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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.

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
20
$24.37
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 60

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

The Blanton's Straight From The Barrel series is a much-loved collection of single barrel bourbons from the long-running brand, bottled at cask strength. This one (drawn from barrel #60) was bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 60
$92.19

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
24
$103.17
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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2013 (125th Anniversary Edition)

70cl, 51.6%
Four Roses

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Four Roses Bourbon in the best way possible: by raising a glass of this limited edition small batch, barrel strength bourbon. It is an expertly married mix of 3…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2013 (125th Anniversary Edition)
$406.96
$352.69

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
1
$42.32
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Koval Bourbon

50cl, 47%
Koval

Koval bourbon is made with 51% corn (the minimum required for a bourbon) with the rest of the mashbill being made up by millet. This unusual choice, used to make distilled spirits in Nepal, is…  More info

Koval Bourbon
1
$50.83
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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
11
$59.50
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1616

70cl, 65.1%
Blanton's

Another bottling from the very popular Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. This delicious bourbon was drawn from barrel #1616 (interesting fact: 1616 was the year Shakespeare died!) and bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1616
$92.19

Heaven Hill 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 152708) - Copper Monument

70cl, 63%
Heaven Hill

An intriguing release from newly-launched independent bottler, Copper Monument. This is an 8 year old bourbon, distilled by Heaven Hill in 2009 and matured in a single cask until 2017, when it was…  More info

Heaven Hill 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 152708) - Copper Monument
$86.76

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer 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 Finish
1
$168.03
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Early Times Old Reserve

70cl, 40%
Early Times Distillery

Early Times Old Reserve Kentucky bourbon - a tasty expression from a very long-running brand. Interestingly, Early Times have their own cooperage to create the barrels that their whiskey ages in! A…  More info

Early Times Old Reserve
$22.39
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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
$28.43
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1623

70cl, 65.2%
Blanton's

Yet another marvellous Straight from the Barrel bottling of Blanton's bourbon. This time, the whiskey was drawn from barrel #1623 and bottled without chill-filtration or additional colouring at 65.2%…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1623
$92.19

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
20
$24.69
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Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (54.0%)

70cl, 54%
Four Roses

From the famous Four Roses distillery comes this fantastic Single Barrel 2014 release, made with their OESF recipe, a 75% corn mashbill with a full, minty and fruit flavour profile. It has been…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (54.0%)
$271.30

Kings County Bottled-in-Bond

20cl, 50%
Kings County

New York's Kings Country Distillery have released their very own Bottled-in-Bond bourbon! Abiding by the strict Bottled-In-Bond rules set to help whiskey lovers know exactly what they're getting…  More info

Kings County Bottled-in-Bond
$39.76

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
14
$38.34
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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)
13
$34.55

PennyPacker Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 40%
PennyPacker

PennyPacker is a good value Bourbon with all sorts of very American items on the label, like the American flag, American pennies and a particularly honest American President.  More info

PennyPacker Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
$25.59
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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
$74.83
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Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Made with corn, rye, wheat and malted barley, this is a 4-grain bourbon from Tuthilltown Spirits, producers of the first legal pot-still whiskey in New York since prohibition! Each bottle is numbered…  More info

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
1
$38.26
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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
$135.66

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)
8
$52.04
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Stetson Bourbon

70cl, 42%
Stetson

Named for John B Stetson and originally launched for the German market, this bourbon honours the chap who invented a stalwart in my "top 7 hats" list, recently knocked off the number 3 spot by the…  More info

Stetson Bourbon
$31.48
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Jim Beam Devils 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 Devils Cut
34
$28.17
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