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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 barrel proof bottling of hugely flavoursome 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Sitting at a sturdy 67.4% ABV, it's an intense bourbon, so perhaps a drop or two of water...  More info
$110.79
This is 1980's bottling of the classic small batch Bourbon - the Elijah Craig 12 Years Old. Elijah Craig is attributed with having made the first Bourbon, although in reality it was most likely an...  More info
$76.76
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
$115.14
This is the replacement for the popular Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel, and we have to say it's a rather fine replacement! Elijah Craig is attributed, by some, with the invention of Bourbon...  More info
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$197.07
An 18 year old single barrel bourbon named after the Reverend Elijah Craig, credited with discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred barrels. This is a rich and delectable whiskey, the...  More info
$73.40
As the years go by, the Single Barrel releases from Elijah Craig seem to get older too. It makes sense, doesn't it? And let us tell you - sense tastes like awesome 23 year old Elijah Craig bourbon...  More info
$261.44
A single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery. This was named for Master Distiller Elmer T Lee, who joined the distillery in 1949.  More info
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$68.97
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A commemorative bottling of Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited edition release which honours the man behind the name.

Elmer started working at the Buffalo...  More info
$97.35
Evan Williams is a single cask bourbon from the Jim Beam company, this 1997 vintage is the most recent bottling from the range and won a Silver Medal at the 1997 San Francisco World Spirits...  More info
Made by the folks at Buffalo Trace - this exquisite single barrel bourbon is matured to perfection.  More info
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An incredible single barrel bourbon from Heaven Hill, Evan Williams 2000 vintage is a beautiful whiskey, which Malt Advocate rated with 95 points! Amazing.  More info
Evan Williams 23 Year Old
(75cl, 53.50%)
Incredibly good, incredibly well aged bourbon. This is a cask strength Evan Williams, Jim Murray awarded this 95.5 points in this 2010 Whisky Bible - it was bourbon of the year! It was also an...  More info
$207.90
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
$153.51
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
$191.89
Made with all the same spicy Bourbon goodness as FEW's regular Whiskey, this has been bottled at natural cask strength especially for Master of Malt.

The mashbill is predominantly made up of corn...  More info
$95.79
A very rare, old brand, this bottle of Fleischmann’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey dates from the 1960s. What a treat!  More info
$287.84
This is a rare 1980s bottling of Four Roses Yellow Label, first created in the late 19th century. This is a deliciously spicy, rich bourbon aged for a minimum of 6 years before bottling.  More info
$115.14
Ultra-cool. Four roses Bourbon from the time of Gordon Gecko.  More info
$115.14
Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon has been produced since the late 19th century. This bottle of their 6 year old bourbon is nowhere near that old, although it is a rather handsome antique from the 1970s.  More info
$191.89
Wonderfully packaged, this 1970s bottle of Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon comes with a glass. A very collectible and rather useful gift pack from over 30 years ago.  More info
$172.70
Four Roses Yellow is aged for 6 years before bottling, making a smooth bourbon whiskey that is perfect in a cocktail. This bottling comes from 1990s, a pleasant collectible.  More info
$38.38
This is the 2012 release of the Four Roses Single Barrel. This means this Bourbon has been bottled from one barrel only rather than a blend of multiple barrels.  More info
$136.77
This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited...  More info
$136.77
This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited...  More info
$142.91
A single barrel edition from Four Roses, this bottling has received marked acclaim with Gold Medals in the 2005 Whisky Magazine and the International Spirits Challenge respectively.  More info
$71.16
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