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Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey Tasting

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June 14  | 4:00 – 6:00pm

5021 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46221

You deserve to taste the Full Bourbon Flavor in Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskies. Join us for a sampling  of Knob Creek 100 Proof Rye, Single Barrel Rye, and our Favorite – Payless Liquor Stores Knob Creek Single Barrel Selection.

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Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey Tasting

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June 15  | 12:00 – 2:00pm

3825 S East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227

You deserve to taste the Full Bourbon Flavor in Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskies. Join us for a sampling  of Knob Creek 100 Proof Rye, Single Barrel Rye, and our Favorite – Payless Liquor Stores Knob Creek Single Barrel Selection.

This tasting will happen at our Bourbon Event so there will be a lot going on you don’t want to miss: right to purchase contests, guest appearances, and more.

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Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey Tasting

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June 8  | 6:00 – 8:00pm

954 N State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142

You deserve to taste the Full Bourbon Flavor in Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskies. Join us for a sampling  of Knob Creek 100 Proof Rye, Single Barrel Rye, and our Favorite – Payless Liquor Stores Knob Creek Single Barrel Selection.

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Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey Tasting

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June 8  | 3:30 – 5:30pm

1266 S Madison, Greenwood, IN 46142

You deserve to taste the Full Bourbon Flavor in Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskies. Join us for a sampling  of Knob Creek 100 Proof Rye, Single Barrel Rye, and our Favorite – Payless Liquor Stores Knob Creek Single Barrel Selection.

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Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey Tasting

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June 7  | 5:00 – 7:00pm

5014  Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN 46168

You deserve to taste the Full Bourbon Flavor in Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskies. Join us for a sampling  of Knob Creek 100 Proof Rye, Single Barrel Rye, and our Favorite – Payless Liquor Stores Knob Creek Single Barrel Selection.

Horse Soldier Bourbon

Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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American Freedom Distillery’s quartet of bourbons speak to the American bourbon drinker’s palate like no other spirit on the market today. American Freedom’s signature bourbon, Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey, is perhaps the best offering of the four, and is currently a feature spirit at Payless Liquors.

Origin of Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey

In the dark days after September 11, 2001, the US Military made the bold decision to send mounted teams of US Army Green Berets into the heart of Afghanistan. These “Horse Soldiers,” as they came to be known, were the tip of the spear and the carriers of the torch in what became the United States military campaign in Afghanistan. Today, these same soldiers that bravely ventured into Afghanistan distill one of America’s finest bourbons.

About Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey

In order to be considered bourbon, a whiskey must be produced in the United States and its composition must be at least 51% corn. Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon whiskey is produced in the American South, of 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% barley, featuring American soft red winter wheat. American Freedom ages its bourbons for at least two years in charred, new oak barrels. The resulting bourbon is an 87 proof, non-blended – or “straight” – American bourbon whiskey.

Tasting and Nose

The essence of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey gives the drinker a preview of the sweet and savory notes to come – the nose includes caramel, cinnamon and dark fruit notes with toasted corn and oak to follow. At first sip, the warm vanilla and mild hints of black pepper give way to the light nutmeg and honey that linger on the palate. Warm oak notes round out the tasting experience.

Although Horse Soldier was born to be sipped neat or over ice, this bourbon gives a warm, spicy character to any favorite whiskey drink. The Manhattan – a classic whiskey cocktail that features the sweet notes of the spirit – is elevated with the addition of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds are similarly boosted by the inclusion of this elegant bourbon.

About American Freedom Distillery Horse Soldier Bourbon

American Freedom Distillery began in 2015 when a group of friends that had served together on various tours of duty with the United States military, fulfilled a lifelong dream of serving America’s people and distilling some of America’s best spirits. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, American Freedom boasts another flagship spirit honoring America’s finest; Rekker – Norse for “warrior” – Rum, dedicated to warriors everywhere.

Within the Horse Soldier line, American Freedom Distillery features Horse Soldier Small Batch, Horse Soldier Signature Barrel Strength, and a limited-edition Commander’s Select. Commander’s select bottles bear signatures by commanders of the actual Green Beret horse soldier campaign and feature a numbered military challenge coin and description of the unique mission fulfilled by the horse soldiers. Each bourbon and rum epitomizes the American Freedom Distillery motto – “Legendary Men, Legendary Spirits.”

Payless Liquors features 750 mL bottles of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 87 proof/43.5 ABV.

