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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.

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2007 Release)

75cl, 72.4%
George T. Stagg

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)
$830.84

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

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
$88.34

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
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$86.25

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366

70cl, 64.8%
Blanton's

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
$91.14

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%
Blanton's

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
$88.34

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
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$249.57

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365

70cl, 64.3%
Blanton's

This is a bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon, presented at cask strength without any additional colouring or chill-filtration. This particular bottle came from barrel #365, and…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365
$91.14

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 68

70cl, 65.9%
Blanton's

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon is a serious treat, especially for those of us who love their whiskies at cask strength. This batch comes from barrel 68 and has been bottled at a mighty…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 68
$83.33

Gold Country 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Gold Country

This is a collectible bottle of Gold Country 8 Year Old Bourbon, produced in the 1990s. If you lived in Gold Country, you might wear a top hat a yell at unidentified things like the chap on the label.  More info

Gold Country 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1990s
$124.79

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

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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$51.95

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Blanton's original Single Barrel is a must-try for American whiskey enthusiasts - each one is made with bourbon drawn from a single cask, not blended with any other whiskies. Well worth having a…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540
$62.66

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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Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel Bourbon - always popular amongst American whiskey enthusiasts. This particular bottle contains whiskey drawn from barrel #78, and has been bottled at…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78
$82.25

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Another Blanton's Original Single Barrel release, a range well loved by bourbon fans around the world. You have Colonel Albert B. Blanton to thank for the inspiration of this stupendous series -…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74
$51.95

Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon

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
$48.70

Old Forester Bourbon 1l

100cl, 43%
Old Forester

A genuine classic bourbon, Old Forester has been in production since the 1870s! This bourbon was founded by George Garvin Brown and is still owned by his family today. It was the first bourbon to be…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon 1l
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$50.53

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982

70cl, 0%
Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam White Label which we think was bottled way back in the '80s. 1982, to be specific. Oddly, the label doesn't seem to feature an ABV listing... Please note that the label does…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982
$149.74

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Seasoned Oak Finish

70cl, 50.2%
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
$124.79

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 107 Proof (75cl)

75cl, 53.5%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A new 75cl bottle and label (which features a rather intense looking fellow with an intimidating beard) for Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old, bottled at 107 proof. It's still an awesome bourbon, packed…  More info

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 107 Proof (75cl)
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$389.96

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

Fantastic single barrel bourbon from Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, bottled at cask strength and without any chill-filtration. This particular bottle features whiskey drawn from barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284
$82.25

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 592

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

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
$82.25

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

A cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's range, drawn from barrel #108, which was matured in the legendary Warehouse H. Yes, it's another fantastic Blanton's Straight From The Barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108
$82.25

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)

75cl, 69.1%
George T. Stagg

A big, brawny Buffalo Trace bourbon which needs no introduction (but we'll give it one anyway, because we're nice like that), the 2014 edition George T. Stagg from the annually adored Antique…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)
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$467.42

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646

70cl, 66.4%
Blanton's

Here's another cracking Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bottling, this time featuring bourbon drawn from barrel #646 - if that number holds some sort of significance to you, then this is your…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646
$82.25

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