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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.

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
42
$42.19
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American Eagle 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
American Eagle

From American Eagle comes a Tennessee bourbon whiskey, made from a marriage of corn, rye and malt. The liquid was aged in oak casks for a lengthy 12 years before it was bottled at 43% ABV.  More info

American Eagle 12 Year Old
10
$63.28

American Eagle 4 Year Old

70cl, 40%
American Eagle

This tasty Bourbon is the work of American Eagle, distilled from a mash bill of 84% corn, so you can be sure there's buttery notes galore in here. The whiskey has been matured in American oak barrels…  More info

American Eagle 4 Year Old
8
$35.19
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Baker's 7 Year Old

70cl, 53.5%
Baker's

An excellent small batch bourbon, named for the grand nephew of Jim Beam, Baker Beam. This is a well-aged expression which makes use of a special strain of jug yeast which the Beam family have made…  More info

Baker's 7 Year Old
3
$64.56

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Basil Hayden's

Basil Hayden's Bourbon dates back to 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains with the mash. A Kentucky straight bourbon with plenty of rye at…  More info

Basil Hayden's Bourbon
25
$41.95
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Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Belmont Farm

A grain-to-glass release from Belmont Farm's Kopper Kettle range, it's a Virginia straight bourbon! We don't know the exact mash bill (other than it boasts at least 51% corn, as all bourbon is…  More info

Belmont Farm Kopper Kettle Bourbon
$46.94

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8

70cl, 40%
Benchmark

Benchmark by name, benchmark by nature. This really is one for the more well Bourbon producers to beat, and despite its status as an outsider, really warrants some attention - especially if cocktails…  More info

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8
29
$22.26

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
3
$58.70

Blanton's Silver Edition

70cl, 49%
Blanton's

Blanton's, in all its iterations and guises, holds a special place in the hallowed halls of the very finest products the world has ever known. In a recent and quite possibly fictitious test,…  More info

Blanton's Silver Edition
$2,344.13

Blinking Owl Four Grain Bourbon

75cl, 45%
Blinking Owl

The Blinking Owl Distillery over in California makes its Four Grain Bourbon using... Well, four different grains. Ok, the big surprise was kind of hinted at from the name, but still. Four grains! The…  More info

Blinking Owl Four Grain Bourbon
1
$50.46

Boondocks 8 Year Old Bourbon

75cl, 45%
Boondocks

While the initial expressions from the Boondocks range (the 11 Year Old and the 11 Year Old Cask Strength) were similar in style to bourbons but technically American whiskeys, this one is indeed a…  More info

Boondocks 8 Year Old Bourbon
$69.85

Bourbon de Luxe 4 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Bourbon de Luxe

A rare bottle of Bourbon de Luxe 4 Year Old, bottled in the 1990s for the Spanish market. Collectible (and just generally cool) stuff. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Bourbon de Luxe 4 Year Old - 1990s
$211.50

Bower Hill Barrel Reserve

75cl, 43%
Bower Hill

The entry-level expression from the Bower Hill bourbon range, bottled at 43% ABV. The name comes from the Battle of Bower Hill, which took place during the Whiskey Rebellion, making it a rather…  More info

Bower Hill Barrel Reserve
$73.59

Bower Hill Single Barrel

75cl, 47%
Bower Hill

Single barrel bourbon from the Bower Hill range. Well-oaked and packed with character...  More info

Bower Hill Single Barrel
1
$105.69
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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
$42.24

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
160
$27.33
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Buffalo Trace 1.75L

175cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A big ol' bottle of Buffalo Trace! An excellent addition to any extensive whiskey collection.  More info

Buffalo Trace 1.75L
$82.19

Buffalo Trace (37.5cl)

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Great news, Buffalo Trace has produced this handy half-sized bottle of their ever excellent flagship bourbon! Winner of countless awards, this really is a benchmark for good bourbon, and we're…  More info

Buffalo Trace (37.5cl)
$21.09

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
83
$32.26

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.6%
Bulleit

Bulleit Bourbon has become a firm favourite – and now you can sample it after it's spent a decade in oak, too! The mash bill comprises 68% corn, 28% rye and 4% malted barley for a rich balance of…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
10
$46.28
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Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade 10 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade

Feast your eyes on Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade, a 10 year old bourbon whiskey! People who sit at the centre of the Venn diagram of 'bourbon boffins' and 'ampersand aficionados' ought…  More info

Charcoal & Cornmeal & Rickhouses & a Decade 10 Year Old
2
$56.34

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

75cl, 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
37
$111.57
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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
69
$38.13
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Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 47%
Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig has long been a favourite bourbon of many whiskey enthusiasts - to the point where their stocks of 12 year old bourbon have been under a lot of pressure. The producers made the decision…  More info

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
22
$49.24

Evan Williams Extra Aged

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A popular brand of bourbon from Kentucky, U.S.A., where it has been produced since 1783. Rich with vanilla and caramel on the nose which continues on the palate, it's produced by the Heaven Hill…  More info

Evan Williams Extra Aged
22
$31.61

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