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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.

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel

75cl, 50%
Buffalo Trace

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER An excellent brand owned by Buffalo Trace that uses similar methods and recipes to the ones Colonel E. H. Taylor introduced and improved during his time as a bourbon…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel
5
$132.95

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

75cl, 50%
Buffalo Trace

This small batch bourbon is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, an incredibly important figure in bourbon's history from the 1800s who owned a whole host of distilleries and innovated…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch
11
$164.54

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
$58.01

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
$81.97

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery in a new 70cl bottle. This stuff is great and good value for money too.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
17
$46.32

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
$44.54

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)
$210.41

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)
$151.01

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
$146.60

Early Times Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1968

75cl, 43%
Early Times Distillery

A very old example of Early Times Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we believe to have been distilled in 1964 and bottled in 1968. While the label has sadly faded quite a bit, the bottle otherwise…  More info

Early Times Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1968
$174.04

Echo Spring

75cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

A 4 year old bourbon, Echo Spring is produced at Heaven Hill.  More info

Echo Spring

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (66.2%)

70cl, 66.20%
Heaven Hill

12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, bottled at a sturdy barrel proof of 66.2% ABV. A truly stunning expression, with everything you want from barrel strength, well-aged…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (66.2%)
$90.59

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.1%)

75cl, 67.10%
Heaven Hill

A fantastic cask strength version of Elijah Craig's celebrated 12 year old small batch bourbon whiskey! Get it while you can!  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.1%)
7
$90.59

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.4%)

70cl, 67.40%
Heaven Hill

A barrel proof bottling of hugely flavoursome 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Sitting at a sturdy 67.4% ABV, it's an intense bourbon, so perhaps a drop or two of water…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.4%)
3
$95.66

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 47%
Heaven Hill

This is 1980's bottling of the classic small batch Bourbon - the Elijah Craig 12 Years Old. Elijah Craig is attributed with having made the first Bourbon, although in reality it was most likely an…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s
$58.01

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1993

75cl, 47%
Heaven Hill

If (like us) you've always loved the shape and style of Elijah Craig's bourbon bottles, you'll be very pleased to hear that even all the way back in the not-so-distant past of 1993, they were just as…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1993
$87.02

Elijah Craig 20 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

This is the replacement for the popular Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel, and we have to say it's a rather fine replacement! Elijah Craig is attributed, by some, with the invention of Bourbon,…  More info

Elijah Craig 20 Year Old
2
$148.95

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

An 18 year old single barrel bourbon named after the Reverend Elijah Craig, credited with discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred barrels. This is a rich and delectable whiskey, the…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old
2
$188.16

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

As the years go by, the Single Barrel releases from Elijah Craig seem to get older too. It makes sense, doesn't it? And let us tell you - sense tastes like awesome 23 year old Elijah Craig bourbon,…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Year Old
$259.78

Elmer T Lee Single Barrel

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery. This was named for Master Distiller Elmer T Lee, who joined the distillery in 1949.  More info

Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
9
$52.12

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Commemorative Edition

75cl, 46.50%
Elmer T. Lee

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER A commemorative bottling of Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited edition release which honours the man behind the name. Elmer started working at the Buffalo…  More info

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Commemorative Edition
$73.57

Evan Williams 1997 Single Barrel

70cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

Evan Williams is a single cask bourbon from the Jim Beam company, this 1997 vintage is the most recent bottling from the range and won a Silver Medal at the 1997 San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

Evan Williams 1997 Single Barrel

Evan Williams 1998 Single Barrel

70cl, 43.30%
Heaven Hill

Made by the folks at Buffalo Trace - this exquisite single barrel bourbon is matured to perfection.  More info

Evan Williams 1998 Single Barrel
4

Evan Williams 2000 Single Barrel

70cl, 43.30%
Heaven Hill

An incredible single barrel bourbon from Heaven Hill, Evan Williams 2000 vintage is a beautiful whiskey, which Malt Advocate rated with 95 points! Amazing.  More info

Evan Williams 2000 Single Barrel

Evan Williams 23 Year Old

75cl, 53.50%
Heaven Hill

Incredibly good, incredibly well aged bourbon. This is a cask strength Evan Williams, Jim Murray awarded this 95.5 points in this 2010 Whisky Bible - it was bourbon of the year! It was also an…  More info

Evan Williams 23 Year Old
$157.13

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