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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.

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)
$880.67

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 144

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel, containing bourbon which was drawn from barrel #144 - as we all know, the number 144 is the 12th number of the Fibonacci sequence, and it's also the sum…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 144
$55.06

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 69

70cl, 46.50%
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
$60.20

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
$87.18

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
$93.63

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
$93.63

Stagg Jr. 66.05%

75cl, 66.10%
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%
3
$84.65

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish

70cl, 45.20%
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
$99.43

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
$93.63

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
$68.33

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
$51.40

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
$66.41

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
3

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
$93.63

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Bourbon (cask 1868) Single Barrel Release

75cl, 55.60%
Smooth Ambler

Smooth Ambler's Old Scout Single Barrel releases have proved very popular indeed - John Little and the Smooth Ambler team certainly know how to pick excellent whiskeys. This is another stunning…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Bourbon (cask 1868) Single Barrel Release
3
$81.52

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel Bourbon - always popular amongst American whiskey enthusiasts. This particular bottle contains whiskey drawn from barrel #78, and has been bottled at…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78
$87.18

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 139

70cl, 64.10%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - one of our favourites. Every whiskey in this cracking range is drawn from a single barrel and bottled at cask strength without…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 139
$93.63

Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.50%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least 6 years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
50
$33.91

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 50%
Smooth Ambler

Part of the Old Scout range from Smooth Ambler, this 10 year old bourbon is rye-rich, well-aged and an absolute treat for long, sunny evenings. Bottled at 50% ABV, you can bet your bottom dollar this…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon
1
$66.08

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

70cl, 53.50%
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
$964.47

Michter’s 20 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 57.10%
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
$429.27

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Another Blanton's Original Single Barrel release, a range well loved by bourbon fans around the world. You have Colonel Albert B. Blanton to thank for the inspiration of this stupendous series -…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74
$55.06

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 47.20%
Michter's Distillery

10 year old single barrel bourbon from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. A brilliant expression - well balanced notes of dried fruit, oak-y spice and vanilla with a subtle herbaceous…  More info

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon
$94.73

Old Forester Bourbon 1l

100cl, 43%
Old Forester

A genuine classic bourbon, Old Forester has been in production since the 1870s! This bourbon was founded by George Garvin Brown and is still owned by his family today. It was the first bourbon to be…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon 1l
1
$53.56

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982

70cl, 0%
Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam White Label which we think was bottled way back in the '80s. 1982, to be specific. Oddly, the label doesn't seem to feature an ABV listing... Please note that the label does…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982
$158.72

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