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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.

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. Unusual also for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel where…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
174
$35.07

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
59
$54.04

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
27
$22.79
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American Eagle 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
American Eagle

From American Eagle comes a Tennessee bourbon whiskey, made from a marriage of corn, rye and malt. The liquid was aged in oak casks for a lengthy 12 years before it was bottled at 43% ABV.  More info

American Eagle 12 Year Old
9
$44.40

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
69
$37

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%)
6
$59.17

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 was not intended to compete with the core expression,…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
33
$40.11

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
9
$67.08

Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon for the eponymous distillery made from corn, rye and malted barley. It’s aged in new oak barrels in historic old warehouses. The award-winning bourbon is batched…  More info

Buffalo Trace
154
$26.51
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Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least 6 years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
103
$32.95

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
Knob Creek

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an utter classic small batch bourbon from Jim Beam, first created by Booker Noe and introduced in 1992. It was named after the creek which flows near…  More info

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
29
$34.18

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
97
$31.65

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 later by attending an evening ball with a four rose…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
61
$44.96

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
40
$40.94
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Jim Beam Double Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

There's much double trouble in this gift set from Jim Beam! The set includes a bottle of Double Oak bourbon (initially matured in freshly charred American oak barrels before being moved over to a…  More info

Jim Beam Double Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
2
$34.15

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)
$34.15

Bulleit Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Bulleit

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

Bulleit Bourbon
80
$31.30

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
7
$40.98

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
$34.15

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
$35.07

Evan Williams Extra Aged

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A popular brand of bourbon from Kentucky, U.S.A., where it has been produced since 1783. Rich with vanilla and caramel on the nose which continues on the palate, it's produced by the Heaven Hill…  More info

Evan Williams Extra Aged
22
$31.73

Legent Bourbon

70cl, 47%
Legent

What happens when you bring two masters of the art of whisk(e)y making together to collaborate? Astonishingly delicious things, apparently. Legent Bourbon is the work of Jim Beam master distiller…  More info

Legent Bourbon
6
$54.67

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)
4
$82.03

Sonoma Distilling Co. Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Sonoma County Distilling Co.

Sonoma Distilling Co. specialises in making local and sustainable spirits from non-GMO grains. Their very own bourbon is distilled from a mash bill of 70% corn, 25% wheat, and 5% malted barley,…  More info

Sonoma Distilling Co. Bourbon
2
$51.39

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
$29.52

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