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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.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (64%)

70cl, 64%
Heaven Hill

This batch of 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey was bottled at a barrel proof (or cask strength) of 64% abv. A truly stunning expression, with everything you want from barrel…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (64%)
$93.42

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (66.2%)

70cl, 66.2%
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 Barrel Proof (66.2%)

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (67.1%)

75cl, 67.1%
Heaven Hill

A fantastic cask strength version of Elijah Craig's celebrated 12 year old small batch bourbon whiskey! Get it while you can!  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (67.1%)
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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (70.1%)

70cl, 70.1%
Heaven Hill

This is a barrel strength bottling of Elijah Craig bourbon - these are very popular indeed, boasting a full-bodied flavour profile and very generous ABVs. Add a few drops of water to help unlock the…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (70.1%)
$93.42

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
1
$161.69

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
$223.22

Elmer T Lee Single Barrel

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery. This was named for Master Distiller Elmer T Lee, who joined the distillery in 1949.  More info

Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
10
$44.79

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Commemorative Edition

75cl, 46.5%
Elmer T. Lee

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER A commemorative bottling of Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited edition release which honours the man behind the name. Elmer started working at the Buffalo…  More info

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Commemorative Edition
$63.22

Evan Williams 1997 Single Barrel

70cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

Evan Williams is a single cask bourbon from the Jim Beam company, this 1997 vintage is the most recent bottling from the range and won a Silver Medal at the 1997 San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

Evan Williams 1997 Single Barrel

Evan Williams 1998 Single Barrel

70cl, 43.3%
Heaven Hill

Made by the folks at Buffalo Trace - this exquisite single barrel bourbon is matured to perfection.  More info

Evan Williams 1998 Single Barrel
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Evan Williams 2000 Single Barrel

70cl, 43.3%
Heaven Hill

An incredible single barrel bourbon from Heaven Hill, Evan Williams 2000 vintage is a beautiful whiskey, which Malt Advocate rated with 95 points! Amazing.  More info

Evan Williams 2000 Single Barrel

Evan Williams 23 Year Old

75cl, 53.5%
Heaven Hill

Incredibly good, incredibly well aged bourbon. This is a cask strength Evan Williams, Jim Murray awarded this 95.5 points in this 2010 Whisky Bible - it was bourbon of the year! It was also an…  More info

Evan Williams 23 Year Old
$135.02

Evan Williams 7 Year Old - bottled 1978

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

An antique bottle of Evan William 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a classic of Heaven Hill's range. We think this bottle was produced in 1978.  More info

Evan Williams 7 Year Old - bottled 1978
$124.62

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1972

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

Bourbon fans born in 1972, this one's for you! Evan Williams 7 Year Old Straight Kentucky Bourbon released in 1972. If you're not born in 1972, get out! Not for you! (Only joking! Just because it's…  More info

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1972
$149.55

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1987

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

Bottled in 1987, this is a lovingly presented bottle of Evan Williams 7 year old bourbon, which is now known as Evan Williams Extra. It even comes with a fancy presentation box! Nice!  More info

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1987
$99.70

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
$74.77

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 43%
The Old Evan Williams Distillery

A very old bottle of Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon made in the 1970s, which was charcoal filtered before bottling. This is an antique piece that would appeal to the whiskey…  More info

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$124.62

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

Although Evan Williams White Label is now their 'Bottled in Bond' bourbon, when this bottle was produced in the 1980s, their white label was reserved for bourbon aged for 8 years.  More info

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$99.70

Evan Williams Extra (43.3%)

70cl, 43.3%
Heaven Hill

A darkly hued sour mash bourbon, aged for seven years. Rich feinty flavours like leather, vanilla and toffee. Very enjoyable.  More info

Evan Williams Extra (43.3%)
8
$24.35

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage

70cl, 43.3%
Heaven Hill

Incredible value single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams. The single barrel in question was matured on the south side of the fifth floor of Heaven Hill’s Rickhouse R and proofed at 64.9% ABV before…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage
2
$31.75

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 595)

75cl, 49.5%
Ezra Brooks

12 year old single barrel bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range. They use heavily charred white oak barrels to mature their whiskey, resulting in plenty of toasty vanilla and cinnamon. These days the…  More info

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 595)
$64.22

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 599)

75cl, 49.5%
Ezra Brooks

Ezra Brooks single barrel bourbon, produced at Heaven Hill, matured for 12 years in heavily charred cask (#599) and bottled at 49.5% abv.  More info

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 599)
$51.88

FEW - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.4%
FEW Spirits

A wheated FEW Spirits bourbon whiskey bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company presented at 48.4% abv! On the label you'll find Maverick Drinks' Michael Vachon, who first brought FEW Spirits to…  More info

FEW - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength

75cl, 61.5%
FEW Spirits

Made with all the same spicy Bourbon goodness as FEW's regular Whiskey, this has been bottled at natural cask strength especially for Master of Malt. The mashbill is predominantly made up of corn…  More info

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength

Fleischmann’s Select - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Fleischmann Distilling Corporation

A very rare, old brand, this bottle of Fleischmann’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey dates from the 1960s. What a treat!  More info

Fleischmann’s Select - 1960s
$186.93

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