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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.

Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon

70cl, 45.1%
McLain & Kyne

The bigger, higher proof brother to the standard (and also excellent Jefferson's), Jefferson's Reserve is a well-aged, medium bodied bourbon. The previous edition was labelled as a 15 year old.  More info

Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon
9
$60.76

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon

75cl, 45%
Reservoir Distillery

While their Bourbon, Rye and Wheat expressions are all made with 100% corn, 100% rye and 100% wheat (respectively), the folks at the Reservoir distillery are also rather accomplished at blending…  More info

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon
6
$36.01

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)

70cl, 63.4%
Four Roses

A 2013 release single barrel release of Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, produced using their OBSK recipe with a mashbill of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. These have proved…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)
$332.41

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
$33.19

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
1
$44.19

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1624

70cl, 65.1%
Blanton's

Terrific single barrel bourbon from the ever-reliable Blanton's range. Bottled as part of their Straight from the Barrel range, this was bottled as cask strength without any of that chill-filtration…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1624
$94.14

Maker's Mark Cask Strength

70cl, 55.8%
Maker's Mark

You should all be very familiar with Maker's Mark. It's tasty stuff. In addition to their classic expression and Maker's 46, their small range is also home to Maker's Mark Cask Strength - with is…  More info

Maker's Mark Cask Strength
2
$83.06

Reservoir Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Reservoir Distillery

The Reservoir distillery in Richmond, Virginia, uses a rather interesting mashbill for their bourbon - 100% corn. That's it. They've given corn the stage to showcase what it can do all by itself, and…  More info

Reservoir Bourbon
$76.41

Heaven Hill 8 Year Old 2009 - The Young Masters Edition (Valinch & Mallet)

70cl, 48.8%
Heaven Hill

A Valinch & Mallet bottling of bourbon from Heaven Hill, drawn from a single cask which was laid down in 2009 and cracked open in 2017. 275 bottles were produced. Certainly not something to see every…  More info

Heaven Hill 8 Year Old 2009 - The Young Masters Edition (Valinch & Mallet)
$79.79

Hudson Baby Bourbon

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Hudson Baby Bourbon is the first legal pot-still whiskey to be produced in New York since prohibition! In the days before prohibition farm distillers could be found throughout the state of New…  More info

Hudson Baby Bourbon
8
$35.28

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 watch does help bring some of the rich fruity notes to the…  More info

Noah's Mill (70cl)
$79.74

David Nicholson 1843

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A somewhat seldom-seen (at least on these shores) brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, David Nicholson 1843 shows off a big, bold flavour profile and is bottled at 50% ABV.  More info

David Nicholson 1843
5
$44.27

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Rebel Yell

This famous bourbon brand, originally named after a Confederate war cry, has undergone a rebrand for a new generation of rebels. "Rowdy yet refined", this new look straight bourbon is the original…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
3
$29.18

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
17
$24.88

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
3
$43.37

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
15
$22.32

Heaven Hill Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

A classic Kentucky straight bourbon from Heaven Hill, aged for around four years. This is quite a smooth and easy style of bourbon.  More info

Heaven Hill Bourbon
24
$24.75

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101

70cl, 50.5%
Dry Fly Distilling

A flavoursome bourbon from Dry Fly Distillers in Spokane, Washington, which was "100% hand crafted in the Pacific Northwest with real hands", as the label proudly proclaims. It's presented at 101…  More info

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101
$75.83

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

100cl, 46%
John E. Fitzgerald

The famous bourbon brand Old Fitzgerald was named for John E. Fitzgerald, who according to a family biography of Pappy Van Winkle may have been a rather more colourful character than we…  More info

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
9
$51.52

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish

75cl, 45.1%
McLain & Kyne

Jefferson's Reserve finished for nine months in casks that previously held Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Groth Vineyards in Napa Valley!  More info

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish
1
$109.71

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
2
$141.58

Evan Williams 1783

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A superb Kentucky straight bourbon from Evan Williams, produced in small batches. The 1783 expression is named after the year that Evan Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River.  More info

Evan Williams 1783
11
$34.16

Old Grand-Dad

70cl, 40%
Old Grand-Dad

Traditional bourbon from one of the oldest whiskey brands around, now bottled at the lower abv of 40%.  More info

Old Grand-Dad
3
$30.29

Wild Turkey 81 Proof

70cl, 40.5%
Wild Turkey

A lower strength bourbon from Wild Turkey, bottled at 81 proof (40.5% abv) and created by the associate distiller Eddie Russell, the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell. This has a high rye content…  More info

Wild Turkey 81 Proof
19
$25.21

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
3
$33.19

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