either love it because you’re “basic” or hate it because you’re a rebel. Even though we know everyone secretly loves it. There is nothing to not love about the pumpkin spice flavor. Now, the Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte is not for everyone, but a mixed drink sure is! What could get you in the Autumn mood better than a bonfire and that perfect pumpkin spice beverage? We want to share our favorite fall recipes with you!

Spiced, Pumpkin Cocktail

  • 2 parts Pinnacle pumpkin pie vodkaPumpkin Spice
  • 1 part Irish cream liqueur
  • ½ part half and half
  • Whipped cream topping
  • Ice
  • Nutmeg and granulated sugar mixture for rimming glass and topping
  1. Rim the glass with nutmeg and sugar
  2. In a shaker with ice, vigorously shake vodka, Irish cream, and half and half.
  3. Top with whipped cream
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg and sugar
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Apple, Pumpkin Beer Cocktail

  • 8 ounces good quality bourbonPumpkin Spice
  • 9 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ½ ounces of lemon juice
  • 12 ounces pumpkin ale
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon sticks and cranberries for garnish
  1. Shake the bourbon, apple cider and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour into 4 glasses with ice
  3. Pour the pumpkin ale evenly into each glass
  4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and cranberries
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Now don’t roll your eyes to these pumpkin spice cocktails until you given them a try! Make a pitcher, invite your friends over and add a little spice to your night. Cheers!

Booker's Blue Knights Batch

Booker’s Blue Knights Batch

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We all know and love Jim Beam, but we don’t always get to hear about some of the other brands distilled by Jim Beam. Booker’s Blue Knights Batch is one of them and is the 2nd of the 2017 Booker’s releases. This batch was named in honor of Booker Noe’s lesser known group of friends, The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. This was an international group of active and retired law enforcement officers that shared a passion for the open road.

In Jim Beam’s words, “Booker’s Blue Knights Batch is culled from barrels from four different production dates located in four different warehouses. The nose is sweet with vanilla notes, mixed with wood from the white oak barrels. The mingling aromas and tastes from different barrels make this a great, well-balanced batch.”

  • 2% from 4th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE
  • 38% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse D
  • 33% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse F
  • 27% from 7th floor of 9-story warehouse J

This whiskey has a mash bill of 77% corn, 13% rye, and 10% malted barley, and was aged in a New Charred Oak cask for a little over 6 years. It is bottled at cask strength and barrel proof of 127, it’s the closest you can get to getting it out of the cask yourself. Caramel to the eye, nicely balanced, full-bodied with a heavy oily feel. Booker’s Blue Knights Batch just has an all-around rich, dense and oaky profile.Booker's Blue Knights Batch

Nose: Oak roasted peanuts, Dark Fruit, baking spice, cocoa, and toffee. All-around described as very pleasant.

Taste: Oak roasted peanuts, dark fruit, baking spice, cocoa, leather, and toffee, also described as pleasant.

Finish: A very long finish of oak and peanuts, a little brown sugar, clove and herbal spice.

Perfect for easy going sipping on a spring day! Reserve your bottle of Booker’s Blue Knights Batch while the selection is available. Cheers!


Dynamic and Action-Packed: Old Forester’s Stateman

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It’s not every day that a whiskey is made in collaboration with a movie. Old Forester Just released their Statesman whiskey a month before Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set to come out. This movie is about a group of master bourbon distillers by day, spies by night. Two elite secret spy organizations band together to defeat a common enemy as the world is held hostage.

Based on the dynamic characters in the movie, Old Forester named this whiskey Statesman after the American secret service-esque counterparts in the movie. “We wanted to make sure that whatever we bottled and sell fit the world that was presented in Kingsman.” That’s why they created the smooth 95 proof Statesman from hand selected casks from the warmest parts of the warehouse, because “True character is only revealed after a little heat.” This Kentucky whiskey is an exceptional balance of heat and spice.

Statesman shares it’s mash bill with the original recipe that Old Forester’s has used since 1870 – 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. The only difference is that Statesman was aged on the highest floor of the warehouse, where temperatures can reach 120 degrees during the summer. This whiskey is golden brown in appearance and bottles at 47.5% ABV.

