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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.

Old Bardstown Estate

70cl, 50.5%
Old Bardstown

Named after a particularly successful racehorse from the 1950s (which was in turn named after Bardstown the city), Old Bardstone Estate bourbon is distilled in Kentucky and bottled at 50.5% ABV (or…  More info

Old Bardstown Estate
$37.92

Kings County Bourbon

20cl, 45%
Kings County

Kings County Bourbon was created at New York's Kings County Distillery with local organic corn and British malted barley and was distilled in imported Scottish copper stills. It is pleasingly…  More info

Kings County Bourbon
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$32.50
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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
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$24.24
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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
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$35.27
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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
$45.19

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
$24.96
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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
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$44.64
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Fighting Cock

75cl, 51.5%
Fighting Cock

A well-known and particularly punchy bourbon from Heaven Hill, boasting quite a name indeed. It previously had an age statement, but in recent years it has lost it. Never-the-less, it remains a good…  More info

Fighting Cock
$38.89

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
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$28.57
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Roughstock Montana Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 45%
Roughstock

From the Roughstock distillery in Montana - the Land of Shining Mountains - comes a straight bourbon whiskey, made with a blend of four in-house bourbon recipes.  More info

Roughstock Montana Bourbon Whiskey
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$53.54
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 63

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

Wonderful single barrel bourbon from Blanton's, released as part of the Straight From The Barrel range. These top-notch whiskeys are bottled at cask strength without any of that chill-filtration or…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 63
$92.19

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
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$34.67
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Woodward Bourbon

70cl, 44%
Valentine Distilling

Woodward Bourbon comes to us via Michigan's Valentine Distilling - though it has since been rebranded as Mayor Pingree Bourbon (which is more fun to say, we will admit).  More info

Woodward Bourbon
$43.35
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Bower Hill Single Barrel

75cl, 47%
Bower Hill

Single barrel bourbon from the Bower Hill range. Well-oaked and packed with character...  More info

Bower Hill Single Barrel
$97.62
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Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)

70cl, 63.2%
Four Roses

This is a 2013 release of Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon from the renowned Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. Made with one of 10 distinct recipes which the Four Roses distillers use…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)
$379.83

David Nicholson Reserve

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A spicy bourbon from the David Nicholson range, featuring a generous portion of rye within the mash-bill. Tasty stuff, suitable for sipping over ice or in cocktails.  More info

David Nicholson Reserve
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$49.86
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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2017)

70cl, 43.3%
Evan Williams

Single barrel bourbon from the ever-dependable Evan Williams range. This particular bottling was distilled back in 2010 and bottled in 2017 at 43.3% ABV. Excellent value-for-money bourbon whiskey…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2017)
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$44.98
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Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old Bourbon

35cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

A limited edition Bourbon from New York's Widow Jane, bottled for La Maison du Whisky. This is a 4 year old expression of their Wapsie Valley Bourbon, made with ingredients grown in New York State,…  More info

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old Bourbon
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$103.91
$76.78

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

The Pepper name goes way back in terms of bourbon production, back to 1776. Even James E. Pepper nick-named the whiskey 'Old 1776'. However, in the latter half of the 1900s, the James E. Pepper name,…  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$57.25
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Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old 50/50 Bourbon

35cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

4 year old bourbon from Widow Jane in Brooklyn, New York, made with a core of Wapsie Valley corn. The rest of the mashbill is made with 15% malted barley and 15% rye. It was bottled for La Maison du…  More info

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old 50/50 Bourbon
$97.34

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
$53.78
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Bib & Tucker 6 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bib & Tucker

A 6 year old bourbon from the Bib & Tucker range. For those unfamiliar - "bib and tucker" is an olde time-y phrase meaning "wearing fancy clothes". This expression features a rather high corn portion…  More info

Bib & Tucker 6 Year Old
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$65.06

Johnny Drum Black Label

70cl, 43%
Johnny Drum Distiling Co.

Johnny Drum Black Label has been made by a method that has remained unchanged for 5 generations of master distillers.  More info

Johnny Drum Black Label
$37.04
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Bower Hill Barrel Reserve

75cl, 43%
Bower Hill

The entry-level expression from the Bower Hill bourbon range, bottled at 43% ABV. The name comes from the Battle of Bower Hill, which took place during the Whiskey Rebellion, making it a rather…  More info

Bower Hill Barrel Reserve
$67.96

Jim Beam White Label - 1986

Jim Beam

This is a collectible bottle of Jim Beam White Label bourbon, produced in 1986 and bottled at 40% ABV. Very cool. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1986
$195.34

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