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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.

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Rebel Yell

This famous bourbon brand, originally named after a Confederate war cry, has undergone a rebrand for a new generation of rebels. "Rowdy yet refined", this new look straight bourbon is the original…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
1
$25.65

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Four Roses

A great single barrel bourbon from Four Roses. Plummy and fruity with lots of character and at higher strength. This won Whisky Magazine's 2008 Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age award, as well as a host of…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
21
$41.23

Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least 6 years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
39
$31.95

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%)
5
$49.80

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
2
$68.49

Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

The new edition of the classic Kentucky straight bourbon, Buffalo Trace. A great whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.  More info

Buffalo Trace
75
$25.06

Maker's Mark 46

70cl, 47%
Maker's Mark

The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This was not intended to compete with the core expression,…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
12
$41.49

Stagg Jr. 66.05%

75cl, 66.1%
Buffalo Trace

'Like father, like son.' Stagg Jr. bourbon features many of the characteristics of one of Buffalo Trace's most sought after expressions, the George T. Stagg. It's big and bold with a high ABV, though…  More info

Stagg Jr. 66.05%
6
$79.76

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old

70cl, 47%
Heaven Hill

Elijah Craig was named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. He used the charred casks regardless and found…  More info

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old
67
$32.99

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

10 year old bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery in a new 70cl bottle. This stuff is great and good value for money too.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
19
$38.37

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
$55.41

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)
4
$155.73

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
$56.63

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 49.5%
Smooth Ambler

When the Smooth Ambler folks are out and about, they'll come across a great bourbon, as you do (remind me to visit America some time soon), and bottle it under the Old Scout name in homage to the…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon
10
$51.88

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
20
$66.27

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 923

70cl, 64.1%
Buffalo Trace

Delicious cask strength, single cask bourbon from the brilliant Blanton's range. This particular bottling was drawn from cask #923 and bottled at a very generous 64.1% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 923
$91.02

Joseph Finch 15 Year Old 1981

75cl, 43.4%
Joseph Finch

A very rare bottle of Joseph Finch 15 Year Old bourbon. This was released back in the 1990s by United Distillers (who would eventually become Diageo) as part of the Rare Bourbons Collection…  More info

Joseph Finch 15 Year Old 1981
$1,817.41

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 359

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

An Original Single Barrel bottling of top-notch bourbon from Blanton's. This particular bottling was taken from barrel #359 and bottled at 46.5% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 359
$51.88

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 958

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

It's a single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's range! This particular bottling was drawn from cask #958 which matured in the legendary Warehouse H, before being bottled at 46.5% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 958
$51.88

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
$51.88

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
$186.93

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
$124.62

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
$61.79

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
$186.93

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
$186.93

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