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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
49
$41.60

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
$57.67

Balcones Pot Still Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Balcones

Brilliant bourbon from Balcones, down in Waco, Texas! Balcones is known for making spirits with big, bold, powerful flavour profiles, and this pot still bourbon certainly fits the bill. Built upon a…  More info

Balcones Pot Still Bourbon
4
$40.10

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight 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 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
30
$40.06

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
$42.61

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
35
$20.07

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
$60.19
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Blackland Bourbon

70cl, 41.5%
Blackland Distillery

A rather tasty offering from Blackland over in Forth Worth, Texas! Founded in 2017, the brand works with local suppliers to source Texas-grown grain, combining a mash bill of corn, barley, and wheat…  More info

Blackland Bourbon
2
$51.16

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
$150.60

Blanton's Single Barrel - Barrel 113 (Japanese Market)

75cl, 40%
Blanton's

Initially bottled for the Japanese market, this Single Barrel Bourbon from Blanton's matured in barrel 113, in warehouse 'H', rick 41, before being bottled in October 2021. This bottle was part of…  More info

Blanton's Single Barrel - Barrel 113 (Japanese Market)
$300.20

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
13
$251

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
$65.16

Boulder Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
Vapour Distillery

This Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Boulder Spirits in Colorado bears the bottled in bond designation, having been aged for four years and bottled at exactly 50% ABV (or 100 proof). It's been aged in…  More info

Boulder Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$59.18

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
$62.88

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
2
$90.31

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
$25.05

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
$29.11

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
7
$48.14
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Charlie Parry's 3 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Charlie Parry's

Charlie Parry's Bourbon is the first range of spirits released by father-and-son built business, Mallows Family Distillery. It's named after the duo's father and grandfather, and this particular…  More info

Charlie Parry's 3 Year Old Bourbon
14
$30.07

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
$100.34

Culper Bros 355 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 43%
Culper Bros

With a mash bill of 51% corn, 45% wheat, and 4% malted barley comes this classic straight bourbon. Culper Bros selects single barrels that were distilled in Indiana and then transports them to…  More info

Culper Bros 355 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1
$65.26

Driftless Glen 5 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 62%
Driftless Glen

From the Driftless Glen Distillery, this straight bourbon spent five years resting in a single barrel. Bottled up at a cask strength of 62% ABV, it's an impressive expression from the relatively…  More info

Driftless Glen 5 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
$74.54

Driftless Glen Small Batch Bourbon

75cl, 48%
Driftless Glen

Wisconsin's Driftless Glen distillery makes a delicious small-batch bourbon. Don't believe us? Well you should. You're looking right at it. The mashbill here is 60% corn, 20% rye and 20% malted…  More info

Driftless Glen Small Batch Bourbon
$57.17

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
$37.14

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
25
$41.96

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