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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.

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
$48.65

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)
8

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
$52.91

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
$52.91

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
$48.65

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
$79.36

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)
$107.96

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
$135.84

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
$92.54

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
$79.81

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
11
$24.52

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
$52.91

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

This is a rare 1980s bottling of Four Roses Yellow Label, first created in the late 19th century. This is a deliciously spicy, rich bourbon aged for a minimum of 6 years before bottling.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old - 1980s
$79.36

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 3

70cl, 66%
Buffalo Trace

A staggering single cask bourbon from the Blanton's range, this was distilled at Buffalo Trace and it was aged in barrel number 3 before bottling at natural cask strength (a whopping 131.9 proof or…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 3
$88.58

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Ancient Age

This is the premium 10 year old version of Ancient Age - a Kentucky bourbon produced at Buffalo Trace. This is a rare old bottling from the 1980s.  More info

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year Old - 1980s
$105.82

Joshua Brook Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Frank-Lin Distillers Products LTD

Joshua Brook is a Kentucky bourbon whiskey bottled by Frank-lin Distillers Products Ltd. This bottle dates from the 1990s.  More info

Joshua Brook Bourbon - 1990s
$52.91

Old Fitzgerald 1849 - circa 1970

75cl, 45%
Stitzel-Weller

Produced at the Heaven Hill distillery, Old Fitzgerald 1849 is a classic 8 year old bourbon, made with more wheat than rye. The result is a creamy, smooth whiskey. This is a rare edition, bottled in…  More info

Old Fitzgerald 1849 - circa 1970
$264.54

William Larue Weller (2011 Release)

75cl, 66.80%
Buffalo Trace

From the 2011 release of Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection, William Larue Weller's high proof bourbon is a true monster, exploding with cinnamon, vanilla and massive spice. Truly a delicious whiskey.  More info

William Larue Weller (2011 Release)
2
$113.47

Jim Beam 8 Red Decanter - 1960s

91cl, 45%
Jim Beam

A 1960s edition of 8 year old Jim Beam packaged in a sunburst red glass decanter bottle. Very rare stuff…  More info

Jim Beam 8 Red Decanter - 1960s

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (51.3%)

70cl, 51.30%
Four Roses

This is the 2012 release of the Four Roses Single Barrel. This means this Bourbon has been bottled from one barrel only rather than a blend of multiple barrels.  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (51.3%)
$94.28

William Larue Weller Wheated Bourbon – 2012

75cl, 61.70%
Buffalo Trace

From the 2012 release of Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection, William Larue Weller's high proof bourbon is a true monster, exploding with cinnamon, vanilla and massive spice. Truly a delicious whiskey.  More info

William Larue Weller Wheated Bourbon – 2012
$131.34

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - early 1980s

75cl, 50.50%
Wild Turkey

Try Wild Turkey as it was enjoyed in the early 1980s, by hellraisers such as Hunter S. Thompson, who would no doubt have swigged it straight from the neck, then shot it with a magnum. Bottled at a…  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - early 1980s
$158.72

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