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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.

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
$196.40

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
$174.52

JT Forwarder Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 40%
JT Forwarder

This is a bottle of JT Forwarder Bourbon, which we think was produced in the 1980s. Unlikely to have been named after the former NSYNC member, considering the band was formed in 1995. This bottle…  More info

JT Forwarder Bourbon - 1980s
$130.93

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
$130.93

Tom Dooley 6 Year Old (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 43%
Five Stripe

A 1 litre bottling of Tom Dooley 6 Year Old Bourbon, which we think was produced in the 1970s. Ought to make for an excellent piece for an American whiskey collection... This bottle was part of a…  More info

Tom Dooley 6 Year Old (1L) - 1970s
$130.93

Jessie James 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Jesse James

An antique bottle of Jesse James 8 Year Old Bourbon, produced back in the 1980s. Fun fact: Jesse James' middle name was Woodson. We hope that name comes back into fashion... This bottle was part…  More info

Jessie James 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s
$327.33

Old Dignity - Post-1999

70cl, 40%
Old Dignity

A rare, mellow-style bourbon that was produced and imported from the United States some time post-1999 by Old Dignity. Party like it's post-1999? Doesn't really have the same ring to it... This…  More info

Old Dignity - Post-1999
$104.74

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
$130.93

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam White Label sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, produced all the way back in the 1970s. Jim Beam boffins would surely love this collectible piece.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$261.86

Jim Beam White Label - 1990s

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 1990s bottling of Jim Beam White Label, a classic bourbon that is aged for 4 years. As with all Jim Beam whiskey this collectible has a high rye content, lending it a spicy character. These…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1990s
$104.74

Jim Beam White 5 Year Old - 1970s

175cl, 0%
Jim Beam

A classic bottle of Beam from the 1970s. This 1.75 litre bottle is in great shape and makes a great collectors' item. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Jim Beam White 5 Year Old - 1970s
$261.86

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

The Hiram Walker name might conjure up memories of cracking Canadian whisky for some, but for other, it brings to mind the brilliant Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon. We think this was distilled in 1965…  More info

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s
$196.40

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014

70cl, 55.9%
Four Roses

This is the 2014 release of Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength, made with barrels which were specially selected by the master distiller, resulting in a spectacularly flavoursome bourbon with…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014
$327.27

Noah's Mill

75cl, 57.2%
Noah's Mill Whiskey Distillery

Sold out? try the 70cl version of Noah's Mill. Noah's Mill is an outstanding old small batch bourbon, containing whiskeys between 4 and 20 years old. Quite rare this, and very enjoyable in an…  More info

Noah's Mill
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$78.51
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Hiram Walker 8 Year Old De Luxe - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

8 year old bourbon from Hiram Walker, which we believe to have been produced during the 1970s. Should make for an interesting centrepiece to a whiskey collection... This bottle was part of a…  More info

Hiram Walker 8 Year Old De Luxe - 1980s
$157.12

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's famous White Label is distilled from a mashbill with a high rye content. The result of this is extra spice notes. This stuff would work well in an 'old' Old Fashioned cocktail! This…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995
$130.93

Jim Beam White Label - 1986

Jim Beam

This is a collectible bottle of Jim Beam White Label bourbon, produced in 1986 and bottled at 40% ABV. Very cool. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1986
$130.93

Johnny Drum Black Label

70cl, 43%
Johnny Drum Distiling Co.

Johnny Drum Black Label has been made by a method that has remained unchanged for 5 generations of master distillers.  More info

Johnny Drum Black Label
$37.24
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Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old 50/50 Bourbon

35cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

4 year old bourbon from Widow Jane in Brooklyn, New York, made with a core of Wapsie Valley corn. The rest of the mashbill is made with 15% malted barley and 15% rye. It was bottled for La Maison du…  More info

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old 50/50 Bourbon
$97.87

Jim Beam White Label 5 Year Old (1.9L) - 1970s

190cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A sizeable bottle of Jim Beam White Label, holding 1.9 litre of the classic bourbon whiskey (with a built-in handle for easy pouring - ergonomic!). We think this was produced back in the 1970s.…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 5 Year Old (1.9L) - 1970s
$696.55

Woodward Bourbon

70cl, 44%
Valentine Distilling

Woodward Bourbon comes to us via Michigan's Valentine Distilling - though it has since been rebranded as Mayor Pingree Bourbon (which is more fun to say, we will admit).  More info

Woodward Bourbon
$43.59
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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2017)

70cl, 43.3%
Evan Williams

Single barrel bourbon from the ever-dependable Evan Williams range. This particular bottling was distilled back in 2010 and bottled in 2017 at 43.3% ABV. Excellent value-for-money bourbon whiskey…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2017)
3
$45.22
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Marshall's Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 40%
De Luxe Distilling Company

Marshall's is a good value for money Kentucky bourbon, evidently produced in Bardstown since 1935 (a few years after Prohibition was repealed).  More info

Marshall's Bourbon Whiskey
$25.10
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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
$45.43

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
$98.15
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