During a time where alcohol rights were slowly creeping away, a grocer by the name of David Nicholson had something stirring in the private back room of his St. Louis general store. It was in 1843, when drunk driving first became a penalty, Nicholson begin distilling an original bourbon recipe. Unbeknownst to him, the 1843 recipe he discovered would carry on for centuries.
50 years later, Julian Van Winkle and W.L. Weller started producing 1843 for the St. Louis market. Van Winkle held onto the brand until 2000 when it was acquired by Luxco. The unchanged, unfiltered, and unmatched 1843 is still known for it’s outstanding character that earned its original popularity. It is truly amazing that an unchanged 1843 bourbon recipe could win a double gold in 2015. But, David Nicholson’s did. Today David Nicholson is known for his two bourbon recipes, the 1843 and Reserve.
The 1843 is a 90 proof exceptionally smooth ‘wheated’ bourbon. The dominate characteristics in this bourbon are wood and smoke flavors with subtle vanilla. You will get that nice warm feel all the way down with this one, but that eases up if you add water. Outstanding in a manhattan, the smoky oak notes blend extremely well in a cocktail.
This 100 proof, extra-aged and ‘ryed’ bourbon provides a full-bodied flavor and a distinct, spicy taste. The drinking experience of Reserve is extremely pleasurable. A hit of sweetness as it first hits your lips quickly turns to rye and peppery flavors as it goes down. Toffee notes linger allowing you to enjoy even minutes after you’ve taken a sip.
David Nicholson Bourbons have mainly been sold in Missouri and Illinois so there are still many ares in the US that are eagerly waiting to try. This brand has survived almost two centuries and continues to impress.
There is no better way to honor a horse than with a glass of Woodford Reserve and that’s why Woodford Reserve releases a Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle each and every year. For the last 19 years, Woodford Reserve has released an annual limited edition Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. Most all of these commemorative bottles have featured the work of artists from all over the country.
For the running of the 144th Kentucky Derby race, Woodford Reserve has partnered with Louisville artist Keith Anderson. As the presenting sponsor of the grandest horse race of all time Woodford Reserve celebrates the greatest two minutes in sports. Anderson’s artwork on the 2018 bottle illustrates powerful thoroughbreds breaking through the starting gates in all their glory. Anderson shared, “It has been such an honor to have my artwork considered for this years commemorative Derby bottle and to have my artwork chosen is a dream come true.”
As much as we love the commemorative artwork every year, it’s really what’s inside that makes this bottle so special. Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select is a super premium, small-batch bourbon crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. It is a bourbon of exceptional richness, depth, and character with a smooth, well-rounded finish, much like race itself.
Sip like the Millionaire’s row during the 144th Kentucky Derby, drink Woodford!
New Maker’s Mark Mint Julep coming to Payless this week! The centuries-old “Mint Julep” is a cocktail of bourbon, water, mint, and ice, and most commonly associated with the Kentucky Derby! There have been many variations of the mint julep over the years including the addition of fruit flavors and the difference in bourbon of choice. Maker’s Mark now adds their own variation to the mix!
Maker’s Mark infuses its’ popular Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with mint and a touch of sugar creating a cocktail that’s ready to go. This 33 proof bourbon liqueur just needs ice to enjoy! Nobody does the mint julep quite like Maker’s Mark.
This product is a limited release and we’re not expecting it to last long. We’ve heard and read nothing but positive things about Maker’s Mark Mint Julep. Enjoy over the weekend hanging out in the shade on a sunny day and most definitely, enjoy while watching the Kentucky Derby. Reserve your bottle here with our pick-up form or head over to your nearest Payless Liquors and we will take care of you. Cheers!
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.
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: 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 www.mgpingredients.com @tillvodka
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 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!
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 extravagant 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!
To Bourbon Enthusiast, the A.H. Hirsch name is among the All Time Greats, and a true bourbon “Unicorn”. A.H. Hirsch bourbons often top the lists of “The Best Bourbons You Will Never Get To Drink”due to both its rarity and price, often surpassing even Pappy 23 yr. in its value. While there are several older aged versions that are both rare and highly sought after, it’s the A.H. Hirsch 16 yr. that is considered by many to be one of the best American bourbon ever produced. These rare A.H. Hirsch bourbons were originally purchased shortly after they were distilled in the mid 70’s from the original renowned Bomberger’s/ Michter’s Distillery in Pennsylvania, years before it closed in the late 80’s.
