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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 440

70cl, 64.60%
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
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 447

70cl, 64.80%
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
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 471

70cl, 65.50%
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
$88.38

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 472

70cl, 65.70%
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
$88.38

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 475

70cl, 65.50%
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
$93.68

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566

70cl, 65.70%
Buffalo Trace

A Straight From The Barrel bottling of Blanton's excellent bourbon. This one was matured in barrel #566 and bottled at 65.7% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 592

70cl, 65.70%
Buffalo Trace

The Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range is a very popular series of bourbons - a favourite among those who like their whiskey packing an intense flavour profile. This one was matured in barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 592
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 643

70cl, 66.50%
Buffalo Trace

Delicious cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. This one was drawn from barrel #643, and has been bottled at 66.5% ABV. Absolutely superb stuff, this. Always a…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 643
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646

70cl, 66.40%
Buffalo Trace

Here's another cracking Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bottling, this time featuring bourbon drawn from barrel #646 - if that number holds some sort of significance to you, then this is your…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 672

70cl, 66.40%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range is a well-loved range of cask strength bourbons which are drawn from individual casks and aren't blended with any other whiskeys. This one came from barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 672
$87.23

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 68

70cl, 65.90%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon is a serious treat, especially for those of us who love their whiskies at cask strength. This batch comes from barrel 68 and has been bottled at a mighty…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 68
$88.38

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 76

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon, drawn from barrel #76 which matured peacefully in the legendary Warehouse H. It has been bottled without chill-filtration at a particularly…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 76
$87.23

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
$88.38

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78

70cl, 64.60%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel Bourbon - always popular amongst American whiskey enthusiasts. This particular bottle contains whiskey drawn from barrel #78, and has been bottled at…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 78
$87.23

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
$68.74

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
$68.63

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
$85.94

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
$73.79

Bourbon de Luxe - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Bourbon de Luxe

A rare bourbon from The Bourbon de Luxe Distillery Company, based in Frankfort. This spirit was bottled at some time during the 1970s… Already sold out? Not to worry, we have plenty more Antique…  More info

Bourbon de Luxe - 1970s

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
10
$198.51

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
$71.09

Bowman's Classic Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 40%
A. Smith Bowman

A collectible bottle of Bowman's Classic Bourbon from the 1990s. Very unlikely this was named after David Bowman from 2001: A Space Odyssey - more likely it was named after Abram Smith Bowman, who…  More info

Bowman's Classic Bourbon - 1990s
1
$132.34

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
$77.14

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
$64.42

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