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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 121

70cl, 64.1%
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
$91.76

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

75cl, 55.6%
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
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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78

70cl, 64.6%
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
$85.44

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 139

70cl, 64.1%
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
$91.76

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

70cl, 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
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$1074.80

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
$420.68

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74

70cl, 46.5%
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
$53.96

Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece

70cl, 50.0%
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
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$388.82

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 47.2%
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
$92.84

Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 47.0%
Wathen's

This is a single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from the Wathen's range. Distillation is obviously a tradition in the family behind Wathen's, with the current distillers being the 8th…  More info

Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon
$50.59

Old Forester Bourbon 1l

100cl, 43.0%
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
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$52.48

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982

70cl, 0.0%
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
$155.55

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Seasoned Oak Finish

70cl, 50.2%
Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection explores some rather interesting production processes. The 2009 release from the range is the Seasoned Oak Finish, which sees their properly excellent bourbon…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Seasoned Oak Finish
$129.62

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 107 Proof (75cl)

75cl, 53.5%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A new 75cl bottle and label (which features a rather intense looking fellow with an intimidating beard) for Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old, bottled at 107 proof. It's still an awesome bourbon, packed…  More info

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 107 Proof (75cl)
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$405.08

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284

70cl, 64.6%
Buffalo Trace

Fantastic single barrel bourbon from Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, bottled at cask strength and without any chill-filtration. This particular bottle features whiskey drawn from barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284
$85.44

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 592

70cl, 65.7%
Buffalo Trace

The Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range is a very popular series of bourbons - a favourite among those who like their whiskey packing an intense flavour profile. This one was matured in barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 592
$85.44

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108

70cl, 64.6%
Buffalo Trace

A cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's range, drawn from barrel #108, which was matured in the legendary Warehouse H. Yes, it's another fantastic Blanton's Straight From The Barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108
$85.44

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 643

70cl, 66.5%
Buffalo Trace

Delicious cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. This one was drawn from barrel #643, and has been bottled at 66.5% ABV. Absolutely superb stuff, this. Always a…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 643
$85.44

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)

75cl, 69.1%
Buffalo Trace

A big, brawny Buffalo Trace bourbon which needs no introduction (but we'll give it one anyway, because we're nice like that), the 2014 edition George T. Stagg from the annually adored Antique…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)
$485.55

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646

70cl, 66.4%
Buffalo Trace

Here's another cracking Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bottling, this time featuring bourbon drawn from barrel #646 - if that number holds some sort of significance to you, then this is your…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646
$85.44

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1978

75cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This Wild Turkey 101 Proof (50.5% abv), aged for 8 years, offers a window into the past. It is bourbon from nearly four decades ago!  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1978
$324.06

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 672

70cl, 66.4%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range is a well-loved range of cask strength bourbons which are drawn from individual casks and aren't blended with any other whiskeys. This one came from barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 672
$85.44

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101

70cl, 64.3%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range shows off the excellent bourbon at a full-on ABVs. This one, coming from Barrel 101, was bottled at a very generous 64.3% ABV.  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101
$85.44

John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 50.0%
A. Smith Bowman

Made to commemorate the brave soul that was John J. Bowman, who explored the American frontier in 1775, presided over Kentucky's first county court and was the great, great uncle of Abram Bowman,…  More info

John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon
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$83.93

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon 1.97l - 1970s

197cl, 40.0%
The Old Crow

A 66 2/3 fl. oz. bottling of Old Crow straight bourbon whiskey thought to date from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon 1.97l - 1970s
$544.42

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