Old Forester – 1910 Old Fine Whisky

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The fourth and final version in Old Forester’s Whiskey Row series has been released. The 1910 Old Fine Whiskey, a double-barreled whiskey, represents a specific point in Old Forester’s storied 150-year-old history. A fall fire that happened at the distillery in 1910 spurred a happy accident that led to the casking process that led to the Old Fine Whiskey.

Whiskey Row Series

Started in 2014, the Whiskey Row series tells the story of Old Forester’s one-of-a-kind history, highlighting significant milestones and innovations in production along the way. This series includes the 1870 Original Batch, a small batch bourbon pulling from three distinct warehouses, meant to reference founder George Garvin Brown’s original batching process; the 1897 Bottled in Bond, a small batch of barrels from one distilling season, in the same year, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for a minimum of four years; and 1920 Prohibition Style, which represents a barrel strength of the prohibition era when Old Forester was granted one of just ten permits nationally to continue being sold as a medicinal whiskey. The last of the series is the 1910 Fine Old Whisky.

Thanks to a Fire

On one October day in 1910, a fire caused the bottling line to be shut down at Old Forester’s distillery for an extended period of time. To make things worse, there was a vat of mature whiskey waiting to be bottled. Instead of pouring out the whiskey or letting it sit until ruin, the distillers at Old Forester decided to store the vat in new, charred oak containers until the line could be repaired. This resulted in the first documented double-barreled whiskey, which was new for Old Forester and remarkable enough to become a new barreling method.

Today’s Bourbon

In order to replicate the 1910 methods, the distilling team took mature bourbon from their inventory and had it go through a second barreling process in a lightly toasted, heavily charred barrel. I was then bottled at 93 proof. At 93 proof, this whiskey is at the right weight to challenge the other Whiskey Row Series. Popular opinion has the Prohibition 1920 series as the favorite, but with 1910 coming out, there could be a new favorite of the series.

The finished product has aromas of buttercream, sticky toffee, cedar, and apricot, with smooth, well-rounded taste mingling sweet oatmeal raisin cookie and milk chocolate, leading into caramel corn and evolving spice, according to Old Forester’s tasting notes.

Reserve Yours

We have a limited supply of this limited-edition whiskey. Be sure to call us and reserve your bottle of this one-of-a-kind series.

Classically Simple – The Perfect Old Fashioned

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One of the most recognized drinks in the stable of cocktails, the Old Fashioned is as iconic as it is delicious. This deceptively simple cocktail is made up of three ingredients – a ton of whiskey, sugar, and bitters. This drink is about as basic as it gets but can be made wrong if the maker doesn’t understand the purpose of each ingredient and how they mesh together.

Whiskey

Most Old Fashions, if made correctly, are about 80 percent whiskey. You can’t skimp on this either. It’s literally the foundation of the drink. There’s much debate when it comes to the correct whiskey and the real answer is…the one you like best. Taste is subjective. Go with what you enjoy most.

Simple Syrup

Tradition would say to use a sugar cube but we ain’t go time for that! Plus, sugar cubes are a pain to find and they don’t dissolve all the way, so you end up having grains of sugar floating in your drink which looks awful. Skip that crap and go with a rich simple syrup. It’s easy to make and it can last forever. Combine 2 parts sugar and 1-part water in a pan. Set the heat to low and stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved, don’t let the syrup boil though.

Bitters

Bitters are made by concentrating the flavors of spices and tree bark in alcohol. So, remember, when you pick up your classic bottle of Angostura, a little goes a long way. Two to three drops are all you need. Any more and you’ll begin to overpower and cover up all but the most aggressive flavors in the whiskey you choose which will make for a terrible-tasting drink.

Orange Peel

Don’t forget your orange peel. This simple addition to your Old Fashioned makes a world of difference. With a vegetable peeler, peel a two-inch slice of orange skin over your drink so the oils that fly off from the peel fall into your drink.

Welcome to the world of Old Fashions.

Elements of an Old Fashioned

Whiskey: Both rye and bourbon offer different flavor profiles. Bourbon is slightly sweeter and rounder, whereas rye introduces a peppery bite. Either way, you’ll want something high in proof (over 100) as this extra alcohol will stand up to the dilution from melting ice. Try Knob Creek, W.L. Weller Antique, Booker’s, Old Grand-Dad, Baker’s, Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Rare Breed or Rittenhouse.

Glass: The Old Fashioned is one of the few drinks in existence that has a glass named in its honor. The ideal glass should be between eight to 10 ounces, with a thick heavy bottom.

Ice: This is a sipping cocktail, but you don’t want that expensive booze turning into a watery mess. Avoid small cubes and pick up rubber molds or invest in an ice sphere.

