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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.

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 599)

75cl, 49.50%
Ezra Brooks

Ezra Brooks single barrel bourbon, produced at Heaven Hill, matured for 12 years in heavily charred cask (#599) and bottled at 49.5% abv.  More info

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 599)
$63.26

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel harks back to the days when Colonel Albert B. Blanton bottled his own private reserve bourbon, drawn the whiskey from single barrels matured in the middle sections of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307
$60.53

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's original Single Barrel is a must-try for American whiskey enthusiasts - each one is made with bourbon drawn from a single cask, not blended with any other whiskies. Well worth having a…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540
$60.53

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish

75cl, 45.10%
McLain & Kyne

Jefferson's Reserve finished for nine months in casks that previously held Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Groth Vineyards in Napa Valley!  More info

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish
$121.10

Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Ancient Old Kentucky

A collectible bottle of Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old Bourbon, bottled for Toorank in the 2000s. A rather decorative piece for collectors.  More info

Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old - 2000s
$218.10

Old Grand-Dad - bottled 1991

70cl, 43%
The Old Grand-dad Distillery Co

This is a collectible bottle of Old Grand-Dad Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, which we believe to have been bottled back in 1991. The brand is currently owned by Beam, and has made several TV and…  More info

Old Grand-Dad - bottled 1991
$145.40

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982

70cl, 0%
Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam White Label which we think was bottled way back in the '80s. 1982, to be specific. Oddly, the label doesn't seem to feature an ABV listing... Please note that the label does…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982
$174.48

Jim Beam White Label - 1978

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is a bottle of Jim Beam White Label, which we think was produced in 1978. A collectible antique for whiskey lovers, though unfortunately this bottle looks to have suffered at the hands of time,…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1978
$218.10

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam White Label sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, produced all the way back in the 1970s. Jim Beam boffins would surely love this collectible piece.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$218.10

Old Crow Traveler - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Old Crow

An interestingly shaped Traveler bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which we believe was produced in the 1960s. Highly sought after by collectors.  More info

Old Crow Traveler - 1960s
$290.80

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Kentucky Boat

This is an ancient bottle of Kentucky Boat Bourbon Whiskey, produced over 30 years ago in the 1970s. Is the name (and the wonderful label) a reference to how bourbon used to be transported from…  More info

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s
$174.48

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

Jim Beam

A large 1970s bottle of Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, which is aged for four years before it's bottled. Unfortunately, while this bottle is bigger than your average one, they didn't actually put its…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$218.10

Old Lewis Hunter 6 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Old Lewis Hunter

A 1970s bottling of classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Old Lewis Hunter. Guaranteed 6 years old.  More info

Old Lewis Hunter 6 Year Old - 1970s
$290.80

Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece

70cl, 50%
Jim Beam

A very interesting release from Jim Beam, their Distiller's Masterpiece has been treated to a longer ageing duration than their standard bourbon, and has then been finished in Pedro Ximénez casks to…  More info

Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece
$362.30

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1978

75cl, 50.50%
Wild Turkey

This Wild Turkey 101 Proof (50.5% abv), aged for 8 years, offers a window into the past. It is bourbon from nearly four decades ago!  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1978
$363.50

Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 43%
Royal Spring

The Pepper surname goes back in the history of bourbon, reaching into the 1700s! Could it be this legacy that this bottle of Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is referencing with its…  More info

Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$30.37

High West American Prairie Reserve

75cl, 46%
High West

American Prairie Reserve is named after the impressive 5,000 square mile wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana, the largest in the lower 48 states. High West are also donating 10% of post tax…  More info

High West American Prairie Reserve
$53.01

Evan Williams Extra Aged 43%

70cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

The "Extra" in "Evan Williams Extra" stands for extra aged, as it has been aged for seven years. Still made using techniques that Evan Williams used himself when he first made the fantastic bourbon…  More info

Evan Williams Extra Aged 43%
4
$28.63

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Ezra Brooks

This is the entry level bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range, which was first produced back in the 1950s. These days it's produced by Heaven Hill in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and well…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
$29.17

Evan Williams White Label

70cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

A classic in every sense of the word, Evan Williams White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a favourite of the back-bar around the world. Bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan…  More info

Evan Williams White Label
$36.74

Early Times Old Reserve

70cl, 40%
Early Times Distillery

Early Times Old Reserve Kentucky bourbon - a tasty expression from a very long-running brand. Interestingly, Early Times have their own cooperage to create the barrels that their whiskey ages in! A…  More info

Early Times Old Reserve
$24.60

Roughstock Montana Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 45%
Roughstock

From the Roughstock distillery in Montana - the Land of Shining Mountains - comes a straight bourbon whiskey, made with a blend of four in-house bourbon recipes.  More info

Roughstock Montana Bourbon Whiskey
2
$58.64

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

The Pepper name goes way back in terms of bourbon production, back to 1776. Even James E. Pepper nick-named the whiskey 'Old 1776'. However, in the latter half of the 1900s, the James E. Pepper name,…  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$55.01

Johnny Drum Black Label 12 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

This handmade 12 year old Johnny Drum has been made by a method that has remained unchanged for 5 generations of master distillers.  More info

Johnny Drum Black Label 12 Year Old
$31.00

Maker's Mark Gift Pack

70cl, 45%
Maker’s Mark

A great gift pack containing a branded Maker's Mark tumbler, a spherical ice mould (complete with Maker's wax drip style design) and, of course, a bottle of the famous wheated Kentucky straight…  More info

Maker's Mark Gift Pack
$36.34

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