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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 Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The Original Single Barrel bottlings from Blanton's range harks back to the days when Colonel Albert B. Blanton bottled his own private reserve almost a century ago, drawn from a single barrel and…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308
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$60.55

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

An 18 year old single barrel bourbon named after the Reverend Elijah Craig, credited with discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred barrels. This is a rich and delectable whiskey, the…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old
2
$188.71

Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Ancient Old Kentucky

A collectible bottle of Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old Bourbon, bottled for Toorank in the 2000s. A rather decorative piece for collectors.  More info

Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old - 2000s
$218.18

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea

75cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

An exciting release from the Jefferson's range, this bourbon is initially matured on land for the lion's share of its maturation, before embarking on a sea-faring voyage, crossing the equator 4…  More info

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea
4
$109.03

Noah's Mill

75cl, 57.20%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Noah's Mill is an outstanding old small batch bourbon, containing whiskeys between 4 and 20 years old. Quite rare this, and very enjoyable in an old-fashioned.  More info

Noah's Mill
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$66.09

Old Crow Traveler - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Old Crow

An interestingly shaped Traveler bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which we believe was produced in the 1960s. Highly sought after by collectors.  More info

Old Crow Traveler - 1960s
$290.90

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel harks back to the days when Colonel Albert B. Blanton bottled his own private reserve bourbon, drawn the whiskey from single barrels matured in the middle sections of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307
$60.55

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566

70cl, 65.70%
Buffalo Trace

A Straight From The Barrel bottling of Blanton's excellent bourbon. This one was matured in barrel #566 and bottled at 65.7% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566
$95.87

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

As the years go by, the Single Barrel releases from Elijah Craig seem to get older too. It makes sense, doesn't it? And let us tell you - sense tastes like awesome 23 year old Elijah Craig bourbon,…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Year Old
$260.53

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
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William Larue Weller (2015 Release)

75cl, 67.30%
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)
$155.69

William Larue Weller Special Reserve

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Looking for a wheated bourbon? William Larue Weller is one of the big names you want to keep your eye out for. Now owned by Buffalo Trace, it's been a staple of wonderfully mellow wheated bourbon…  More info

William Larue Weller Special Reserve
2
$39.05

Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year Old

75cl, 43%
McLain & Kyne

Although not distilled at Stitzel Weller like earlier Presidential Select releases, this bourbon was produced from 15 lots of whiskey aged 21 to 24 years old! Once blended, these translated to 2,000…  More info

Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year Old
$181.75

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2015 Release)

75cl, 69.10%
Buffalo Trace

Behold - the 2015 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection release of George T. Stagg! This time, it's been bottled at a massive 69.1% abv. Hugely impressive and much sought after by bourbon aficionados, the…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2015 Release)
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$172.05

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon

75cl, 50.10%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

A 75cl bottling of Rowan's Creek small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. who also produce Noah's Mill. Smooth, rounded spicy and fruity 12 year old whiskey. Yummy.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon
3
$49.64

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.4%)

70cl, 67.40%
Heaven Hill

A barrel proof bottling of hugely flavoursome 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Sitting at a sturdy 67.4% ABV, it's an intense bourbon, so perhaps a drop or two of water…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.4%)
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$95.94

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 192

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bottling - a favourite bourbon of man whiskey fans. This one was drawn from barrel #192, aged in the famous Warehouse H (and as ever, features the distinctive horse…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 192
$66.19

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

When you see the horse atop the cork, you know it's Blanton's. This is one of their Straight From The Barrel bourbons, drawn from barrel #447 and bottled at an intense 64.8% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447
$95.87

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101

70cl, 50.50%
Dry Fly Distilling

A flavoursome bourbon from Dry Fly Distillers in Spokane, Washington, which was "100% hand crafted in the Pacific Northwest with real hands", as the label proudly proclaims. It's presented at 101…  More info

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101
$82.21

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2015 Release)

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

It's the Eagle Rare 17 Year Old from Buffalo Trace's 2015 Antique Collection! These expressions are always eagerly awaited by whiskey fans. This release comes from casks that were positioned on the…  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2015 Release)
$151.44

Knob Creek 9 Year Old

70cl, 50%
Jim Beam

Knob Creek is a small batch bourbon produced by Jim Beam, distilled in a more traditional style and aged 9 nine years. It is named for the area in Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln grew up, it is said…  More info

Knob Creek 9 Year Old
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$37.72

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 194

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, matured in barrel #194 which resided in the famous Warehouse H. These excellent bottlings are much loved by bourbon enthusiasts for their superb flavour…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 194
$66.47

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 538

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Single barrel bourbon from the truly excellent Blanton's range. This one was left to age in barrel #538 before it was cracked open and the whiskey was bottled (without blending with any other casks,…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 538
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$91.76

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Tasting Set

60cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

The Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project was a fascinating undertaking from the Kentucky distillers which investigated the variables of bourbon production. This includes details about the cask, including…  More info

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Tasting Set

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 542

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

What we've got here is one of those delicious Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbons! This one was drawn from barrel #542, which was left to age in Warehouse H (back in the day, Colonel Blanton…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 542
$91.76

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