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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 Single Barrel

75cl, 49.3%
Barton 1792

Single barrel bourbon from the 1792 range! Named after the year that Kentucky became a state, this brand (owned by Sazerac) has long been a favourite among many...  More info

1792 Single Barrel
$48

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
35
$37.77
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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
8
$68.33
$52.55

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
4
$31.51

American Eagle 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
American Eagle

Another lip-smacking bourbon from American Eagle, this one has seen eight years of ageing. Its mash bill is made up of 84% corn, so it's suitably buttery, and spent its days resting in American oak…  More info

American Eagle 8 Year Old
$45.18

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
18
$45.23

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
27
$21.03
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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
$62.53

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
$189.34

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
$65.88
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Brough Brothers Bourbon

75cl, 41%
Brough Brothers

Brough Brothers Bourbon is the brilliant brainchild of Victor, Chris and Bryson Yarbrough in Louisville, Kentucky. A marvellous small batch Bourbon full of spicy sweetness, cooked fruit and toasty…  More info

Brough Brothers Bourbon
$30.46

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
134
$25.23

Buffalo Trace Single Barrel

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Ooh, it's the excellent Buffalo Trace bourbon, except this time it's a single barrel expression! No blending of barrels here, each one is drawn from just one cask. A tasty step up from the classic…  More info

Buffalo Trace Single Barrel
$43.08

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
74
$28.88

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
7
$42.07

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
32
$99.88
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David Nicholson 1843

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A somewhat seldom-seen (at least on these shores) brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, David Nicholson 1843 shows off a big, bold flavour profile and is bottled at 50% ABV.  More info

David Nicholson 1843
9
$43.08

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
63
$38.92

Early Times Old Reserve

70cl, 40%
Early Times Distillery

Early Times Old Reserve Kentucky bourbon - a tasty expression from a very long-running brand. Interestingly, Early Times have their own cooperage to create the barrels that their whiskey ages in! A…  More info

Early Times Old Reserve
$21.91

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
14
$46.75

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
21
$29.27

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2018)

70cl, 43.3%
Evan Williams

The range of single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams has long been a reliable source for top-notch American whiskey at very reasonable prices. This 2010 vintage expression (bottled in 2018)…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2018)
3
$50.31
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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)
$51.49

Evan Williams White Label

70cl, 50%
Evan Williams

A classic in every sense of the word, Evan Williams White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a favourite of the back-bar around the world. Bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan…  More info

Evan Williams White Label
12
$36.77
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Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Ezra Brooks

This is the entry level bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range, which was first produced back in the 1950s. These days it's produced by Lux Row Distillers in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
5
$27.69

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