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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.

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 921

70cl, 64.1%
Buffalo Trace

This is a single barrel bourbon from the excellent Blanton's range. Not only that, this one has been bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours - this one came from…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 921
$88.03

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

75cl, 50%
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
$95.36

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
$2,003.78

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Benchmark by name, benchmark by nature. This really is one for the more well Bourbon producers to beat, and despite its status as an outsider, really warrants some attention - especially if cocktails…  More info

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8
9
$19.79

Fighting Cock 6 Year Old

75cl, 51.5%
Heaven Hill

Bottled at 103 proof (or 51.5% if you are a fellow Limey), this higher strength proffers a far more punchy character. Fighting Cock is a Kentucky bourbon aged for 6 years.  More info

Fighting Cock 6 Year Old
6
$29.42

Old Forester Bourbon

70cl, 43%
Old Forester

Old Forester Bourbon was the first to be sold in America in sealed glass bottles, to avoid any unsavoury folks tampering with their carefully-considered recipe. It was first seen on shelves back in…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon
5
$34.10

1792 Small Batch Bourbon

75cl, 46.9%
Barton Distilling Company

In the year 1792, Kentucky became a state. 1792 Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is named after that wonderful year. It's a spicy, rye-rich bourbon which is just asking to be enjoyed on a sunny evening with…  More info

1792 Small Batch Bourbon
10
$49.34

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

We love these Blanton's Straight from the Barrel release - each bottling is drawn from a single barrel (matured in the renowned Warehouse H) and bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262
1
$88.03

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2016 Release)

75cl, 45%
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. What's this you see before your eyes? Why, it's the Buffalo…  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2016 Release)
$125.49

A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 45.8%
Hirsch Distillers

A.H. Hirsch Reserve is well known among bourbon enthusiasts - an incredibly rare and sought after expression, distilled in 1974 after being commissioned by Adolph Hirsch in a 400-barrel batch and…  More info

A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old Bourbon
$2,159.46

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2016-01E)

70cl, 63.9%
Booker's

Another brilliant batch of Booker's Bourbon! This one came from batch 2016-01E and has been bottled at a full-bodied 63.9% ABV. Always exciting to get these in here at MoM Towers.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2016-01E)
$62.51

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 43.3%
Heaven Hill

The Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey releases from Evan Williams are always a treat. They're well made, aged for around 9 years and offer great value for money. Ace. This is the 2004…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 (bottled 2014)
3
$32.81

Michter’s 20 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 57.1%
Michter's Distillery

20 year old bourbon whiskey from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, taken from single barrels personally selected by Master Distiller Willie Pratt. Matured for two decades in charred…  More info

Michter’s 20 Year Old Bourbon
$441.93

Corner Creek

75cl, 44%
Corner Creek Distilling Co

An 8 year old bourbon from the Corner Creek distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. This is distilled from wheat corn and rye, and has a full bodied, round flavour. Made in small batches, each bottle…  More info

Corner Creek
2

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1090) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 57%
Widow Jane

A 10 year old single barrel bourbon from Widow Jane, a Brooklyn-based outfit, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. This was a release of only 178 bottles.  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1090) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$119.90

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon. These are drawn from a single barrel (in this case, barrel #265) and are bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever. Absolutely…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265
$88.03

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2016

70cl, 55.6%
Four Roses

This is the 2016 edition of the Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength! These are always hotly anticipated by bourbon fans every year, and with good reason. This year, it's been bottled at 55.6% ABV.  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2016
1
$97.37

Wild Turkey 81 Proof

70cl, 40.5%
Wild Turkey

A lower strength bourbon from Wild Turkey, bottled at 81 proof (40.5% abv) and created by the associate distiller Eddie Russell, the son of master distiller Jimmy Russell. This has a high rye content…  More info

Wild Turkey 81 Proof
15
$21.98

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
$23.68

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

Here's another one of those very popular Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottlings! These are all drawn from single barrels (in this case, it was drawn from barrel #263) and bottled at cask…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263
$88.03

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1979

94cl, 40%
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
$216.95

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 159

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Delicious single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's Original Single Barrel range. This particular bottling was drawn from barrel #159 and bottled at 46.5% ABV. The guy on the horse seems pretty stoked.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 159
$50.18

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1086) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

One of a pair of 10 year old bourbons released for La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations from Widow Jane. This one features a high-rye content in its mash-bill, and has been bottled at…  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1086) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$122.87

Whiskey Thief

70cl, 40%
Whiskey Thief

It's whiskey with a mask! Is it super whiskey? Whiskey Thief, you say? Well I'm sure he only robs so you can enjoy this straight bourbon, like some kind of Robin Zorro. It's matured in fresh oak…  More info

Whiskey Thief
$26.31

Black Eagle Bourbon - 1980s

100cl, 40%
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
$180.79

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