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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.

I. W. Harper 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1970s

75cl, 43%
I W Harper Distilling Co

"Eau de I. W. Harper... '12 year old'." Oh, hold on - this isn't a massive aftershave bottle! It's whiskey from the 1970s!  More info

I. W. Harper 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1970s
3
$174.07

I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1960

76cl, 43%
I W Harper Distilling Co

A simply gorgeous decanter of I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon, which we think was produced in 1960. Though it may look just a little bit like a bottle of aftershave, it truly is a…  More info

I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1960
$290.12

I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 43%
I W Harper Distilling Co

The classic Kentucky Straight bourbon established by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, I.W. Bernheim Gold Medal. This antique bottle comes all the way from the 1970s, and though the label has been slightly…  More info

I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1970s
$145.06

I.W. Harper Gold Medal - 1980s

75cl, 43%
I W Harper Distilling Co

"It's always a pleasure..." It certainly is always a pleasure to see a beautiful bottle of I.W. Harper Gold Medal bourbon, especially a collectible bottle from the 1980s.  More info

I.W. Harper Gold Medal - 1980s
$116.05

I.W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 40%
I W Harper Distilling Co

A 1970s bottling of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from I.W. Harper, produced for the Italian market.  More info

I.W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1970s
$145.06

J.W. Dant Bourbon - 1972

75cl, 43%
Dant

A bourbon with two faces, one that carries a double-headed coin and is not friends with a certain bat-shaped super... Wait, it's Dant Bourbon, not Dent Bourbon! Oh, this is an antique bottle of J.W.…  More info

J.W. Dant Bourbon - 1972
$174.07

Jefferson's 17 Year Old Presidential Select

70cl, 47%
McLain & Kyne

We loved the first two Jefferson's bourbons - classic US whiskeys with great balance. This 17 year old is bottled at higher strength and it's aged for a substantial amount more than the others -…  More info

Jefferson's 17 Year Old Presidential Select
$125.65

Jefferson's 18 Year Old Presidential Select

75cl, 47%
McLain & Kyne

A superb bourbon, distilled from wheat in the fall of 1991, and aged in Stitzel-Weller Barrels. This is aged for 18 years and bottled in numbered batches, and has that same soft wheaty sweetness that…  More info

Jefferson's 18 Year Old Presidential Select
7
$129.25

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea

75cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

An exciting release from the Jefferson's range, this bourbon is initially matured on land for the lion's share of its maturation, before embarking on a sea-faring voyage, crossing the equator 4…  More info

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea
3
$115.15

Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year Old

75cl, 43%
McLain & Kyne

Although not distilled at Stitzel Weller like earlier Presidential Select releases, this bourbon was produced from 15 lots of whiskey aged 21 to 24 years old! Once blended, these translated to 2,000…  More info

Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 Year Old
$181.27

Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Valdoglio

A seldom seen bottle of Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon, prdocued in the 1980s.  More info

Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$87.04

Jesse James America's Outlaw Bourbon - 1990s

75cl, 40%
Jesse James Distilling Co.

Owned by the guitarist and singer of the rock band Jackyl (who also happens to be called Jesse James) this 3 year matured bourbon is a rare collectible from the 1990s, made in honour of the rough,…  More info

Jesse James America's Outlaw Bourbon - 1990s
2
$29.01

Jim Beam 4 Year Old - Early 1980s

175cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 175cl bottle of Jim Beam 4 Year old from the early 1980s. This big bottle of bourbon comes with a rather festive presentation box, leading us to believe that this could have been a Christmas…  More info

Jim Beam 4 Year Old - Early 1980s
$217.59

Jim Beam 8 Red Decanter - 1960s

91cl, 45%
Jim Beam

A 1960s edition of 8 year old Jim Beam packaged in a sunburst red glass decanter bottle. Very rare stuff…  More info

Jim Beam 8 Red Decanter - 1960s

Jim Beam 8 Year Old Bourbon Coffee Pot - 1967

76cl, 50%
Jim Beam

Hot pot of coffee! This in an antique decanter of 8 year old Jim Beam bourbon which double as a '50s style carafe, complete with starburst decals and diner label. It comes with a piece of kit that…  More info

Jim Beam 8 Year Old Bourbon Coffee Pot - 1967
$290.12

Jim Beam Beam’s Choice 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1979

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Although these days Beam's Choice is a 5 year old Kentucky bourbon, for a long time, it was an 8 year old. This bottle, which was released in 1979, features the 8 year old Jim Beam bourbon.  More info

Jim Beam Beam’s Choice 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1979
$174.07

Jim Beam Black 8 Year Old - 2000s

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

A collectible bottle of the well known Jim Beam Black 8 Year old, from the 2000s.  More info

Jim Beam Black 8 Year Old - 2000s
$43.52

Jim Beam Black Label

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

The Black edition from Jim Beam is a marriage of whiskeys aged for 8 years before bottling at 43%, slightly higher than the standard bourbon proof, proffering greater complexity.  More info

Jim Beam Black Label
9
$26.89

Jim Beam Blue Decanter - 1960s

75cl, 45%
Jim Beam

A 4/5 quart, very rare blue glass decanter bottle of Jim Beam 8 year old. A real collector's item...  More info

Jim Beam Blue Decanter - 1960s

Jim Beam Bowling Pin

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

A truly iconic bottle from Jim Beam, the bowling pins are even sought-after collectors' items when they're empty. This one is infinitely superior, because it's still full of Jim Beam. Dating from the…  More info

Jim Beam Bowling Pin
$290.12

Jim Beam Bowling Pin

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A truly iconic bottle from Jim Beam, the bowling pins are even sought-after collectors' items when they're empty. This one is infinitely superior, because it's still full of Jim Beam. Dating from the…  More info

Jim Beam Bowling Pin
$290.12

Jim Beam Fleet Reserve Association 50 Years Decanter - 1974

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam honoured the first 50 years of the naval Fleet Reserve Association with this tasteful bourbon whisky decanter in 1974.  More info

Jim Beam Fleet Reserve Association 50 Years Decanter - 1974
$217.59

Jim Beam Straight Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam has been making its famous Bourbon for many years. We've managed to get our hands on this bottle from the 1970s for you to see how the brand has developed over the years!  More info

Jim Beam Straight Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$145.06

Jim Beam White 4 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 1980s bottling of Jim Beam White, that comes in its original box. It's in amazing condition and looks very drinkable. Best enjoyed watching the A-Team; it'll take your mind off wondering how they…  More info

Jim Beam White 4 Year Old - 1980s
$116.05

Jim Beam White 4 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 1980s bottling of Jim Beam's classic White Label, drink whilst listening to classic 80s electronica.  More info

Jim Beam White 4 Year Old - 1980s
$145.06

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