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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.

Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand - 1990s

70cl, 43.4%
Wild Turkey

An old and collectible bottling of Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand bottled at 43.4% ABV, or 86.8 proof as it says on the bottle. We reckon it was bottled in the 1990s, during which time the Old No. 8…  More info

Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand - 1990s

Heaven Hill Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

Heaven Hill. If bourbon is your thing, that's a name you should be very familiar with. If you're unfamiliar, we recommend you become acquainted with the legendary Kentucky-based producer and its…  More info

Heaven Hill Bourbon
30
$25.93

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 46%
John E. Fitzgerald

Terrific Kentucky bourbon, named for one of the more colourful character in whiskey history. Y'see, John E. Fitzgerald was a bonded treasury agent, one of the only people to carry keys to the storage…  More info

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
3
$40.53

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. These…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1990s

Blood Oath Bourbon - Pact No.4

70cl, 49.3%
Blood Oath

The fourth release in the Blood Oath series! These intense, flavoursome expressions are always exciting and much anticipated by bourbon boffins. For Pact No.4, the team have built the whiskey around…  More info

Blood Oath Bourbon - Pact No.4
$159.09

Wild Turkey Longbranch

70cl, 43%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey's Longbranch is the tasty result of a collaboration between master distiller Eddie Russell, and the distillery's creative director, who just so happens to be Matthew McConaughey. (Yes,…  More info

Wild Turkey Longbranch
$38.40

Old Forester UK Bartender Barrel 001

70cl, 45%
Old Forester

In mid-2019, Old Forester took eight bartenders from London, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh over to Kentucky with master taster Jackie Zykan to select the first UK barrel. This right here is bourbon…  More info

Old Forester UK Bartender Barrel 001
$67.51

1792 Full Proof

75cl, 62.5%
Barton 1792

A delicious, full-bodied addition to the 1792 Bourbon range - the 1972 Full Proof is bottled at 62.5% ABV (or 125 proof, if you're in the USA) without any chill-filtration. Robust, intense and…  More info

1792 Full Proof
2
$51.92

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

Each year, the folks behind Woodford Reserve release an experimental whiskey as part of their Master's Collection. For 2016, they produced a bourbon which has finished in American brandy casks -…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish
1
$103.89

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101

70cl, 50.5%
Dry Fly Distilling

A flavoursome bourbon from Dry Fly Distillers in Spokane, Washington, which was "100% hand crafted in the Pacific Northwest with real hands", as the label proudly proclaims. It's presented at 101…  More info

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101
$71.12

Gun Fighter Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Golden Moon

Gun Fighter Bourbon from Colorado's Golden Moon distillery is initially aged in new American oak casks before, interestingly, being finishing in French oak American fortified wine barrels.  More info

Gun Fighter Bourbon
2
$44.33

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's famous White Label is distilled from a mashbill with a high rye content. The result of this is extra spice notes. This stuff would work well in an 'old' Old Fashioned cocktail! This…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995

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
1

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1628

70cl, 65.1%
Blanton's

If you love your bourbon to be full-bodied and flavoursome, look no further than Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. These single barrel expressions are bottled at cask strength without any…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1628
1

Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand - 1990s (Italian Import)

70cl, 43.4%
Wild Turkey

Here we have a bottle of Old No.8 Brand bourbon from Wild Turkey, produced in the 1990s for Italian import. Interestingly, in the early 1990s the Old No. 8 Brand was replaced by the 8 Year Old Wild…  More info

Wild Turkey Old No.8 Brand - 1990s (Italian Import)

Jim Beam White Label - Commemorative Year 2000 Limited Edition

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A special limited edition bottling of Jim Beam White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey released in celebration of the year 2000, complete with a glitzy presentation box. It's lucky the…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - Commemorative Year 2000 Limited Edition

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

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
7
$41.52

Maker's Mark Cask Strength (55.6%)

70cl, 55.6%
Maker's Mark

You should all be very familiar with Maker's Mark. It's tasty stuff. In addition to their classic expression and Maker's 46, their small range is also home to Maker's Mark Cask Strength - with is…  More info

Maker's Mark Cask Strength (55.6%)
3
$72.50

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2017-01E)

70cl, 62.7%
Booker's

Another batch of the always incredible Booker's True Barrel Bourbon! This one is batch 2017-01E, and was bottled after 6 years and 1 month of maturation at 62.7% ABV.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2017-01E)
6

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
14
$99

Old Grand-Dad

70cl, 40%
Old Grand-Dad

Traditional bourbon from one of the oldest whiskey brands around, now bottled at the lower abv of 40%.  More info

Old Grand-Dad
6
$30.09

Kings County Barrel Strength (62%)

20cl, 62%
Kings County

Barrel Strength bourbon from the Kings County distillery in New York using corn grown in the state and malted barley from the UK. Intense though buttery, with a good kick of spice coming through.…  More info

Kings County Barrel Strength (62%)
$42.95

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2018 (130th Anniversary)

70cl, 54.2%
Four Roses

It's the 2018 edition of the Four Roses Small Batch - these bottlings are eagerly awaited each year, and with good reason (they're excellent). This year, the distillers are also celebrating the 130th…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2018 (130th Anniversary)
$129.87

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
$88.29

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