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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.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Four Roses

The Small Batch bottling is one of the select few releases from Four Roses. This edition was given a Five Stars in 2007 by Spirit Journal as well as a Silver Medal at the 2007 International Spirits…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
13
$26.92

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 50%
Smooth Ambler

Part of the Old Scout range from Smooth Ambler, this 10 year old bourbon is rye-rich, well-aged and an absolute treat for long, sunny evenings. Bottled at 50% ABV, you can bet your bottom dollar this…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 Year Old Bourbon
1
$69.94

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)

70cl, 56.4%
Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey Rare Breed bottle has received a little bit of a redesign, it has! The shape is the same as before, but the label is new and shiny, as is the presentation tube (with focus on the…  More info

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)
3
$50.85

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2015-02)

70cl, 63.7%
Booker's

Stunning cask strength Kentucky straight bourbon from the Booker's True Barrel series - a fantastic line from the Jim Beam range named after the one and only Booker Noe. This one has been bottled at…  More info

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2015-02)
4
$66.00

Noah's Mill

75cl, 57.2%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Noah's Mill is an outstanding old small batch bourbon, containing whiskeys between 4 and 20 years old. Quite rare this, and very enjoyable in an old-fashioned.  More info

Noah's Mill
37
$57.83

Willett's Pot Still Reserve (70cl)

70cl, 47%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

A 70cl bottling of the excellent Willet's Pot Still Reserve - not only is it a cracking small batch Kentucky bourbon, but it comes in bottles shaped like a pot still, which we love.  More info

Willett's Pot Still Reserve (70cl)
1
$56.58

Blanton's Gold Edition

70cl, 51.5%
Buffalo Trace

A superb single barrel bourbon. Blanton's Gold is distilled from a mashbill of corn, rye and malted barley. Each bottle is hand filled, sealed, labelled and individually numbered. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Gold Edition
16
$67.68

The Bourbon Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 46.4%
Drinks by the Dram

Incredibly popular last year, the Bourbon Advent Calendar makes a return for 2016! Count down to Christmas with a Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar filled to the brim with delicious 3cl drams of…  More info

The Bourbon Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
3
$159.03

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1090) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 57%
Widow Jane

A 10 year old single barrel bourbon from Widow Jane, a Brooklyn-based outfit, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. This was a release of only 178 bottles.  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1090) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$126.60

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 144

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

A bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel, containing bourbon which was drawn from barrel #144 - as we all know, the number 144 is the 12th number of the Fibonacci sequence, and it's also the sum…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 144
$52.98

Angel's Envy

75cl, 43.3%
Louisville Distilling Company

Angel's Envy is a rather splendid bourbon that has interestingly been finished in Port casks! The combination of the vanilla-y richness with the sweet, sticky Port notes (which really come to the…  More info

Angel's Envy
2
$100.75

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
$190.90

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
$127.26

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 317

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

From the Blanton's range comes yet another cracking Original Single Barrel bourbon - this one drawn from barrel 317. As ever, these are matured in the famous Warehouse H, which Colonel Blanton felt…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 317
$63.10

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1960s

76cl, 43%
Jim Beam

This collectible 1960s bottling of Beam's Choice 8 Year Old bourbon, is presented in a decanter featuring Frans Hals' "Boy Holding A Flute". The boy seems to be holding his hand up for a high-five -…  More info

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1960s
$190.90

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1960s

95cl, 43%
The Old Crow

A large bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which we believe to have been produced all the way back in the 1960s. Very collectible among American whiskey enthusiasts and spirits…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon - 1960s
$190.90

Maker's Mark - 1990s

70cl, 45%
Maker’s Mark

Good old Maker's Mark from the 1990s, made with red winter wheat rather than rye.  More info

Maker's Mark - 1990s
$76.36

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 2nd Release

75cl, 65.7%
Balcones

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER The second of four single barrel bourbons from Balcones, released as part of their fifth anniversary spectacular. The previous release sold like hot cakes on a cold day,…  More info

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 2nd Release
$132.57

Old Charter 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Old Charter Distillery Co.

If the clock on the label of this 1970s Old Charter Kentucky Bourbon only moved forwards 1 hour every year, it would accurately tell you how old this bourbon it, as it's pointing at 7 o'clock and…  More info

Old Charter 7 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$127.26

Old Grand-Dad - 1963

75cl, 43%
Old Grand-Dad

Wondering what to get your old Grand Dad? Why not a 1963 bottling of Old Grand-Dad Kentucky Bourbon? It's got his name already on it! Maybe cover up the "Old" bit to avoid offending him.  More info

Old Grand-Dad - 1963
1
$254.53

Jim Beam White Label - 1959

75cl, 43%
Jim Beam

An incredibly rare bottling of Jim Beam's 4 year old bourbon that dates from 1959 - over half a century ago!  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1959
$318.16

Jim Beam Straight Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam has been making its famous Bourbon for many years. We've managed to get our hands on this bottle from the 1970s for you to see how the brand has developed over the years!  More info

Jim Beam Straight Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$127.26

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2012 Release)

70cl, 71.4%
Buffalo Trace

It's here! This is the 2012 bottling of the acclaimed George T Stagg Bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery and boasts an incredible strength of 71.4% abv. This is a big, take-your-breath-away…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2012 Release)
1
$121.07

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof - 1990s

70cl, 54.5%
Wild Turkey

This is a barrel proof (54.5%abv in this case) 1990's bottling of the Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon from Austin Nichols.  More info

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof - 1990s
$76.36

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 47%
Heaven Hill

This is 1980's bottling of the classic small batch Bourbon - the Elijah Craig 12 Years Old. Elijah Craig is attributed with having made the first Bourbon, although in reality it was most likely an…  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s
$50.91

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