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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.

Jefferson's Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish

75cl, 45.1%
McLain & Kyne

Delicious bourbon and rum meet in this expression of Jefferson's Reserve! Kentucky straight bourbon spent eight years ageing before it was whacked into a cask which previously held Gosling’s Family…  More info

Jefferson's Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish
$115.67

Woodford Double Oaked (British Bourbon Society)

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

Here we have an awesome single barrel bourbon from Woodford Reserve, this Double Oaked was bottled especially for the British Bourbon Society! It's first matured in new charred white oak barrels,…  More info

Woodford Double Oaked (British Bourbon Society)
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$62.96

Kentucky Owl Confiscated

70cl, 48.2%
Kentucky Owl

Kentucky Owl Confiscated is a tribute to the barrels the government seized from the founder's great-great grandfather ahead of Prohibition, never to be seen again. This hotly-anticipated whiskey is a…  More info

Kentucky Owl Confiscated
$124.83

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 900

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Behold, another Blanton's Original Single Barrel expression! This one spent its days in barrel #900, and was matured in the legendary Warehouse H, as are all Original Single Barrel releases. It was…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 900
$80.15

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 310

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Blanton's has treated us to another awesome Original Single Barrel bourbon! Like all its releases, this one matured in Warehouse H (in barrel #310, if you were curious) until it was dumped in August…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 310
$81.30

Maker's Mark (1L)

100cl, 45%
Maker's Mark

A litre bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon, complete with the distinctive red wax atop the bottle. The mash bill is also rather distinctive, featuring red winter wheat where you might expect rye to make…  More info

Maker's Mark (1L)
$46.98

MB Roland Straight Bourbon

75cl, 55.5%
MB Roland

A top bourbon here from MB Roland, a grain to glass distillery over in Kentucky! It's produced with the distillery's signature local white corn with a smidge of rye and malted barley in the mash…  More info

MB Roland Straight Bourbon
$73.27

Cedar Ridge Peated Bourbon

70cl, 43%
Cedar Ridge

A peated expression from Cedar Ridge! The bourbon mash bill consists of 74% corn, 14% malted rye and 12% peated malted barley. After distillation, the liquid is aged in new oak barrels then finished…  More info

Cedar Ridge Peated Bourbon
$56.80

Stetson Bourbon

70cl, 42%
Stetson

Named for John B Stetson and originally launched for the German market, this bourbon honours the chap who invented a stalwart in my "top 7 hats" list, recently knocked off the number 3 spot by the…  More info

Stetson Bourbon
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$33.23

Bowsaw Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Bowsaw

A brill bourbon from Bowsaw! This expression brings together three types of grains - 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. The result is an excellently creamy whiskey packed full of vanilla and…  More info

Bowsaw Small Batch Bourbon
$41.19

Old Fitzgerald 9 Year Old Bottled-in-Bond

75cl, 50%
Old Fitzgerald

It's a brilliant Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond bourbon! Bottled-in-bond bourbons must be distilled completely at one distillery in the same distilling season, aged for a minimum of four years in a…  More info

Old Fitzgerald 9 Year Old Bottled-in-Bond
$395.30

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon Family Reserve

70cl, 56.5%
Wilderness Trail

A Family Reserve bottling of Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon, boasting a weighty ABV of 56.5% and oodles upon oodles of buttered corn, vibrant vanilla and toasty oak notes.  More info

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon Family Reserve
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$85.88

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2012 (bottled 2019)

70cl, 43.3%
Evan Williams

Single barrel bourbon from the ever wonderful Evan Williams! This time the terrific whiskey was distilled back in 2012 and left to age until 2019, when it was bottled up at 43.3% ABV. Of course,…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2012 (bottled 2019)
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$47.48

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 103

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Another excellent single barrel bourbon from Blanton's! Released as part of the Original Single Barrel range, this expression was drawn from cask #103 and bottled up at 46.5% ABV, packing oodles of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 103
$80.15

Jefferson's 16 Year Old Presidential Select

75cl, 47%
McLain & Kyne

From Jefferson's Presidential Select bottling series comes this 16 Year Old, which spent its first decade maturing in new American oak casks. It was then transferred for its final years into fresh…  More info

Jefferson's 16 Year Old Presidential Select
$331.31

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 57.4%
New Riff

Brill bourbon here from New Riff, drawn from a single barrel and bottled up at cask strength! You can expect a fantastic flavour profile of dried fruit, vanilla, cask char and chocolate from this…  More info

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon
$91.61

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Elijah Craig

An 18 year old single barrel bourbon named after the Reverend Elijah Craig, credited with discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred barrels. This is a rich and delectable whiskey, the…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old
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$252.07

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 891

70cl, 46.4%
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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$97.33

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
$56.39

Buffalo Trace 36 Month Seasoned Staves - Experimental Collection

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

For this Experimental Collection release, Buffalo Trace took its own mash recipe, and in October 2009 filled it into new barrels with staves which had been seasoned for 36 months. Now usually the…  More info

Buffalo Trace 36 Month Seasoned Staves - Experimental Collection
$63.33

Jim Beam White Label - Magnum (1.5L)

150cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A magnum bottle of Jim Beam White Label! Within, there's the delicious bourbon with quite a high percentage of rye in its mashbill, so you can expect a good helping of spice in this one.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - Magnum (1.5L)
$41.19

Cedar Ridge Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Cedar Ridge

From Cedar Ridge comes Iowa Bourbon, made up of 74% corn, 14% malted rye and 12% 6-row malted barley. The whiskey celebrates the fact that Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the USA, and the…  More info

Cedar Ridge Bourbon
$54.06

Jefferson's Bourbon

70cl, 41.2%
McLain & Kyne

Jefferson's Bourbon is made in small batches with a mashbill of 60% corn, 30% rye and 10% malted barley. Interestingly, it's aged in lightly charred barrels, which imparts a distinctive flavour…  More info

Jefferson's Bourbon
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$61.82

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Cherry Wood Smoked Barley

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

Here we have the 12th release in the Master's Collection series from Woodford Reserve. The malted barley used in the mash for this particular expression was dried using the smoke from burning cherry…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Cherry Wood Smoked Barley
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$126.51

Buffalo Trace 48 Month Seasoned Staves - Experimental Collection

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

This expression is one of a pair of bourbons released in Buffalo Trace's Experimental Collection. This particular bottling was distilled in October 2009, and whacked straight into a pair of barrels…  More info

Buffalo Trace 48 Month Seasoned Staves - Experimental Collection
$63.33

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