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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.

High West American Prairie Bourbon

70cl, 46%
High West

American Prairie Bourbon is named after the impressive 5,000 square mile wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana, the largest in the lower 48 states. High West are also donating 10% of post tax…  More info

High West American Prairie Bourbon
3
$50.82

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
27
$25.02

Hudson Baby Bourbon (35cl)

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 (35cl)
27
$36.48
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Texas Legation - Batch No.2

70cl, 46.2%
Texas Legation

A Texan bourbon created for Berry bros. & Rudd's Texas Legation range. This is the second batch from the series, distilled by Ironroot Republic in Denison, Texas. They create their spirits…  More info

Texas Legation - Batch No.2
$56.79

Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon

70cl, 42%
Heaven's Door

The Heaven's Door range of whiskey have been created by Bob Dylan (yes, actual Bob Dylan, the legendary songwriter) and Marc Bushala (founder of Angel's Envy Bourbon), made in a church in Tennessee.…  More info

Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon
4
$85.88

Jim Beam Double Oak

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

There's an old axiom that claims "Two heads are better than one". Can that theory be transferred to whiskey barrels? Jim Beam's Double Oak might answer that question. You see, they initially mature…  More info

Jim Beam Double Oak
27
$28.59

Brough Brothers Bourbon

75cl, 41%
Brough Brothers

Brough Brothers Bourbon is the brilliant brainchild of Victor, Chris and Bryson Yarbrough in Louisville, Kentucky. A marvellous small batch Bourbon made with a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4%…  More info

Brough Brothers Bourbon
13
$33.18

Jim Beam Devil's Cut

70cl, 45%
Jim Beam

This is the result of taking 90 proof Jim Beam Bourbon and extracting spirit absorbed into the wood of the barrels itself and blending them together. The result is a punchy oak-fest of a Bourbon,…  More info

Jim Beam Devil's Cut
43
$29.15

Kentucky Owl Bourbon - Batch 9

70cl, 63.8%
Kentucky Owl

Behold, the ninth batch of Kentucky Owl Bourbon! These expressions are highly sought-after, and just generally very impressive indeed - and the brand has an interesting story behind it, too. Kentucky…  More info

Kentucky Owl Bourbon - Batch 9
$309.36

Filibuster Bourbon

75cl, 45%
Filibuster

With a name that rolls delightfully off the tongue, it's Filibuster Bourbon! After an initial ageing in new American white oak it was then finished in wine-seasoned French oak barrels, which is…  More info

Filibuster Bourbon
$46.93

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
$61.82

American Eagle 4 Year Old

70cl, 40%
American Eagle

This tasty Bourbon is the work of American Eagle, distilled from a mash bill of 84% corn, so you can be sure there's buttery notes galore in here. The whiskey has been matured in American oak barrels…  More info

American Eagle 4 Year Old
7
$34.32

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 46%
John E. Fitzgerald

Terrific Kentucky bourbon, named for one of the more colourful character in whiskey history. Y'see, John E. Fitzgerald was a bonded treasury agent, one of the only people to carry keys to the storage…  More info

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
5
$49.73
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Yellowstone Limited Edition - 2019 Edition

70cl, 50.5%
Yellowstone

The wonderful 2019 release of Yellowstone Limited Edition bourbon is here! This expression was aged for nine years in new charred oak, marrying barrels from all corners of the rickhouse, having gone…  More info

Yellowstone Limited Edition - 2019 Edition
1
$175.25

Yellowstone Limited Edition - 2018 Edition

70cl, 50.5%
Yellowstone

It's the 2018 release of Yellowstone Limited Edition bourbon! For the 2016 release, the whiskey was finished in new wine barrels. Those very same barrels were given a light charring and used to…  More info

Yellowstone Limited Edition - 2018 Edition
2
$183.33
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Whiskey Thief

70cl, 40%
Whiskey Thief

It's whiskey with a mask! Is it super whiskey? Whiskey Thief, you say? Well I'm sure he only robs so you can enjoy this straight bourbon, like some kind of Robin Zorro. It's matured in fresh oak…  More info

Whiskey Thief
4
$29.73

Johnny Drum Private Stock (70cl)

70cl, 50.5%
Johnny Drum Distiling Co.

A cask strength bourbon, this is the flagship bourbon from the Johnny Drum range of handmade bourbons, produced in small batches. (Previously a 15 year old.)  More info

Johnny Drum Private Stock (70cl)
10
$56.87

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Wilderness Trail

From Wilderness Trail comes this Small Batch Bourbon, and its mash bill is dominated by corn (obviously, because bourbon), with smaller proportions of rye and malted barley. It's matured in a mixture…  More info

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Bourbon
$74.43

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (56.9%)

75cl, 56.9%
New Riff

Brill bourbon here from New Riff, drawn from a single barrel and bottled up at cask strength! You can expect a fantastic flavour profile of dried fruit, vanilla, cask char and chocolate from this…  More info

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (56.9%)
$85.88

Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

This right here is an extraordinarily snazzy expression from Woodford Reserve bourbon, which has been allowed a three-year-long finishing period in XO Cognac casks! This allows plenty of time for the…  More info

Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition
$1,718.68

Jim Beam White Label 5 Year Old (1.9L) - 1970s

190cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A sizeable bottle of Jim Beam White Label, holding 1.9 litre of the classic bourbon whiskey (with a built-in handle for easy pouring - ergonomic!). We think this was produced back in the 1970s.…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 5 Year Old (1.9L) - 1970s
$274.99

J.W. Kelly Old Milford Bourbon

70cl, 47%
J.W Kelly

The very first bourbon from J.W. Kelly was crafted back in 1866 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, though this is a more recent edition! Old Milford Bourbon is produced from a mash bill of 75% corn, 20%…  More info

J.W. Kelly Old Milford Bourbon
$44.63

American Eagle 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
American Eagle

Another lip-smacking bourbon from American Eagle, this one has seen eight years of ageing. Its mash bill is made up of 84% corn, so it's suitably buttery, and spent its days resting in American oak…  More info

American Eagle 8 Year Old
$49.21

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Wilderness Trail

This Single Barrel release from Wilderness Trail is made from a mash bill of 64% corn, 24% wheat and 12% malted barley, aged in toasted and charred barrels. It's also bottled in bond, meaning that,…  More info

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon
$74.43

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Smooth Ambler

Contradiction is an apt name for this tasty bourbon from West Virginia's Smooth Ambler. It's made with a blend of sourced old rye-heavy bourbon and younger wheated bourbon made by the Smooth Ambler…  More info

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon
2
$57.24
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