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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 1182

70cl, 65.5%
Buffalo Trace

Superb single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range - as the name suggests, theses whiskeys are bottled at full-on cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1182
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121

70cl, 64.1%
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
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 122

70cl, 64.8%
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
$88.03

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 130

70cl, 64.6%
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
$88.03

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 134

70cl, 64.4%
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
$88.03

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 135

70cl, 64.3%
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
$81.96

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 139

70cl, 64.1%
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
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 207

70cl, 64.3%
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
$83.04

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

We love these Blanton's Straight from the Barrel release - each bottling is drawn from a single barrel (matured in the renowned Warehouse H) and bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262
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$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

Here's another one of those very popular Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottlings! These are all drawn from single barrels (in this case, it was drawn from barrel #263) and bottled at cask…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon. These are drawn from a single barrel (in this case, barrel #265) and are bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever. Absolutely…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 271

70cl, 67.2%
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
$75.03

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 284

70cl, 64.6%
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
$81.96

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
$83.28

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 363

70cl, 64.8%
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
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 365

70cl, 64.3%
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
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 366

70cl, 64.8%
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
$90.82

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 388

70cl, 66.4%
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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$83.04

Blanton's Straight From the Barrel - Barrel 389

70cl, 66.7%
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
2
$83.04

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 390

70cl, 66.6%
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
$83.04

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 440

70cl, 64.6%
Buffalo Trace

A Straight from the Barrel bottling of Blanton's excellent bourbon - this one was drawn from barrel #440, aged in the famed Warehouse H and bottled at 64.6% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 440
$81.96

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447

70cl, 64.8%
Buffalo Trace

When you see the horse atop the cork, you know it's Blanton's. This is one of their Straight From The Barrel bourbons, drawn from barrel #447 and bottled at an intense 64.8% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447
$81.96

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 471

70cl, 65.5%
Buffalo Trace

It's Blanton's and it's Straight From The Barrel! Bottled at 65.45% this one came from barrel 471. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The Barrel bottlings is…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 471
$83.04

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 472

70cl, 65.7%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottling, all the way from Buffalo Trace's famous Warehouse H. This top quality bourbon has been bottled at the intense strength of 65.7% ABV. Always popular…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 472
$83.04

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 475

70cl, 65.5%
Buffalo Trace

It's another Blanton's Straight From The Barrel! Bottled at 65.45% and coveted by many a bourbon fan. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The Barrel bottlings is…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 475
$88.03

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