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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.

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 2nd Release

75cl, 65.70%
Balcones

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER The second of four single barrel bourbons from Balcones, released as part of their fifth anniversary spectacular. The previous release sold like hot cakes on a cold day,…  More info

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 2nd Release
$136.80

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon Whisky

75cl, 64.50%
Balcones

Balcones were the first to use blue corn to create a corn whisky, and now they've gone and created a bourbon using blue corn in its mashbill too! A big, bold expression from the distillers in Waco,…  More info

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon Whisky
$119.23

Basil Hayden's 75cl

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

An 8 year old small batch bourbon. This was named for Jim Beam's historic Master Distiller, Basil Hayden Sr who, in 1796, created a bourbon with a mashbill whose base was of corn, with a mix of small…  More info

Basil Hayden's 75cl
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$78.74

Beam's Black Label (118cl) - Bottled 1983

118cl, 45%
Jim Beam

We believe this bottle of Beam's Black Label 101, was bottled in 1983. Back then, the labels of Beam's Black Label proudly proclaimed that the wonderful sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey…  More info

Beam's Black Label (118cl) - Bottled 1983
$196.98

Beam's Black Label 101

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is an antique bottling of Jim Beam's 101 sour mash Bourbon which has been bottled at 90 proof and in a litre bottle. It is both a collectable and also a great opportunity to try this whiskey…  More info

Beam's Black Label 101
$48.30

Beam's Choice - American Samoa Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This antique decanter from the Bourbon distillery of Jim beam is a lavish commemoration of American Samoa and is a collectable piece.  More info

Beam's Choice - American Samoa Decanter
$48.30

Beam's Choice - Armadillo Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is the Jim Beam Bourbon presented in a decanter shaped like, well, like an armadillo... probably collectable but certainly amusing!  More info

Beam's Choice - Armadillo Decanter
$48.30

Beam's Choice - Beethoven Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is an antique bottling of Jim Beam's eight year old whiskey presented in a decanter commemorating Beethoven, the composer not the dog...  More info

Beam's Choice - Beethoven Decanter
$48.30

Beam's Choice - James Lockhart Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is a collectable Jim beam Bourbon presented in a decanter with a bird motif. *Please note the level of the whiskey seems to have dropped very low*  More info

Beam's Choice - James Lockhart Decanter
$48.30

Beam's Choice - James Lockhart Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is the Jim Beam Bourbon presented in a special decanter and is a collectable item. *Please note that the level of whiskey has dropped considerably*  More info

Beam's Choice - James Lockhart Decanter
$48.30

Beam's Choice - The Saturday Evening Post Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This decanter of Jim Beam Bourbon depicts the Saturday Evening Post and is a collectable item.  More info

Beam's Choice - The Saturday Evening Post Decanter
$48.30

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1960s

76cl, 43%
Jim Beam

This collectible 1960s bottling of Beam's Choice 8 Year Old bourbon, is presented in a decanter featuring Frans Hals' "Boy Holding A Flute". The boy seems to be holding his hand up for a high-five -…  More info

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1960s
$196.98

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1966

76cl, 45%
Jim Beam

Beam's Choice bourbon, presented in a very handsome (and very blue) decanter, which we believe to have been produced in 1966. It looks rather futuristic for something produced almost 4 decades ago.…  More info

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1966
$262.64

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1967

71cl, 45%
Jim Beam

This bottle of Beam's Choice 8 year old bourbon comes from volume two of their collector's edition bottlings in 1967. The bottle features a painting of Georg Gisze by famed Renaissance artist, Hans…  More info

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1967
$196.98

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
$65.11

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
$65.11

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The chap riding the horse atop this bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel looks pretty excited, and we can't blame him. Who wouldn't be happy to see this brilliant bourbon from barrel 102?  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102
$65.66

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 115 - 2005

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Barrel 115 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel was emptied in 2005! Somehow, this bottle has survived since then without being opened.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 115 - 2005
$65.66

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 144

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel, containing bourbon which was drawn from barrel #144 - as we all know, the number 144 is the 12th number of the Fibonacci sequence, and it's also the sum…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 144
$54.67

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 186

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Here at Master of Malt there are those who adore Blanton's single barrel bourbon, and also some who simply adore the bottles it comes in. Just think, you could have both - imagine that! This one's…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 186
$65.11

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 19

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, coming from barrel 19, which is the same shirt number that Tore André Flo had when he played for Chelsea F.C. in 1997. Why do we know this? We don't really…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 19
$65.11

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 192

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bottling - a favourite bourbon of man whiskey fans. This one was drawn from barrel #192, aged in the famous Warehouse H (and as ever, features the distinctive horse…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 192
$59.76

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 194

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, matured in barrel #194 which resided in the famous Warehouse H. These excellent bottlings are much loved by bourbon enthusiasts for their superb flavour…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 194
$60.01

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 200

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Happy 200th barrel, Blanton's! Yes, that's right, this bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon comes from barrel 200, which was matured in the famous Warehouse H. Nice!  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 200
$65.11

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 201

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Colonel Albert B. Blanton was the first to bottle single barrel bourbon years and years ago for his own personal reserve. Luckily, now we can all pretend were are the Colonel. This bottle of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 201
$65.11

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