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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.

Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel

75cl, 50%
Rebel Yell

A 10 year old single barrel variation of Rebel Yell bourbon, made with a mashbill that incorporates a hearty portion of wheat. Impressive stuff, this.  More info

Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel
$77.58
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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
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$54.24
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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
$54.92

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2017

70cl, 53.9%
Four Roses

This 2017 Barrel Strength Small Batch features three of the ten unique Four Roses bourbon recipes, including a 15-year-old bourbon from the OESK recipe, a 13-year-old OESK and a 12-year-old OESV. A…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2017
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$132.99
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PennyPacker Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 40%
PennyPacker

PennyPacker is a good value Bourbon with all sorts of very American items on the label, like the American flag, American pennies and a particularly honest American President.  More info

PennyPacker Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
$26.13
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1629

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

Delicious single barrel bourbon from the fine folks behind Blanton's! This release comes from their Straight from the Barrel range, and is bottled without chill-filtration or additional colouring.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1629
$96.18
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Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2016

70cl, 55.6%
Four Roses

This is the 2016 edition of the Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength! These are always hotly anticipated by bourbon fans every year, and with good reason. This year, it's been bottled at 55.6% ABV.  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2016
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Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey - 1995

70cl, 40%
The Old Huckleberry Distilling Company

This is a rare bottle of Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, produced in the 1980s. A well celebrated brand, known in part for packs of poker cards, which they also made. The label has faded…  More info

Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey - 1995
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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (69.4%)

70cl, 69.4%
Elijah Craig

A barrel proof bottling of Elijah Craig 12 Year Old bourbon. Absolutely incredible stuff - powerful but not clumsy, it's an intense and awesome bit of whiskey deliciousness. This has been bottled at…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (69.4%)
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$100.48
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Texas Legation - Batch No.1

70cl, 46%
Texas Legation

A bourbon distilled by Ironroot Republic Distillery in Texas for Berry Bros. & Rudd, named after the Texas legation which was set up above the historic London-based wine shop back in the…  More info

Texas Legation - Batch No.1
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$54.92
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 891

70cl, 63.4%
Blanton's

This is yet another delicious cask-strength bourbon from those wonderful Blanton's chaps. Released as part of their Straight From The Barrel range, this bourbon was drawn from cask #891 and bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 891
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$94.14
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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2008 (bottled 2017)

70cl, 43.3%
Evan Williams

The Evan Williams series of single barrel bourbons are great value-for-money, boasting loads of character and a full-bodied flavour profile. This particular bottling was distilled in 2008 and bottled…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2008 (bottled 2017)
$41.93
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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
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$61.56
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 730

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

We're massive fans of Blanton's bourbon and the various expressions in the range - especially their Straight From The Barrel bottlings. These are aged in the famous Warehouse H (a favourite of…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 730

Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Family Reserve

75cl, 47.8%
Old Rip Van Winkle

We had the immense pleasure of trying this at Whisky Live, really great stuff; Van Winkle 23 is a super bourbon of epic proportions. They release yearly batches of this, all of which sell out rather…  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Family Reserve
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$277.05
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 889

70cl, 62.8%
Blanton's

An absolute belter of a bourbon from Blanton's! Coming via their Straight from the barrel range, this full-bodied whiskey was drawn from a single cask (#889, if you were wonderin') that slumbered…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 889
$94.14
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Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1673

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

A brilliant bourbon from the fantastic Blanton's range, released as part of their Original Single Barrel range. This particular bottle was drawn from barrel #1673, and bottled at 46.5% ABV. Please…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1673
$55.35
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 880

70cl, 63.4%
Blanton's

Yet another marvellous bourbon from the enormously popular Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range. These expressions are each drawn from a single barrel - no blending barrels here! They're bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 880
$94.14
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Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1666

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #1666 - we'd be remiss to draw attention to that cask number as it's very nearly the "number of the beast". It is not the number of the…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1666
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$54.58
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Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1979

75cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This is an 8 year old 101 proof (50.5% abv) bottling of Wild Turkey - the legendary bourbon from Austin Nichols. This is a rare 1979 bottling. Already sold out? Not to worry, we have plenty more…  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1979
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$398.90
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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
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$138.53
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Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

75cl, 45.2%
Old Rip Van Winkle

Incredibly old for a bourbon, this bottling of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve was aged for 20 years and retains a beautiful sweetness, a perfect digestif bourbon.  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
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$221.65
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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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Hudson Baby Bourbon (70cl)

70cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Tuthilltown Spirits had the honour of producing the first legal pot-still whiskey in New York since Prohibition - Hudson Baby Bourbon! Made using 100% New York corn, the Tuthilltown folks mature the…  More info

Hudson Baby Bourbon (70cl)
$48.93
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