The Hirsch bourbons (no A.H.) you will find today are inspired from those legendary A.H. Hirsch bourbons, through a selected range of sourced whiskeys that celebrate the history of American whiskey, offered in a range of styles. One of those styles is the Hirsch 8 yr. High Rye Bourbon.
The Hirsch 8 yr. High Rye Bourbon is a blend of 2 different mash bills (rye 21% and 36%), in barrels with a duel char levels (#2 & #4), and is distilled by MGP here in Indiana.
(Speaking of Indiana, if you’re looking for this unique bourbon, you will ONLY find Hirsch 8 yr.High Rye Bourbon at Payless!!!)
Nose: Rye hits the nose up front, with hints of toffee and some soft vanilla. Oak enters prominently, with some alcohol/ menthol notes, but quickly mingles with notes of sweet maple and spice to offer just the right amount of intrigue that inspires that first kiss… I mean sip.
Taste: Sweetness hits the lips first, a bit like candied fruit, with hints of honey. Spice quickly rolls in, almost like a fog rolls over a hillside and engulfs a landscape. As your pallet is quickly filled with this cloud of spice, notes of corn and oak start to become more present in the mid pallet. The oak, however, is kept at bay by that cloud of spice, and the last remaining bits of sweetness that survived the rolling rush snuggle into the middle of the tongue to hang around for the highly anticipated finish.
Finish: A medium to long finish results from the spice that joined those sweet notes on the tongue, like that third wheel on a good first date just don’t seem to want to go home early. But, like a good wingman, notes of cocoa and white chocolate join in, taking the spice slowly away with it, but before totally going their separate ways, leaves a lasting memory of spice and honey that demands a date over this drink to be revisited.
This Hirsch 8 Year High Rye Bourbon is at the top of “The Best Bourbons You Will Never Get To Drink” list. If you are a Bourbon enthusiast you want to get your hands on a bottle. Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Payless Liquors is the only location in Indiana you will find this at. Cheers!
If you’re a serious bourbon drinker then you’re about to love this 2017 Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. As part of Campari America’s new Whiskey Barons Collection, Old Ripy is a recreation of a whiskey born in 1868 to James Ripy. James was an Irish immigrant and a well-known piece in Anderson County’s busting distilling community in Bourbon’s heartland. With the help of his family, James’s Whiskey was kept alive on site of the current Wild Turkey Distillery, where it is currently being produced, up until 1950.
This 2017 Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is special because it is the closest recreation to the original whiskey there’s ever been. It Is a combination of different aged Whiskeys. While 8 to 12-year old Whiskey’s dominate in the combination there are traces of younger Whiskeys. The actual ingredients are undisclosed; however, it is assumed to be around 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. This deep amber whiskey is bottled at 52% ABV, aged in Timber warehouses and non-chill filtered. This is to retain congeners, fusil oils, lipid fats and proteins that were believed to be in the original Old Ripy Whiskey. The result of this process is a natural, complex flavor profile with fuller body and a smooth mouthful.
The most appealing part of this Bourbon Whiskey is the profile, it’s the part you’ve all been waiting for and the part that’s sure to make you bourbon lovers want to snag a bottle. Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a toasted oak and fruity nose, described like a medley of vanilla, raisins, apples and bananas. Its taste is dominated by spicy oak with a subtle hint of toffee and apples. The finish is dry with sweet caramel aftertastes accompanied by a peppery bite. You’re sure to experience a nice, comfortable burn in the back of your throat.
This is a limited edition 2017 Whiskey only available in a handful of States. This drink is not intended as an everyday drink, but it is nice to have around to try for special occasions. Interested in your own bottle of Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. You’re sure to find appeal in this Whiskey straight from Bourbon’s heartland. Cheers!
What you may know is that in the year 1492 discoverer Christopher Columbus sailed the oceans blue, discovering the great country of America.
What you may not know is that in a barrel of 1792 the discoverers at Payless found a bourbon that’s true, discovering a great American spirit.
