Bulleit Bourbon is a household name for a reason. With a recipe dating back to the early 19th century, bourbon drinkers know Bulleit is smooth and spicy. It is a taste that’s entirely unique to the brand. Though the liquor itself is timeless and unchanged, the Bulleit brand is always finding ways to stay relevant. The most recent of these endeavors being the advent of the Bulleit Woody. It’s a vintage-inspired teardrop camper designed specifically to serve up Bulleit Bourbon.
Though the Bulleit recipe dates back to 1830, the company began in 1987 to revive the old family rye bourbon recipe. This unique blend of traits poises Bulleit to be a modern, viable company in the 21st century. Meanwhile, giving it the foundation of a timeless recipe with hundreds of years of development. Though its classic bourbon is still the most popular, the company has since developed other products. They offer a complete line of barrel bourbon, select blends, and ryes. Its core set of liquors has an incredible range of uses. The centuries of experience has allowed the company to develop tried and true recipes for its products, ranging from Whiskey Sours to Bourbon Swizzles to Old-Fashioneds.
The Woody Design
Though it looks like a classic camper at first glance, the Woody is anything but ordinary. It features boasting artfully chosen wood exterior (more on that in a bit) and retro, white-rimmed tires. This camper hits you in the face with nostalgia at first glance. This first glance is enough to make anyone swoon. However, upon further inspection, it’s clear that this little camper is more than swoon-worthy. While the inside lounge area has the feel of a Kentucky cigar club, the real selling point is the outside. The back of the camper pulls out into a full-service bourbon bar. It is complete with ice-well and a shiny mirrored backsplash. It gives the bar that 1940s feel that was hitherto incongruous with the outdoors. This baby camper brings a speakeasy feel to picnics and tailgate parties, something that we didn’t know we needed until now.
The Devil Is in the Details
Having a classy bourbon bar on wheels is appealing enough. But, what makes the Woody so devilishly attractive is the meticulous thought that designer Brad Ford put into its every component. Bulleit Bourbon influenced the iconic color of the Woody itself. The inside ceiling is lined with repurposed bourbon barrels. Even the seemingly unrelated aspect of the interior leather was chosen to fit the smell, feel, and ambiance of the Bulleit experience. Bulleit bourbon inspired every minute detail of the Woody. It has made it a completely unique and must-see attraction.
See It for Yourself
Because there are only two Bulleit Woodys in the world, experiencing one for yourself is a rare treat. Luckily for you, Payless Liquors is hosting a Bulleit Woody event on November 13 and 14 at its store in Indianapolis. Stop by to see this excellent piece of bourbon-inspired art for yourself, and taste some of the fantastic bourbons that Payless has to offer.
Terry Bradshaw has released his own Bradshaw Bourbon. Terry Bradshaw is one of the most well-known figures in professional football and American entertainment history. Known for having some of the most powerful arms in NFL history, Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl Championships in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979. He also set many NFL records and was the first quarterback to win three and then four Super Bowl Championships. The NFL inducted Terry Bradshaw into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1989, and he began a new career as an entertainer in the early 1990s.
Whether you remember him from his glory days of the Steelers or enjoyed his sports analysis as a host of Fox NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw is the only NFL player to have a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He continues to be one of the most noteworthy members of the modern football world. Now he’s started a new venture to bring Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon to Americans.
Introducing Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Terry Bradshaw loves good bourbon. He has invested in his line of professionally crafted Kentucky Straight Bourbon, distilled in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country and supervised by a third-generation bourbon distilling master. Bottled at 51.9% to honor Terry’s pass completion record, this bourbon is much more than just a licensed novelty bottle.
Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon has a robust, complex, and satisfying flavor profile from start to finish. Off the sip, you’ll detect notes of coffee, leather, banana, vanilla, and the unmistakable aroma of a campfire. The tasting notes include cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, and baking spices followed by a rich finish complete with wood, butterscotch, and vanilla tones.
If you’re interested in picking up a bottle of Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon of your own, there are many ways to drink it. The Terry Bradshaw is the most straightforward way to enjoy it; pour it over ice in a rocks glass and enjoy.
