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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.

Kentucky Owl Bourbon

70cl, 60.5%
Kentucky Owl

Kentucky Owl Bourbon dates all the way back to 1879, when Charles Mortimer Dedman founded the C.M. Dedman Distillery. Kentucky Owl was produced until Prohibition forced the distillery to close - and…  More info

Kentucky Owl Bourbon
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$286.44

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
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$62.96

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
$71.76

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
$36.38

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
$72.98

Bourbon de Luxe 4 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Bourbon de Luxe

A rare bottle of Bourbon de Luxe 4 Year Old, bottled in the 1990s for the Spanish market. Collectible (and just generally cool) stuff. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Bourbon de Luxe 4 Year Old - 1990s
$206.24

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015

70cl, 54.3%
Four Roses

2015's limited edition release, from barrels selected by the Master Distiller is barrel strength and non-chill filtered as always. Some of the best whiskey available from this distillery. This…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015
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$332.28

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
$68.11

Blinking Owl Four Grain Bourbon

75cl, 45%
Blinking Owl

The Blinking Owl Distillery over in California makes its Four Grain Bourbon using... Well, four different grains. Ok, the big surprise was kind of hinted at from the name, but still. Four grains! The…  More info

Blinking Owl Four Grain Bourbon
$49.21

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
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$47.71

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014

70cl, 55.9%
Four Roses

This is the 2014 release of Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength, made with barrels which were specially selected by the master distiller, resulting in a spectacularly flavoursome bourbon with…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014
$342.59
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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

70cl, 65.7%
Elijah Craig

Heaven Hill releases the wonderful Elijah Craig Barrel Proof bourbon just three times a year, and this here is one of those delicious releases. This particular bottling weighs in at a generous 65.7%…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
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$131.64

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon

70cl, 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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$65.89

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

70cl, 50%
Smooth Ambler

Smooth Ambler's Big Level has been hotly anticipated - it's a lip-smacking wheated bourbon that was produced entirely at the distillery in West Virginia. While previously expressions released by…  More info

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon
$91.61

Four Roses Elliott's Select 2016

75cl, 60.1%
Four Roses

A very special release here from the ever-wonderful Four Roses, Elliott's Select is a single barrel bourbon, and Brent Elliot’s very first release after taking on the title of master distiller in…  More info

Four Roses Elliott's Select 2016
$916.63
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Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

The chap riding the horse atop this bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel looks pretty excited, and we can't blame him. Who wouldn't be happy to see this brilliant bourbon from barrel 102?  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102

Stagg Jr. (63.2%)

75cl, 63.2%
George T. Stagg

It's yet another wonderful batch of Stagg Jr. bourbon, the younger, more approachable expression of George T. Stagg from Buffalo Trace. Younger certainly doesn't mean any less delicious here, with…  More info

Stagg Jr. (63.2%)
$92.23

Stagg Jr.

75cl, 64.2%
George T. Stagg

Stagg Jr. is a full-bodied Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey packing a hefty flavour profile and an ABV to match (this batch weighs in at a sturdy 64.2% ABV - a few drops of water wouldn't go amiss…  More info

Stagg Jr.
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$92.77

Jim Beam Double Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

There's much double trouble in this gift set from Jim Beam! The set includes a bottle of Double Oak bourbon (initially matured in freshly charred American oak barrels before being moved over to a…  More info

Jim Beam Double Oak Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
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$34.32

Kentucky Bourbon 24 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask Nation

70cl, 47.4%
Single Cask Nation

A mysterious 24 year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey here, independently bottled for the Single Cask Nation series! Though we don't know whisky distillery it came from, we do know that it has…  More info

Kentucky Bourbon 24 Year Old 1994 - Single Cask Nation
$257.80

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 101

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Blanton's Oriignal Single Barrel bourbon is a brilliant whiskey from the Buffalo Trace stable. Each one is drawn from a single cask that slumbered in the legendary Warehouse H (said to be favoured by…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 101
$80.15

1792 Full Proof

75cl, 62.5%
Barton 1792

A delicious, full-bodied addition to the 1792 Bourbon range - the 1972 Full Proof is bottled at 62.5% ABV (or 125 proof, if you're in the USA) without any chill-filtration. Robust, intense and…  More info

1792 Full Proof
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$74.43

Buffalo Trace 1980 Bourbon Whiskey - The Last Drop

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A brilliant bourbon from Buffalo Trace here, bottled up by The Last Drop! This expression was distilled all the way back in 1980 and was matured for almost two decades. It was bottled up at 45% ABV,…  More info

Buffalo Trace 1980 Bourbon Whiskey - The Last Drop
$4,812.29

David Nicholson 1843

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A somewhat seldom-seen (at least on these shores) brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, David Nicholson 1843 shows off a big, bold flavour profile and is bottled at 50% ABV.  More info

David Nicholson 1843
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$47.41

Old Weller Antique

75cl, 53.5%
William Larue Weller

Old Weller Antique is a gorgeous, excellent value wheated bourbon from the Buffalo Trace-owned William Larue Weller range, presented at 53.5% ABV. Plenty of oak-y character supported by…  More info

Old Weller Antique
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