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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 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
$65.01

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
$58.57

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
$65.01

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 77

70cl, 65.20%
Buffalo Trace

Always popular among bourbon lovers, Blanton's Straight From The Barrel doesn't disappoint. Single cask bourbon, bottled at cask strength after being matured in Buffalo Trace's famous Warehouse H.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 77
$87.56

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Bourbon

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A Buffalo Trace bourbon from their Single Oak Project, a fascinating undertaking from the Kentucky distillers which investigates the variables of bourbon production. This includes details about the…  More info

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Bourbon
$65.51

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970's

75cl, 43%
Four Roses

Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon has been produced since the late 19th century. This bottle of their 6 year old bourbon is nowhere near that old, although it is a rather handsome antique from the 1970s.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970's
$196.68

Old Grand-Dad 1l - bot. 1992

100cl, 43%
The Old Grand-dad Distillery Co

"Head of the Bourbon Family" proclaims this collectible bottle of Old Grand Dad Bourbon, which we believe was bottled back in 1992. Get it? "Head of the Bourbon Family", because it's a Grand-Dad?…  More info

Old Grand-Dad 1l - bot. 1992
$157.34

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2014 Release)

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Strictly 1 Per Customer! 17 year old Eagle Rare Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from the 2014 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Simply, unabashedly awesome and sure to fly off the shelves. If…  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2014 Release)
$190.22

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 40%
The Old Crow

An old bottling of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Or 'Old, Old Crow', if you will. If you won't, then let's just agree to call it 'Olden Days Old Crow' and be done with it. If you won't accept…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$131.12

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (66.2%)

70cl, 66.20%
Heaven Hill

12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, bottled at a sturdy barrel proof of 66.2% ABV. A truly stunning expression, with everything you want from barrel strength, well-aged…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (66.2%)

Rock Hill Farms Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Buffalo Trace

An absolutely superb single barrel bourbon. Wine Enthusiast rate this 96 points, commenting: "Wow". Rock Hill Farms was also Recommended by Whisky Magazine.  More info

Rock Hill Farms Bourbon
10
$107.67

Old Crow 6 Year Old Traveller - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Old Crow

One of them there Traveller bottles of Old Crow 6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which we believe to have been produced in the 1960s. Awesome stuff.  More info

Old Crow 6 Year Old Traveller - 1960s
$196.68

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 390

70cl, 66.60%
Buffalo Trace

Yummy bourbon from Blanton's Straight From The Barrel series, this one bottled at a spooky 66.6% ABV. Fans of Iron Maiden might be interested in this one...  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 390
$87.56

Hancock's President's Reserve

75cl, 44.50%
Buffalo Trace

Single Barrel bourbon from Buffalo trace. Huge depth of flavour and a beautiful decanter to boot.  More info

Hancock's President's Reserve
2
$96.07

Old Weller Antique

75cl, 53.50%
Buffalo Trace

Old Weller Antique is a gorgeous, excellent value wheated bourbon from the Buffalo Trace-owned William Larue Weller range, presented at 53.5% ABV. Plenty of oak-y character supported by…  More info

Old Weller Antique
1
$35.93

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon 64.45%

75cl, 64.50%
Jim Beam

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon is a full-bodied, intense whiskey from the Jim Beam range, named in honour of Booker Noe, their former Master Distiller. Presented uncut and unfiltered, after a 6-to-8…  More info

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon 64.45%
2
$68.00

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (54.0%)

70cl, 54%
Four Roses

From the famous Four Roses distillery comes this fantastic Single Barrel 2014 release, made with their OESF recipe, a 75% corn mashbill with a full, minty and fruit flavour profile. It has been…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (54.0%)
$92.82

Evan Williams 8 Year Old - 1993

70cl, 43%
The Old Evan Williams Distillery

A 1990s bottle of Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon, labelled 8 years old.  More info

Evan Williams 8 Year Old - 1993
$78.67

Breckenridge Bourbon

75cl, 43%
Breckenridge

A wonderful small batch high-rye bourbon produced in Colorado. The mash bill for Breckenridge contains 56% yellow corn, 38% green rye and 6% unmalted barley, and it's aged for 2 to 3 years in…  More info

Breckenridge Bourbon
4
$76.43

Hiram Walker's Ten High Ten - 1990

75cl, 43%
Hiram Walker and Sons

A rare bottle of Hiram Walker's Ten High Ten - a ten year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. The Ten High name comes from barrel storage methods, where barrels were sometimes stored on racks that…  More info

Hiram Walker's Ten High Ten - 1990
$131.12

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101

70cl, 50.50%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey in its older style of bottle, and aged for at least 8 years. Excellent value bourbon, this is - well aged and packed with brown sugar and vanilla…  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101
$29.75

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon 37.5cl - 1970s

38cl, 43%
Four Roses

A half bottle of Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon from the 1970s, labelled 6 years old.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon 37.5cl - 1970s
$78.67

Jim Beam White Label - 1979

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam White Label, produced in 1979, the same year as the classic 'Life of Brian'. The label is a tiny bit torn in places, but look on the bright side of life and you'll see that this…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1979
$104.89

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 285

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel began as Colonel Blanton's private reserve, but these days people the world over can enjoy top quality single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery! This…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel  285
$65.01

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 284

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Another fantastic Blanton's Original Single Barrel bottling, a top quality bourbon from the Buffalo Trace's collection of brands. This particular release was drawn from barrel 284 - if that happens…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel  284
$65.01

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