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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

In the year 1792, Kentucky became a state. 1792 Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is named after that wonderful year. It's a spicy, rye-rich bourbon which is just asking to be enjoyed on a sunny evening with…  More info

1792 Small Batch
26
$38.88
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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
1
$70.33

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
12
$46.55
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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
18
$21.65
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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
48
$86.53
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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
$162.45

Blue Star - Post-1990

70cl, 40%
Blue Star

A rare American bourbon whiskey that was produced for the European Markets. You don't see many bottlings from the Blue Star brand, so this is a real find for any collectors. It was bottled and…  More info

Blue Star - Post-1990
$129.96

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
$70.20
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Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2018-01E)

70cl, 63.7%
Booker's

We love the whiskeys release for the Booker's True Barrel Bourbon range. They're well-aged, full-bodied expression, bottled at cask strength. Very hard to find a fault in that.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2018-01E)
1
$70.20

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
$194.94

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
$67.83
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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
$97.42
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Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

The new edition of the classic Kentucky straight bourbon, Buffalo Trace. A great whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.  More info

Buffalo Trace
113
$25.98
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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
64
$27.02
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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
3
$43.30
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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
$64.98

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
26
$102.95
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Daniel Stewart Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Daniel Stewart

"A proud name for a proud Bourbon" proclaims the label of this 1980s bottling of Daniel Stewart Bourbon. Not only is it a neat antique whiskey - it's also a compliment to everyone named Daniel…  More info

Daniel Stewart Bourbon - 1980s
$194.94

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
5
$43.26
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David Nicholson Reserve

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A spicy bourbon from the David Nicholson range, featuring a generous portion of rye within the mash-bill. Tasty stuff, suitable for sipping over ice or in cocktails.  More info

David Nicholson Reserve
1
$49.76
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Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.6%
Bulleit

A single Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker that's bursting at the seams with bourbon brilliance. Within these cardboard confines you'll find a wax-sealed 30ml dram of Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old,…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
$7.69

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Evan Williams 1783

3cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A single Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker containing a dram of Evan Williams 1783. This excellent bourbon will make for a marvellous tipple after your Christmas dinner, and even comes with a…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Evan Williams 1783
$6.28

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
$74.10
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Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Eagle Rare

10 year old bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery in a new 70cl bottle. This stuff is great and good value for money too.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
47
$40.05
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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
$22.47
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