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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.

Woodford Reserve Gift Pack

70cl, 43.2%
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
1
$35.64

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1993

75cl, 47.0%
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
$77.87

Cabin Still Bourbon

70cl, 40.0%
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
4
$21.47

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 87

70cl, 46.5%
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
$64.35

Old Grand-Dad - 1960s

95cl, 43.0%
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
1
$259.58

Old Forester Bourbon - 1974

71cl, 43.0%
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
$129.79

Fleischmann’s Select - 1960s

75cl, 43.0%
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
$194.68

Old Fitzgerald 1849

75cl, 45.0%
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
$32.50

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 202

70cl, 46.5%
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
$64.35

Buffalo Trace With Julep Tin And Cocktail Book

70cl, 40.0%
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: $32.07
Now: $23.21
You save 28% ($8.86)

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

70cl, 51.6%
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)
$100.98

Evan Williams 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 43.0%
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
$129.79

Rock Town Arkansas Young Bourbon

75cl, 46.0%
Rock Town

A young distillery, Rock Town was founded in 2010, but their Arkansas Young Bourbon is even younger, as it's matured for only 8 months. Impressively, it still received Double Gold at the 2013 San…  More info

Rock Town Arkansas Young Bourbon
$42.78

Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon (bottled 1968)

76cl, 43.0%
Old Forester

An old bottle of Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which we believe to have been bottled in 1968, over 40 years ago. Rare, collectible and in great condition, this is an excellent piece for…  More info

Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon (bottled 1968)
$155.75

Kentucky Eagle - Early 1980s

70cl, 40.0%
Wildwood Spring Distilling Company

A collectible bottle of Kentucky Eagle Bourbon Whiskey, which we think was produced in the early 1980s. The eagle on the bottle has a shield with the American flag on it tattooed on its chest. Ouch.  More info

Kentucky Eagle - Early 1980s
$103.83

Old Crow Traveler - 1970s

75cl, 43.0%
The Old Crow

This is a Traveler bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon, produced in the 1970s by the Old Crow Distilling Company. Currently, the brand is owned by Jim Beam and is marketed with two other…  More info

Old Crow Traveler - 1970s
$129.79

Virginia Gentleman Bourbon - 1983

75cl, 40.0%
A. Smith Bowman

A 1983 bottling of Virginia Gentleman Straight Bourbon, made by the A. Smith Bowman distillery (which is owned by Buffalo Trace). The brand has since grown since this antique bottle was released, and…  More info

Virginia Gentleman Bourbon - 1983
$129.79

I.W. Harper Gold Medal - 1980s

75cl, 43.0%
I W Harper Distilling Co

"It's always a pleasure..." It certainly is always a pleasure to see a beautiful bottle of I.W. Harper Gold Medal bourbon, especially a collectible bottle from the 1980s.  More info

I.W. Harper Gold Medal - 1980s
$103.83

Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey - 1980s

70cl, 40.0%
The Old Huckleberry Distilling Company

This is a rare bottle of Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, produced in the 1980s. A well celebrated brand, known in part for packs of poker cards, which they also made. The label has faded…  More info

Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey - 1980s
2
$103.83

Evan Williams 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1987

75cl, 45.0%
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
$103.83

St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon (75cl)

75cl, 43.0%
St. George Spirits

"Leg it! It's The Five-0!" Don't worry, you're not going to get nicked for having a bottle of St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon. In fact, it's the Californian distillery that's potentially…  More info

St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon (75cl)

I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 43.0%
I W Harper Distilling Co

The classic Kentucky Straight bourbon established by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, I.W. Bernheim Gold Medal. This antique bottle comes all the way from the 1970s, and though the label has been slightly…  More info

I. W. Harper Gold Medal Straight Bourbon - 1970s
$129.79

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Commemorative Edition

75cl, 46.5%
Elmer T. Lee

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER A commemorative bottling of Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon, a limited edition release which honours the man behind the name. Elmer started working at the Buffalo…  More info

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Commemorative Edition
$65.84

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon (75cl)

75cl, 50.0%
Smooth Ambler

Smooth Ambler is a fantastic craft distillery in West Virginia established in 2009 by TAG Galyean and John Little. Whilst they produce their own vodka, gins and whiskeys from grain to glass, this is…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon (75cl)

Jim Beam White Label - 1966

75cl, 43.0%
Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam White Label, their four year old Kentucky straight bourbon, released in 1966, the same year that Batman defeated a fearsome shark with his Bat-Shark repellent. What a difference…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1966
$155.75

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