Sweetener: While simple syrup works well, other options are to sub in honey, maple syrup or agave nectar. But, make sure to dilute these with equal parts water.

Bitters: There are dozens of new bitters on the market. The best, however, is still the most common: Angostura. Two healthy dashes will do the trick. Chocolate or walnut bitters work well in this drink if you can find them. I also like Dale DeGroff’s pimento bitters.

Technique: The most balanced Old Fashioned is made by stirring the drink with ice for about 20 to 30 seconds and then straining that mix over fresh ice.

Garnish: Orange twist, lemon twist or both.

Wild Turkey Long Branch

Wild Turkey Longbranch Available Near You

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Alright, alright, alright…get ready to read all about Wild Turkey Longbranch!

We’re all familiar with the Academy Award-winning American actor, Matthew McConaughey’s fun-loving performance in films like Dazed & Confused, Dallas Buyers Club, and the TV series True Detective. One reason for his popularity might be his obvious Southern Charm. Born and raised in Texas, It is no surprise that he spends his time as the creative director for Wild Turkey Distillery. And a product of his is about to hit the shelves! This is the first time Wild Turkey has ever unveiled a product with a signature of someone other than the Master Distiller’s Jimmy and Eddie. Meet Wild Turkey Longbranch.

In collaboration with Master Distiller Eddie Russel, McConaughey’s true roots come out in the rare Wild Turkey Longbranch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This 8-year old Wild Turkey Bourbon is refined with Texas mesquite and oak charcoals. McConaughey aimed to create a bourbon that is inviting to new bourbon consumers and one that experienced bourbon barons can understand and appreciate. The base comes from the classic Wild Turkey DNA and the low proof makes it the perfect gateway expression to pull people into the Wild Turkey family of whiskeys.

“Longbranch, in its simplest form, is an extended hand, inviting a friend into your family,” McConaughey says. “So the branch that was extended to me from the Russells was a long one, one that reached from Kentucky to Texas and back again. I offered the Mesquite from my great state to add to their legendary Kentucky whiskey and together we made Longbranch.”

McConaughey treated the production of Longbranch just as he would his movies. He and Eddie Russel spent many hours sharing notes and testing different combinations for close to two years before finding a proprietary process that combines two separate charcoal filtration methods. Their process created a smooth and full-finish with notes of smoky sweetness.

“When we were creating Wild Turkey Longbranch, we talked at length about how to make a product that represents elements of both Texas and Kentucky,” said Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell. “Our goal was to make a straight Bourbon whiskey with a soft sweetness that was still unmistakably Wild Turkey. The result was a Bourbon that we both truly enjoy drinking neat, and look forward to sharing with others.”

This is May! & Wild Turkey Longbranch is hitting the shelves near you for a retail price of $39.99.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection – Infrared

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Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously-operating distillery in the United States producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.

About 20 years ago, Buffalo Trace Distillery began experimenting with recipes and barrel treatments. Right now, there are roughly 5,000 experimental barrels of whiskey aging in warehouses. Each of the barrels has unique characteristics and experimental changes in the mash bill, types of wood, barrel toasts and more. Periodically, an experimental whiskey is bottled and sold on a limited basis. And the first of these experiments involved the use of infrared light waves.

With the goal of learning how new and different flavors can be drawn from the oak, the distillery applied the light waves to barrels before charring in 2009. Eight special barrels were constructed for this experiment. All eight first underwent the same process as standard Buffalo Trace barrels, staves were open air seasoned for six months before being made into barrels.

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Then, the barrels were divided into two groups and exposed to two different levels of infrared light waves.  The first group of four saw 15 minutes of short wave and medium wave frequency at 70% power.  The second group of four underwent 30 minutes of the short wave and medium wave frequency at 60% power. The barrels were then given a quick 15 second char before finally being filled with Buffalo Trace’s Bourbon Mash #1.

In 2016, it was time to see how the experiment worked. The bourbon from both barrels has distinct flavor notes of wood, caramel, and vanilla, as well as pepper flavors drawn from the oak. It was also noted that the short wave infrared light seemed to affect more of the inner layers of the wood, while the medium wave infrared light affected the surface and medium layers.

Tasting notes for each describe the 15 minute infrared light barrels as having a floral nose followed by a complex flavor profile. Oak and tannins mingle with dry raisins and sweet caramel.  The 30 minute infrared light barrels are described as strong wood notes complemented by a taste of dried fruit. A lingering finish leaves a hint of cracked black pepper.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles, and both entry proofs were bottled at 90 proof.  Each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. Want to get your hands on a bottle? Fill out our online contact form today. Then come back and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

From Field to Bottle – Old 55 Sweet Corn Bourbon

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State Road 55 may sound familiar to us Hoosiers. It’s a north/south highway running between northwestern and central Indiana. And it’s about to become much well known thanks to Old 55 Distillery!