Barton distillery is one of the best-kept secrets in America, except for those who love great bourbon and trust me, it’s no secret to them. Barton’s sits in historic Bardstown Kentucky, what many call the heart of bourbon country. While sitting just a short distance from some of the true giants in bourbon (Jim Beam, Heaven Hill) and cult favorites like Willett, the distillers at Barton have built a great product line and is doing some truly great things with their 1792 brand. Not only are they producing a great drinking bourbon, but they have started releasing some innovative special released like Sweet Wheat, Port Finish, High Rye, Full Proof, and a distillery pick Single Barrel that has grabbed the attention of many who may have previously been focused elsewhere. These were quietly some of the best releases the past two years, and if rumors are true, there are more on the way!
Recently our “Bourbon Pirates” from Payless set sail to discover a new treasure, specifically with you in mind. We are happy to report that we found Gold! Gold, sweet, delicious nectar known as bourbon that is! Here’s what you can expect to find from our barrel selection.
Nose: Tangerine, orange marmalade, and spice hit you up front. Some alcohol you will get with a single barrel, with notes of young oak wood are present to give you a unique nose that makes Barton’s special.
Taste: Citrus and apple present right off the bat, followed by some heat and spice that will demand your attention. Honey and a custard-like cream present, followed with a hint of char to enter allowing the oak to step forward at the end. This allows the flavors to just sit there and relax for a bit due to a buttery, oily texture that is unique to most bourbons on the market today.
Finish: This is where you will realize (if you haven’t already) that 1792 bourbon is not only different but special. Your mouth feels as if it’s coated in a pleasant oily texture, transforming your tongue into a sheet of silk and your pallet into a blanket of velvet. This allows for a longer, slower drifting finish than you will experience with most every bourbon you will try. Spice and oak are the two lasting notes that will slowly fade like a summer sunset on the ocean horizon.
You won’t be disappointed in any 1792 bourbon & we know you’ll love our pick as well! Interested in trying our most recent selection? Contact us today to reserve your bottle.
Every year bourbon enthusiast set out seeking to find one to the true “unicorns” of the bourbon world, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, or an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. These bottles are known to be the “Best of the Best” in bourbon. While most people are fixated on the name recognition of “Pappy”, true bourbon drinkers know that the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is often considered a more preferred prize to acquire. Unfortunately, like the Pappy, it is very limited and only available (if you can find it) one month a year.
The good news is, and what the smartest bourbon drinkers realize, is that before a barrel of Old Forester is hand selected to be included in a bottle of Birthday Bourbon, it starts out as an Old Forester Single Barrel. This is where the magic starts, and this is where the smart bourbon drinkers go the other 11 months of the year!
Payless Liquors has built a reputation of having relationships with some of the best bourbon pallets in the state, and when combined with their great connections with the Old Forester team themselves, it allows them the opportunity to select some of the most sought out selections available on the market. This year’s selection no different. We’ll start off with some tasting notes of this distinct selection.
Nose: Oak, cherries, and rye spice quickly hit you up front. There is a prevalent smell of alcohol as well, but this is to be expected in a 90 proof, but it quickly fades off when allowed to sit, allowing all the true characteristics that Old Forester is known for. A subtle sweetness exists at the end that seems to invite you in to take a sip.
Taste: More of that oak and rye back up what you get off the nose. There is some heat, but not off-putting in any way, that bring in some oak char, then gives way to a beautiful mid pallet. Cherry and dried red fruits enter and blend with some vanilla, and baking spices. Lastly, oak and spice take back over, with hints of burnt sugar to add that needed sweetness to keep the rye spice in check.
Finish: A medium to long finish allows spice to quietly dance on the tongue for a bit before slowly fading into an almost chocolate-like finish. That signature Old Forester wood never steps away too far, from start to finish, but never takes over, and provides the perfect compliment to a beautiful pour of bourbon.
Interested in trying our most recent selection? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Cheers!
Blood Oath is once again turning heads of bourbon lovers. This well-bred Kentucky bourbon is crafted by Blood Oath’s connoisseur and perfectionist. Pact 3 starts with a strong and floral rye whiskey, finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for dry, blackberry and espresso complexities.
For the third release of Blood Oath, bourbon makers continue to partner with wine craftsmen in the heart of the California wine country. Blood Oath uses the leftover barrels from Swanson Vineyard, which is nestled in the Oakville region of Napa Valley. The fertile, alluvial soil of the area gives Swanson the perfect grounds for award winning grapes and varietals. Swanson has been producing nationally known and limited, small batch Bordeaux style wines for over three decades. The Cabernet barrels give Blood Oath’s bourbon added intricate characters that have bourbon lovers coming back for more! This affair between Kentucky and California will leave your taste buds thanking you.
