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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 - 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
$134.87

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
$91.87

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
$79.24

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
$24.35

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
$52.53

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
$78.79

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
$87.95

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
$105.06

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
$52.53

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
$262.64

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
$112.66

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%)
$93.61

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
$130.40

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
$157.59

Parker's Heritage Collection Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills

75cl, 65.80%
Heaven Hill

This is the superb 2012 release of Parker's Heritage bourbon - a mix of some of Heaven Hill's best styles including rye- and wheat-based whiskey. The result of this is rich, buttery and full of spice.  More info

Parker's Heritage Collection Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills
$126.70

William Larue Weller (2012 Release)

70cl, 61.70%
Buffalo Trace

Released as part of Buffalo Trace's award-winning Antique Collection, William Larue Weller is a high-proof wheated bourbon which was launched in Autumn 2012.  More info

William Larue Weller (2012 Release)
$111.60

Jefferson's 18 Year Old Presidential Select

75cl, 47%
McLain & Kyne

A superb bourbon, distilled from wheat in the fall of 1991, and aged in Stitzel-Weller Barrels. This is aged for 18 years and bottled in numbered batches, and has that same soft wheaty sweetness that…  More info

Jefferson's 18 Year Old Presidential Select
7
$117.01

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.7%)

70cl, 54.70%
Four Roses

This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.7%)
$97.81

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.8%)

70cl, 54.80%
Four Roses

This is a bottle of the fantastic Four Roses Single Barrel - bottled in 2012. Each bottle only contains whiskey from one barrel only, each barrel is inherently unique so this is a truly limited…  More info

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel - 2012 (54.8%)
$93.61

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Four Roses

Ultra-cool. Four roses Bourbon from the time of Gordon Gecko.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bourbon - 1980s
$78.79

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old - 107 Proof

70cl, 53.50%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A cask strength bourbon from Old Rip Van Winkle, this is rich, sweet and incredibly smooth and toasty. One of the best American whiskeys we've ever tried…  More info

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old - 107 Proof
7
$81.26

Echo Spring

75cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

A 4 year old bourbon, Echo Spring is produced at Heaven Hill.  More info

Echo Spring

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