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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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Barrel 202 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon was emptied in February 2013 after maturing in the legendary Warehouse H. Classic, well loved bourbon.  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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An old bottle of Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we believe to have been bottled in 1968, over 40 years ago. Rare, collectible and in great condition, this is an excellent piece for fans...  More info
£144.00
Bottled in 1987, this is a lovingly presented bottle of Evan Williams 7 year old bourbon, which is now known as Evan Williams Extra. It even comes with a fancy presentation box! Nice!  More info
£96.00
A very rare, old brand, this bottle of Fleischmann’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey dates from the 1960s. What a treat!  More info
£180.00
A 1983 bottling of Virginia Gentleman Straight Bourbon, made by the A. Smith Bowman distillery (which is owned by Buffalo Trace). The brand has since grown since this antique bottle was released, and...  More info
£120.00
This is a rare bottle of Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, produced in the 1980s. A well celebrated brand, known in part for packs of poker cards, which they also made. The label has faded...  More info
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£96.00
Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon is a serious treat, especially for those of us who love their whiskies at cask strength. This batch comes from barrel 68 and has been bottled at a mighty...  More info
£80.14
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A 95cl bottling of Old Grand-Dad dating from the 1960s! This classic Kentucky Bourbon was established in 1882 and was produced as 'medicinal whiskey' during prohibition!  More info
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£240.00
Blanton's was originally introduced in 1984, and it's the first official single barrel bourbon. It is matured in white oak. It is produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery.  More info
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£52.38
A very old bottle of Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon made in the 1970s, which was charcoal filtered before bottling. This is an antique piece that would appeal to the whiskey...  More info
£120.00
This bottle of Beam's Choice 8 year old bourbon comes from volume two of their collector's edition bottlings in 1967. The bottle features a painting of Georg Gisze by famed Renaissance artist, Hans...  More info
£180.00
A late 1960s release of Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon, in its classic bottle.  More info
£180.00
Old Grand-Dad - 1970s
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A 75cl bottling from classic Bourbon brand Old Grand-Dad, dating from the 1970s.  More info
£144.00
Stored in the famous Warehouse H, Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon was the first of its kind when it was commercially released in 1984, and it's still as brilliant as it was back then. This bottling...  More info
£60.00
An old bottle of Old Forester Bourbon, which just happens to be the first bourbon that was exclusively sold in sealed bottles way back in the 1870s, so nobody to tinker around with the formula. Clever...  More info
£120.00
Happy 200th barrel, Blanton's! Yes, that's right, this bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon comes from barrel 200, which was matured in the famous Warehouse H. Nice!  More info
£59.49
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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10 year old Ancient Age Bourbon, which is now the brand's 10 Star expression, from the 1980s. Ancient Age is now owned by Buffalo Trace. A very rare bottle, complete with the fancy presentation box.  More info
£96.00
If (like us) you've always loved the shape and style of Elijah Craig's bourbon bottles, you'll be very pleased to hear that even all the way back in the not-so-distant past of 1993, they were just as...  More info
£72.00
The Master's Rare Bourbon brand was founded in 1836, although this bottling dates from the 1970s.  More info
£120.00
Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, coming from barrel 19, which is the same shirt number that Tore André Flo had when he played for Chelsea F.C. in 1997. Why do we know this? We don't really...  More info
£59.49
Although these days Beam's Choice is a 5 year old Kentucky bourbon, for a long time, it was an 8 year old. This bottle, which was released in 1979, features the 8 year old Jim Beam bourbon.  More info
£144.00
This is a rare 1980s bottling of Kentucky Colonel - a 4 year old bourbon from Kentucky. This is a collectible edition which was bottled especially for the Italian market.  More info
£96.00
A seldom seen bottle of Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon, prdocued in the 1980s.  More info
£72.00
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