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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.

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s

100cl, 40%
Old Crow

A 1990s bottling of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon, named after Scotsman James Crow, who invented the all-important sour mash process. A collectible gem for any bourbon fans. This bottle was…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s
$181.95

Cedar Ridge Peated Bourbon

70cl, 43%
Cedar Ridge

A peated expression from Cedar Ridge! The bourbon mash bill consists of 74% corn, 14% malted rye and 12% peated malted barley. After distillation, the liquid is aged in new oak barrels then finished…  More info

Cedar Ridge Peated Bourbon
$49.48

Cedar Ridge Bourbon Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%
Cedar Ridge

From Cedar Ridge distillery in Iowa comes a Port cask finished expression of its Iowa Bourbon Whiskey. The spirit was treated to a 12 month finish in Cedar Wood Port casks from the winery, imparting…  More info

Cedar Ridge Bourbon Port Cask Finish
$49.48

Four Roses 6 Year Old (German Bottling) - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

Formerly known as Yellow Label (hence the yellow label), this vintage bottle of Four Roses 6 Year Old was produced sometime in the 1990s and bottled for the German market. This bottle was part of…  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old (German Bottling) - 1990s
$75.81

Reservoir Maison De Cuivre

75cl, 50%
Reservoir Distillery

A limited edition expression from the Reservoir Distillery - Maison de Cuivre (meaning The Copper House) is a stunning bourbon finished in French oak Merlot wine casks, bottled at 50% ABV. Only 1,100…  More info

Reservoir Maison De Cuivre
$152.58

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
$181.95

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof 2018 Edition

70cl, 62.9%
Woodford Reserve

Part of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection range, this Batch Proof bottling shows off the same mashbill as the classic Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon, but presented at a very generous 62.9%…  More info

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof 2018 Edition
$101.03

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
$121.30

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
$121.30

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
$97.04

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
$181.95

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
$121.30

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
$97.04

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
$97.04

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1086) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

One of a pair of 10 year old bourbons released for La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations from Widow Jane. This one features a high-rye content in its mash-bill, and has been bottled at…  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1086) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$128.21

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
$181.95

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
$5.86

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
$303.19

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old Bourbon

35cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

A limited edition Bourbon from New York's Widow Jane, bottled for La Maison du Whisky. This is a 4 year old expression of their Wapsie Valley Bourbon, made with ingredients grown in New York State,…  More info

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old Bourbon
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$96.79

Jefferson's Grand Selection Château Pichon Baron Cask Finish

75cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

Jefferson's Grand Selection range features the excellent Jefferson bourbon finished in a variety of wine casks. For example, this particular expression enjoyed a finishing period in casks that…  More info

Jefferson's Grand Selection Château Pichon Baron Cask Finish
$126.35
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Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

A rather collectible 1990s bottling of Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, released for the international market but, amazingly, it wasn't available in the US during this period.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1990s
$121.30
$80.87

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
$90.67

Jefferson's Grand Selection Château Suduiraut Cask Finish

75cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

A stunning bourbon released as part of the Jefferson's Grand Selection series (each of which have been given a finishing period in wine casks). This one was allowed a finishing period in Château…  More info

Jefferson's Grand Selection Château Suduiraut Cask Finish
$126.35

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
$80.81

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)

70cl, 63.2%
Four Roses

This is a 2013 release of Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon from the renowned Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. Made with one of 10 distinct recipes which the Four Roses distillers use…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)
$353.79

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