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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 - 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 photos…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1986
$99.78

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
$99.78

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
$124.72

Old Crow Traveler - 1970s

75cl, 43%
The Old Crow

This is a Traveler bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon, produced in the 1970s by the Old Crow Distilling Company. Currently, the brand is owned by Jim Beam and is marketed with two other…  More info

Old Crow Traveler - 1970s
$259.83

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. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Jim Beam White 5 Year Old - 1970s
$187.08

Old Dignity - Post-1999

70cl, 40%
Old Dignity

A rare, mellow-style bourbon that was produced and imported from the United States some time post-1999 by Old Dignity. Party like it's post-1999? Doesn't really have the same ring to it... This…  More info

Old Dignity - Post-1999
$99.78

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
$249.44

Blue Star - Post-1990

70cl, 40%
Blue Star

A rare American bourbon whiskey that was produced for the European Markets. You don't see many bottlings from the Blue Star brand, so this is a real find for any collectors. It was bottled and…  More info

Blue Star - Post-1990
$124.72

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
$124.72

Four Roses 6 Year Old (German Bottling) - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

Formerly known as Yellow Label (hence the yellow label), this vintage bottle of Four Roses 6 Year Old was produced sometime in the 1990s and bottled for the German market. This bottle was part of…  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old (German Bottling) - 1990s
$77.95

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s

100cl, 40%
Old Crow

A 1990s bottling of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon, named after Scotsman James Crow, who invented the all-important sour mash process. A collectible gem for any bourbon fans. This bottle was…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s
$187.08

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2018-01E)

70cl, 63.7%
Booker's

We love the whiskeys release for the Booker's True Barrel Bourbon range. They're well-aged, full-bodied expression, bottled at cask strength. Very hard to find a fault in that.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2018-01E)
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Stagg Jr.

75cl, 63.2%
George T. Stagg

Another batch of the sublime Stagg Jr. has arrived! It may be a younger and stylistically more approachable alternative to Buffalo Trace's much-loved George T. Stagg bourbon, but that doesn't mean…  More info

Stagg Jr.
2
$77.90

Evan Williams 1783

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A superb Kentucky straight bourbon from Evan Williams, produced in small batches. The 1783 expression is named after the year that Evan Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River.  More info

Evan Williams 1783
25
$32.12

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

75cl, 53.5%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A well aged whiskey from Old Rip Van Winkle, this bottling of Family Reserve has been aged for 15 years in heavily charred barrels, there is a high wheat content in the mashbill.  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
3
$129.92

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release

70cl, 45.7%
Michter's Distillery

Ever wondered what would happen if you took Michter's US*1 Bourbon (matured in charred American oak) and then went and gave it an additional maturation in toasted, but not charred, barrels (made with…  More info

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release
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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

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
8
$33.21

Cedar Ridge Bourbon Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Cedar Ridge

From Cedar Ridge distillery in Iowa comes a Port cask finished expression of its Iowa Bourbon Whiskey. The spirit was treated to a 12 month finish in Cedar Wood Port casks from the winery, imparting…  More info

Cedar Ridge Bourbon Port Cask Finish
$50.87

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

A rather collectible 1990s bottling of Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, released for the international market but, amazingly, it wasn't available in the US during this period.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1990s

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
3
$43.43

Blanton's Gold Edition

70cl, 51.5%
Blanton's

A superb single barrel bourbon. Blanton's Gold is distilled from a mashbill of corn, rye and malted barley. Each bottle is hand filled, sealed, labelled and individually numbered. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Gold Edition
50
$83.04

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey in its older style of bottle, and aged for at least 8 years. Excellent value bourbon, this is - well aged and packed with brown sugar and vanilla…  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101
3
$57.16

Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand - early 1990s

70cl, 43.4%
Wild Turkey

From the early 1990s comes this bottle of Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand. The expression had a fairly short time of it, as it was in the 1990s that the Old No. 8 Brand replaced the eight year old Wild…  More info

Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand - early 1990s

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
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