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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.

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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
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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
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Barrel 115 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel was emptied in 2005! Somehow, this bottle has survived since then without being opened.  More info
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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
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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
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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
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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 Blanton's...  More info
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Barrel 202 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon was emptied in February 2013 after maturing in the legendary Warehouse H. Classic, well loved bourbon.  More info
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Stored in the famous Warehouse H, Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon was the first of its kind when it was commercially released in 1984, and it's still as brilliant as it was back then. This bottling...  More info
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Blanton's was originally introduced in 1984, and it's the first official single barrel bourbon. It is matured in white oak. It is produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery.  More info
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This is another fabulous bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon - a properly awesome range. This one came from barrel 311, which should make anyone who was paying attention to American...  More info
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Stone Cold Steve Austin would certainly approve of barrel 3(:)16 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon. Still produced in the famous Warehouse H. That's single 'H', not triple 'H'.  More info
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Oh yes, it's another Blanton's Original Single Barrel bottling! We love these around here, we do. This one comes from barrel 327, which matured the bourbon in the esteemed Warehouse H, as all the...  More info
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Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon is a favourite of many, and it's not hard to see why. Fantastic notes of vanilla, warm caramel, chocolate and orange, who wouldn't love to be served up a glass...  More info
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