For a more involved cocktail with Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon, try the Playmaker Whiskey Sour. Start by adding two ounces of Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Then add three-quarters of an ounce each of lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and then strain into a rocks glass over ice, garnishing with a cherry or lemon wedge. The complex and robust flavor profile of it offers an incredible spin on the classic Whiskey Sour.
Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon is one of the best new additions to the American bourbon market. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or mixed into your favorite cocktail. It offers authenticity and the care and attention of a true American icon and bourbon lover.
Where to Find Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon
If you’re ready to pick up a bottle of your own, Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon is headed to store shelves this year at an introductory price of $39.99 for a 750 mL bottle. Payless Liquors can help you find a bottle of your own easily and conveniently when you contact us online.
Fall is just around the corner, and everyone is bracing for another wave of pumpkin-flavored … everything. While pumpkin flavors help create enjoyable fall-themed variations of many popular foods and beverages, pumpkin-infused beers gained a bad reputation. Every autumn, breweries across the nation attempt to cash in on the pumpkin craze that takes hold. The reason behind pumpkin beer’s bad reputation may be due to too many breweries jumping on the pumpkin-flavored bandwagon. Additionally, they are not devoting the proper time and care to develop robust, flavorful, and enjoyable pumpkin beers.
That trend has shifted now, and many different pumpkin beers are both enjoyable and perfect for fall weather. Respected online beer review hubs like Beer Advocate have even developed their rating categories for pumpkin beers thanks to the innovation of the breweries behind these brews. As you prepare for fall, the following top-shelf pumpkin beers could change your mind.
Cigar City Brewing Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
This product of Ft. Collins, CO, has earned a world-class rating of 95 on Beer Advocate. It is the perfect addition to your October costume parties. Beer lovers have rated Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale as a well-spiced and full-bodied pumpkin beer with notes of Jamaican allspice, Ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, and Zanzibar cloves. It’s a well-balanced beer that clocks in at 8.5% ABV. If you like a full complement of robust fall spices to accompany the flavor, this is the pumpkin beer for you.
Elysian Brewing Company Punkaccino
Pumpkin-spiced lattes have inspired a wave of food and beverage products aiming to capture the unmistakable blend of pumpkin and coffee. In the race for the best pumpkin coffee-infused beer, Punkaccino is a strong contender. It’s earned an outstanding rating of 92 on Beer Advocate, with drinkers reporting a pumpkin pie and spice aroma and subtle coffee undertones in a creamy, smooth body. Punkaccino has an ABV of about 6%, and it’s perfect for pumpkin and coffee lovers alike this fall.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Pumpkinator
Pumpkinator from the Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Texas is a must-try. If you are interested in trying yet another world-class pumpkin beer, this one’s for you. With a rating of 95 on Beer Advocate, Pumpkinator is 10% ABV, making it one of the strongest pumpkin beers on the market with a complex and enjoyable flavor profile. Some reviewers think it is pumpkin pie in liquid form. Others report aromas and flavors reminiscent of roasted pumpkin and autumn spices. One thing they can all agree on is that Pumpkinator is one of, if not the best pumpkin beers made in the US.
These three are just a couple of the most highly rated pumpkin beers on the market. With the explosive popularity of microbrews today, you’re sure to see a slew of new pumpkin beers. As the fall season rolls in, Payless Liquors can help you get the pumpkin beers you want. Contact Payless Liquors today to learn more about our beer services and the pumpkin beers we have available.
As the end of summer looms ever closer, you may be quickly tiring of the sparkling wines you found appealing earlier in the summer. If that prosecco or moscato d’asti just isn’t doing it for you as the weather cools, we have an alternative. With their light body but slightly more substantial taste, sparkling reds are a great choice for late summer.
The Old Sparkling Reds
Sparkling red wine in and of itself is far from a new idea. Sparkling reds were big a few decades ago – mostly in the late 70s and 80s. Varieties such as lambrusco and sparkling shiraz found their place in many American wine glasses; however, they eventually suffered a terrible reputation. Viewed by wine critics as fruity, sticky-sweet, and a dime a dozen, the once-beloved sparkling red slowly fell out of favor in America. It was replaced by a variety of other imports and locally produced reds. Meanwhile, multiple varieties of sparkling reds continued to undergo their natural evolution in the areas of the world that had been producing them for centuries. The unfortunate result? Nearly an entire wine-drinking generation lost their taste for sparkling reds – even the high-quality varieties produced in Europe – entirely.
