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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.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (58.4%)

70cl, 58.4%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey's Rare Breed Bourbons are bottled at cask strength, and are often absolutely staggering stuff. The bottles have had a little redesign recently, and look very stylish indeed - though the…  More info

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (58.4%)
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$56.57
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Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2018-01E)

70cl, 63.7%
Booker's

We love the whiskeys release for the Booker's True Barrel Bourbon range. They're well-aged, full-bodied expression, bottled at cask strength. Very hard to find a fault in that.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2018-01E)
1
$70.19

David Nicholson 1843

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A somewhat seldom-seen (at least on these shores) brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, David Nicholson 1843 shows off a big, bold flavour profile and is bottled at 50% ABV.  More info

David Nicholson 1843
5
$43.25
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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
1
$270.68

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015

70cl, 54.3%
Four Roses

2015's limited edition release, from barrels selected by the Master Distiller is barrel strength and non-chill filtered as always. Some of the best whiskey available from this distillery. This…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015
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$243.62

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve

70cl, 45.3%
Rebel Yell

A small batch release from the bourbon brand once favoured by Keith Richards and Billy Idol. A wheated bourbon made to William Larue Weller's original recipe, this 'Rebel Reserve' is bottled at a…  More info

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve
1
$32.43
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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2018)

70cl, 43.3%
Evan Williams

The range of single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams has long been a reliable source for top-notch American whiskey at very reasonable prices. This 2010 vintage expression (bottled in 2018)…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010 (bottled 2018)
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$44.88
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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
1
$71.41
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Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Up in New York, Hudson Four Grain bourbon is made using the Tuthilltown distillery's unique recipe of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley. Hold on a minute, that’s four grains - like what the name…  More info

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
1
$39.12
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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 Heaven Hill in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and well…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
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$28.51
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Jim Beam White Label - early 1980s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

We believe that this bottle of Jim Beam White Label bourbon was produced back in the early 1980s. Sadly, the label looks to have suffered some water damage over the years, but never-the-less, this is…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - early 1980s
1
$103.94

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey in its older style of bottle, and aged for at least 8 years. Excellent value bourbon, this is - well aged and packed with brown sugar and vanilla…  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101
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$60.14

Blanton's Gold Edition

70cl, 51.5%
Blanton's

A superb single barrel bourbon. Blanton's Gold is distilled from a mashbill of corn, rye and malted barley. Each bottle is hand filled, sealed, labelled and individually numbered. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Gold Edition
48
$86.51
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Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least 6 years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
66
$31.29
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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
3
$63.82
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Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

It's finally here - the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This expression begins life being aged in the same way as the classic Woodford Reserve, but following this, it…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
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$52.50
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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 was not intended to compete with the core expression,…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
23
$45.20
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Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.6%
Bulleit

Bulleit Bourbon has become a firm favourite – and now you can sample it after it's spent a decade in oak, too! The mash bill comprises 68% corn, 28% rye and 4% malted barley for a rich balance of…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
3
$43.29
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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. Unusual also for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel where…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
133
$36.80
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Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Four Roses

A great single barrel bourbon from Four Roses. Plummy and fruity with lots of character and at higher strength. This won Whisky Magazine's 2008 Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age award, as well as a host of…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
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$43.20
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Evan Williams 1783

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A superb Kentucky straight bourbon from Evan Williams, produced in small batches. The 1783 expression is named after the year that Evan Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River.  More info

Evan Williams 1783
23
$33.46
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Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Rebel Yell

This famous bourbon brand, originally named after a Confederate war cry, has undergone a rebrand for a new generation of rebels. "Rowdy yet refined", this new look straight bourbon is the original…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
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$27.05
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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
26
$102.93
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Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea

70cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

An exciting release from the Jefferson's range, this bourbon is initially matured on land for the lion's share of its maturation, before embarking on a sea-faring voyage, crossing the equator 4…  More info

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea
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$109.88
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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
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$61.53
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