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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.

Whiskey Thief

70cl, 40%
Whiskey Thief

It's whiskey with a mask! Is it super whiskey? Whiskey Thief, you say? Well I'm sure he only robs so you can enjoy this straight bourbon, like some kind of Robin Zorro. It's matured in fresh oak…  More info

Whiskey Thief
6
$29.85

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
1
$101.61

Wilderness Trail 6 Year Old Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Wilderness Trail

A marvellous six year old bourbon from the Wilderness Trail range. It's always a bit of a treat to see bourbon with an age statement, and this one is particularly tasty stuff, with a good helping of…  More info

Wilderness Trail 6 Year Old Bourbon
1
$101.61

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Wilderness Trail

This Single Barrel release from Wilderness Trail is made from a mash bill of 64% corn, 24% wheat and 12% malted barley, aged in toasted and charred barrels. It's also bottled in bond, meaning that,…  More info

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon
1
$73.37

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Wilderness Trail

From Wilderness Trail comes this Small Batch Bourbon, and its mash bill is dominated by corn (obviously, because bourbon), with smaller proportions of rye and malted barley. It's matured in a mixture…  More info

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Bourbon
$73.37

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
118
$35.01

Wild Turkey 81 Proof

70cl, 40.5%
Wild Turkey

A lower strength bourbon from Wild Turkey, bottled at 81 proof (40.5% abv) and created by the associate distiller Eddie Russell, the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell. This has a high rye content…  More info

Wild Turkey 81 Proof
27
$25.96
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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
10
$38.92

Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

This right here is an extraordinarily snazzy expression from Woodford Reserve bourbon, which has been allowed a three-year-long finishing period in XO Cognac casks! This allows plenty of time for the…  More info

Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition
$1,468.45
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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
181
$37.26
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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Gift Pack with Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

A cracking gift pack for people who enjoy making their own Old Fashioned cocktails from Woodford Reserve right here, folks. Within you'll find a bottle of the absolutely classic Woodford Reserve…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Gift Pack with Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup
$34.74

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon - Holiday Edition 2021

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

What better way to delight a bourbon lover around Yuletide than with a seasonally themed bottle?! This eye catching release of Woodford Reserve's classic Kentucky Bourbon has a special label…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon - Holiday Edition 2021
$34.74

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

Each year, the folks behind Woodford Reserve release an experimental whiskey as part of their Master's Collection. For 2016, they produced a bourbon which has finished in American brandy casks -…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Brandy Cask Finish
3
$95.21

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

From Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection comes a bourbon made using chocolate malted rye! This expression features a mashbill of 70% corn, 15% distillers malt and 15% chocolate malted rye, which…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon
5
$90.32

Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Yellow Rose

Outlaw Bourbon from Yellow Rose over in Texas is produced exclusively from Texas yellow corn in a pot still. It's then aged in small American oak barrels in Houston, where the temperature…  More info

Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon
1
$63.14

Yellowstone Select

70cl, 46.5%
Yellowstone

From the Yellowstone range (owned by Limestone Branch, which was founded to bring back the glory that Yellowstone once held many moons ago) comes the Select Bourbon. Full-bodied, with a good kick of…  More info

Yellowstone Select
6
$54.94

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

The Pepper name goes way back in terms of bourbon production, back to 1776. Even James E. Pepper nick-named the whiskey 'Old 1776'. However, in the latter half of the 1900s, the James E. Pepper name,…  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 92 Proof

70cl, 46%
James E. Pepper & Co.

Excellent bourbon from the 1776 range, produced by James. E. Pepper. This particular edition comes presented at 92 Proof, or 46% ABV if you're from this side of the Atlantic Ocean.  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 92 Proof

1792 Bottled in Bond

75cl, 50%
Barton 1792

1792 Bottled in Bond has a high rye content, around 15-25%, making it a suitably spicy expression. Abiding by the rules sets as part of the Bottled in Bond Act, passed all the way back in 1897, the…  More info

1792 Bottled in Bond
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1792 Full Proof

75cl, 62.5%
Barton 1792

A delicious, full-bodied addition to the 1792 Bourbon range - the 1972 Full Proof is bottled at 62.5% ABV (or 125 proof, if you're in the USA) without any chill-filtration. Robust, intense and…  More info

1792 Full Proof
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1792 Port Cask Finish

75cl, 44.5%
Barton 1792

Named after the year Kentucky became a state, this bourbon was spent a two year finishing period in Port barrels.  More info

1792 Port Cask Finish

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

A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 45.8%
Hirsch Distillers

A.H. Hirsch Reserve is well known among bourbon enthusiasts - an incredibly rare and sought after expression, distilled in 1974 after being commissioned by Adolph Hirsch in a 400-barrel batch and…  More info

A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon
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Ancient Age 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 45%
Ancient Age

10 year old Ancient Age Bourbon, which is now the brand's 10 Star expression, from the 1980s. Ancient Age is now owned by Buffalo Trace. A very rare bottle, complete with the fancy presentation box.  More info

Ancient Age 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

Ancient Age Bourbon

75cl, 40%
Ancient Age

Ancient Age is a Kentucky straight bourbon that has been around since 1946, currently made by Buffalo Trace. A simple, classic bourbon, no stranger to being sipped neat or splashed in a cocktail.  More info

Ancient Age Bourbon

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