Nose: Devil’s food, clove & oak spice with an undercurrent of raw vanilla.

Taste: Buttery leather is quickly dominated by a bold flash of pepper, cinnamon, bark and sharp citrus.

Finish: Intense spice and eucalyptus which fade into orange cream and caramel.


Jeff Bridges (middle) stars alongside Statesman as the character champ where he debuted this bourbon at the Kentucky Derby. If you can’t already tell by the makeup it’s wild flavors, this Kentucky whiskey is bold! Get ready for the Kingsman movie, set to premiere September 22, by trying Old Forester’s Statesman. This is thee action-packed whiskey you don’t want to miss out on. Reserve your bottle of Statesman here.

WhistlePig FarmStock

Farm-to-Bottle: WhistlePig FarmStock

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Farm-to-fork eating is all craze today. We want to know that what we are putting into our bodies is fresh. Straight from the ground and onto our plates. Well, we should be thinking the same way about the drinks we put into our bodies.  Especially when it comes to alcoholic beverages with unknown amounts of sugar and additives. WhistlePig had a vision of creating a true farm-to-bottle whiskey and they did just that. WhistlePig FarmStock whiskey was created.

WhistlePig FarmStock Whiskey “is the manifestation of the dream that launched the company: to produce the finest whiskey in the world from our Vermont farm.” Farmstock is a blended rye whiskey made of young estate whiskey, five and six-year estate ryes, and MPG 12-year whiskey stock. This 86 proof blend really embraces the spiciness of both the local grains and wood. It is amber to the eye and bottle at 43% ABV.WhistlePig FarmStock

Nose: Deep and complex aromas, there is a lot going on here. It is mostly made of a rich woody oak. It has subtle hints of dark, salt caramel and then it leaves on a nice fruity note. The grain-forward nature of this whiskey is said to leave an air of baking bread in the nostrils.

Palate: Despite the sweetness in the nose, the palate accentuates the dryer aspects of this whiskey. Again, predominantly oaky there are sweeter florally flavors at the end with hints of citrus and stone fruit.

Finish: Intricate and enduring finish featuring winter fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco, butterscotch, and vanilla founded in classic rye spice.

Try the WhistlePig FarmStock Manhattan. Combine 2oz FarmStock, 1/2oz Sweet Vermouth, 2 dashes of Angostura. Garnish with a Cherry and wa-la! You know what you’re getting with this whiskey and that’s a true farm-to-bottle whiskey. Heck, it’s even bottled in a barn! You can reserve your own bottle of WhistlePig Farmstock here.

Jim Beam Vanilla

Jim Beam Vanilla – A Sweet Touch on a Kentucky Classic

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Jim Beam is an American traditional bourbon whiskey that we all know and love. Made with the same secret recipe for over 200 years, it’s considered the world’s #1 Kentucky Bourbon. But, there’s a new member of the family for those looking for a sweet touch on a Kentucky classic, Jim Beam Vanilla. This really is quite the addition. One you can enjoy straight, on the rocks or in a mixed drink.

Jim Beam Vanilla
Enjoy Jim Beam® Vanilla with cola and a cherry garnish. (PRNewsfoto/Jim Beam)

Jim Beam took the natural flavor of Madagascar Vanilla Liqueur and combined it with their world’s finest Kentucky Straight Whiskey.  This combination is the perfect balance of rich full-bodied vanilla with subtle hints of oak, complemented with the deep caramel notes of bourbon. “It’s perfect for those times when you are looking for a touch of sweetness to your bourbon.”

Like mentioned above, there are many ways to enjoy Jim Beam Vanilla; however, one of the most popular ways is mixed with Cola. If you’re not a Cola fan than there are other mixing options for you. Jim Beam has provided us with recommendations for mixing and says it goes really well with orange juice too. Jim Beam Vanilla is the perfect mixer because the flavors in the bourbon whiskey blend with other flavors like in Cola and orange juice to create even more flavor in your beverage.

