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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 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
$140.72

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
$110.20

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
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$100.98

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)
$113.67

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)
$178.71

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)
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$138.98

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)
$225.78

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)

75cl, 69.10%
Buffalo Trace

Strictly 1 Per Customer! 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…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)
$176.40

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)
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$172.82

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
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$29.22

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
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$107.05

Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

A 1980s bottling of Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon, from the famous Heaven Hill Distillery who also produce Evan Williams Bourbon. Comes with a rather snazzy presentation box.  More info

Heaven Hill 5 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$116.88

Heaven Hill Bourbon 12 Year Old - Alchemist (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Heaven Hill

This is a twelve year old Bourbon from the Heaven Hill Distillery bottled by Murray McDavid of Bruichladdich fame.  More info

Heaven Hill Bourbon 12 Year Old  - Alchemist (Murray McDavid)

Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

Henry McKenna Kentucky Bourbon comes from Fairfax, KY. Their 10 Year Old Single Barrel release was bottled in bond and is one of the small number of "extra aged" bourbons currently in production that…  More info

Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon
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$87.66

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1960s

75cl, 43%
Hiram Walker and Sons

This is a rare, collectible bottle of bourbon which was bottled around 50 years ago! It's an 8 year old which was distilled by Hiram Walker - a pioneer in the whiskey world...  More info

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1960s
$219.15

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

The Hiram Walker name might conjure up memories of cracking Canadian whisky for some, but for other, it brings to mind the brilliant Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon. We place this as coming from the…  More info

Hiram Walker's 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1970s
$146.10

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1981

75cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

It's no bluff to say this bottle of Ten High is an antique straight bourbon made by Hiram Walker that would probably pair well with some ace ribs.  More info

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1981
$146.10

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
$146.10

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
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$175.32

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
$292.20

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
$146.10

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
$116.88

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
$146.10

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