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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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In the year 1792, Kentucky became a state. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is named after that wonderful year. It's a spicy, rye-rich bourbon which is just asking to be...  More info
$82.98
Ancient Age Bourbon
(75cl, 40%)
Ancient Age is a Kentucky straight bourbon that has been around since 1946, currently made by Buffalo Trace. A simple, classic bourbon, no stranger to being sipped neat or splashed in a cocktail.  More info
$37.71
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
$159.35
Benchmark by name, benchmark by nature. This really is one for the more well Bourbon producers to beat, and despite its status as an outsider, really warrants some attention - especially if cocktails...  More info
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$29.15
Special Reserve is a lower strength single barrel bourbon from Blanton's. Each bottle is hand-filled, hand-labeled, hand-sealed and individually numbered.  More info
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$60.89
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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$199.19
This isn't just bourbon, this is Bourbon Supreme! Made in the 1950s by the American Distilling Co., Bourbon Supreme claims to the the "world's only charcoal distilled whiskey". While we're not sure...  More info
$298.78
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Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, from the American distillery, A. Smith Bowman. Named after four Virginian Bowman brothers, John, Abraham, Joseph and Isaac. While that...  More info
$82.10
Buffalo Trace
(70cl, 40%)
The new edition of the classic Kentucky straight bourbon, Buffalo Trace. A great whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.  More info
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$35.92
One of the awesomely interesting Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection releases. This one features rye bourbon which was put into 2 oak barrels at 125 proof. It was distilled in November 2001 and...  More info
$116.71
An experimental release of wheated bourbon from Buffalo Trace, with all sorts of in-depth, behind-the-scenes info about its distillation on the label. This edition went into the casks (two barrels) at...  More info
$116.71
Bulleit Bourbon
(70cl, 40%)
Bulleit is bottled in an old-fashioned style bottle, there is a relatively high proportion of rye in the mashbill which proffers plenty of pep. This bourbon was awarded a Gold medal at the 2004 San...  More info
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$40.97
Bulleit Bourbon - 45%
(70cl, 45%)
Enjoy Bulleit Bourbon like the Americans do! Previously it has been bottled at 40% abv for the UK market, but now you can get the Frontier Whiskey at 45% abv, just like they have in Kentucky. A...  More info
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$46.33
Charter 101 Bourbon
(75cl, 50.50%)
A rye-rich Kentucky straight bourbon, bottled at 50.5% ABV. The Old Charter brand has been around since the late 1800s, so when you read on the bottle that it was distilled "using the old, time-proven...  More info
$50.86
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An excellent brand owned by Buffalo Trace that uses similar methods and recipes to the ones Colonel E. H. Taylor introduced and improved during his time as a bourbon...  More info
$164.70
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This small batch bourbon is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, an incredibly important figure in bourbon's history from the 1800s who owned a whole host of...  More info
$164.70
Catching Dollar Fever is easier than catching a cold, you just need to ask that the person passing you the bottle to throw it softly. If for some reason you want to get rid of Dollar Fever, guess...  More info
$79.68
Single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery in a new 70cl bottle. This stuff is great and good value for money too.  More info
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$60.72
A very old example of Early Times Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we believe to have been distilled in 1964 and bottled in 1968. While the label has sadly faded quite a bit, the bottle otherwise...  More info
$239.03
Elijah Craig was named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. He used the charred casks regardless and found they...  More info
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$51.32
Bourbon fans born in 1972, this one's for you! Evan Williams 7 Year Old Straight Kentucky Bourbon released in 1972. If you're not born in 1972, get out! Not for you! (Only joking! Just because it's...  More info
$239.03
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
$159.35
Evan Williams Extra
(70cl, 43.30%)
A darkly hued sour mash bourbon, aged for seven years. Rich feinty flavours like leather, vanilla and toffee. Very enjoyable.  More info
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$40.72
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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$41.25
FEW Bourbon Whiskey
(75cl, 46.50%)
This Bourbon is from a mash of 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% two row malt. More interestingly it is aged in barrels made from Minnesota oak which has a shorter growing season hence a tighter grain...  More info
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$77.93
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