If you’re someone who prefers things a little on the sweeter side than this is your drink. Don’t drink mediocre cocktails when you can have a well-balanced, sweet and flavorful bourbon cocktail with Jim Beam Vanilla. Cheers!



Premier Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage 9

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Bourbon Whiskey…

The two are linked in so many ways it is hard to imagine one existing without the other. The founding fathers of this great country crossed the ocean’s more than two-hundred years ago to start a new world, based on the vision of freedom, free expressions of new ideas, yet structured by a founding set of laws that outline the rules of the land for all to follow. (Kind of sounds like the history of American bourbon whiskey if you ask me.)  Many of those founding fathers who help construct this great land were also its first distillers. ThJefferson'se history of distilling and the use (and enjoyment) of spirits is well documented in virtually every key moment of early America. One of those founders, and an infamously known distiller and innovator of American whiskey was Thomas Jefferson. Known then for both his curiosity and his experimental spirit, in today’s world Thomas Jefferson would be known as an “innovator”.  It’s in this spirit of innovation that Trey Zoeller, CEO of Jefferson’s Bourbon, chose the founding father to be the “face” of his brand, and the inspiration behind the Jefferson’s line. Despite pushing the boundaries (and the definition) of Bourbon, Jefferson’s is committed to holding to the traditions and basic rules that make bourbon whiskey America’s spirit of choice.

Jefferson’s Oceans line was born from just this “outside the box” thinking. After enjoying a day on the water with friends (and a few drams of his bourbon), Trey was inspired after watching the spirits in his glass constantly rock back and forth. He began thinking about the effects that this constant motion, along with the unique environmental elements that the Ocean provides would provide.  With that, Trey loaded up a couple 30-gallon barrels and his first voyage set sail, and the bourbon world was changed forever. After word of the unique and delicious characteristics that resulted, the first batch of Ocean’s was soon going for over $1,000 on the secondary market. (It was THAT good!)

Now, after nearly a dozen voyages logged, bourbon enthusiast still regularly await the docking of each new batch, as no two voyages have yet to provide the same results. Despite the average voyage crossing the equator on 4 times, visiting 5 continents, the constantly changing weather conditions and temperament of the sea work together to give each voyage its own special flavor.

Blended especially for you by the lord of the sea’s, “Chef Poseidon” himself, the Voyage 9 Single Barrel from Payless is like no other you will have.

Nose:  A wave of candied dark cherries jump out of the glass and grabs you right up front. Subtle notes of fig present, followed by a leveling notes of rye grain and spice. There is a butterscotch element that enters and instantly blends with the grain to provide a gram-cracker element, allowing the underlying sweetness and cinnamon spice to lift anchor and inspire you to set sail for a taste.

Taste:  Sweetness splashes the lips, with elements of sweetened wood drifting in. There’s a subtle, almost salty-brine dryness and hints of leather that washes over the mid pallet that may remind some of the up-front characteristics that an Islay scotch provides, while others may envision characteristics of an Irish whiskey.  Currents of dark fruit, bread, and nutty elements give just a flash memory of a pecan pie, changing to salted-caramel and chocolate, before receding like the tide, leaving spice to sparkle on the tongue like the shell treasures the sea shares on its sandy beaches.

Finish:  Caramel and vanilla dock on the pallet, washed in with a smooth medium finish that leaves the tongue feeling as smooth as the early-morning sand after the high tide has come and gone. Hints of that salty-brine remain, reminding you the taste voyage you just experienced was unlike any other. While traditional bourbon flavors are always there, like the relaxation of an ocean cruise can provide, it relaxes you just enough to show you a different side of something you’ve always known and loved.



