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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.

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)
$129.60

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
$2,230.16

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 361

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's range, drawn specifically from barrel #361. Always popular among whiskey enthusiasts, and always delicious indeed! Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 361
$51.82

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
$456.40

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 70

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Single barrel bourbon from Blanton's released for their Original Single Barrel range. Cask your eye upon its label and you'll discover that this one was drawn from barrel #70, which aged in the…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 70
$51.82

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 41

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Perfect for bourbon enthusiasts or people who love an interestingly-shaped bottle (there's a couple of those here at MoM Towers), Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon are drawn from single casks…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 41
$51.82

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)
$123.83

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
$90.92

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
$100.56

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
$24.46

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
$90.92

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
$224.05

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
$51.82

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)
$126.89

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
$186.71

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

Jim Beam

A large 1970s bottle of Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, which is aged for four years before it's bottled. Unfortunately, while this bottle is bigger than your average one, they didn't actually put its…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$186.71

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)
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Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 577

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

A bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #577. Big fans of these handsome bottlings, we are. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 577
$51.82

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
$51.82

Jim Beam Black Label 6 Year Old - Triple Aged

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

This is an updated version of the classic Jim Beam Black Label. This Bourbon has been aged for six years and is one of the most recognisable whisky brands in the world.  More info

Jim Beam Black Label 6 Year Old - Triple Aged
5
$23.41

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
$51.82

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
$22.21

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
$373.37

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
2
$1,032.10

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
$149.37

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