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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.

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel

75cl, 50%
Buffalo Trace

An excellent brand owned by Buffalo Trace that uses similar methods and recipes to the ones Colonel E. H. Taylor introduced and improved during his time as a bourbon distiller in the late 1800s. The…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel
3
$129.34

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl

70cl, 50.5%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Rowan's Creek is a small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. This has a very smooth, rounded character with lovely spicy, fruity flavours.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl
1
$63.03

Heaven Hill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

That Boutique-y Whisky Company continues to explore the wonderful world of American whiskey with their first batch of independently bottled bourbon from Heaven Hill! Top stuff from a legendary…  More info

Heaven Hill - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
4
$84.83

Jefferson's Bourbon 75cl

75cl, 41.2%
McLain & Kyne

A limited release, small batch artisan bourbon. This is very unusual, and offers a thoroughly distinctive flavour profile, thanks to its 6 to 10 year ageing in very lightly charred (Number 1 char)…  More info

Jefferson's Bourbon 75cl
17
$35.60

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 581

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

Back in the day, Blanton's original Single Barrel was reserved for ambassadors, dignitaries and Colonel Blanton's family and friends. These days, we can all get our hands on these cracking bourbons,…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 581
$51.71

Smooth Ambler Yearling

37cl, 46%
Smooth Ambler

Pot distilled bourbon made with a mashbill of 60% corn, 20% wheat and 20% malted barley by the craft distillers at Smooth Ambler and matured in tiny casks within their West Virginia rick house. This…  More info

Smooth Ambler Yearling
$35.14

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 158

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

For admirers of top-notch bourbon, you can't go wrong with a bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel. It's matured in the legendary Warehouse H and each one is drawn from a single barrel - this…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 158
$51.71

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447

70cl, 64.8%
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
$81.87

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

75cl, 45.2%
Old Rip Van Winkle

Incredibly old for a bourbon, this bottling of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve was aged for 20 years and retains a beautiful sweetness, a perfect digestif bourbon. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
12
$1,547.58

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon 1l - 1980s

100cl, 40%
Ancient Age

This rare bottling of Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon comes from the 1980s, with its name becoming increasingly apt. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Ancient Age Kentucky Bourbon 1l - 1980s
$223.60

Heaven Hill 2001 (bottled 2016) (cask 16034) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 53.8%
Heaven Hill

A rather interesting release from German bottler Malts of Scotland - it's an indie bottling of bourbon from the Heaven Hill distillery which was treated to a finishing period in a cask which…  More info

Heaven Hill 2001 (bottled 2016) (cask 16034) - Malts of Scotland
$119.04

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
3

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Four Wood

70cl, 47.2%
Woodford Reserve

This is the 2012 edition of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection - the Four Wood (nothing to do with golf). This was initially matured in American oak, then finished in a selection of Maple Wood,…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Four Wood
$148.92

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Gift Pack with Poker Chips & Playing Cards

100cl, 45%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's Devil's Cut is a rich, woody bourbon made by extracting the bourbon from the wood of the barrels after maturation! This gift pack comes with a 1 litre bottle of Devil's Cut, a deck of…  More info

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Gift Pack with Poker Chips & Playing Cards
$34.56

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release

70cl, 45.7%
Michter's Distillery

Ever wondered what would happen if you took Michter's US*1 Bourbon (matured in charred American oak) and then went and gave it an additional maturation in toasted, but not charred, barrels (made with…  More info

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon Limited Release
1
$64.17

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 76

70cl, 64.6%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #76 which matured peacefully in the legendary Warehouse H. It has been bottled without chill-filtration at a particularly…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 76
$81.87

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363

70cl, 64.8%
Buffalo Trace

It's another Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon! This time, they've cracked open barrel #363 and bottled the fantastic cask strength, un-chillfiltered bourbon within! Stupendous…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363
$90.73

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2007 Release)

75cl, 72.4%
Buffalo Trace

Distilled in Spring 1992 and released in the Fall of 2007, this classic George T. Stagg bottling was aged for over 15 and a half years. Extremely highly rated by Jim Murray, this particular release…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2007 Release)
$827.08

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130

70cl, 64.6%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - just like you would expect for the name, this excellent bourbon is presented at cask strength without any additional colour or…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130
$87.94

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015

70cl, 54.3%
Four Roses

2015's limited edition release, from barrels selected by the Master Distiller is barrel strength and non-chill filtered as always. Some of the best whiskey available from this distillery.  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015
1
$85.86

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366

70cl, 64.8%
Buffalo Trace

Glorious cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, bottled without any of those additional colours or any of that chill-filtration. This one was drawn from barrel #366…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366
$90.73

Bourbon de Luxe - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Bourbon de Luxe

A rare bourbon from The Bourbon de Luxe Distillery Company, based in Frankfort. This spirit was bottled at some time during the 1970s… Already sold out? Not to worry, we have plenty more Antique…  More info

Bourbon de Luxe - 1970s

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134

70cl, 64.4%
Buffalo Trace

A delicious Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #134 and bottled at 64.4% ABV. Superb as a postprandial drink... Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134
$87.94

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
26
$56.87

Old Lewis Hunter 6 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Old Lewis Hunter

A 1970s bottling of classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Old Lewis Hunter. Guaranteed 6 years old.  More info

Old Lewis Hunter 6 Year Old - 1970s
1
$248.44

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