Jefferson’s Very Small Batch

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Thomas Jefferson once said, “I hold to it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” This quote reflects the true nature of Thomas Jefferson, known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. Today, living on in his name, Jefferson’s Bourbon is a symbol for an experimental spirit. Of course, there are many different Jefferson’s bourbons but today, let’s talk about the Jefferson’s Ridiculously Small Batch. Jefferson's

Jefferson’s Small Batch is a combination of up to four different Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys of different ages. By combining these different whiskeys, Jefferson’s achieves a complexity and balance while maintaining the consistency needed in a bourbon. They say that this Bourbon is perfect for both the connoisseur and someone who is just looking to get into whiskey. Jefferson’s goal is to create uncommon bourbon and they’ve succeeded. They are constantly seeking out new and aged barrels of bourbon from established distilleries that have already perfected their art for over hundreds of years.

Jefferson’s Small Batch is aged in a new charred oak cask and bottled at ABV 41.15%. It is light caramel in color and grainy yet fruity to the nose. It has a medium, full-bodied, slightly hot palate with a bit of sugar cane, but not as much sweetness as you’d think according to the aroma. It is sure to last a while in the finish with some bitterness, oak tannin, and charcoal that fades away with a bit of sweet and honey. Overall, this is simply a pleasant whiskey that looks good on the shelf.

We are excited about our new Jefferson’s barrels and will be premiering these barrels on August 26, 2017. This is a “no frills” whiskey that can pleasantly be drunk while hanging out, watching TV or reading a book. Stop by for a taste or reserve your bottle today, that is if you’re a curious soul like good ol’ Thomas Jefferson. Cheers!

Sunshine Sangria

Make Yourself the Perfect Summer Time Sangria

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There’s nothing more relaxing in the summer than a sunny day, sitting poolside with a sangria in hand. Whether it’s the weekend or another “Wine Wednesday”, sangria is the perfect refreshing beverage. Lucky for us, summer isn’t over yet and sangria is pretty easy to make at home.

Sangria, rooted in Spain, has become a popular and refreshing party drink all around the world and there are many different variations of this traditional red wine punch. It seems every restaurant has its own mixture of sangria, and that’s just the thing, don’t buy a mix from the store make it home and add your own flare. Here are a couple of the best summertime sangria recipes for you to make at home and alter just the way you like.

Sunshine SangriaChardonnay

1 bottle Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay

2 Tbsp. sugar

2 oranges, sliced

½ lb. fresh strawberries, sliced

1 peach, chopped

1 lime, sliced

2 oz. triple sec

10oz seltzer water

First, you want to muddle the bottom of a large pitcher with sugar, oranges, strawberries, peach and lime slices. Next, you’ll want to pour wine, triple sec and seltzer water into the pitcher and stir. For best results, refrigerate overnight and serve in a tall glass over ice with your best friends. The next recipe is a more traditional red sangria if that’s what you’re into. But again, like I said, it is encouraged that you make your sangria based on what you will like best – it’s your drink!

Red SangriaShiraz

½ apple, cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces

½ orange, rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed

3-4 Tbsp. organic brown sugar

¾ cup orange juice

1/3 cup brandy

1 750 ml bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz

For this recipe, you want to muddle the bottom of a large pitcher with apples, oranges, and sugar with a wooden spoon for about 45 seconds. Then, add orange juice and brandy, muddle for 30 more seconds. Add red wine, stir and taste. Adjust the flavor as needed. Once complete, add ice, stir once more and chill. If you want to get real fancy you can garnish with orange.

Now it is time to chill in the sun with your perfect wine punch. There are many different ways you can make sangria and they are all just as delicious and won’t break the bank! Get your favorite Lindeman Wines to compliment your sangria for just $3.99 at Payless! Cheers!


Admiral Nelson

Admiral Nelson Premium Spiced Rum

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Admiral NelsonI am sure most of you have heard of and many have probably tried good old Admiral Nelson rum, but do you know about the real Admiral Nelson? This rum was inspired by Admiral Horatio Nelson, leader of the greatest armada to ever sail the high seas. They say that the admiral was fearless and lived life to his own beat, bold and full of flavor much like the rum inspired from him.

He was known for his genuine, heroic confidence and resilience. He was very much his own person and he didn’t let authority motivate him. They say that part of his infamy comes from ignoring the command to cease-fire. He “put a blind eye” to his orders, this is also where the famous phrase came from. Now, let’s talk a little about the premium spiced rum inspired by such a heroic admiral.

