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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.

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
8
$65.87

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8

70cl, 40%
Benchmark

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

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8
35
$26.56
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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
$126.43

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
178
$35.36

Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least six years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof. The whiskey is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
112
$38.23
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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
56
$37.25

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
71
$40.19

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
75
$52.76

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)
$34.44

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
3
$57.44

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
$224.22
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Old Forester Statesman

70cl, 47.5%
Old Forester

You'd think the most impressive thing about the classic Old Forester brand's most recent release, Old Forester Statesman, was that it won the Master Award (the highest accolade) at the Spirits…  More info

Old Forester Statesman
10
$67.65

Noah's Mill (70cl)

70cl, 57.2%
Noah's Mill Whiskey Distillery

Much adored Noah's Mill bourbon, now available in 70cl bottles! As ever, this expression is bottled at a very generous 57.2% ABV - a drop of water does help bring some of the rich fruity notes to the…  More info

Noah's Mill (70cl)
8
$82.73

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
62
$47.02

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
$48.18

Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade

Feast your eyes on Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade, a 10 year old bourbon whiskey! People who sit at the centre of the Venn diagram of 'bourbon boffins' and 'ampersand aficionados' ought…  More info

Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade 10 Year Old
3
$55.14

Maker's Mark 46 with Gift Box

70cl, 47%
Maker's Mark

This is a particularly swish gift pack of Maker's Mark 46, featuring a handsome presentation box for your whiskey to call its home. Maker's Mark 46 is an enjoyably spicy bourbon, which has been made…  More info

Maker's Mark 46 with Gift Box
$51.69

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

For the tenth edition of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection, the distillers have taken a page from the history books to create a bourbon using white corn rather than your standard yellow corn.…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn
1
$114.52

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
$63.18

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
40
$40.12
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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
$35.36

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
23
$35.87

Kings County Barrel Strength

20cl, 63.1%
Kings County

A delicious barrel strength bourbon made in none other than the Big Apple, New York! It's home to the Kings County Distillery, produced from corn mash which makes for a mellow and buttery spirit.…  More info

Kings County Barrel Strength
$42.48

Wild Turkey Longbranch

70cl, 43%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey's Longbranch is the tasty result of a collaboration between master distiller Eddie Russell, and the distillery's creative director, who just so happens to be Matthew McConaughey. (Yes,…  More info

Wild Turkey Longbranch
10
$41.33

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Ezra Brooks

This is the entry level bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range, which was first produced back in the 1950s. These days it's produced by Lux Row Distillers in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
6
$29.78

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