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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.

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (51.3%)

70cl, 51.30%
Four Roses

This is the 2012 release of the Four Roses Single Barrel. This means this Bourbon has been bottled from one barrel only rather than a blend of multiple barrels.  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (51.3%)
$92.52

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.7%)

70cl, 54.70%
Four Roses

This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.7%)
$96.67

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.8%)

70cl, 54.80%
Four Roses

This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.8%)
$92.52

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)

70cl, 63.20%
Four Roses

This is a 2013 release of Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon from the renowned Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. Made with one of 10 distinct recipes which the Four Roses distillers use…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)
$92.39

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)

70cl, 63.40%
Four Roses

A 2013 release single barrel release of Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, produced using their OBSK recipe with a mashbill of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. These have proved…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)
$92.33

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)

70cl, 63.40%
Four Roses

The 2013 release of the Four Roses Single Barrel, a cracking Kentucky straight bourbon coming from single barrels rather than a blend of multiple barrels. This comes from batch #3-4D and has been…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)
$85.62

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (64.6%)

70cl, 64.60%
Four Roses

Single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon from Four Roses, made using their OBSK recipe - a rich, full bodied whiskey. A 2013 release, bottled at an eye-watering 64.6% ABV. These Single Barrel releases…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (64.6%)
$92.33

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (53.9%)

70cl, 53.90%
Four Roses

A Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon, released in 2014 and bottled at 53.9% ABV. These releases are made using one of ten recipes which Four Roses use for their whiskeys, with this…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2014 (53.9%)
$95.49

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%)
$91.88

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

70cl, 43%
Four Roses

A single barrel edition from Four Roses, this bottling has received marked acclaim with Gold Medals in the 2005 Whisky Magazine and the International Spirits Challenge respectively.  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
$48.13

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2012

75cl, 55.70%
Four Roses

A staggering bourbon from Four Roses, this is made by the Master Distiller who hand-selects four whiskeys from the company's ten different recipes and creates Small Batch. These bourbons are aged for…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2012
$125.02

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014

70cl, 55.90%
Four Roses

This is the 2014 release of Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength, made with barrels which were specially selected by the master distiller, resulting in a spectacularly flavoursome bourbon with…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014
$97.90

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015

70cl, 54.30%
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
2
$89.71

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2013 (125th Anniversary Edition)

70cl, 51.60%
Four Roses

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Four Roses Bourbon in the best way possible: by raising a glass of this limited edition small batch, barrel strength bourbon. It is an expertly married mix of 3…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2013 (125th Anniversary Edition)
$100.98

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2007 Release)

75cl, 72.40%
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)
$864.17

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2009 Release)

75cl, 70.70%
Buffalo Trace

Great small batch bourbon from Buffalo Trace, at a high cask strength. As well as being voted Best American Whiskey at the 2008 World Whiskies Awards, George T Stagg is also Jim Murray's most highly…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2009 Release)
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George T. Stagg Bourbon (2010 Release)

75cl, 71.50%
Buffalo Trace

The 2010 release of George T Stagg from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. It is aged for around 15 years, and released every Autumn, and they are always highly rated, also at super high strength…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2010 Release)
$158.76

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2011 Release)

75cl, 71.30%
Buffalo Trace

George T Stagg is an utterly superb high strength bourbon. Weighing in at a potent 71.3%. Every year this is a critically acclaimed whiskey from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection. Roughly 15 years…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2011 Release)

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2012 Release)

70cl, 71.40%
Buffalo Trace

It's here! This is the 2012 bottling of the acclaimed George T Stagg Bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery and boasts an incredible strength of 71.4% abv. This is a big, take-your-breath-away…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2012 Release)
2
$123.47

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2013 Release)

70cl, 64.10%
Buffalo Trace

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Autumn is always exciting. Not because it means Christmas is on the way and Halloween is just around the corner, but because it means the yearly edition of George T. Stagg…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2013 Release)
$200.58

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)

75cl, 69.10%
Buffalo Trace

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)
$486.18

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)
1
$153.53

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
$129.79

Golden Sun 6 Year Old Bourbon - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Golden Sun

The sun shines bright above Kentucky, just not all year round, which is why it's great for making whiskey. This bottle of Golden Sun 6 Year Old dates from the 2000s.  More info

Golden Sun 6 Year Old Bourbon - 2000s
8
$25.96

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
$95.10

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