Old 55 is a true family business. They are one of the few true field to bottle distilleries in Old 55 Sweet Corn Bourbonthe world. Every bit of the grain used is sourced from local fields or the family farm. Old 55 truly does capture the Midwest from the fields the spirits are harvested from to the hardworking people that travel it daily.

Old 55 is harvested, stored, milled, mashed, distilled, & bottled by hand in Newtown, IN. Their custom built pot still was designed and handmade in Germany by Kothe Destillationstechnik.

Old 55 has recently released a completely new take on bourbon using 100% Sweet Corn off the cob. Grown on the family farm, harvested, and distilled by to make something truly unique. It is Small Batch. It is Heart Cut. And is 40% alcohol by volume.

Get your hands on this new Indiana spirit at your local Payless Liquors or by reserving it online. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Stranahan’s Private Label

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Founded in 2004, Stranahan’s is the first modern microdistillery to legally make whiskey in Colorado, and the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

Stranahan’s is a straight whiskey and like bourbon, is aged in new number 3 charred oak barrels. The final whiskey is a blend of 2, 3 and 5 year-old whiskeys and cut with water IMG_0025sourced from the Eldorado spring outside Boulder. Stranahan’s is distilled from a 100% malt barley base grain – the first to ever do this. And Stranahan’s is different than most all mid-west (Kentucky) bourbons. You will taste the difference the western grains bring to this bourbon.

Typically when a distiller bottles his whiskey, several hundred or even several thousand barrels are combined for a staunchly uniform taste. At Stranahan’s, they select ten to twenty of our choicest barrels, and combine them for a small batch with a reliable, yet distinctive flavor unique to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Each barrel is bottled by hand, with each label hand-signed by the distiller. The bottling process is done by volunteers.

And Payless was fortunate enough to get to select our own Private Barrel. We gathered a committee and sampled several barrels to create our own unique bottle.  Here are the tasting notes of our barrel:

Nose:  Malt & barley, oak, some IMG_0024brown sugar with a hint of toffee and spice.

Taste:  Malt & Barley, almost cereal like hit first, with some brown sugar sweetness.  Quickly oak wood enters in the middle, with some subtle hints of dried fruit.  A smooth thickness coats your mouth, leaving you with some nice cinnamon-clove spice, with a vanilla-caramel flavor entering at the end.

Finish:  A spicy malt flavor lingers a bit on the tongue, longer than most, to remind you that you have just had something unique.

Our Stranahan’s Private Label will be rolling out to all stores soon. And you can always reserve a bottle using our contact us form. Cheers!

The Woodford Reserve Family of Bourbons

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Nestled in the rolling hills of bluegrass and thoroughbred farms sits the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery. Woodford Reserve is one of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries. The distillery was built on history, sitting where Elijah Pepper began in 1812.

Woodford Reserve is crafted in small batches. This process allows uses all five sources of WoodfordReservebourbon flavor giving it its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. The five sources are grain recipe, water source, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.

Woodford Reserve Distillers Select has a brilliant honey amber color. On the nose, you’ll find hints of mint and oranges. The taste is rich and complex with flavors of citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. The warm and satisfying finish is smooth and silky.

The next expression in Woodford’s lineup is their Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. The mash bill contains 53% rye which results in a spicy and sweet whiskey. The distillers work with the five sources of flavor to ensure the unique taste and a balanced flavor to produce the distinct taste they looking for in every bottle of Woodford Reserve.

Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels gives Woodford Reserve Double Oaked a soft, sweet oak character. This innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor Master Distiller Chris Morris was looking for. The mastermind behind Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Chris knows the secrets to making good whiskey are time and patience.

Liz&CharlieWoodfordRecently, Liz (the self appointed bourbon Grinch of Payless) and Charlie got the opportunity to sit down with some friends to pick out some Woodford Reserve barrels of their own! The Charlie Selection has the tasting notes of oak, chocolate and pecans with a slight hint of coconut.  Liz’s selection has flavors of oak, tea leaf, molasses and caramel, with a hint of dark chocolate and apple. And you’re in luck, we’ve got 2 events where you can sample Liz and Charlie’s picks. We’ll be at our Uptown Drive store June 11 and our Greenwood Mall store June 18. So stop by one of our Woodford events in June to see who picks the better barrel!