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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.

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
121
$18.96

Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade

Feast your eyes on Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade, a 10 year old bourbon whiskey! People who sit at the centre of the Venn diagram of 'bourbon boffins' and 'ampersand aficionados' ought…  More info

Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade 10 Year Old
7
$48.09
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Boondocks 8 Year Old Bourbon

75cl, 45%
Boondocks

While the initial expressions from the Boondocks range (the 11 Year Old and the 11 Year Old Cask Strength) were similar in style to bourbons but technically American whiskeys, this one is indeed a…  More info

Boondocks 8 Year Old Bourbon
$65.09

Kentucky Owl Bourbon - Batch 10

70cl, 60.1%
Kentucky Owl

Double digits for Kentucky Owl Bourbon! Batch 10 once again looks to be an incredible release, packing a bold, powerful flavour profile. Made with casks sourced from various distilleries, Kentucky…  More info

Kentucky Owl Bourbon - Batch 10
$225.61

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
1
$61.92

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
2
$90.22

Old Bardstown Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Old Bardstown

A classic bourbon from the Old Bardstown range! With a mashbill of 72% corn, 15% malted barley, and 13% rye, there's enough mellow spice to keep the buttery sweetness in check. Bottled at 45% ABV,…  More info

Old Bardstown Kentucky Straight Bourbon
$33

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon – Father's Day Edition

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

Need a Father's Day pressie for a dad who happens to be a bourbon fan? Woodford Reserve has you covered with this bottling of its fantastic Kentucky Bourbon featuring the phrase "Happy Father's Day"…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon – Father's Day Edition
1
$33.60

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
$49.14

Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Belmont Farm

A grain-to-glass release from Belmont Farm's Kopper Kettle range, it's a Virginia straight bourbon! We don't know the exact mash bill (other than it boasts at least 51% corn, as all bourbon is…  More info

Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Bourbon
$42.57

Old Forester Single Barrel - Barrel Strength

75cl, 64%
Old Forester

This batch of Old Forester Single Barrel bourbon comes from a cask that matured on floor number two of warehouse H, and was selected by Ryan Engen. Bottled at a barrel strength of 64% ABV, or 128…  More info

Old Forester Single Barrel - Barrel Strength
$225.67

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, malted barley, and, less commonly, wheat.…  More info

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Bourbon
$61.92

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
28
$23.52

Culper Bros 355 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 43%
Culper Bros

With a mash bill of 51% corn, 45% wheat, and 4% malted barley comes this classic straight bourbon. Culper Bros selects single barrels that were distilled in Indiana and then transports them to…  More info

Culper Bros 355 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1
$65.20

Kentucky Owl Confiscated

70cl, 48.2%
Kentucky Owl

Kentucky Owl Confiscated is a tribute to the barrels the government seized from the founder's great-great grandfather ahead of Prohibition, never to be seen again. This hotly-anticipated whiskey is a…  More info

Kentucky Owl Confiscated
$109.32

MB Roland Single Barrel Bourbon 56.8%

75cl, 56.8%
MB Roland

Another small batch, single barrel bourbon from MB Roland out in Kentucky! With their characteristic mash bill of 78% white corn, 17% rye, and 5% malt, aged in a #4 char new oak barrel and at a…  More info

MB Roland Single Barrel Bourbon 56.8%
$72.59

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
$35.10

Pure Kentucky XO

70cl, 53.5%
Pure Kentucky

Pure Kentucky XO is a small batch bourbon produced in... Well, it's produced in Kentucky. Obviously. The expression does well on the spice front and isn't overly sweet, making it a fabulous contender…  More info

Pure Kentucky XO
1
$55.06
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Driftless Glen Small Batch Bourbon

75cl, 48%
Driftless Glen

Wisconsin's Driftless Glen distillery makes a delicious small-batch bourbon. Don't believe us? Well you should. You're looking right at it. The mashbill here is 60% corn, 20% rye and 20% malted…  More info

Driftless Glen Small Batch Bourbon
$57.11

Peerless Bourbon Small Batch 54.4%

75cl, 54.4%
Peerless

Another brilliant bourbon from Peerless Distilling in Kentucky. This offering from its small batch expressions is filled with all things toffee, spice, and everything nice. At a hearty 54.4%, a drop…  More info

Peerless Bourbon Small Batch 54.4%
$76.16

Old Williamsburg Bourbon

75cl, 40%
Old Williamsburg

If you've been pining to make some tasty bourbon cocktails, then look no further than Old Williamsburg! This sour mash bourbon is full of buttery corn and stewed orchard fruits, and should be a great…  More info

Old Williamsburg Bourbon
$35.54

Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Yellow Rose

Outlaw Bourbon from Yellow Rose over in Texas is produced exclusively from Texas yellow corn in a pot still. It's then aged in small American oak barrels in Houston, where the temperature…  More info

Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon
1
$62.63

Grand Slam 10 Year Old Kentucky Whiskey

100cl, 45%
Grand Slam

This is a 10 Year Old Kentucky Whiskey, bottled at 45% ABV. We say bottled, but this isn't really a bottle. It's a big 1-litre head that references baseball, so it will make a fun present for the…  More info

Grand Slam 10 Year Old Kentucky Whiskey
$81.78

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
$62.81

Two Worlds La Victoire - First Edition

70cl, 54.7%
Two Worlds Whiskey

La Victoire from Two Worlds Whiskey celebrates the historic allegiance between the USA and France. The name La Victoire comes from the ship which Marquis de La Fayette travelled to America on in 1777…  More info

Two Worlds La Victoire - First Edition
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$195.58

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