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Bourbon Whiskey

The quintessential American libation, Bourbon conjures images of corn fields and little streams cutting their way through Kentucky. Kentucky is Bourbon country in spirit and, indeed, in name. For when the American pioneers first colonized the country, they divided up the land and one plot, which covered much of what is now Kentucky, was named Bourbon, for the French Royal Family.

The county was formed in 1786. Originally part of Virginia, it was not until 1792 that Bourbon County was transferred to the new State of Kentucky. There was a great quantity of corn-based whiskey produced in the area, and it was shipped from a port on the Ohio River, which lay in Bourbon County. The barrels were stamped with their origin, ‘Old Bourbon’, and thus the name stuck. The principal distinction in Bourbon whiskey is the make up of the mash bill. The mash bill is the list of cereal grains used for distillation. Bourbon is distilled from 51% corn, differing it from other American spirits. Other grains are used including wheat, rye and barley.

Distillation is achieved in a pot still before ageing in new, charred oak barrels. The use of charred barrels is credited, by and large, to Reverend Elijah Craig. Such claims are not necessarily reliable, but the story is worth mentioning, for it is so oft told. The significance of this is decidedly great, for the Scotch whisky industry uses a proliferation of ex bourbon barrels, as do the rum and tequila fraternities. Elijah kept an outhouse, in which he stored his barrels and one day, a fire tore through the building, blackening his casks. The reverend filled his scorched barrels regardless, and found the charred inners imparted a vanilla sweetness and a rich hue.

Once a bourbon barrel has been emptied, it cannot be reused, thus they are shipped for use overseas. The spirit is aged for two years and bottled at a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume. There has been that more recent phenomenon of small batch and high end bourbons. The market for these is substantial and ever-growing, as consumers lean toward quality over quantity. Single barrel offerings and artisan products are of increasing popularity.

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A rare bourbon from The Bourbon de Luxe Distillery Company, based in Frankfort. This spirit was bottled at some time during the 1970s…

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This Wild Turkey 101 Proof (50.5% abv), aged for 8 years, offers a window into the past. It is bourbon from nearly four decades ago!  More info
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The "Extra" in "Evan Williams Extra" stands for extra aged, as it has been aged for seven years. Still made using techniques that Evan Williams used himself when he first made the fantastic bourbon...  More info
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A classy version of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey. While the regular Jack Daniel's is charcoal-mellowed before it goes in the barrel, Gentleman Jack is treated to a second charcoal-mellowing...  More info
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A handmade Kentucky bourbon, this 4 year old Johnny Drum has been produced in a method that has remained the same through 5 generations of master distillers. Produced in small batches.  More info
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With a horse atop the bottle, you know it's Blanton's bourbon. This bottling of their excellent Original Single Barrel was taken from barrel 87 on the 6th of September, 2012.  More info
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A huge 175cl bottle of Jim Beam's 4 year old White Label. It's got a jug handle! In fact it's almost as big as mobile phone from the same era. Slick back your hair and take the plunge; it's in great...  More info
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A 1980s bottling of Jim Beam White, that comes in its original box. It's in amazing condition and looks very drinkable. Best enjoyed watching the A-Team; it'll take your mind off wondering how they...  More info
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This is a very old edition of the classic bourbon Old Grand Dad, distilled at the Booker Noe distillery in Boston, Kentucky. This is a 1970s bottling.  More info
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A 1980s bottling of Jim Beam's classic White Label, drink whilst listening to classic 80s electronica.  More info
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This is an 8 year old 101 proof (50.5% abv) bottling of Wild Turkey - the legendary bourbon from Austin Nichols. This is a rare 1970s bottling.

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A 1970s bottling of classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Old Lewis Hunter. Guaranteed 6 years old.  More info
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A rare 1960s bottling of Stillbrook 4 year old straight bourbon whiskey. It was distilled and bottled in Pekin, Illinois.  More info
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A rare 1960s bottling of Stillbrook straight bourbon produced in Illinois by the American Distilling Company. It was aged for 4 years and comes in a 1.2 litre bottle.  More info
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Dating from the 1960s, this is a huge US half gallon bottle (about 1.9 litres) of Stillbrook straight bourbon whiskey. It was distilled and bottled in Pekin, Illinois and aged for 4 years.  More info
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This collectible 1970s bottling of Old Kentucky Tavern 8 Year Old Bourbon has survived through the ages very well to reach us here in the future.  More info
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The packaging of Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon hasn't changed much since since the 1970s, when this particular bottle was produced. We suppose it's a case of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." This one...  More info
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This bottling of Jim Beam White Label comes from the early 1980s. A definite classic Kentucky bourbon which is matured for four years before being bottled.  More info
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A vintage bottle of Medley's Kentucky Bourbon from the 1970s. Rare, collectible and patriotic.  More info
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This bottle of Kentucky Colonel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes from the 1970s, a rare antique for collectors.  More info
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Although Evan Williams White Label is now their 'Bottled in Bond' bourbon, when this bottle was produced in the 1980s, their white label was reserved for bourbon aged for 8 years.  More info
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A collectible bottle of Kentucky Eagle Bourbon Whiskey, which we think was produced in the early 1980s. The eagle on the bottle has a shield with the American flag on it tattooed on its chest. Ouch.  More info
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A 175cl bottle of Jim Beam 4 Year old from the early 1980s. This big bottle of bourbon comes with a rather festive presentation box, leading us to believe that this could have been a Christmas present...  More info
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Well then, Ancient Age seem to have already written my bottling note with its brand name, but never-the-less, let it be known that this is an ancient bottle of Kentucky bourbon from the 1980s, which...  More info
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