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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.

Evan Williams 7 Year Old - bottled 1978

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

An antique bottle of Evan William 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a classic of Heaven Hill's range. We think this bottle was produced in 1978.  More info

Evan Williams 7 Year Old - bottled 1978
$144.63

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1972

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

Bourbon fans born in 1972, this one's for you! Evan Williams 7 Year Old Straight Kentucky Bourbon released in 1972. If you're not born in 1972, get out! Not for you! (Only joking! Just because it's…  More info

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1972
$173.56

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1987

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

Bottled in 1987, this is a lovingly presented bottle of Evan Williams 7 year old bourbon, which is now known as Evan Williams Extra. It even comes with a fancy presentation box! Nice!  More info

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1987
$115.70

Evan Williams 8 Year Old - 1993

70cl, 43%
The Old Evan Williams Distillery

A 1990s bottle of Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon, labelled 8 years old.  More info

Evan Williams 8 Year Old - 1993
$86.78

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 43%
The Old Evan Williams Distillery

A very old bottle of Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon made in the 1970s, which was charcoal filtered before bottling. This is an antique piece that would appeal to the whiskey…  More info

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$144.63

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

Although Evan Williams White Label is now their 'Bottled in Bond' bourbon, when this bottle was produced in the 1980s, their white label was reserved for bourbon aged for 8 years.  More info

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$115.70

Evan Williams Extra (43.3%)

70cl, 43.30%
Heaven Hill

A darkly hued sour mash bourbon, aged for seven years. Rich feinty flavours like leather, vanilla and toffee. Very enjoyable.  More info

Evan Williams Extra (43.3%)
9
$28.26

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage

70cl, 43.30%
Heaven Hill

Incredible value single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams. The single barrel in question was matured on the south side of the fifth floor of Heaven Hill’s Rickhouse R and proofed at 64.9% ABV before…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage
2
$36.85

FEW - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.40%
Few Spirits Distillery

A wheated FEW Spirits bourbon whiskey bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company presented at 48.4% abv! On the label you'll find Maverick Drinks' Michael Vachon, who first brought FEW Spirits to…  More info

FEW - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength

75cl, 61.50%
Few Spirits Distillery

Made with all the same spicy Bourbon goodness as FEW's regular Whiskey, this has been bottled at natural cask strength especially for Master of Malt. The mashbill is predominantly made up of corn…  More info

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength - Batch 14-62

75cl, 58.70%
Few Spirits Distillery

All the way from the FEW Spirits craft distillery out in Evanston, Illinois, here's a cracking cask strength Bourbon Whiskey, ready to impart awe into every American whiskey fan's consciousness.…  More info

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Cask Strength - Batch 14-62
1
$83.10

Fleischmann’s Select - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Fleischmann Distilling Corporation

A very rare, old brand, this bottle of Fleischmann’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey dates from the 1960s. What a treat!  More info

Fleischmann’s Select - 1960s
$216.95

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

This is a rare 1980s bottling of Four Roses Yellow Label, first created in the late 19th century. This is a deliciously spicy, rich bourbon aged for a minimum of 6 years before bottling.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1980s
$86.78

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon - 1973

Four Roses

Four Roses has long been a classic bourbon brand, well loved by many. If you've been a long-time fan, this'll be an interesting piece for your collection - a bottle of Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon,…  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon - 1973
$216.95

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Four Roses

Ultra-cool. Four roses Bourbon from the time of Gordon Gecko.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s
$86.78

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon 37.5cl - 1970s

38cl, 43%
Four Roses

A half bottle of Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon from the 1970s, labelled 6 years old.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon 37.5cl - 1970s
$86.78

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970's

75cl, 43%
Four Roses

Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon has been produced since the late 19th century. This bottle of their 6 year old bourbon is nowhere near that old, although it is a rather handsome antique from the 1970s.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970's
$216.95

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Four Roses

Wonderfully packaged, this 1970s bottle of Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon comes with a glass. A very collectible and rather useful gift pack from over 30 years ago.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$130.17

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

Four Roses Yellow is aged for 6 years before bottling, making a smooth bourbon whiskey that is perfect in a cocktail. This bottling comes from 1990s, a pleasant collectible.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s
$28.93

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (51.3%)

70cl, 51.30%
Four Roses

This is the 2012 release of the Four Roses Single Barrel. This means this Bourbon has been bottled from one barrel only rather than a blend of multiple barrels.  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (51.3%)
$103.09

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.7%)

70cl, 54.70%
Four Roses

This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.7%)
$107.72

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.8%)

70cl, 54.80%
Four Roses

This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.8%)
$103.09

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)

70cl, 63.20%
Four Roses

This is a 2013 release of Single Barrel Kentucky straight bourbon from the renowned Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. Made with one of 10 distinct recipes which the Four Roses distillers use…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.2%)
$102.95

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)

70cl, 63.40%
Four Roses

The 2013 release of the Four Roses Single Barrel, a cracking Kentucky straight bourbon coming from single barrels rather than a blend of multiple barrels. This comes from batch #3-4D and has been…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)
$95.41

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)

70cl, 63.40%
Four Roses

A 2013 release single barrel release of Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, produced using their OBSK recipe with a mashbill of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. These have proved…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2013 (63.4%)
$102.89

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