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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.

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Gift Pack with Poker Chips & Playing Cards

100cl, 45%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's Devil's Cut is a rich, woody bourbon made by extracting the bourbon from the wood of the barrels after maturation! This gift pack comes with a 1 litre bottle of Devil's Cut, a deck of…  More info

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Gift Pack with Poker Chips & Playing Cards
$36.07

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release

70cl, 45.70%
Michter's Distillery

Ever wondered what would happen if you took Michter's US*1 Bourbon (matured in charred American oak) and then went and gave it an additional maturation in toasted, but not charred, barrels (made with…  More info

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release
1
$66.98

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 76

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #76 which matured peacefully in the legendary Warehouse H. It has been bottled without chill-filtration at a particularly…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 76
$85.46

Johnny Drum Private Stock (70cl)

70cl, 50.50%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

A cask strength bourbon, this is the flagship bourbon from the Johnny Drum range of handmade bourbons, produced in small batches. (Previously a 15 year old.)  More info

Johnny Drum Private Stock (70cl)
7
$45.74

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

It's another Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon! This time, they've cracked open barrel #363 and bottled the fantastic cask strength, un-chillfiltered bourbon within! Stupendous…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363
$94.70

Kentucky Vintage 75cl

75cl, 45%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Kentucky Vintage is a delicious small-batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. It's a classically styled whiskey with a lovely flavour. We can see it working very well in an Old-Fashioned.  More info

Kentucky Vintage 75cl
3
$35.20

Jim Beam Devils Cut

70cl, 45%
Jim Beam

This is the result of taking 90 proof Jim Beam Bourbon and extracting spirit absorbed into the wood of the barrels itself and blending them together. The result is a punchy oak-fest of a Bourbon,…  More info

Jim Beam Devils Cut
25
$27.21

PennyPacker Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 40%
PennyPacker

PennyPacker is a good value Bourbon with all sorts of very American items on the label, like the American flag, American pennies and a particularly honest American President.  More info

PennyPacker Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
$25.48

Woodford Reserve 2001 - Kentucky Derby 127

100cl, 45.20%
Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve's annual Kentucky Derby special edition bottling from 2001, the third release of its kind.  More info

Woodford Reserve 2001 - Kentucky Derby 127
$113.21

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2007 Release)

75cl, 72.40%
Buffalo Trace

Distilled in Spring 1992 and released in the Fall of 2007, this classic George T. Stagg bottling was aged for over 15 and a half years. Extremely highly rated by Jim Murray, this particular release…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2007 Release)
$863.26

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - just like you would expect for the name, this excellent bourbon is presented at cask strength without any additional colour or…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130
$91.78

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015

70cl, 54.30%
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.  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015
2
$89.62

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

Glorious cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, bottled without any of those additional colours or any of that chill-filtration. This one was drawn from barrel #366…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366
$94.70

Bourbon de Luxe - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Bourbon de Luxe

A rare bourbon from The Bourbon de Luxe Distillery Company, based in Frankfort. This spirit was bottled at some time during the 1970s… Already sold out? Not to worry, we have plenty more Antique…  More info

Bourbon de Luxe - 1970s

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134

70cl, 64.40%
Buffalo Trace

A delicious Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #134 and bottled at 64.4% ABV. Superb as a postprandial drink... Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134
$91.78

Willett's Pot Still Reserve

75cl, 47%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

A small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, packaged in an unusual, and rather smart Pot Still shaped bottle.  More info

Willett's Pot Still Reserve
25
$59.36

Old Lewis Hunter 6 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Old Lewis Hunter

A 1970s bottling of classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Old Lewis Hunter. Guaranteed 6 years old.  More info

Old Lewis Hunter 6 Year Old - 1970s
$259.31

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

This is a bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon, presented at cask strength without any additional colouring or chill-filtration. This particular bottle came from barrel #365, and…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365
$94.70

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 68

70cl, 65.90%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon is a serious treat, especially for those of us who love their whiskies at cask strength. This batch comes from barrel 68 and has been bottled at a mighty…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 68
$86.58

Gold Country 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Gold Country

This is a collectible bottle of Gold Country 8 Year Old Bourbon, produced in the 1990s. If you lived in Gold Country, you might wear a top hat a yell at unidentified things like the chap on the label.  More info

Gold Country 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1990s
$129.66

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 122

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

Love bourbon? These Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottlings are absolutely fantastic - delicious cask strength bourbon drawn from a single barrel and bottled without chill-filtration. This one…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 122
$91.78

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The Original Single Barrel bottlings from Blanton's range harks back to the days when Colonel Albert B. Blanton bottled his own private reserve almost a century ago, drawn from a single barrel and…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308
1
$53.98

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's original Single Barrel is a must-try for American whiskey enthusiasts - each one is made with bourbon drawn from a single cask, not blended with any other whiskies. Well worth having a…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540
$65.10

St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon

70cl, 43%
St. George Spirits

Criminally good bourbon from St. George Spirits in California. Their Breaking & Entering Bourbon is made with whiskey sourced from rickhouses in Kentucky, "liberated" by St. George distillers Lance…  More info

St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121

70cl, 64.10%
Buffalo Trace

Another Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon, which are bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration. This one was allowed to age in cask #121, which called the legendary Warehouse H…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121
$91.78

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