What can you expect from this extraordinary bourbon? In the glass, you’ll find a deep, dark amber appearance with long legs. On the nose, you’ll experience strong scents as a result of the finish in Cab Sav barrels. Expect to smell caramel, vanilla, stone fruit, cocoa, and oak. Next, the palate. You’ll continue to taste creamy smooth flavors of caramel and vanilla from the barrel finish. You will also notice hints of toasted oak, apricots and higher spice than previous pacts. Despite the proof of 98.6, Pact 3 is still ultra smooth. The finish is long and lingers with spice, caramel and oak. It remains balanced and smooth.
Blood Oath’s 2017 is sure to be loved by bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. Pact 3 was recently released and we have limited quantities available at Payless Liquors! If you’re interested in trying this exclusive bourbon, contact us to reserve your bottle today. Let us know what you think. Cheers!
Legend has it that Elijah Craig discovered the method of producing true Kentucky Bourbon when the warehouse he stored his barrels in caught on fire and charred the barrels. Whether or not that is true, there is no doubt that he discovered a way to make a bourbon loved throughout Kentucky and the United States.
Elijah Craig Small Batch premium is an award-winning, true small batch bourbon. Payless Liquors, along with Joe and Grady from The Grady and Big Joe Show, had the opportunity to select a barrel of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. We are very excited for this barrel selection! Here are more details on what you can expect with our Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel selection.
Nose: Dried orange and apricot zest with notes of custard and soft spiced wood that give a slight alcohol bite to the front of the nose.
Taste: Up front flavors of dried cherries and ripe apples mixed with soft maple, and burnt brown sugar. Sweet soft char wood notes enter quickly in the middle and thru the end, bringing with it the slightest hint of vanilla, mixed with ever-growing spice notes that present strongly on the finish. The taste ends with just a dash of white pepper and more sweet wood char.
Finish: A medium finish with an oily texture allows its flavors to linger longer than most. Spice and sweetened wood flavors last to the end. Mostly infused with wood and fruit, yet enough subtle sweetness that keeps calling the glass back to your lips for yet another taste.
Overall: This is a very nice, unique pour that you hope to get when you purchase a single barrel bourbon. It presents with the combination of the healthy fruits and sassy spice that would draw Grady’s interest time and time again, yet has the right amount of decadent sweetness that will have Joe holding a bottle like Whinney the Pooh holds on to his honey.
Interested in trying our selection of Elijah Craig? Reserve your bottle online to make sure you get yours. Let us know what you think! Cheers!
A store clerk. Pharmacist. Optometrist. Lawyer. Entrepreneur. And bootlegger? George Remus was a man of many trades, including a bourbon legend that started his career during prohibition. Remus saw the potential to make millions during the prohibition age. During that time, alcohol could be stored in warehouses on legally owned property. It could then be sold for medical, scientific, or industrial purposes with the right authorization. Remus owned wholesale drug companies, and could legally buy and sell large quantities of alcohol, which he then diverted for illegal sale. Remus started his business in Cincinnati with buying his own distillery and trucking company to transport alcohol. At his peak, he owned 10 distilleries and warehouses in the greater Cincinnati area, and employed 3,000 people. He eventually became known as the “King of Bootleggers,” and now has a whiskey named after him!
The George Remus products include the George Remus Bourbon Whiskey, George Remus Rye Whiskey, and George Remus Limited Edition Rye Whiskey. All brands are available for purchase in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For today, we will focus on the standard George Remus Bourbon Whiskey. George Remus products are not long aged products, typically around 2-4 years. The young taste of the whiskey is prominent but could have potential with age. On the palate, you will taste mild spices, oak, and vanilla – very common aromas for younger whiskeys. It’s a smooth sipper without a whole lot of overpowering flavor and a mellow finish.
MPG recently acquired the Remus brands in 2016 from Queen City Whiskey, so we will see in the future if the product enhances further with production under MPG. But the name and legend of George Remus is what will drive this young brand into fame. A truly good bottle of bourbon has a good story behind it, and Remus’s story is one you won’t forget. Interested in try this legendary brand? Head on over to your local Payless Liquors or reserve your bottle of George Remus today!