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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.

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
20
£57.44

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

70cl, 50%
Colonel EH Taylor

This small batch bourbon is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, an incredibly important figure in bourbon's history from the 1800s who owned a whole host of distilleries and innovated…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch
38
£99.94

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
58
£150

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 45%
Black & Gold

Black & Gold is a particularly snazzy bourbon which has enjoyed 11 years of maturation, allowing it to develop a rewarding, complex and overall excellent flavour profile. It was aged in…  More info

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
13
£59.95
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Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Eagle Rare

All the way from the legendary Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, comes Eagle Rare 10 Year Old. A spectacular Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey, matured for at least a decade before…  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
78
£36.99

Noah's Mill (70cl)

70cl, 57.2%
Noah's Mill Whiskey Distillery

Much adored Noah's Mill bourbon, now available in 70cl bottles! As ever, this expression is bottled at a very generous 57.2% ABV - a drop of water does help bring some of the rich fruity notes to the…  More info

Noah's Mill (70cl)
10
£76.90

Maker's Mark 46

70cl, 47%
Maker's Mark

The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This bourbon was not intended to compete with the core…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
41
£37.94
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Michter's US*1 Bourbon

70cl, 45.7%
Michter's Distillery

The US*1 Bourbon from Michter's in Louisville, Kentucky, is made in small batches, typically comprised of no more than two dozen barrels. Top quality stuff, brimming with caramel, vanilla and fruit…  More info

Michter's US*1 Bourbon
20
£52.90
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Rebel Bourbon Tawny Port Barrel Finish

70cl, 45%
Rebel Yell

The team behind Rebel whiskey has shown that it enjoys using cask-finishes before (with the likes of the French Oak and Cognac Cask expressions), and now we've got another one on our hands right…  More info

Rebel Bourbon Tawny Port Barrel Finish
1
£35.94

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
3
£80.95
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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
12
£34.99

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Four Roses

Four Roses Small Batch is a step up from the classic Four Roses Bourbon, showcasing the variety of mashbills that the distillers have to work with in Lawrenceburg - and their talents at making them…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
27
£30.95

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (Master of Malt Exclusive)

75cl, 52.9%
New Riff

Master of Malt exclusive! A New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon bottling exclusive to Master of Malt. From the Kentucky-based distillery, this high rye whiskey matured in cask number 8135, and is…  More info

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (Master of Malt Exclusive)
£67.95

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Four Roses

Four Roses founder Paul Jones Jr. became undoubtedly smitten by a beautiful woman who he proposed to. She said she would let him know her answer by attending an evening ball with a four rose corsage.…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
66
£42.99
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Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least six years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof. The whiskey is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
125
£29.95

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

The mashbill for Woodford Reserve features a high percentage of rye: 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. The whiskey is also unusual for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
187
£31.49

1792 Small Batch

75cl, 46.9%
Barton 1792

All the way back in 1792, Kentucky officially became a state. Many moons later, 1792 Small Batch bourbon was named after that very same year. As it happens, it's a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.…  More info

1792 Small Batch
49
£41.44

Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon for the eponymous distillery made from corn, rye and malted barley. It’s aged in new oak barrels in historic old warehouses. The award-winning bourbon is batched…  More info

Buffalo Trace
167
£24.95

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
£72.74

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof - Master's Collection (123.2 Proof)

70cl, 61.6%
Woodford Reserve

Part of the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection, Batch Proof is made from the same mash bill as its core Kentucky straight bourbon, but bottled at a higher proof of 123.2 (61.6% ABV). This is a…  More info

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof - Master's Collection (123.2 Proof)
£130

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

It's finally here - the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This expression begins life being aged in the same way as the classic Woodford Reserve, but following this, it…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
81
£54.90

Bulleit Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Bulleit

Enjoy Bulleit Bourbon like the Americans do! Previously it has been bottled at 40% ABV for the UK market, but now you can get the Frontier Whiskey at 45% ABV, just like they have in Kentucky. A…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon
92
£26.95

Motörhead Ace Of Spades Straight Bourbon Whisky

70cl, 45%
Motörhead

A Motörhead-approved high-rye bourbon, named after one of the British rock band's most famous albums! Ace of Spades is made from a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% barley, bottled by Proof…  More info

Motörhead Ace Of Spades Straight Bourbon Whisky
£55.95

Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 47.5%
Rabbit Hole

A marvellous high-rye bourbon here from the Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky! This expression has been dubbed Heigold, inspired by a German stonecutter from the 1800s who settled in…  More info

Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
6
£46

Four Roses Bourbon (1L)

100cl, 40%
Four Roses

It's a one litre bottling of the fantastic Four Roses Bourbon! A legendary whiskey from Kentucky with a long history, Four Roses Bourbon is a reliably tasty expression suitable for sipping neat or…  More info

Four Roses Bourbon (1L)
£33.94

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