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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.

Old Grand-Dad - Bottled 1990

75cl, 40%
The Old Grand-dad Distillery Co

We think that this collectible bottle of Old-Grand Dad was bottled in 1990. A classic brand - one of the selection of "The Olds", including Old Crow and Old Overholt.  More info

Old Grand-Dad - Bottled 1990
$144.67

Wild Turkey - 1995

70cl, 43.40%
Wild Turkey

This is a collectible bottle of "Austin Nichols" Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we believe was produced back in 1995. We did plan to include a turkey pun in this bottling note, but…  More info

Wild Turkey - 1995
$144.67

Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon (cask 5244)

75cl, 47%
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 (cask 5244)
$56.46

Jim Beam White Label 1.75l - 1970s

175cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A huge 175cl bottle of Jim Beam's 4 year old White Label. It's got a jug handle! In fact it's almost as big as mobile phone from the same era. Slick back your hair and take the plunge; it's in great…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 1.75l - 1970s
3
$477.41

Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

In the midnight hour, she cried “more, more, more”, more delicious bourbon please. Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is now made at Heaven Hill, using William Larue Weller's original wheat…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon
2
$31.89

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 440

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A Straight from the Barrel bottling of Blanton's excellent bourbon - this one was drawn from barrel #440, aged in the famed Warehouse H and bottled at 64.6% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 440
$95.35

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 559

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, presented at 46.5% ABV. As the name suggests, this bourbon was drawn from 1 barrel and bottled without blending with other…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 559
$71.73

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 471

70cl, 65.50%
Buffalo Trace

It's Blanton's and it's Straight From The Barrel! Bottled at 65.45% this one came from barrel 471. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The Barrel bottlings is…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 471
$96.61

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 592

70cl, 65.70%
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
$95.35

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 50.50%
Wild Turkey

This is an 8 year old 101 proof (50.5% abv) bottling of Wild Turkey - the legendary bourbon from Austin Nichols. This is a rare 1970s bottling. Already sold out? Not to worry, we have plenty more…  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1970s
$361.68

Rock Town - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.50%
Rock Town

The first batch of Rock Town Bourbon Whiskey bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company might very well have the most rock-and-roll label from the whole range, which is saying something when other…  More info

Rock Town - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Redemption High Rye Bourbon

75cl, 46%
Redemption

A straight American bourbon whiskey from the Redemption range, featuring a rather high rye content and aged over 3 years. Take a look at the mash bill proudly displayed on the bottle and you'll see…  More info

Redemption High Rye Bourbon
2
$45.05

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (53.9%)

70cl, 53.90%
Four Roses

A Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon, released in 2014 and bottled at 53.9% ABV. These releases are made using one of ten recipes which Four Roses use for their whiskeys, with this…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (53.9%)
$106.43

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
$24.68

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength - Batch 14-62

75cl, 58.70%
Few Spirits Distillery

All the way from the FEW Spirits craft distillery out in Evanston, Illinois, here's a cracking cask strength Bourbon Whiskey, ready to impart awe into every American whiskey fan's consciousness.…  More info

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength - Batch 14-62
1
$83.13

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 472

70cl, 65.70%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottling, all the way from Buffalo Trace's famous Warehouse H. This top quality bourbon has been bottled at the intense strength of 65.7% ABV. Always popular…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 472
$96.61

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon Whisky

75cl, 64.50%
Balcones

Balcones were the first to use blue corn to create a corn whisky, and now they've gone and created a bourbon using blue corn in its mashbill too! A big, bold expression from the distillers in Waco,…  More info

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon Whisky
$131.35

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A 75cl bottle of Buffalo Trace's stunning bourbon William Larue Weller, named after the man famed for being the first to create "wheated bourbon", in which the spicy rye grain is substituted for…  More info

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old
6
$43.86

Old Grand-Dad - 1990s

75cl, 40%
The Old Grand-dad Distillery Co

Collector of cool bourbon bottles? Check this out - a bottle of Old Grand-Dad Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, which we think was produced in the 1990s.  More info

Old Grand-Dad - 1990s
$144.67

Old Crow Traveler - 1970s

75cl, 40%
The Old Crow

A 1970s bottling of Old Crow Traveler Kentucky Straight Bourbon, produced for the Italian market. A rare, old example of "The Original Sour Mash".  More info

Old Crow Traveler - 1970s
$173.60

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 565

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel first started as Colonel Blanton's private reserve, made for friends, family and dignitaries. Nowadays it's more readily available, so you too can pretend to be the…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 565
1
$71.73

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Seasoned Oak Finish

70cl, 50.20%
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
$144.67

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Gift Box

70cl, 43.20%
Woodford Reserve

A rather handsome presentation of Woodford Reserve's Double Oak bourbon, which is initially matured in charred oak barrels before enjoying a second maturation in heavily toasted, lightly charred…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Gift Box
$64.62

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 566

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

From the Blanton's Original Single Barrel range comes yet another delicious bourbon - this one drawn from barrel #566. As ever, this cask slumbered in Warehouse H, one of the favourite warehouses of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 566
$71.73

John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 50%
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
1
$93.67

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