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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.

Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.50%
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
47
$37.08

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon 63.7%

70cl, 63.70%
Jim Beam

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 63.7%
1
$75.01

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

70cl, 43.20%
Woodford Reserve

It's finally here - the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This expression begins life being aged in the same way as the classic Woodford Reserve, but following this, it…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
7
$55.55

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The Original Single Barrel bottlings from Blanton's range harks back to the days when Colonel Albert B. Blanton bottled his own private reserve almost a century ago, drawn from a single barrel and…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 308
1
$60.21

Bulleit Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Bulleit

Enjoy Bulleit Bourbon like the Americans do! Previously it has been bottled at 40% abv for the UK market, but now you can get the Frontier Whiskey at 45% abv, just like they have in Kentucky. A…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon
21
$30.59

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
74
$41.78

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
19
$47.84

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)

70cl, 56.40%
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%)
2
$63.58

Blanton's Special Reserve

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Special Reserve is a lower strength single barrel bourbon from Blanton's. Each bottle is hand-filled, hand-labeled, hand-sealed and individually numbered.  More info

Blanton's Special Reserve
7
$46.15

The Bourbon Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 49%
Drinks by the Dram

When it comes to advent calendars full of delicious whisky, whiskey and other types of spirit, Drinks by the Dram are naturally the people you turn to. Over these last few delightfully festive years…  More info

The Bourbon Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)
$168.67

Maker's Mark 46

75cl, 47%
Maker’s Mark

This is for "educational" purposes only - not for sale, sorry!The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice.…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
12
$43.33

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
$216.95

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
$144.63

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 317

70cl, 46.50%
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
$71.71

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
$216.95

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
$216.95

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
$86.78

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 2nd Release

75cl, 65.70%
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
$150.66

Basil Hayden's 75cl

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

An 8 year old small batch bourbon. This was named for Jim Beam's historic Master Distiller, Basil Hayden Sr who, in 1796, created a bourbon with a mashbill whose base was of corn, with a mix of small…  More info

Basil Hayden's 75cl
4
$86.72

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
$144.63

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

70cl, 53.50%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A well aged whiskey from Old Rip Van Winkle, this bottling of Family Reserve has been aged for 15 years in heavily charred barrels, there is a high wheat content in the mashbill.  More info

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old

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
$289.26

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
$361.58

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
$144.63

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2012 Release)

70cl, 71.40%
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)
2
$137.59

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