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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.

Evan Williams Extra Aged

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A popular brand of bourbon from Kentucky, U.S.A., where it has been produced since 1783. Rich with vanilla and caramel on the nose which continues on the palate, it's produced by the Heaven Hill…  More info

Evan Williams Extra Aged
12
$29.46

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
$70.08

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)
$42.34

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
$25.46

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
$52.41

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
$32.46

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
31
$29.05

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
$95.06

Yellowstone Select

75cl, 46.5%
Yellowstone

From the Yellowstone range (owned by Limestone Branch, which was founded to bring back the glory that Yellowstone once held many moons ago) comes the Select Bourbon. Full-bodied, with a good kick of…  More info

Yellowstone Select
$54.43

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)
7
$53.66

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
13
$39.53

Old Ezra 7 Year Old

70cl, 50.5%
Ezra Brooks

A 7 year old sour mash bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range (though on this one you'll find the name 'Old Ezra' emblazoned on the label).  More info

Old Ezra 7 Year Old
2
$46.76

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
1
$97.22

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
$142.96

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
$201.43

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Jim Beam Double Oak

3cl, 43%
Jim Beam

Don't expect to find a thimble or an illogically small deck of playing cards within this single Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker. Instead, when you snap it open, you'll find a wax-sealed 30ml…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Jim Beam Double Oak
$7.72

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
$41.00

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
$95.06

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
6
$55.21

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
$38.19

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's famous White Label is distilled from a mashbill with a high rye content. The result of this is extra spice notes. This stuff would work well in an 'old' Old Fashioned cocktail! This…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995
$201.43

Hiram Walker 8 Year Old De Luxe - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

8 year old bourbon from Hiram Walker, which we believe to have been produced during the 1970s. Should make for an interesting centrepiece to a whiskey collection... This bottle was part of a…  More info

Hiram Walker 8 Year Old De Luxe - 1980s
$241.72

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s (70cl)

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 4 year old Jim Beam bourbon, this bottle of white label is a rare collector's piece, bottled during the 1970s.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s (70cl)
$201.43

Jim Beam White Label - early 1980s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

We believe that this bottle of Jim Beam White Label bourbon was produced back in the early 1980s. Sadly, the label looks to have suffered some water damage over the years, but never-the-less, this is…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - early 1980s
$241.72

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

The Hiram Walker name might conjure up memories of cracking Canadian whisky for some, but for other, it brings to mind the brilliant Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon. We think this was distilled in 1965…  More info

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s
$335.72

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