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Two Bourbon, No Scotch and No Beer

Living legend George Thorogood said it best when he asked the bartender for one bourbon, one scotch and one beer in his famous song bearing a similar title. If you haven’t heard the song before, I pity you. Today we’ll be skipping the scotch and beer for two amazing bourbon offerings. These are Wild Turkey Forgiven and Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel exclusively bottled for Payless Liquors. Now onto the good stuff.

Let’s start with Wild Turkey Forgiven and its name. The title of this blended whiskey might make you think of a badass 90’s western or a Metallica song, but the name is actually based on how this bourbon came to be. Forgiven was never meant to exist. It was a slip up at the distillery that resulted in rye whiskey getting mixed with high proof bourbon. The mistake created an amazing whiskey that Master Distiller Eddie Russell loved in spite of its humble, accidental beginnings. Hence this bourbon was “Forgiven.”

Opening Forgiven is a bit of a test for new bourbon drinkers. The mix of oak and spices packs quite a kick for the nostrils, so you might want to let this one air for a bit. The flavor is complex, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and caramel. There is a strong blast of alcohol before you get to the final hints of oak, vanilla and pepper spices. Great straight up or on the rocks, Wild Turkey Forgiven will be available at Payless Liquors’ Bourbon Legends Dinner.

If you were free to visit Wild Turkey’s private warehouses and open any barrel you wished, wouldn’t you go for the best stuff in the room? Of course you would, and that’s just what Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell did when they created Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel. Taken from the best kept and aged barrels at the Wild Turkey headquarters, Russell’s Reserve is a dream come true for any bourbon lover.

Words like strong or explosive are batted around a lot in descriptions for liquor, but Russell’s Reserve has a seriously intense aroma. Bottled from a single barrel, this is the bourbon of bourbons, and 110 proof. The flavor is complex and hardcore, with hints of caramel, licorice, and vanilla. The only complaint you could have about Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is that it might ruin other bourbons for you by being too intense and delicious. Payless Liquors will have this available for sampling at our Bourbon Legends Dinner as well.

Interested in getting your hands on these exclusive bourbons sooner rather than later? Come to our Bourbon Legends Dinner, enjoy a 4 course meal from Fireside Brewhouse and meet Master Distiller Jimmy Russell! Call 859-9505 or email [email protected] to reserve a seat for Friday, June 6!