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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.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (64%)

70cl, 64%
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 Barrel Proof (64%)
$92.75

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
$40.27

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

The Pepper name goes way back in terms of bourbon production, back to 1776. Even James E. Pepper nick-named the whiskey 'Old 1776'. However, in the latter half of the 1900s, the James E. Pepper name,…  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$46.35

Johnny Drum Black Label

70cl, 43%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Johnny Drum Black Label has been made by a method that has remained unchanged for 5 generations of master distillers.  More info

Johnny Drum Black Label
$28.40

Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 43%
Royal Spring

The Pepper surname goes back in the history of bourbon, reaching into the 1700s! Could it be this legacy that this bottle of Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is referencing with its…  More info

Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$25.85

Evan Williams White Label

70cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

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
$30.88

Images of Bardstown (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 53.2%
Malts of Scotland

An independent bottling of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from an undisclosed distillery. Rather rare to see indie bottling of bourbon - this one comes to us via German bottler Malts of Scotland…  More info

Images of Bardstown (Malts of Scotland)
$54.64

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (67.4%)

70cl, 67.4%
Heaven Hill

A barrel proof bottling of hugely flavoursome 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Sitting at a sturdy 67.4% ABV, it's an intense bourbon, so perhaps a drop or two of water…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (67.4%)
2
$92.75

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 40%
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
$148.48

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40%
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
$185.60

Jim Beam White Label - 1978

70cl, 40%
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
$185.60

Jim Beam White Label - 1995

70cl, 40%
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
$98.98

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
$185.60

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's famous White Label is distilled from a mashbill with a high rye content. The result of this is extra spice notes. This stuff would work well in an 'old' Old Fashioned cocktail! This…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995
$148.48

Seagram's Benchmark Bourbon - pre 1964

75cl, 43%
Seagram's

An old bottling of Seagram's Benchmark Bourbon, which we think was produced prior to 1964. Back in the day, they used to use the tagline "Measure your bourbon against it." This bottle was part of…  More info

Seagram's Benchmark Bourbon - pre 1964
$346.44

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

An 18 year old single barrel bourbon named after the Reverend Elijah Craig, credited with discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred barrels. This is a rich and delectable whiskey, the…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old
1
$160.53

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 729

70cl, 65.3%
Buffalo Trace

Cask strength bourbon from Blanton's, drawn from a single barrel and bottled for their Straight From The Barrel range. Incredibly popular with whiskey enthusiasts around the world. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 729
1
$90.37

Parker's Heritage Collection 24 Year Old

75cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

The 10th release from Parker's Heritage Collection (unveiled yearly and always amazing) is a 24 year old bottled-in-bond bourbon! Very exciting and sure to be highly coveted by bourbon enthusiasts…  More info

Parker's Heritage Collection 24 Year Old
3
$309.28

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1182

70cl, 65.5%
Buffalo Trace

Superb single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range - as the name suggests, theses whiskeys are bottled at full-on cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1182
$90.37

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon

75cl, 64.9%
Balcones

The Balcones distillery out in Waco, Texas, are well known for using blue corn in their spirits - they were the first to make a whisky using it! This right here is their very own bourbon,…  More info

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon
$109.24

William Larue Weller (2016 Release)

75cl, 67.7%
Buffalo Trace

The auction ended at 20:00 (GMT) Thu 22nd December with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) donated to Malaria No More UK. Here's the Buffalo Trace 2016 Release of William Laure Weller…  More info

William Larue Weller (2016 Release)
$132.96

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
8
$47.52

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2015-02)

70cl, 63.7%
Booker's

Stunning cask strength Kentucky straight bourbon from the Booker's True Barrel series - a fantastic line from the Jim Beam range named after the one and only Booker Noe. This one has been bottled at…  More info

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2015-02)
4
$64.17

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
20
$40.93

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (70.1%)

70cl, 70.1%
Heaven Hill

This is a barrel strength bottling of Elijah Craig bourbon - these are very popular indeed, boasting a full-bodied flavour profile and very generous ABVs. Add a few drops of water to help unlock the…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (70.1%)
$92.75

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