There are many different kinds of Admiral Nelson rums, not just the plain premium spiced rum. That’s because you should be making your own decisions and choosing your own course, just like the Admiral. The traditional, premium spiced Admiral Nelson rum, is a gold with a smooth bold taste carefully blended with savory spices.

The nose is made up of light cinnamon and gingerbread notes, backed with vanilla. The body is sweet and pleasant, not overly spiced. It is the perfect rum for those who like just a little kick and is easy enough to just sip plain. The finish is short, straight and simple. This is a 70 proof rum. People enjoy this rum because they can drink it straight and not be put off by the burn. This is also a very tasty rum to add to mix drinks. Admiral Nelson Premium Spiced Rum is perfect for sipping straight and mixing drinks and it doesn’t break the bank. Get your bottle of Admiral Nelson today and be sure to follow along with our journey of Admiral Nelson and the Indianapolis Indians. Taste the Admiral. See the Indians. Cheers!

George Remus

George Remus Bourbon

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If you are one who likes to “think about your drink”, are a spirit enthusiast, or just have an interest in the history of America, at one point or another you will be reading about bourbon. Once you start reading into the history of bourbon (its birth, near death, and revitalization), you will no-doubt hear the name, George Remus.

George Remus, who was given the title of “King of the Bootleggers”, was actually born in Germany before his family moved to Chicago when he was just a child. George followed his father’s footstep and became a pharmacist at the young age of 19, but left the trade in his mid-twenties to become a lawyer, focusing in criminal defense. With the passing of the 18th Amendment and the start of prohibition, George saw many of his criminal clientele grow, and become very rich making and selling bourbon. By using his background as a pharmacist, and his knowledge as a lawyer, George found loopholes in the law to make and sell bonded bourbon for “medicinal purposes” legally, but also organized to have his own product “stolen” by (his own) hijackers, where he then sold his product illegally. George soon moved to the Cincinnati area, where distilleries were plentiful and purchased several to help make his personal secret recipe, and to continue to grow his trade.  George grew a 40 million dollar empire where he was known for throwing some of the most George Remusextravagant parties people had ever seen.  Many believe that it is George Remus that inspired the character Jay Gatsby in the iconic F. Scott Fitzgerald book “The Great Gatsby”.

This bourbon is a 4 yr. old MGP release, their 2nd release under their own branding (last years Metze’s select was their first, a fantastic rye if you can find it), so you know it will be good. It is a 94 proof high-rye blend used to recreate the flavor profile of the iconic George Remus brands of days past.

Nose:  Fruit (orange and cherry) with soft rye spice hit up front. Following is a mix of sweetened wood, containing hints of maple and vanilla that present but don’t overtake.

Taste:  The sweet vanilla-maple notes from the nose quickly find the front of the tongue, before fading into more of a sweet corn as it walks the tongue towards the mid-pallet. This is where the rye spice grows, but never takes over as rye spice sometimes tends to do (possibly by the vanilla notes that never went away). Arriving late to the party are some subtle hints of chard caramel and notes of pepper, that starts sliding back down towards the front third of the tongue a bit, not so much to the back as in most bourbons, making this one a bit unique.

Finish:  A medium finish leaves you a bit unsure if you just enjoyed a sweet rye, or a spicy bourbon, but truth be told, you just enjoyed the best of both. There are some high-priced limited releases that are known for this complex mix of profiles, but are twice the price and in a side-by-side would not distinguish itself from this bourbon at half the cost.

Truth be told I think I would enjoy this bourbon even more then I already do if the proof were just a bit higher (100 proof would be a sweet spot IMO), but that said this is absolutely worth a purchase! I tend to lean towards a high proof, high rye kick to my bourbons, and this gives me just enough of both to keep me interested, yet still provides me a fun sweetness that keeps it in play as an option when I want something a bit softer. If you are into cocktails, I could see this working fantastically in a Old Fashion, so keep this in mind if cocktails is your jam.

Contact us today to reserve your bottle of George Remus Bourbon. Cheers!