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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 Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 77

70cl, 65.20%
Buffalo Trace

Always popular among bourbon lovers, Blanton's Straight From The Barrel doesn't disappoint. Single cask bourbon, bottled at cask strength after being matured in Buffalo Trace's famous Warehouse H.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 77
$96.88

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 98

70cl, 66.30%
Buffalo Trace

Prepare yourself for hellz-a-poppin' good times, Blanton's Straight from the Barrel is the very finest thing there is in all of the world. Oh my. This stuff is a sour mash whiskey, distilled from a…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 98
$75.35

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon 64.45%

75cl, 64.50%
Jim Beam

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon is a full-bodied, intense whiskey from the Jim Beam range, named in honour of Booker Noe, their former Master Distiller. Presented uncut and unfiltered, after a 6-to-8…  More info

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon 64.45%
2
$75.23

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon 64%

75cl, 64%
Jim Beam

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon, named after Booker Noe, Jim Beam's grandson and former Master Distiller, was first released in 1992. A small batch bourbon aged for 6 to 8 years and bottled at cask…  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon 64%
4
$94.21

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon 65.3%

75cl, 65.30%
Jim Beam

Booker's True Barrel is a thoroughly superb straight-from-the-barrel bourbon, which is bottled uncut and unfiltered at enjoyably generous ABVs. Aged between 6 and 8 years, these are always a treat,…  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon 65.3%
1
$80.89

Bourbon Supreme - 1950s

70cl, 43%
The American Distilling Co

This isn't just bourbon, this is Bourbon Supreme! Made in the 1950s by the American Distilling Co., Bourbon Supreme claims to the the "world's only charcoal distilled whiskey". While we're not sure…  More info

Bourbon Supreme - 1950s
7
$217.61

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 45%
A. Smith Bowman

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, from the American distillery, A. Smith Bowman. Named after four Virginian Bowman brothers, John, Abraham, Joseph and Isaac. While that might sound like the…  More info

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
$77.93

Breckenridge Bourbon

75cl, 43%
Breckenridge

A wonderful small batch high-rye bourbon produced in Colorado. The mash bill for Breckenridge contains 56% yellow corn, 38% green rye and 6% unmalted barley, and it's aged for 2 to 3 years in…  More info

Breckenridge Bourbon
4
$84.56

Buffalo Trace (Old Bottling)

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace was first introduced in 1999 and is a marriage of no more than 45 barrels of 9 year old whiskey, Buffalo Trace is also bottled by hand.  More info

Buffalo Trace (Old Bottling)
8

Buffalo Trace 1.75l (Old Bottling)

175cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A really big bottle of Buffalo Trace, this is a 175cl bottle. Buffalo Trace is one of our favourite bourbons, it's a consistent, dependable whiskey which is great on the rocks, and great in an…  More info

Buffalo Trace 1.75l (Old Bottling)
1
$70.62

Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon 125 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)

37cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

One of the awesomely interesting Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection releases. This one features rye bourbon which was put into 2 oak barrels at 125 proof. It was distilled in November 2001 and…  More info

Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon 125 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)
$85.00

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Bourbon

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A Buffalo Trace bourbon from their Single Oak Project, a fascinating undertaking from the Kentucky distillers which investigates the variables of bourbon production. This includes details about the…  More info

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Bourbon
$72.48

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Tasting Set

60cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

The Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project was a fascinating undertaking from the Kentucky distillers which investigated the variables of bourbon production. This includes details about the cask, including…  More info

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Tasting Set

Buffalo Trace Wheat 105 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)

38cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

An experimental release of wheated bourbon from Buffalo Trace, with all sorts of in-depth, behind-the-scenes info about its distillation on the label. This edition went into the casks (two barrels)…  More info

Buffalo Trace Wheat 105 Experimental Collection (37.5cl)
$85.00

Buffalo Trace With Julep Tin And Cocktail Book

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

A smashing gift set of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a cocktail book and a Julep Tin. These metal cups would traditionally be used for Mint Juleps, a tasty cocktail of bourbon, spearmint,…  More info

Buffalo Trace With Julep Tin And Cocktail Book
Was: $43.01
Now: $25.94

Bulleit Bourbon 40%

70cl, 40%
Bulleit

Bulleit is bottled in an old-fashioned style bottle, there is a relatively high proportion of rye in the mashbill which proffers plenty of pep. This bourbon was awarded a Gold medal at the 2004 San…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon 40%
36
$29.25

Cabin Still Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

An old-fashioned style of bourbon, Cabin Still is a sour mash whiskey from the Heaven Hill distillery.  More info

Cabin Still Bourbon
5
$23.99

Charter 101 Bourbon

75cl, 50.50%
Old Charter Distillery Co.

A rye-rich Kentucky straight bourbon, bottled at 50.5% ABV. The Old Charter brand has been around since the late 1800s, so when you read on the bottle that it was distilled "using the old,…  More info

Charter 101 Bourbon
1
$37.04

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof

75cl, 67.30%
Buffalo Trace

The sublime Colonel E.H. Taylor straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey, presented at barrel proof - uncut and unfiltered, as the bottle proudly proclaims. Sitting at a staggering 67.3% ABV, this will…  More info

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof
$176.26

Dollar Fever Kentucky Straight Bourbon - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Dollar Fever

Catching Dollar Fever is easier than catching a cold, you just need to ask that the person passing you the bottle to throw it softly. If for some reason you want to get rid of Dollar Fever, guess…  More info

Dollar Fever Kentucky Straight Bourbon - 2000s
$58.03

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101

70cl, 50.50%
Dry Fly Distilling

A flavoursome bourbon from Dry Fly Distillers in Spokane, Washington, which was "100% hand crafted in the Pacific Northwest with real hands", as the label proudly proclaims. It's presented at 101…  More info

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101
$81.99

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old 75cl

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Eagle Rare is a great single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery. This 10 year old expression was very well-rated by Spirit Journal's F Paul Pacult.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old 75cl
6
$44.55

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2014 Release)

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Strictly 1 Per Customer! 17 year old Eagle Rare Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from the 2014 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Simply, unabashedly awesome and sure to fly off the shelves. If…  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2014 Release)
$210.47

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2015 Release)

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

It's the Eagle Rare 17 Year Old from Buffalo Trace's 2015 Antique Collection! These expressions are always eagerly awaited by whiskey fans. This release comes from casks that were positioned on the…  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2015 Release)
$151.05

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (bottled 2005)

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER An intense 17 year old from Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare is much thicker than some of the other small batch releases from the distillery.  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (bottled 2005)
5
$146.64

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