The New Sparkling Reds
Today’s modern sparkling reds have an opportunity to win back the favors of the American wine drinker. Significantly less syrupy, effervescent instead of cloyingly carbonated, and available in a much broader range from dry to sweet. Sparkling reds are better than ever. If you’re looking for an ideal, late summer wine, start with one of these varieties:
Late Summer Wines
● Lambrusco. Lambrusco was once the epitome of the sweet, syrupy sparkling red in America. It has a long and storied history in Italy. Made entirely of any one of four varieties of lambrusco grapes produced in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The modern Lambrusco has managed to keep many of its original qualities, while also undergoing a transformation of sorts. The result is a wide range of Lambruscos, from the sweet fizzy reds perfect for an after-dinner drink to the dry, secco Lambruscos that pair well with most appetizers.
● Sparkling Shiraz. Shiraz is the signature grape of Australia and results in wines of all colors and flavor profiles. Sparkling reds crafted from the shiraz have always been a tradition in the country, but the style is undergoing a renaissance similar to Lambrusco. More and more sparkling shiraz’s are being aged in oak barrels or produced in ways that give them a bit more body than other sparkling wines – a perfect complement to their black fruit-forward flavor.
● Red Moscato. If you enjoyed the sweet sparkling reds of the 70s and 80s, there’s no need to fret- many quality wines continue to be produced that capture that essence with a nod to a finer flavor profile. One example is the Red Moscato produced by Risata, maker of America’s most popular Moscato D’Asti. Similarly light and sweet, but with a good deal more depth of flavor, Red Moscato is perfect to sip with food or as an aperitif.
If you’re on the hunt for a more satisfying late summer wine, these sparkling reds could be just the ticket. Stop by your local Payless Liquors to see what’s in stock, or reserve a bottle of one of these new favorites for pickup. Start your late summer tradition with Payless Liquors.
Most people have seen popular advertisements for the many hard seltzer products available today. These canned drinks have grown incredibly popular in a very short time, and this trend may be much more than just a passing fad. If you haven’t tried any hard seltzers yet, you should know a few interesting facts about this new drink craze.
One: Seltzers Appeal to the Health-Conscious
It’s no secret that Americans have grown steadily more health-conscious over the last several years. Clean organic eating has become the norm for many Americans of all walks of life, and the search for healthier ways to live, eat, and have fun continues to expand for many. Hard seltzers have significant appeal to the health-conscious due to the fact that they are very low in carbs, lower in calories than most beers, and have a very low sugar content.
Two: The Market Says Seltzer Isn’t Going Anywhere
White Claw, a brand owned by Mike’s Hard Lemonade, kicked off the hard seltzer craze in the summer of 2019, which quickly became known as “White Claw Summer” thanks to clever marketing and savvy use of social media. White Claw sales increased more than 250% over previous year sales in 2019, and promoters predict that the hard seltzer market will triple by 2023.
Three: People Are Passing on Beer for Seltzer
While the craft beer boom of recent years hasn’t seemed to lose much traction, many people are passing on beer in favor of hard seltzers due to the lower nutritional impact and the variety of flavors now available. The number of major beer brands launching hard seltzer products could indicate that these brands fear a public shift toward hard seltzer over beer.
Four: Major Beverage Companies Are Jumping Into the Hard Seltzer Market
Major beer brands including Budweiser, Anheuser-Busch, and the Boston Beer Company have taken note and launched their own hard seltzer products in response to this growing trend. While White Claw continues to enjoy tremendous sales thanks to the steam generated by its 2019 marketing campaigns, countless other brands have appeared, even generating something of a craft hard seltzer market.
Five: The Variety Available Speaks to a Much Wider Potential Audience
One of the most appealing aspects of the hard seltzer craze for many people is the sheer amount of variety available. People who aren’t big beer drinkers may love the chance to try a wider selection of hard seltzers, especially since they aren’t as negatively impactful on their health as most beers can be. Companies that have launched hard seltzer products have generally offered large flavor selections, creating more opportunities for people to find hard seltzer flavors they love.
