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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.

Roughstock Montana Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 45.0%
Roughstock

From the Roughstock distillery in Montana - the Land of Shining Mountains - comes a straight bourbon whiskey, made with a blend of four in-house bourbon recipes.  More info

Roughstock Montana Bourbon Whiskey
1
$52.48

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

Jim Beam

A large 1970s bottle of Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, which is aged for four years before it's bottled. Unfortunately, while this bottle is bigger than your average one, they didn't actually put its…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$195.20

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 40.0%
Kentucky Boat

This is an ancient bottle of Kentucky Boat Bourbon Whiskey, produced over 30 years ago in the 1970s. Is the name (and the wonderful label) a reference to how bourbon used to be transported from…  More info

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s
$156.16

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40.0%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam White Label sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, produced all the way back in the 1970s. Jim Beam boffins would surely love this collectible piece.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$195.20

Jim Beam White Label - 1978

70cl, 40.0%
Jim Beam

This is a bottle of Jim Beam White Label, which we think was produced in 1978. A collectible antique for whiskey lovers, though unfortunately this bottle looks to have suffered at the hands of time,…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1978
$195.20

Kentucky's Friend Bourbon - 1990s

100cl, 40.0%
Kentucky's Friend

A collectible bottle of Kentucky's Friend Bourbon, which we believe to have been produced in the 1990s. It's got a pretty hefty-looking steam locomotive on the label. There's also a floating pocket…  More info

Kentucky's Friend Bourbon - 1990s
$156.16

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon 1l - 1980s

100cl, 40.0%
Ancient Age

This rare bottling of Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon comes from the 1980s, with its name becoming increasingly apt. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon 1l - 1980s
$234.24

Black Eagle Bourbon - 1980s

100cl, 40.0%
Eagle Distilled Products

A 1980s bottling of sour mash Kentucky bourbon whisky featuring a black eagle and a Confederate flag. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of…  More info

Black Eagle Bourbon - 1980s
$195.20

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1979

94cl, 40.0%
Hiram Walker and Sons

Ten high is not a great poker hand, but this bottle of Hiran Walker's Ten High is an awesome antique! This particular 94.6cl bottle of Ten High was produced back in 1979... This bottle was part of…  More info

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1979
$234.24

Jim Beam White Label - 1995

70cl, 40.0%
Jim Beam

Dating from the 1990s, this is a bottle of Jim Beam's classic White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1995
$104.11

Jim Beam White Label - Early 1980s

75cl, 40.0%
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
$195.20

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 69

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon here, which was allowed to age in barrel #69 in the legendary Warehouse H.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 69
$59.22

Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Family Reserve

75cl, 47.8%
Old Rip Van Winkle

We had the immense pleasure of trying this at Whisky Live, really great stuff; Van Winkle 23 is a super bourbon of epic proportions. They release yearly batches of this, all of which sell out rather…  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Family Reserve
$2141.78

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447

70cl, 64.8%
Buffalo Trace

When you see the horse atop the cork, you know it's Blanton's. This is one of their Straight From The Barrel bourbons, drawn from barrel #447 and bottled at an intense 64.8% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447
$85.77

Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40.0%
Buffalo Trace

The new edition of the classic Kentucky straight bourbon, Buffalo Trace. A great whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.  More info

Buffalo Trace
67
$26.17

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

75cl, 45.2%
Old Rip Van Winkle

Incredibly old for a bourbon, this bottling of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve was aged for 20 years and retains a beautiful sweetness, a perfect digestif bourbon. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
11
$1567.03

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
68
$31.88

Stagg Jr. 66.05%

75cl, 66.1%
Buffalo Trace

'Like father, like son.' Stagg Jr. bourbon features many of the characteristics of one of Buffalo Trace's most sought after expressions, the George T. Stagg. It's big and bold with a high ABV, though…  More info

Stagg Jr. 66.05%
4
$83.29

Noah's Mill

75cl, 57.2%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Noah's Mill is an outstanding old small batch bourbon, containing whiskeys between 4 and 20 years old. Quite rare this, and very enjoyable in an old-fashioned.  More info

Noah's Mill
35
$59.13

Heaven Hill 2001 (bottled 2016) (cask 16034) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 53.8%
Heaven Hill

A rather interesting release from German bottler Malts of Scotland - it's an indie bottling of bourbon from the Heaven Hill distillery which was treated to a finishing period in a cask which…  More info

Heaven Hill 2001 (bottled 2016) (cask 16034) - Malts of Scotland
$124.71

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (64%)

70cl, 64.0%
Heaven Hill

This batch of 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey was bottled at a barrel proof (or cask strength) of 64% abv. A truly stunning expression, with everything you want from barrel…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (64%)
$102.96

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

75cl, 50.0%
Buffalo Trace

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
12
$102.96

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Four Wood

70cl, 47.2%
Woodford Reserve

This is the 2012 edition of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection - the Four Wood (nothing to do with golf). This was initially matured in American oak, then finished in a selection of Maple Wood,…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Four Wood
$156.00

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
$36.68

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old

75cl, 45.2%
Old Rip Van Winkle

This bottling of Van Winkle Special Reserve was aged for 12 years, it received a Gold medal at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition, bottled at 90.4 proof, this is a smooth, mature…  More info

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old
3
$471.74

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