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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.

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
$51.51

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
$114.35

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
10
$57.12

Sonoma Distilling Co. Cherrywood Bourbon

70cl, 47.8%
Sonoma County Distilling Co.

From the Sonoma Distilling Co. comes the Cherrywood Bourbon, which was crafted using a mash bill of 67% corn and 20% rye from California and Canada and 13% Cherrywood smoked barley from Wyoming. Very…  More info

Sonoma Distilling Co. Cherrywood Bourbon
3
$62.85

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
2
$57.24

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Basil Hayden's

Basil Hayden's Bourbon dates back to 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains with the mash. A Kentucky straight bourbon with plenty of rye at…  More info

Basil Hayden's Bourbon
22
$40.90

Baker's 7 Year Old

70cl, 53.5%
Baker's

An excellent small batch bourbon, named for the grand nephew of Jim Beam, Baker Beam. This is a well-aged expression which makes use of a special strain of jug yeast which the Beam family have made…  More info

Baker's 7 Year Old
3
$62.96

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Select American Oak

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

Another intriguing expression from Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection, this time exploring Select American Oak (as the name suggests). What American oak did they select? Ozark oak! Matured in…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Select American Oak
$91.61

Maker's Mark Cask Strength

70cl, 55.1%
Maker's Mark

Behold, it's Maker's Mark, but bottled at cask strength! If you're a big fan of the classic bourbon (made with a mash bill featuring red winter wheat instead of rye), and you're also a fan of…  More info

Maker's Mark Cask Strength
$80.15

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

From the brilliant Woodford Reserve Master's Collection comes a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir finished bourbon! A previous release from the series experimented with a Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Chardonnay cask…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish
3
$137.38

Four Roses Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

A brand that dates back to the late 19 century. This Yellow Label bottling of Four Roses was released for the European and Japanese markets and is made up of whiskeys aged between 5 and 6 years of…  More info

Four Roses Bourbon
41
$25.67

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
18
$45.37

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

From Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection comes a bourbon made using chocolate malted rye! This expression features a mashbill of 70% corn, 15% distillers malt and 15% chocolate malted rye, which…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon
2
$91.61

Jim Beam White Label

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam bourbon undergoes distillation at lower temperatures and is distilled to no more than 62.5%, the White label is aged for four years and has quite a high percentage of rye in the mashbill.  More info

Jim Beam White Label
103
$21.71

Old Forester Bourbon

70cl, 43%
Old Forester

Old Forester Bourbon was the first to be sold in America in sealed glass bottles, to avoid any unsavoury folks tampering with their carefully-considered recipe. It was first seen on shelves back in…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon
25
$40.62

Yellowstone Select

70cl, 46.5%
Yellowstone

From the Yellowstone range (owned by Limestone Branch, which was founded to bring back the glory that Yellowstone once held many moons ago) comes the Select Bourbon. Full-bodied, with a good kick of…  More info

Yellowstone Select
5
$55.73
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Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.6%
Bulleit

Bulleit Bourbon has become a firm favourite – and now you can sample it after it's spent a decade in oak, too! The mash bill comprises 68% corn, 28% rye and 4% malted barley for a rich balance of…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
8
$45.13

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve

70cl, 45.3%
Rebel Yell

A small batch release from the bourbon brand once favoured by Keith Richards and Billy Idol. A wheated bourbon made to William Larue Weller's original recipe, this 'Rebel Reserve' is bottled at a…  More info

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve
4
$34.19

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

75cl, 50%
Colonel EH Taylor

This small batch bourbon is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, an incredibly important figure in bourbon's history from the 1800s who owned a whole host of distilleries and innovated…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch
34
$108.80
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Evan Williams White Label

70cl, 50%
Evan Williams

A classic in every sense of the word, Evan Williams White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a favourite of the back-bar around the world. Bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan…  More info

Evan Williams White Label
15
$39.93
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Jim Beam Single Barrel

70cl, 47.5%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam has gone has released a Single Barrel expression of its wonderful Bourbon! As you can probably guess from the name, each bottle is drawn from a single barrel - no blending here. Less that 1%…  More info

Jim Beam Single Barrel
2
$42.11

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
1
$96.58

Willett's Pot Still Reserve 1.75l

175cl, 47%
Willett Distillery

Willett's Pot Still Reserve is a massively popular bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. If you're a big fan, why not get a big bottle of it? This right here is a 1.75 litre bottling of the…  More info

Willett's Pot Still Reserve 1.75l
7
$165.85

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl

70cl, 50.1%
Rowan's Creek

Rowan's Creek is a small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. This has a very smooth, rounded character with lovely spicy, fruity flavours.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl
2
$65.12

Kentucky Vintage

75cl, 45%
Kentucky Vintage

Here we have Kentucky Vintage, a delicious small-batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. It’s distilled, aged and bottled in Kentucky (no surprise there) and handsomely sealed with wax,…  More info

Kentucky Vintage
4
$51.51

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