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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.

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 45%
Black & Gold

Black & Gold is a particularly snazzy bourbon which has enjoyed 11 years of maturation, allowing it to develop a rewarding, complex and overall excellent flavour profile. It was aged in…  More info

Black & Gold 11 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
3
$58.70

Old Forester Statesman

70cl, 47.5%
Old Forester

You'd think the most impressive thing about the classic Old Forester brand's most recent release, Old Forester Statesman, was that it won the Master Award (the highest accolade) at the Spirits…  More info

Old Forester Statesman
9
$69.13

Noah's Mill (70cl)

70cl, 57.2%
Noah's Mill Whiskey Distillery

Much adored Noah's Mill bourbon, now available in 70cl bottles! As ever, this expression is bottled at a very generous 57.2% ABV - a drop of water does help bring some of the rich fruity notes to the…  More info

Noah's Mill (70cl)
8
$84.54

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

For the tenth edition of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection, the distillers have taken a page from the history books to create a bourbon using white corn rather than your standard yellow corn.…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - 1838 Style White Corn
1
$117.21

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Ezra Brooks

This is the entry level bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range, which was first produced back in the 1950s. These days it's produced by Lux Row Distillers in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
6
$30.43

Sonoma Distilling Co. Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Sonoma County Distilling Co.

Sonoma Distilling Co. specialises in making local and sustainable spirits from non-GMO grains. Their very own bourbon is distilled from a mash bill of 70% corn, 25% wheat, and 5% malted barley,…  More info

Sonoma Distilling Co. Bourbon
2
$52.96

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

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
178
$36.14

Maker's Mark 46

70cl, 47%
Maker's Mark

The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This bourbon was not intended to compete with the core…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
39
$41.34
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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
110
$33.95

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
10
$63.28

Evan Williams Extra Aged

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A popular brand of bourbon from Kentucky, U.S.A., where it has been produced since 1783. Rich with vanilla and caramel on the nose which continues on the palate, it's produced by the Heaven Hill…  More info

Evan Williams Extra Aged
22
$31.61

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
7
$41.36

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
37
$111.57
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John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 46%
John E. Fitzgerald

Terrific Kentucky bourbon, named for one of the more colourful character in whiskey history. Y'see, John E. Fitzgerald was a bonded treasury agent, one of the only people to carry keys to the storage…  More info

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
6
$51

New Riff Straight Bourbon

75cl, 50%
New Riff

A Kentucky Straight Bourbon from the ever-wonderful New Riff! There's a fairly generous amount of rye in the mash bill, 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, so expect a good helping of spice…  More info

New Riff Straight Bourbon
2
$73.97

Evan Williams White Label

70cl, 50%
Evan Williams

A classic in every sense of the word, Evan Williams White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a favourite of the back-bar around the world. Bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan…  More info

Evan Williams White Label
16
$39.41
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Baker's 7 Year Old

70cl, 53.5%
Baker's

An excellent small batch bourbon, named for the grand nephew of Jim Beam, Baker Beam. This is a well-aged expression which makes use of a special strain of jug yeast which the Beam family have made…  More info

Baker's 7 Year Old
3
$64.56

Sonoma Distilling Co. Cherrywood Bourbon

70cl, 47.8%
Sonoma County Distilling Co.

From the Sonoma Distilling Co. comes the Cherrywood Bourbon, which was crafted using a mash bill of 67% corn and 20% rye from California and Canada and 13% Cherrywood smoked barley from Wyoming. Very…  More info

Sonoma Distilling Co. Cherrywood Bourbon
3
$64.45

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Smooth Ambler

Contradiction is an apt name for this tasty bourbon from West Virginia's Smooth Ambler. It's made with a blend of sourced old rye-heavy bourbon and younger wheated bourbon made by the Smooth Ambler…  More info

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon
2
$58.70

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
$57.15
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Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl

70cl, 50.1%
Rowan's Creek

Rowan's Creek is a small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. This has a very smooth, rounded character with lovely spicy, fruity flavours.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl
2
$66.78

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

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

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

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