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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.

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
$52.11

William Larue Weller (2015 Release)

75cl, 67.3%
Buffalo Trace

Here it is, bourbon fans - the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2015 William Larue Weller! This stands out for being the only wheated bourbon in the range, which imparts its own fascinating character…  More info

William Larue Weller (2015 Release)

Woodford Reserve 2001 - Kentucky Derby 127

100cl, 45.2%
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
$111.15

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
$52.99

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 143

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Brilliant Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, drawn from but one barrel matured in the legendary Warehouse H, just like what the Colonel Blanton used to treat his friends and family with.…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 143
$52.99

Kentucky Gentleman

70cl, 40%
Barton Distilling Company

A long-running brand, Kentucky Gentleman is a simple value-for-money bourbon with handsomely retro packaging. Evidently, the name dates back to 1879 - over 100 years ago!  More info

Kentucky Gentleman
1
$22.71

Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece

70cl, 50%
Jim Beam

A very interesting release from Jim Beam, their Distiller's Masterpiece has been treated to a longer ageing duration than their standard bourbon, and has then been finished in Pedro Ximénez casks to…  More info

Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece
1
$381.83

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

75cl, 53.5%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A well aged whiskey from Old Rip Van Winkle, this bottling of Family Reserve has been aged for 15 years in heavily charred barrels, there is a high wheat content in the mashbill. This bottle was…  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
1
$1055.48

Kentucky's Friend Bourbon - 1990s

100cl, 40%
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
$152.75

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel

75cl, 50%
Buffalo Trace

An excellent brand owned by Buffalo Trace that uses similar methods and recipes to the ones Colonel E. H. Taylor introduced and improved during his time as a bourbon distiller in the late 1800s. The…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel
3
$132.54

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

From the brilliant Woodford Reserve Master's Collection comes a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir finished bourbon! A previous release from the series experimented with a Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Chardonnay cask…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish
$106.02

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
$2116.26

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl

70cl, 50.5%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Rowan's Creek is a small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. This has a very smooth, rounded character with lovely spicy, fruity flavours.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl
1
$64.59

Heaven Hill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

That Boutique-y Whisky Company continues to explore the wonderful world of American whiskey with their first batch of independently bottled bourbon from Heaven Hill! Top stuff from a legendary…  More info

Heaven Hill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
4
$86.93

High West American Prairie Reserve

75cl, 46%
High West

American Prairie Reserve is named after the impressive 5,000 square mile wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana, the largest in the lower 48 states. High West are also donating 10% of post tax…  More info

High West American Prairie Reserve
$46.41

Jefferson's Bourbon 75cl

75cl, 41.2%
McLain & Kyne

A limited release, small batch artisan bourbon. This is very unusual, and offers a thoroughly distinctive flavour profile, thanks to its 6 to 10 year ageing in very lightly charred (Number 1 char)…  More info

Jefferson's Bourbon 75cl
14
$36.48

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
$27.79

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 581

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Back in the day, Blanton's original Single Barrel was reserved for ambassadors, dignitaries and Colonel Blanton's family and friends. These days, we can all get our hands on these cracking bourbons,…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 581
$52.99

Smooth Ambler Yearling

37cl, 46%
Smooth Ambler

Pot distilled bourbon made with a mashbill of 60% corn, 20% wheat and 20% malted barley by the craft distillers at Smooth Ambler and matured in tiny casks within their West Virginia rick house. This…  More info

Smooth Ambler Yearling
$36.01

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
$47.68

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Made with corn, rye, wheat and malted barley, this is a 4-grain bourbon from Tuthilltown Spirits, producers of the first legal pot-still whiskey in New York since prohibition! Each bottle is numbered…  More info

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
$40.40

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 158

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

For admirers of top-notch bourbon, you can't go wrong with a bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel. It's matured in the legendary Warehouse H and each one is drawn from a single barrel - this…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 158
$52.99

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
$83.90

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
$1585.87

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon 1l - 1980s

100cl, 40%
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
$229.13

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