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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.

Willett's Pot Still Reserve (70cl)

70cl, 47%
Willett Distillery

A 70cl bottling of the excellent Willet's Pot Still Reserve - not only is it a cracking small batch Kentucky bourbon, but it comes in bottles shaped like a pot still, which we love.  More info

Willett's Pot Still Reserve (70cl)
6
$77.90

Stagg Jr. (66.2%)

75cl, 66.2%
George T. Stagg

Stagg Jr. is a full-on Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey packing plenty of the same characteristics of its older sibling, George T. Stagg (released as part of the revered Buffalo Trace Antique…  More info

Stagg Jr. (66.2%)
$92.23

Angel's Envy

70cl, 43.3%
Angel's Envy

Angel's Envy is a rather splendid bourbon that has interestingly been finished in Port casks! The combination of the vanilla-y richness with the sweet, sticky Port notes (which really come to the…  More info

Angel's Envy
4
$65.64

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
15
$108.80

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2020

70cl, 55.7%
Four Roses

Four Roses' annual Small Batch Barrel Strength bourbons are always hotly anticipated - which is fair, they are fantastic. Well, the wait is over for the 2020 edition, because here it is! This…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2020
$154.63

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2020-01E)

70cl, 63.2%
Booker's

Yet another brilliant True Barrel Bourbon from Booker's, this is Batch 2020-01E! The well-aged whiskey has been bottled at cask strength, a generous 63.2% ABV, so it's packed full of all those spicy,…  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2020-01E)
6
$69.83

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 549

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

It's another fabulous batch of Blanton's Original Single Barrel. This particular bourbon was matured in a single barrel, #549 if you were curious, and as with all Original Single Barrel releases, was…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 549
$82.58

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Rebel Yell

Famous bourbon brand Rebel Yell has undergone a rebrand for a new generation of rebels. "Rowdy yet refined", this new look straight bourbon is the original recipe made with wheat, corn and malted…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
25
$28.64

Early Times Old Reserve

70cl, 40%
Early Times Distillery

Early Times Old Reserve Kentucky bourbon - a tasty expression from a very long-running brand. Interestingly, Early Times have their own cooperage to create the barrels that their whiskey ages in! A…  More info

Early Times Old Reserve
1
$23.87

Widow Jane 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

An excellent 10 year old bourbon from the Widow Jane range. This expression is distilled in Kentucky and brought down to bottling strength in New York with water from the Widow Jane mine in…  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old
1
$80.20

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof (2018 Edition)

70cl, 62.9%
Woodford Reserve

Part of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection range, this Batch Proof bottling shows off the same mashbill as the classic Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon, but presented at a very generous 62.9%…  More info

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof (2018 Edition)
1
$114.52

Rebel Yell French Oak

70cl, 45%
Rebel Yell

Those Rebel Yell folks went and found themselves some French oak to finish their wonderful bourbon in! This release takes its standard mash bill of 68% corn, 20% wheat & 12% malted barley, though has…  More info

Rebel Yell French Oak
5
$34.32

1792 Bottled in Bond

75cl, 50%
Barton 1792

1792 Bottled in Bond has a high rye content, around 15-25%, making it a suitably spicy expression. Abiding by the rules sets as part of the Bottled in Bond Act, passed all the way back in 1897, the…  More info

1792 Bottled in Bond
1
$51.51

Blood Oath Bourbon - Pact No.5

70cl, 49.3%
Blood Oath

Behold, the fifth release of Blood Oath Bourbon! For Pact No.5, the Blood Oath team has blended a trio of whiskeys, one of which is a wheated bourbon, and another has been finished in Caribbean rum…  More info

Blood Oath Bourbon - Pact No.5
1
$176.31

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 302

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Bourbon lovers, we have another batch of Blanton's Original Single Barrel for you! Barrel #302 held this one until it was dumped on 23 September 2019, and bottled at 46.5% ABV. Fruit, caramel and…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 302
$81.30

Woodford Reserve 2017 - Kentucky Derby 143 (1L)

100cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

A commemorative bottling of 2017 Woodford Reserve, to celebrate the annual Kentucky Derby. The artwork for the 2017 Run for the Roses bottling was done by the same artist as the 2016 bottling, Thomas…  More info

Woodford Reserve 2017 - Kentucky Derby 143 (1L)
$80.15

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 305

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

That's right, it's another batch of Blanton's Original Single Barrel, and it's as delicious as ever! This particular bourbon spent its days maturing in barrel #305, and was then dumped from said…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 305
$81.30

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea

70cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

An exciting release from the Jefferson's range, this bourbon is initially matured on land for the lion's share of its maturation, before embarking on a sea-faring voyage, crossing the equator 4…  More info

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea
6
$116.28

Buffalo Trace Single Barrel

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Ooh, it's the excellent Buffalo Trace bourbon, except this time it's a single barrel expression! No blending of barrels here, each one is drawn from just one cask. A tasty step up from the classic…  More info

Buffalo Trace Single Barrel
$46.93

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 47.2%
Michter's Distillery

10 year old single barrel bourbon from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. A brilliant expression - well balanced notes of dried fruit, oak-y spice and vanilla with a subtle herbaceous…  More info

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon
8
$168.36

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Winchester

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon comes to us from South Carolina-based distillers, Terressentia. They make it using their own TerrePURE technology, which sees ultrasonic energy helping to develop the…  More info

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
$37.76

Fighting Cock

75cl, 51.5%
Fighting Cock

A well-known and particularly punchy bourbon from Heaven Hill, boasting quite a name indeed. It previously had an age statement, but in recent years it has lost it. Never-the-less, it remains a good…  More info

Fighting Cock
1
$45.63

William Larue Weller Special Reserve

75cl, 45%
William Larue Weller

Looking for a wheated bourbon? William Larue Weller is one of the big names you want to keep your eye out for. Now owned by Buffalo Trace, it's been a staple of wonderfully mellow wheated bourbon…  More info

William Larue Weller Special Reserve
4

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 311

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

This is another fabulous bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon - a properly awesome range. This one came from barrel 311, which should make anyone who was paying attention to American…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 311

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 299

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Blanton's has treated us to another tasty Original Single Barrel release! This expression rested in barrel #299 for its maturation, in Warehouse H as with all releases. The bourbon was dumped from…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 299
$81.30

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