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Bourbon Whiskey

The quintessential American libation, Bourbon conjures images of corn fields and little streams cutting their way through Kentucky. Kentucky is Bourbon country in spirit and, indeed, in name. For when the American pioneers first colonized the country, they divided up the land and one plot, which covered much of what is now Kentucky, was named Bourbon, for the French Royal Family.

The county was formed in 1786. Originally part of Virginia, it was not until 1792 that Bourbon County was transferred to the new State of Kentucky. There was a great quantity of corn-based whiskey produced in the area, and it was shipped from a port on the Ohio River, which lay in Bourbon County. The barrels were stamped with their origin, ‘Old Bourbon’, and thus the name stuck. The principal distinction in Bourbon whiskey is the make up of the mash bill. The mash bill is the list of cereal grains used for distillation. Bourbon is distilled from 51% corn, differing it from other American spirits. Other grains are used including wheat, rye and barley.

Distillation is achieved in a pot still before ageing in new, charred oak barrels. The use of charred barrels is credited, by and large, to Reverend Elijah Craig. Such claims are not necessarily reliable, but the story is worth mentioning, for it is so oft told. The significance of this is decidedly great, for the Scotch whisky industry uses a proliferation of ex bourbon barrels, as do the rum and tequila fraternities. Elijah kept an outhouse, in which he stored his barrels and one day, a fire tore through the building, blackening his casks. The reverend filled his scorched barrels regardless, and found the charred inners imparted a vanilla sweetness and a rich hue.

Once a bourbon barrel has been emptied, it cannot be reused, thus they are shipped for use overseas. The spirit is aged for two years and bottled at a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume. There has been that more recent phenomenon of small batch and high end bourbons. The market for these is substantial and ever-growing, as consumers lean toward quality over quantity. Single barrel offerings and artisan products are of increasing popularity.

Stillbrook 4 Year Old American Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The American Distilling Co

A rare 1960s bottling of Stillbrook 4 year old straight bourbon whiskey. It was distilled and bottled in Pekin, Illinois.  More info

Stillbrook 4 Year Old American Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1960s
$198.41

Maker's Mark - 1972

75cl, 45%
Maker’s Mark

This is a 1972 bottling of Maker's Mark bourbon - an excellent collector's piece for American whiskey enthusiasts.  More info

Maker's Mark - 1972
$198.41

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1981

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

It's no bluff to say this bottle of Ten High is an antique straight bourbon made by Hiram Walker that would probably pair well with some ace ribs.  More info

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1981
$132.27

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon 64%

75cl, 64%
Jim Beam

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon, named after Booker Noe, Jim Beam's grandson and former Master Distiller, was first released in 1992. A small batch bourbon aged for 6 to 8 years and bottled at cask…  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon 64%
4
$85.90

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

70cl, 63.20%
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%)
$94.15

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 97

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon is a favourite of many, and it's not hard to see why. Fantastic notes of vanilla, warm caramel, chocolate and orange, who wouldn't love to be served up a…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 97
1
$65.58

Stagg Jr. 67.2%

75cl, 67.20%
Buffalo Trace

The first batch of Stagg Jr. is here! It may be a younger, more approachable version of the George T. Stagg bourbon, one of Buffalo Trace's most loved (and hardest to get hold of) bourbons, but that…  More info

Stagg Jr. 67.2%
12
$82.62

FEW - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.40%
Few Spirits Distillery

A wheated FEW Spirits bourbon whiskey bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company presented at 48.4% abv! On the label you'll find Maverick Drinks' Michael Vachon, who first brought FEW Spirits to…  More info

FEW - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Walker's De Luxe 8 Year Old - 1960s

76cl, 43.40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

This classy character is a bottle of Walker's De Luxe 8 Year Old, produced in the 1960s and presented in a very stylish decanter. For those of you at home that think the name sounds familiar, you…  More info

Walker's De Luxe 8 Year Old - 1960s
$264.54

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)

70cl, 63.40%
Four Roses

A 2013 release single barrel release of Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, produced using their OBSK recipe with a mashbill of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. These have proved…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)
$94.10

Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon 125 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)

37cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

One of the awesomely interesting Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection releases. This one features rye bourbon which was put into 2 oak barrels at 125 proof. It was distilled in November 2001 and…  More info

Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon 125 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)
$77.50

Buffalo Trace Wheat 105 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

An experimental release of wheated bourbon from Buffalo Trace, with all sorts of in-depth, behind-the-scenes info about its distillation on the label. This edition went into the casks (two barrels)…  More info

Buffalo Trace Wheat 105 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)

Dollar Fever Kentucky Straight Bourbon - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Dollar Fever

Catching Dollar Fever is easier than catching a cold, you just need to ask that the person passing you the bottle to throw it softly. If for some reason you want to get rid of Dollar Fever, guess…  More info

Dollar Fever Kentucky Straight Bourbon - 2000s
$52.91

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof

75cl, 67.30%
Buffalo Trace

The sublime Colonel E.H. Taylor straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey, presented at barrel proof - uncut and unfiltered, as the bottle proudly proclaims. Sitting at a staggering 67.3% ABV, this will…  More info

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof
$160.71

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon 86 Proof - 1970s

95cl, 43%
The Old Crow

Produced in the 1970s, this quart bottled of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a relic from years gone by. Fans of the famous brand will be happy to see this antique bottle in such good…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon 86 Proof - 1970s
$158.72

William Larue Weller (2014 Release)

75cl, 70.10%
Buffalo Trace

One of the highly sought-after 2014 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection releases, the William Larue Weller is a superb Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, bottled at a sturdy 70.1% ABV. The William Larue…  More info

William Larue Weller (2014 Release)
1
$140.58

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (64.6%)

70cl, 64.60%
Four Roses

Single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon from Four Roses, made using their OBSK recipe - a rich, full bodied whiskey. A 2013 release, bottled at an eye-watering 64.6% ABV. These Single Barrel releases…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (64.6%)
$94.10

Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

A 1980s bottling of Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon, from the famous Heaven Hill Distillery who also produce Evan Williams Bourbon. Comes with a rather snazzy presentation box.  More info

Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$105.82

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Ancient Age

Well then, Ancient Age seem to have already written my bottling note with its brand name, but never-the-less, let it be known that this is an ancient bottle of Kentucky bourbon from the 1980s, which…  More info

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$105.82

Evan Williams Extra (43.3%)

70cl, 43.30%
Heaven Hill

A darkly hued sour mash bourbon, aged for seven years. Rich feinty flavours like leather, vanilla and toffee. Very enjoyable.  More info

Evan Williams Extra (43.3%)
9
$25.85

Bourbon Supreme - 1950s

70cl, 43%
The American Distilling Co

This isn't just bourbon, this is Bourbon Supreme! Made in the 1950s by the American Distilling Co., Bourbon Supreme claims to the the "world's only charcoal distilled whiskey". While we're not sure…  More info

Bourbon Supreme - 1950s
9
$198.41

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1960s

75cl, 43%
Hiram Walker and Sons

This is a rare, collectible bottle of bourbon which was bottled around 50 years ago! It's an 8 year old which was distilled by Hiram Walker - a pioneer in the whiskey world...  More info

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1960s
$198.41

Seagram's Selected Bourbon Whiskey - 1940s

75cl, 43%
Seagram's

An antique bottle of Seagram's Selected Bourbon Whiskey, produced during the 1940s in Waterloo. Why, that's just down the road! We could go there and see where this bottle was made! ...Oh, Waterloo…  More info

Seagram's Selected Bourbon Whiskey - 1940s
$396.81

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 388

70cl, 66.40%
Buffalo Trace

Ooh, a Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottling! These little rascals are some properly awesome bourbons, all presented at enjoyably high strength. This particular bottling was matured in cask 388…  More info

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 388
1
$88.33

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 325

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Yet another lovely Original Single Barrel release from the Blanton's range, this one coming from barrel #325, which was matured in the legendary Warehouse H. We're got some real superb bourbon here.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 325
$65.58

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