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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 Original Single Barrel - Barrel 295

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's was originally introduced in 1984, and it's the first official single barrel bourbon. It is matured in white oak. It is produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 295
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$57.74

Jim Beam Beam’s Choice 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1979

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Although these days Beam's Choice is a 5 year old Kentucky bourbon, for a long time, it was an 8 year old. This bottle, which was released in 1979, features the 8 year old Jim Beam bourbon.  More info

Jim Beam Beam’s Choice 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1979
$158.72

Stillbrook 4 Year Old American Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1970s

50cl, 43%
The American Distilling Co

50cl of 4 year old Stillbrook Bourbon, distilled and bottled in Illinois. Not exactly the first place you'd think of for bourbon production, but they obviously had a pretty good thing going back in…  More info

Stillbrook 4 Year Old American Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1970s
$85.98

Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon - late 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Old Taylor Distillery Co

A late 1960s release of Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon, in its classic bottle.  More info

Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon - late 1960s
$198.41

Master’s Rare Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 45%
Master's Rare Distilling Co.

The Master's Rare Bourbon brand was founded in 1836, although this bottling dates from the 1970s.  More info

Master’s Rare Bourbon - 1970s
$132.27

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The chap riding the horse atop this bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel looks pretty excited, and we can't blame him. Who wouldn't be happy to see this brilliant bourbon from barrel 102?  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102
$66.14

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
$88.33

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 19

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, coming from barrel 19, which is the same shirt number that Tore André Flo had when he played for Chelsea F.C. in 1997. Why do we know this? We don't really…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 19
$65.58

Old Grand-Dad - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Old Grand-Dad

A 75cl bottling from classic Bourbon brand Old Grand-Dad, dating from the 1970s.  More info

Old Grand-Dad - 1970s
$158.72

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1967

71cl, 45%
Jim Beam

This bottle of Beam's Choice 8 year old bourbon comes from volume two of their collector's edition bottlings in 1967. The bottle features a painting of Georg Gisze by famed Renaissance artist, Hans…  More info

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1967
$198.41

Old Forester Bourbon - 2000s

75cl, 50%
Old Forester

This bright, bonded bottle of Old Forester Bourbon was produced in the 2000s, before the brand had got its snazzy redesign. Saying that, these classic bottles are handsome in their own right. When it…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon - 2000s
$52.91

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon (75cl)

75cl, 49.50%
Smooth Ambler

A 7 year old straight Bourbon whiskey scouted out for bottling by the chaps at Smooth Ambler distillery in West Viginia. Made from a mashbill of 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malt, this top-quality whiskey…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon (75cl)
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Ancient Age 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 45%
Ancient Age

10 year old Ancient Age Bourbon, which is now the brand's 10 Star expression, from the 1980s. Ancient Age is now owned by Buffalo Trace. A very rare bottle, complete with the fancy presentation box.  More info

Ancient Age 10 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$105.82

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 28

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Stored in the famous Warehouse H, Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon was the first of its kind when it was commercially released in 1984, and it's still as brilliant as it was back then. This bottling…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 28
$66.14

Woodford Reserve Gift Pack

70cl, 43.20%
Woodford Reserve

A gift pack of Woodford Reserve Kentucky straight bourbon. We've always loved the bottle, and now it's got got a beautiful box to match. Also, the bourbon is pretty darn special too. Triple distilled…  More info

Woodford Reserve Gift Pack
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$36.32

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
$79.36

Cabin Still Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

An old-fashioned style of bourbon, Cabin Still is a sour mash whiskey from the Heaven Hill distillery.  More info

Cabin Still Bourbon
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$21.88

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 87

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

With a horse atop the bottle, you know it's Blanton's bourbon. This bottling of their excellent Original Single Barrel was taken from barrel 87 on the 6th of September, 2012.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 87
$65.58

Old Grand-Dad - 1960s

95cl, 43%
The Old Grand-dad Distillery Co

A 95cl bottling of Old Grand-Dad dating from the 1960s! This classic Kentucky Bourbon was established in 1882 and was produced as 'medicinal whiskey' during prohibition!  More info

Old Grand-Dad - 1960s
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$264.54

Old Forester Bourbon - 1974

71cl, 43%
Old Forester

An old bottle of Old Forester Bourbon, which just happens to be the first bourbon that was exclusively sold in sealed bottles way back in the 1870s, so nobody to tinker around with the formula.…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon - 1974
$132.27

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
$198.41

Old Fitzgerald 1849

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

A very good bourbon, the extra wheat content in this brings a lovely smoothness, not unlike Maker's Mark in this respect. Old Fitzgerald 1849 is very popular with Dave Broom and Jim Murray!  More info

Old Fitzgerald 1849
5
$33.12

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 202

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Barrel 202 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon was emptied in February 2013 after maturing in the legendary Warehouse H. Classic, well loved bourbon.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 202
$65.58

Buffalo Trace With Julep Tin And Cocktail Book

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

A smashing gift set of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a cocktail book and a Julep Tin. These metal cups would traditionally be used for Mint Juleps, a tasty cocktail of bourbon, spearmint,…  More info

Buffalo Trace With Julep Tin And Cocktail Book
Was: $32.68
Now: $23.65
You save 28% ($9.03)

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2013 (125th Anniversary Edition)

70cl, 51.60%
Four Roses

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Four Roses Bourbon in the best way possible: by raising a glass of this limited edition small batch, barrel strength bourbon. It is an expertly married mix of 3…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon - Barrel Strength 2013 (125th Anniversary Edition)
$102.91

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