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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.

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 566

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

From the Blanton's Original Single Barrel range comes yet another delicious bourbon - this one drawn from barrel #566. As ever, this cask slumbered in Warehouse H, one of the favourite warehouses of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 566
$65.14

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Another Blanton's Original Single Barrel release, a range well loved by bourbon fans around the world. You have Colonel Albert B. Blanton to thank for the inspiration of this stupendous series -…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 74
$54.69

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 87

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

With a horse atop the bottle, you know it's Blanton's bourbon. This bottling of their excellent Original Single Barrel was taken from barrel 87 on the 6th of September, 2012.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 87
$65.14

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 96

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

This Blanton's Original Single Barrel release came from barrel 96 and has been bottled at 46.5% ABV. The range was first introduced in 1984, and was the first official single barrel bourbon released.…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 96
$47.02

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 97

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

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…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 97
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$65.14

Blanton's Silver Edition

70cl, 49%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's, in all its iterations and guises, holds a special place in the hallowed halls of the very finest products the world has ever known. In a recent and quite possibly fictitious test,…  More info

Blanton's Silver Edition
$91.91

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon - 1997

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

This is a bottle of Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon from 1997 and is great for reminiscing about Bourbons past, present and future!  More info

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon - 1997
$78.83

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range shows off the excellent bourbon at a full-on ABVs. This one, coming from Barrel 101, was bottled at a very generous 64.3% ABV.  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101
$86.59

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's range, drawn from barrel #108, which was matured in the legendary Warehouse H. Yes, it's another fantastic Blanton's Straight From The Barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108
$86.59

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121

70cl, 64.10%
Buffalo Trace

Another Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon, which are bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration. This one was allowed to age in cask #121, which called the legendary Warehouse H…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121
$93.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 122

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

Love bourbon? These Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottlings are absolutely fantastic - delicious cask strength bourbon drawn from a single barrel and bottled without chill-filtration. This one…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 122
$93.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - just like you would expect for the name, this excellent bourbon is presented at cask strength without any additional colour or…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130
$93.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134

70cl, 64.40%
Buffalo Trace

A delicious Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #134 and bottled at 64.4% ABV. Superb as a postprandial drink... Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134
$93.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 135

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - truly excellent stuff from Buffalo Trace. This one was drawn from barrel #135 and bottled at a very generous 64.3% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 135
$86.59

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 139

70cl, 64.10%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - one of our favourites. Every whiskey in this cracking range is drawn from a single barrel and bottled at cask strength without…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 139
$93.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 207

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

Single cask bourbon straight from the barrel! That'll do nicely thank you very much! These spicy Blantons releases are always something to look forward to and this 64.25% offering was dumped from…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 207
$87.73

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 271

70cl, 67.20%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's regularly gets rave reviews so fans of this American whiskey will be pleased with this barrel strength whisky. Try Blanton's as it tastes in the cask! This one has been bottled at 67.2% ABV.  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 271
$79.27

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

Fantastic single barrel bourbon from Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, bottled at cask strength and without any chill-filtration. This particular bottle features whiskey drawn from barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284
$86.59

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 3

70cl, 66%
Buffalo Trace

A staggering single cask bourbon from the Blanton's range, this was distilled at Buffalo Trace and it was aged in barrel number 3 before bottling at natural cask strength (a whopping 131.9 proof or…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 3
$87.98

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

It's another Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon! This time, they've cracked open barrel #363 and bottled the fantastic cask strength, un-chillfiltered bourbon within! Stupendous…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363
$95.96

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

This is a bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon, presented at cask strength without any additional colouring or chill-filtration. This particular bottle came from barrel #365, and…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365
$95.96

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366

70cl, 64.80%
Buffalo Trace

Glorious cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range, bottled without any of those additional colours or any of that chill-filtration. This one was drawn from barrel #366…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366
$95.96

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 388

70cl, 66.40%
Buffalo Trace

Ooh, a Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottling! These little rascals are some properly awesome bourbons, all presented at enjoyably high strength. This particular bottling was matured in cask 388…  More info

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 388
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$87.73

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 389

70cl, 66.70%
Buffalo Trace

If you like your bourbon intense and packed with flavour, Blanton's Straight from the Barrel releases are a must-have for your collection. This particular edition came from barrel 389 and was bottled…  More info

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 389
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$87.73

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 390

70cl, 66.60%
Buffalo Trace

Yummy bourbon from Blanton's Straight From The Barrel series, this one bottled at a spooky 66.6% ABV. Fans of Iron Maiden might be interested in this one...  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 390
$87.73

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