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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.

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
$38.08

Cedar Ridge Peated Bourbon

70cl, 43%
Cedar Ridge

A peated expression from Cedar Ridge! The bourbon mash bill consists of 74% corn, 14% malted rye and 12% peated malted barley. After distillation, the liquid is aged in new oak barrels then finished…  More info

Cedar Ridge Peated Bourbon
$50.87

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
$30.14
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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
24
$23.65

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Winchester

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon comes to us from South Carolina-based distillers, Terressentia. They make it using their own TerrePURE technology, which sees ultrasonic energy helping to develop the…  More info

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
$34.25

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
76
$20.53
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Reservoir Holland’s Milkman

75cl, 53.5%
Reservoir Distillery

A very limited edition bourbon from Reservoir Distillery, Holland's Milkman. It may look familiar to Holland's Ghost, though you'll notice that the fella on the label has changed his attire. Made…  More info

Reservoir Holland’s Milkman
$158.97

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.6%
Bulleit

A single Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker that's bursting at the seams with bourbon brilliance. Within these cardboard confines you'll find a wax-sealed 30ml dram of Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old,…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
$7.38

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 Heaven Hill in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and well…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
4
$27.36
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Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Up in New York, Hudson Four Grain bourbon is made using the Tuthilltown distillery's unique recipe of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley. Hold on a minute, that’s four grains - like what the name…  More info

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
1
$37.55

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
$21.65

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
1
$68.55
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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
16
$36.84
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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
1
$24.51

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
3
$27.23
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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)
9
$49.84
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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
$46.84

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)
19
$33.09

Marshall's Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 40%
De Luxe Distilling Company

Marshall's is a good value for money Kentucky bourbon, evidently produced in Bardstown since 1935 (a few years after Prohibition was repealed).  More info

Marshall's Bourbon Whiskey
$23.91

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
$51.51
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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%)
$259.83

Woodford Reserve 2017 - Kentucky Derby 143 (1L)

100cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

A commemorative bottling of 2017 Woodford Reserve, to celebrate the annual Kentucky Derby. The artwork for the 2017 Run for the Roses bottling was done by the same artist as the 2016 bottling, Thomas…  More info

Woodford Reserve 2017 - Kentucky Derby 143 (1L)
$72.70

Cedar Ridge Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Cedar Ridge

From Cedar Ridge comes Iowa Bourbon, made up of 74% corn, 14% malted rye and 12% 6-row malted barley. The whiskey celebrates the fact that Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the USA, and the…  More info

Cedar Ridge Bourbon
$46.72

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
$50.75
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Town Branch Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Town Branch

The Alltech-owned Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company created this bourbon under the brand 'Town Branch', which was named after the body of water running under Lexington to celebrate the town's…  More info

Town Branch Bourbon
$43.28

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