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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.

Jefferson's 17 Year Old Presidential Select

70cl, 47%
McLain & Kyne

We loved the first two Jefferson's bourbons - classic US whiskeys with great balance. This 17 year old is bottled at higher strength and it's aged for a substantial amount more than the others -…  More info

Jefferson's 17 Year Old Presidential Select
$125.65

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2010 Release)

75cl, 71.50%
Buffalo Trace

The 2010 release of George T Stagg from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. It is aged for around 15 years, and released every Autumn, and they are always highly rated, also at super high strength…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2010 Release)
$177.44

William Larue Weller (2005 Release)

75cl, 61%
Buffalo Trace

From Buffalo Trace's wonderful Antique Collection, William Larue well is a wheated bourbon, bottled unfiltered and at natural cask strength.  More info

William Larue Weller (2005 Release)
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Buffalo Trace 1.75l (Old Bottling)

175cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A really big bottle of Buffalo Trace, this is a 175cl bottle. Buffalo Trace is one of our favourite bourbons, it's a consistent, dependable whiskey which is great on the rocks, and great in an…  More info

Buffalo Trace 1.75l (Old Bottling)
1
$70.62

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2011 Release)

75cl, 71.30%
Buffalo Trace

George T Stagg is an utterly superb high strength bourbon. Weighing in at a potent 71.3%. Every year this is a critically acclaimed whiskey from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection. Roughly 15 years…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2011 Release)

Evan Williams 23 Year Old

75cl, 53.50%
Heaven Hill

Incredibly good, incredibly well aged bourbon. This is a cask strength Evan Williams, Jim Murray awarded this 95.5 points in this 2010 Whisky Bible - it was bourbon of the year! It was also an…  More info

Evan Williams 23 Year Old
$157.16

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old (stumpy)

70cl, 45%
Old Rip Van Winkle

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 is a well-aged sour mash Kentucky bourbon, well rated by the Beverage Tasting Institute who awarded it 90 points.  More info

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old (stumpy)
$55.95

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Old Rip Van Winkle

Old Rip Van Winkle is a world-renowned bourbon maker whose whiskies have won several awards over the years. This is the 10 year old expression.  More info

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old
3
$84.05

Very Old Fitzgerald 8 Year Old - 1960s

20cl, 50%
Stitzel-Weller

This is a bottle of Very Old Fitzgerald, bottled at 50% abv after eight years' maturation… at some point in the 1960s. So one might refer to this as Very, Very Old Fitzgerald. Tantalising. It has…  More info

Very Old Fitzgerald 8 Year Old - 1960s
3
$181.33

Parker's 10 Year Old Cognac Barrel Finished

70cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

A unique bourbon from Parker's Heritage range. This is a very rare example of a cognac cask-finished bourbon, although strictly speaking, we can't call it a bourbon at all as US laws dictate whiskey…  More info

Parker's 10 Year Old Cognac Barrel Finished
2
$96.70

Old Grand-Dad - 1970s

70cl, 43%
Old Grand-Dad

This is a very old edition of the classic bourbon Old Grand Dad, distilled at the Booker Noe distillery in Boston, Kentucky. This is a 1970s bottling.  More info

Old Grand-Dad - 1970s

Beam's Choice - Beethoven Decanter

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is an antique bottling of Jim Beam's eight year old whiskey presented in a decanter commemorating Beethoven, the composer not the dog...  More info

Beam's Choice - Beethoven Decanter
$53.35

Buffalo Trace (Old Bottling)

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace was first introduced in 1999 and is a marriage of no more than 45 barrels of 9 year old whiskey, Buffalo Trace is also bottled by hand.  More info

Buffalo Trace (Old Bottling)
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Knob Creek 9 Year Old - 1996

70cl, 50%
Jim Beam

This is a 1996 bottling of the Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon with an abv of 50%.  More info

Knob Creek 9 Year Old - 1996
$58.02

Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 43.40%
Wild Turkey

This is a 1990's bottling of the acclaimed Wild Turkey 8 Year Old Bourbon from Austin Nichols.  More info

Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon - 1990s
$58.02

Beam's Black Label 101

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is an antique bottling of Jim Beam's 101 sour mash Bourbon which has been bottled at 90 proof and in a litre bottle. It is both a collectable and also a great opportunity to try this whiskey…  More info

Beam's Black Label 101
$53.35

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon - 1997

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

This is a bottle of Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon from 1997 and is great for reminiscing about Bourbons past, present and future!  More info

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon - 1997
$87.04

William Larue Weller (2010 Release)

75cl, 63.30%
Buffalo Trace

Aged for 12 years and 3 months. This was distilled during the summer of 1998, and it was aged on the 4th and 9th floors of Buffalo Trace's warehouses I and P, respectively. This offers notes of…  More info

William Larue Weller (2010 Release)
$118.40

Wild Turkey - 1990s

100cl, 40%
Wild Turkey

A delicious and very rare 80 proof bottling of Wild Turkey bourbon. This was bottled at some time during the 1990s…  More info

Wild Turkey - 1990s

Elijah Craig 20 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

This is the replacement for the popular Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel, and we have to say it's a rather fine replacement! Elijah Craig is attributed, by some, with the invention of Bourbon,…  More info

Elijah Craig 20 Year Old
2
$148.98

Blanton's Silver Edition

70cl, 49%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's, in all its iterations and guises, holds a special place in the hallowed halls of the very finest products the world has ever known. In a recent and quite possibly fictitious test,…  More info

Blanton's Silver Edition
$101.48

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 271

70cl, 67.20%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's regularly gets rave reviews so fans of this American whiskey will be pleased with this barrel strength whisky. Try Blanton's as it tastes in the cask! This one has been bottled at 67.2% ABV.  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 271
$87.53

Jim Beam Black Label

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

The Black edition from Jim Beam is a marriage of whiskeys aged for 8 years before bottling at 43%, slightly higher than the standard bourbon proof, proffering greater complexity.  More info

Jim Beam Black Label
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$26.89

Heaven Hill Bourbon 12 Year Old - Alchemist (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%
Heaven Hill

This is a twelve year old Bourbon from the Heaven Hill Distillery bottled by Murray McDavid of Bruichladdich fame.  More info

Heaven Hill Bourbon 12 Year Old  - Alchemist (Murray McDavid)

Jim Beam White Label - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 1990s bottling of Jim Beam White Label, a classic bourbon that is aged for 4 years. As with all Jim Beam whiskey this collectible has a high rye content, lending it a spicy character.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1990s
$58.02

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