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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.

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

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

70cl, 50%
Smooth Ambler

Smooth Ambler's Big Level has been hotly anticipated - it's a lip-smacking wheated bourbon that was produced entirely at the distillery in West Virginia. While previously expressions released by…  More info

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon
$93.95

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

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
$1,762.50

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Reservoir Distillery

While their Bourbon, Rye and Wheat expressions are all made with 100% corn, 100% rye and 100% wheat (respectively), the folks at the Reservoir distillery are also rather accomplished at blending…  More info

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon
22
$67.57

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

High West American Prairie Bourbon

70cl, 46%
High West

American Prairie Bourbon is named after the impressive 5,000 square mile wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana, the largest in the lower 48 states. High West are also donating 10% of post tax…  More info

High West American Prairie Bourbon
3
$52.11

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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Town Branch Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Town Branch

The Alltech-owned Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company created this bourbon under the brand 'Town Branch', which was named after the body of water running under Lexington to celebrate the town's…  More info

Town Branch Bourbon
1
$48.93

Kentucky Owl Bourbon - Batch 9

70cl, 63.8%
Kentucky Owl

Behold, the ninth batch of Kentucky Owl Bourbon! These expressions are highly sought-after, and just generally very impressive indeed - and the brand has an interesting story behind it, too. Kentucky…  More info

Kentucky Owl Bourbon - Batch 9
1
$317.25

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
$76.32

Pure Kentucky XO

70cl, 53.5%
Pure Kentucky

Pure Kentucky XO is a small batch bourbon produced in... Well, it's produced in Kentucky. Obviously. The expression does well on the spice front and isn't overly sweet, making it a fabulous contender…  More info

Pure Kentucky XO
1
$64.56

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

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

Rock Town 4 Year Old 2016 (cask 508) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 55.8%
Rock Town

Indie bottlers Berry Bros. & Rudd have selected a rather wonderful cask here, a 4 year old wheated bourbon, from Rock Town Distillery! There was an outturn of 224 bottles from this cask, kept at a…  More info

Rock Town 4 Year Old 2016 (cask 508) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
$144.79

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (51.4%)

75cl, 51.4%
New Riff

New Riff has bottled another Single Barrel Bourbon, and it's as delicious as ever! With a mashbill of 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, there's all those hallmark pastry and chocolate…  More info

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (51.4%)
$88.07

Kentucky Owl Bourbon

70cl, 60.5%
Kentucky Owl

Kentucky Owl Bourbon dates all the way back to 1879, when Charles Mortimer Dedman founded the C.M. Dedman Distillery. Kentucky Owl was produced until Prohibition forced the distillery to close - and…  More info

Kentucky Owl Bourbon
3
$293.75

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

Texas Legation - Batch No.2

70cl, 46.2%
Texas Legation

A Texan bourbon created for Berry Bros. & Rudd's Texas Legation range. This is the second batch from the series, distilled by Ironroot Republic in Denison, Texas. They create their spirits…  More info

Texas Legation - Batch No.2
$58.23

Jim Beam White Label

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam bourbon undergoes distillation at lower temperatures and is distilled to no more than 62.5%, the White label is aged for four years and has quite a high percentage of rye in the mashbill.  More info

Jim Beam White Label
108
$22.26

Hudson Baby Bourbon (35cl)

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Hudson Baby Bourbon is the first legal pot-still whiskey to be produced in New York since prohibition! In the days before prohibition farm distillers could be found throughout the state of New…  More info

Hudson Baby Bourbon (35cl)
28
$37.41
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Old Williamsburg Bourbon

75cl, 40%
Old Williamsburg

If you've been pining to make some tasty bourbon cocktails, then look no further than Old Williamsburg! This sour mash bourbon is full of buttery corn and stewed orchard fruits, and should be a great…  More info

Old Williamsburg Bourbon
$37.31

Kentucky Vintage

75cl, 45%
Kentucky Vintage

Here we have Kentucky Vintage, a delicious small-batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. It’s distilled, aged and bottled in Kentucky (no surprise there) and handsomely sealed with wax,…  More info

Kentucky Vintage
4
$52.82

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 51.4%
New Riff

Brilliant single barrel bourbon from the New Riff team in Kentucky! These expressions feature a high rye content, and they're bottled without chill filtration at rather robust ABVs – this one, for…  More info

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon
$82.19

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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