Hard seltzer hit the alcoholic beverage market hard, and the impact seems to have lots of momentum. We’re sure to see a wide variety of new hard seltzer products appearing soon, and more and more people are turning to this beverage option as an alternative to beer. As major beverage companies shift their focus toward the changing market, you can expect to see many new varieties of hard seltzer available very soon. If you haven’t tried hard seltzer yet and want to see what all the fuss is about, contact Payless Liquors today and see which hard seltzer sample packs we have available.
Looking for a new cocktail to delight your taste buds? Look no further than Blue Marble Cocktails! These award-winning cocktails are ready to show you why they are the best!
What are Blue Marble Cocktails?
Blue Marble Cocktails is the latest in pre-mixed cocktails and produces ultra-premium, all-natural, ready-to-drink, premixed cocktails in 9 flavors. Blue Marble is a family business with family values supporting global awareness, conservation and environmental initiatives through its “keep the blue marble blue” program and uses recyclable cans and SFI certified packaging. Every cocktail is made in house through Blue Marble’s state-of-the-art production facility located in Indianapolis, Ind. Blue Marble Cocktails has been awarded by WSWA the Double Gold medal, as well as Best of Show Pre-Mixed Cocktails, and just won World’s Best PreMixed Cocktail from the World PreMix Awards. Payless Liquors carries all nine Blue Marble Cocktails flavors:
The best ingredients make the best cocktails
Why do Blue Marble Cocktails taste so good? It’s simple. They use real ingredients only found in nature. Each of Blue Marble’s delicious cocktails include the best fruits, vegetables, and ultra-premium distilled spirits. You have a choice about the type of products you consume and what they are made from. Blue Marble Cocktails is committed to providing a canned cocktail free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and dyes.
Blue Marble’s commitment to the environment
Take a sip of Blue Marble’s ultra-premium cocktails and feel good knowing they are committed to global conservation and environmental initiatives that will help keep the blue marble blue. Their goal is to also inspire other like-minded ambassadors of the world to get involved in local Earth focused organizations. Blue Marble cares as much about our packaging as the contents inside. Through recycling, their cans make it back to the shelf in as little as 60 days. It doesn’t stop there! Blue Marble’s packaging is SFI certified and contains 100% recycled paper, and within months of discarding one of their trays it is back in circulation as a new recycled item. Blue Marble’s 4 pack can toppers use HDPE post-consumer recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable. Blue Marble Cocktails is a company that is dedicated to reaching our sustainability goals.
Give it a try! These cocktails provide that refreshing taste of a true cocktail without the hassle of going to a bar and are convenient for so many activities and adventures wherever you go on our Blue Marble!
Keep in mind a few key facts: these drinks do contain alcohol. It is important that you drink responsibly and ensure you are in a safe environment. Do not drink and drive. Do not consume alcohol if you are underage.
With a slogan of ‘See the Unseen. Try the Untried,’ Prophecy is creating a line of wines that capture a taste of all the premier growing regions around the world. Each wine is crafted to showcase the defining characteristics of each region, giving wine aficionados the opportunity to experience what Prophecy is all about – a shared journey of discovery.
Currently, there are six wines available in the Prophecy family with more expecting to join. Prophecy’s journey will continue to be a life-long one as there are plenty of growing regions to explore. France alone has 11 regions that are known worldwide – Champagne, Alsace, Bordeaux, Provence, Corsica just to name a few. The wines Prophecy currently has available is Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and Red Blend.
Showcasing the best of New Zealand’s renowned Marlborough region, Prophecy’s Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of grapefruit, lychee and lime zest that eventually lead to flavors of mandarin orange and green apple. The aftertaste is then met with notes of mineral and white tea.
Representing California, Pinot Noir hits the senses with flavors of toasted oak and ripe raspberry. This wine comes across smooth with deep layers of red cherry and strawberry that are complemented by notes of brown spice.
Straight out of Italy’s high-altitude Delle Venezie region, Prophecy’s Pinot Grigio offers flavors of light citrus, tropical fruit, and mineral notes that bring a crisp, refreshing taste. All of these are then complemented by floral aromas.
Combining two regions near the Pacific Northwest, the Red Blend brings together fruits from Washington state and California. This wine is medium bodied with layers of red fruit, aromas of spice and vanilla, and a feeling of an ultra-silky finish.
California Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine sources grapes from premier appellations across California. Smooth and approachable, the California Cab has layers of blackberry, plum, and raspberry with oaky notes of graham cracker.
Prophecy’s Rose features the best of the South of France. This wine is delicate and bright with layers of fresh strawberries, raspberries and a hint of white peach. All of these flavors bring together a crisp and refreshing finish.
Victo Ngai is a New York-based, award-winning illustrator from Hong Kong. “Victo” is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization.
Ngai’s work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and animations.
To embrace the spirit that each wine unearths a shared journey of discovery, the label designs are inspired by Tarot cards. Many classic Tarot symbolisms are preserved in the illustrations, but the overall design has been refreshed and tailored to fit the personality and varietal characteristics of the individual wine.
Stop by any of our stores and get a taste of Prophecy’s wines for $10.99
Did you know that before World War I, Cointreau was selling 800,000 bottles a year? Or how about the fact that this liqueur was founded 168 years ago! For those not familiar, Cointreau is a well-known orange flavored brand of triple sec used throughout cocktails in the industry.
The makers had a vision. He says, “I have searched passionately for the quintessential flavors of Cointreau. I wanted to combine crystal-clear purity with the subtlety of tastes made from the perfect blend of sweet and bitter orange peels.” The Cointreau family opened the doors to its distillery. Originally in the confectionary and cake-making business, the family sought to create premium, naturally flavored liqueurs that were unavailable at the time. So, they decided to produce it themselves. They had a vision and they fulfilled it!
Cointreau is now often used as an apértif, which is defined as an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Apértifs can be taken before or after meals. But its tangy orange flavor isn’t just good for a stimulating, it’s a sweet liqueur, perfect for cocktails. Spirit lovers everywhere understand the importance of using Cointreau in their premium cocktails. The tanginess of Cointreau with premium liquor creates a cocktail unlike any other. For years, Cointreau has been used in cocktails like margaritas, sidecars and cosmopolitans. It’s also known for being delicious near or over ice!
For those not familiar with this product, we will be hosting a Mixology challenge on Wednesday, June 14th featuring this delicious liqueur! Hosted by Marc Sievers, you will have the opportunity to show off your best Cointreau cocktails and be named the champion of the mixology competition. Try this legendary liqueur, get your best recipes ready & get ready to mix! Mark your calendars for June 14th at our Adams Street store in Carmel. We can’t wait to see you there. Cheers!
Minor Case’s mission in life was to craft only the finest whiskey. “He never settled for less.” Limestone Branch Distillery’s latest release, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey, is a tribute to Minor Case, Steve and Paul Beam’s great-grandfather. Minor was a distiller prior to the Prohibition era, passing away shortly after the 18th amendment was repealed. Minor had once distilled her products prior to prohibition in the same location Limestone Branch Distillery reopened in 2011. Stephen Beam says the bourbon is their idea of what Minor might have produced if he had the opportunity distil again.
The bottle itself will catch your eye. Its antique, flash look resembles bottles that you would find 100 years ago.
The two-year-old Indiana Rye is finished in Sherry Casks and bottled at 45% ABV. The sherry cask finish gives it a “smooth mouth feel” with hints of dark fruit & spice. According to the bourbon guy, it takes some time for the full effects of the whiskey to develop on the nose. After about 20 minutes of breathing, you’ll find the smells brought on from the sherry cask finish: darker fruits, rich spices, cedar & brown sugar. These same flavors experienced on the palette and finish of the bourbon. The finish lingers, spicy and warm, with strong cider and rye spice flavors.
Interested in trying Limestone Branch Distillery’s latest release? Contact us today to reserve your bottle. You won’t regret trying this exquisite rye whiskey named after a truly legendary man. Raise a glass in tribute to Minor. Cheers!
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!
High West Distillery is located in Park City, Utah. Nestles among rolling hills, it was founded in 2009 by a former biochemist. David Perkins went on a tour of the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky when it dawned on him. The fermentation and distilling process are very similar to his own work as a biochemist. He and his family relocated to Utah in 2009 to open the state’s first legal distillery since 1870. The distillery began small, with just a 250-gallon still in a historic livery stable and garage. Since then, High West won Whiskey Pioneer of the Year in 2011 from Whiskey Advocate America, and now operates out of a 1600-gallon copper pot still. They also opened an educational whiskey tasting, pairing, and tour portion of their distillery that is a must-visit.
