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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 - 1990s

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 1990s bottling of Jim Beam White Label, a classic bourbon that is aged for 4 years. As with all Jim Beam whiskey this collectible has a high rye content, lending it a spicy character.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1990s
$201.43

Jim Beam White 5 Year Old - 1970s

175cl, 0%
Jim Beam

A classic bottle of Beam from the 1970s. This 1.75 litre bottle is in great shape and makes a great collectors' item.  More info

Jim Beam White 5 Year Old - 1970s
$658.01

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam White Label sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, produced all the way back in the 1970s. Jim Beam boffins would surely love this collectible piece.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$268.58

Clarke's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Clarke's Distilling Company

A 1990s bottling of Clarke's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - not produced by the same people who make Clarke's Court Rum in Grenada. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Clarke's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1990s
$134.29

Daniel Stewart Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Daniel Stewart

"A proud name for a proud Bourbon" proclaims the label of this 1980s bottling of Daniel Stewart Bourbon. Not only is it a neat antique whiskey - it's also a compliment to everyone named Daniel…  More info

Daniel Stewart Bourbon - 1980s
$241.72

Jessie James 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Jesse James

An antique bottle of Jesse James 8 Year Old Bourbon, produced back in the 1980s. Fun fact: Jesse James' middle name was Woodson. We hope that name comes back into fashion... This bottle was part…  More info

Jessie James 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s
$335.72

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1616

70cl, 65.1%
Blanton's

Another bottling from the very popular Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. This delicious bourbon was drawn from barrel #1616 (interesting fact: 1616 was the year Shakespeare died!) and bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1616
$95.06

Jim Beam White Label 5 Year Old (1.9L) - 1970s

190cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A sizeable bottle of Jim Beam White Label, holding 1.9 litre of the classic bourbon whiskey (with a built-in handle for easy pouring - ergonomic!). We think this was produced back in the 1970s.…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 5 Year Old (1.9L) - 1970s
$714.41

Tom Dooley 6 Year Old (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Five Stripe

A 1 litre bottling of Tom Dooley 6 Year Old Bourbon, which we think was produced in the 1970s. Ought to make for an excellent piece for an American whiskey collection... This bottle was part of a…  More info

Tom Dooley 6 Year Old (1L) - 1970s
$376.01

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
$39.25

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 65

70cl, 65.4%
Blanton's

Incredible cask strength bourbon whiskey from the Blanton's range, bottled without chill-filtration or additional colours. It's as if you tiptoed into the famous Warehouse H and swiped it straight…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 65
$95.06

JT Forwarder Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 40%
JT Forwarder

This is a bottle of JT Forwarder Bourbon, which we think was produced in the 1980s. Unlikely to have been named after the former NSYNC member, considering the band was formed in 1995. This bottle…  More info

JT Forwarder Bourbon - 1980s
$134.29

Early Times Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Early Times Distillery

The Early Times Bourbon brand was established in Kentucky in 1860. This particular edition from the historic whisky makers was distilled and bottled sometime in the 1980s. This bottle was part of…  More info

Early Times Bourbon - 1980s
$241.72

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 883

70cl, 63.6%
Blanton's

If you happen to like your bourbon to be particularly intense and flavoursome, you can't got wrong with a bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel. This stuff is bottled at cask strength without…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 883
$95.06

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 64

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

Yet another marvellous cask strength bourbon from Blanton's. Released as part of the Straight From The Barrel range, this has been bottled without any chill-filtration or additional colours,…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 64
$95.06

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 884

70cl, 63.6%
Blanton's

A powerfully flavoursome bourbon from the Blanton's Straight From The Cask range. These expressions are drawn from single casks and bottled without chill-filtration or additional colours. This one…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 884
$95.06

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 54

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

Yummy single barrel bourbon from the ever-popular Blanton's Straight From The Barrel series. These whiskeys are bottled at cask strength, without any of that chill-filtration or any of those…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 54
$95.06

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
$95.06

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 60

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

The Blanton's Straight From The Barrel series is a much-loved collection of single barrel bourbons from the long-running brand, bottled at cask strength. This one (drawn from barrel #60) was bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 60
$95.06

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old

75cl, 45%
William Larue Weller

A 75cl bottle of Buffalo Trace's stunning bourbon William Larue Weller, named after the man famed for being the first to create "wheated bourbon", in which the spicy rye grain is substituted for…  More info

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old
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Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1662

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Absolutely gorgeous single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's range, released under their Original Single Barrel range. This particular bottling was drawn from barrel #1662, and bottled at 46.5% ABV.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1662
$55.89
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Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel

75cl, 50%
Colonel EH Taylor

An excellent brand owned by Buffalo Trace that uses similar methods and recipes to the ones Colonel E. H. Taylor introduced and improved during his time as a bourbon distiller in the late 1800s. The…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel
7
$106.87
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1622

70cl, 65.3%
Blanton's

Single barrel bourbon, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours. That sentence is music to any American whiskey enthusiast's ears, and the conductors behind this…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1622
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Blanton's Special Reserve

70cl, 40%
Blanton's

Special Reserve is a lower strength single barrel bourbon from Blanton's. Each bottle is hand-filled, hand-labeled, hand-sealed and individually numbered. Please Note: Unfortunately, the wax atop…  More info

Blanton's Special Reserve
9
$54.78
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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
$55.46
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