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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.

Angel's Envy

70cl, 43.3%
Angel's Envy

Angel's Envy is a rather splendid bourbon that has interestingly been finished in Port casks! The combination of the vanilla-y richness with the sweet, sticky Port notes (which really come to the…  More info

Angel's Envy
13
$63.70

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
5
$55.54

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
10
$39.96
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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
$110.64

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
11
$65.42

Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 47.5%
Rabbit Hole

A marvellous high-rye bourbon here from the Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky! This expression has been dubbed Heigold, inspired by a German stonecutter from the 1800s who settled in…  More info

Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1
$61.10

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
$28.79

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
$50.11

Wilderness Trail 6 Year Old Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Wilderness Trail

A marvellous six year old bourbon from the Wilderness Trail range. It's always a bit of a treat to see bourbon with an age statement, and this one is particularly tasty stuff, with a good helping of…  More info

Wilderness Trail 6 Year Old Bourbon
1
$100.02

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
$277.96

Two Worlds La Victoire - First Edition

70cl, 54.7%
Two Worlds Whiskey

La Victoire from Two Worlds Whiskey celebrates the historic allegiance between the USA and France. The name La Victoire comes from the ship which Marquis de La Fayette travelled to America on in 1777…  More info

Two Worlds La Victoire - First Edition
1
$215.75

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
115
$36.97
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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. The whiskey is also unusual for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
178
$34.20
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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
75
$51.02

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
41
$38.80
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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
$63.32

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
38
$105.58
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Balcones Pot Still Bourbon

70cl, 46%
Balcones

Brilliant bourbon from Balcones, down in Waco, Texas! Balcones is known for making spirits with big, bold, powerful flavour profiles, and this pot still bourbon certainly fits the bill. Built upon a…  More info

Balcones Pot Still Bourbon
2
$42.20

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Rebel Yell

Famous bourbon brand Rebel Yell has undergone a rebrand for a new generation of rebels. "Rowdy yet refined", this new look straight bourbon is the original recipe made with wheat, corn and malted…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
29
$33.30

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
$300.21

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
$48.26

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
4
$63.19

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
$54.08
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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
$61.10

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
$49.98

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