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Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon is the most prominent style of whiskey produced in the USA, enjoyed in saloons around the world sipped neat or in brilliant bourbon cocktails. Back in the days of yore (around the late 18th Century, specifically), Irish and Scottish immigrants brought distillation to Kentucky. A farmer would whack a portion of their crops into their still and they’d have what we’d see today as the precursor to bourbon whiskey.

There are a few theories as to how the name for bourbon came around, but nothing concrete. It’s derived from France’s Bourbon dynasty, but no one is 100% sure where exactly the name for the spirit came from. Some people say it was named for Bourbon County in Kentucky, while others say it was from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. If you're a time traveller, do us all a favour and go find out, would you?

So, what is bourbon? Well, there are a few laws dictating how bourbon is made. Firstly, it must be made in the United States (and it is indeed made all across the USA - not every bourbon is a Kentucky bourbon!). The mash bill of a bourbon must be made with at least 51% corn (the most common others types of grain used in bourbon production are rye, barley and wheat). Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels (with no minimum specified ageing period - though if it has been aged for fewer than three years, it can’t legally be called whiskey here in Europe). The spirit can’t be distilled to more than 80% ABV, and bourbon must be bottled at 40% ABV or more.

If all that law learnin’ has made you mighty parched, we have many of the best bourbon brands in stock, including Blanton’s, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and more. And as for those aforementioned bourbon cocktails, you can’t go wrong with a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 45%
Black & Gold

Black & Gold is a particularly snazzy bourbon which has enjoyed 11 years of maturation, allowing it to develop a rewarding, complex and overall excellent flavour profile. It was aged in…  More info

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
10
$51.99

Angel's Envy

70cl, 43.3%
Angel's Envy

Angel's Envy is a rather splendid bourbon that has interestingly been finished in Port casks! The combination of the vanilla-y richness with the sweet, sticky Port notes (which really come to the…  More info

Angel's Envy
19
$59.22
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (58.4%)

70cl, 58.4%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey's Rare Breed Bourbons are bottled at cask strength, and are often absolutely staggering stuff. The bottles have had a little redesign recently, and look very stylish indeed - though the…  More info

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (58.4%)
14
$54.11

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Gift Pack with Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

A cracking gift pack for people who enjoy making their own Old Fashioned cocktails from Woodford Reserve right here, folks. Within you'll find a bottle of the absolutely classic Woodford Reserve…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Gift Pack with Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup
$36.38

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Four Roses

Four Roses founder Paul Jones Jr. became undoubtedly smitten by a beautiful woman who he proposed to. She said she would let him know her answer by attending an evening ball with a four rose corsage.…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
65
$41

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Eagle Rare

All the way from the legendary Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, comes Eagle Rare 10 Year Old. A spectacular Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey, matured for at least a decade before…  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
76
$38.25
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Maker's Mark 46

70cl, 47%
Maker's Mark

The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This bourbon was not intended to compete with the core…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
41
$35.89
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1792 Small Batch

75cl, 46.9%
Barton 1792

All the way back in 1792, Kentucky officially became a state. Many moons later, 1792 Small Batch bourbon was named after that very same year. As it happens, it's a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.…  More info

1792 Small Batch
48
$41.57
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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Four Roses

Four Roses Small Batch is a step up from the classic Four Roses Bourbon, showcasing the variety of mashbills that the distillers have to work with in Lawrenceburg - and their talents at making them…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
26
$31.12

Knob Creek 9 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Knob Creek

Knob Creek is a small batch bourbon produced by Jim Beam, distilled in a more traditional style and aged 9 nine years. It is named for the area in Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln grew up, it is said…  More info

Knob Creek 9 Year Old
57
$35.38

Maker's Mark

70cl, 45%
Maker's Mark

Maker’s Mark maintain that they distil their bourbon to the lowest proof of any US whiskey distillery. This proffers a bourbon that retains a rich flavour. Developed by Bill Samuels Sr, he replaced…  More info

Maker's Mark
106
$25.49
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Heaven's Door 10 Year Old Redbreast Master Blenders' Edition

75cl, 50%
Heaven's Door

An exciting collaboration here between Heaven's Door and Redbreast! Created by by duo of master blenders (hence the name Master Blenders' Edition), Ryan Perry of Heaven's Door and the renowned Billy…  More info

Heaven's Door 10 Year Old Redbreast Master Blenders' Edition
2
$135.24

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

It's finally here - the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This expression begins life being aged in the same way as the classic Woodford Reserve, but following this, it…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
77
$47.87

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

The mashbill for Woodford Reserve features a high percentage of rye: 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. The whiskey is also unusual for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
184
$33.31

1792 Single Barrel (Master of Malt Exclusive)

70cl, 49.3%
Barton 1792

Master of Malt exclusive! Bit of a bourbon boffin? Then you'll love this – it's a superb single barrel bottling of 1792 Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey which has been bottled exclusively for…  More info

1792 Single Barrel (Master of Malt Exclusive)
$62.39

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 5 Year Old Bourbon (cask 24176) - Drinks by the Dram Exclusive

70cl, 59.6%
Smooth Ambler

Superb bourbon here from Smooth Ambler's exceptional Old Scout range, selected by those Drinks by the Dram folks! This expression was matured for five years, and has been bottled up at cask strength…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 5 Year Old Bourbon (cask 24176) - Drinks by the Dram Exclusive
1
$76.97
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Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 47%
Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig has long been a favourite bourbon of many whiskey enthusiasts - to the point where their stocks of 12 year old bourbon have been under a lot of pressure. The producers made the decision…  More info

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
25
$43.60
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Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2020

70cl, 55.7%
Four Roses

Four Roses' annual Small Batch Barrel Strength bourbons are always hotly anticipated - which is fair, they are fantastic. Well, the wait is over for the 2020 edition, because here it is! This…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2020
$261.35

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

Each year, the folks behind Woodford Reserve release an experimental whiskey as part of their Master's Collection. For 2016, they produced a bourbon which has finished in American brandy casks -…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish
3
$87.32

Four Roses Small Batch Select

75cl, 52%
Four Roses

Four Roses Small Batch Select is the first permanent addition to the range made with Brent Elliott as the Four Roses master distiller, bringing together six of the brand's ten recipes. If you're a…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Select
1
$57.76

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight Bourbon

70cl, 49.5%
Smooth Ambler

Smooth Ambler's Old Scout range continues to be a supreme source of spectacular whiskey with the addition of Old Scout Straight Bourbon! This sourced Bourbon (hence the name 'Old Scout') boasts a…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight Bourbon
1
$60.31

Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 47.5%
Rabbit Hole

A marvellous high-rye bourbon here from the Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky! This expression has been dubbed Heigold, inspired by a German stonecutter from the 1800s who settled in…  More info

Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2
$47.82

Widow Jane 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

An excellent 10 year old bourbon from the Widow Jane range. This expression is distilled in Kentucky and brought down to bottling strength in New York with water from the Widow Jane mine in…  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old
2
$85.28
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Michter's US*1 Bourbon

70cl, 45.7%
Michter's Distillery

The US*1 Bourbon from Michter's in Louisville, Kentucky, is made in small batches, typically comprised of no more than two dozen barrels. Top quality stuff, brimming with caramel, vanilla and fruit…  More info

Michter's US*1 Bourbon
17
$51.47
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Four Roses Bourbon (1L)

100cl, 40%
Four Roses

It's a one litre bottling of the fantastic Four Roses Bourbon! A legendary whiskey from Kentucky with a long history, Four Roses Bourbon is a reliably tasty expression suitable for sipping neat or…  More info

Four Roses Bourbon (1L)
$35.32

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