The product we are highlighting from this particular distillery is their Midwinter Night’s Dram, a highly appropriate choice for this time of the year as winter is upon us in full force
at the moment. The name of course comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. The best fix for a cold winter day is a hearty rye, of course! And even better is one that puts you in a dream like state.
The nose of this particular product is a very well balanced mix of spice and fruit. Swirling vanilla and plum are the most evident by far and provide a warm and welcoming aroma that makes you want to dive right in! The second whiff comes with hints of caramel, and cinnamon.
The taste is what one would describe as a “proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits, and crème anglaise.” This is the perfect bottle to take off of the shelf for your holiday party. Even better though, it makes the perfect gift! Reserve yours today from one of our convenient locations.
Kentucky is the home of many famous distilleries but the topic of this week’s blog is one of its smallest and oldest. Nestled amongst rolling hills, the Woodford Reserve Distillery was founded in the early 1800s by Elijah Pepper. It was here that whiskey making practices, including the implementation of sour mash into fermentation, used today were actually developed. Master Distiller James Christopher Crow was the man behind the development of these practices, and we owe him many of the perfected products we so love today.
The Woodford Reserve Distillery was also one of the first to utilize copper pot stills. You can see these and other iconic pieces of history (such as a 500-foot-long gravity-fed barrel run and 100-year-old cypress wood fermenters) on site today. In addition to these founding pieces of the practices of distilling, you can see one of the only heated cycled barrelhouses in the world. This is particularly incredible because heated cycled barrelhouses ensure that “every drop seeps into the charred and toasted white oak, giving Woodford Reserve its color and signature flavor. Woodford Reserve distillery is standing history, and riddled with the culture of Kentucky distilling.
Now, onto the star of this post, the Woodford Release 2016 Master’s Collection Brandy Finish. This is the latest release of Woodford Distillery’s Master’s Collection series. As always, let’s start with the aroma. It’s sweet, the first notes to hit you are that of chocolate, followed by dried cranberries and spice. We’re already think this would be an incredible bottle for the holidays!
Next is the initial taste. The first sip is filled with toffee, hazelnut, and a little maple syrup. Its warmth matches its amber color and is everything we could have hoped for and more. The finish is even better, with long lasting notes of warm caramel and nutmeg. It had us reaching for our glass again immediately!
This bottle is nothing short of incredible, and truly upholds the Woodford Reserve name. The last item on our docket is to make sure you reserve your own bottle from your favorite Payless so you can get a chance to try it, too! Trust us, you will not regret it.
This particular bottle that we are going to be talking about today is cognac at its best. I think Hennessy themselves said it best, “it is the first in a series of rare and limited offerings”. Yann Fillioux is a 7th generation Master Blender and the conductor behind this masterpiece, as well as many others from Hennessy. Unlike other cognacs, which strive for consistency, the Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection Number 1 is completely unique and a coveted rarity.
Hennessy is actually called Jas Hennessy & Co. and its headquarters are located in Cognac, France. They sell about 50 million bottles a year worldwide, which equates to 40 percent of the world’s cognac. Oddly enough, Hennessy was founded by an Irishman named Richard Hennessy in 1765. It is also the world’s largest luxury brand, as it is owned in part by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. With nearly 30 products and many being limited edition, it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular and coveted cognac.
Now, let’s get down to business. This particular bottle is crafted to be particularly aromatic. It’s scent is bold, but with delicate notes to follow. The first wave is of strong oak and grilled almonds while the second of spicy undertones. The palate is alive with candied apricots, those same delicate spices like clove and cinnamon, followed by earthy oak as a strong finish that will leave you reaching for your glass again.
This limited edition product is unique and can never be duplicated. Its rarity is enough to provoke a collector to reach for their wallet, but the taste and aroma are even more enrapturing than the lore of Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection Number 1. Be sure to reserve your bottle at your favorite local Payless, and let us know what you think!