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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 918

70cl, 64.1%
Blanton's

Single barrel bourbon, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever - that's what the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range is all about. This particular bottling was drawn…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 918
$90.87

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 922

70cl, 64.1%
Blanton's

A Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottling, drawn from barrel #922 and bottled at a full-on 64.1% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The Barrel bottlings is…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 922
$90.87

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
$133.69

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
27
$56.96

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2016 Release)

75cl, 72.1%
George T. Stagg

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. - Due to the high abv of this whiskey, we cannot ship it to…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2016 Release)
$148.20

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old

75cl, 45.2%
Old Rip Van Winkle

This bottling of Van Winkle Special Reserve was aged for 12 years, it received a Gold medal at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition, bottled at 90.4 proof, this is a smooth, mature…  More info

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old
4
$513.20

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 40

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bottling. These popular bourbon whiskeys are all taken from individual barrels - this particular one was drawn from barrel #40. If 40 is your lucky number, well,…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 40
$51.79

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014

70cl, 55.9%
Four Roses

This is the 2014 release of Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength, made with barrels which were specially selected by the master distiller, resulting in a spectacularly flavoursome bourbon with…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014
$259.14

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 122

70cl, 64.8%
Blanton's

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
$88.07

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 921

70cl, 64.1%
Blanton's

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
$90.87

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
$2,068.33

Rock Town Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 57.4%
Rock Town

Another of Rock Town's well-regarded single barrel bourbon releases, which have received scores as high as 96.5 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible! Milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, aged,…  More info

Rock Town Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon
$69.47

Jim Beam Devils Cut

70cl, 45%
Jim Beam

This is the result of taking 90 proof Jim Beam Bourbon and extracting spirit absorbed into the wood of the barrels itself and blending them together. The result is a punchy oak-fest of a Bourbon,…  More info

Jim Beam Devils Cut
23
$27.41

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262

70cl, 62.8%
Blanton's

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
$90.87

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2016 Release)

75cl, 45%
Eagle Rare

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)
$129.54

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
$2,229.03

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 361

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

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
$51.79

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
$456.17

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 70

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

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
$51.79

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 41

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

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
$51.79

Koval Bourbon

50cl, 47%
Koval

Koval bourbon is made with 51% corn (the minimum required for a bourbon) with the rest of the mashbill being made up by millet. This unusual choice, used to make distilled spirits in Nepal, is…  More info

Koval Bourbon
$43.78

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265

70cl, 62.8%
Blanton's

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
$90.87

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
$100.51

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263

70cl, 62.8%
Blanton's

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
$90.87

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
$223.94

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