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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.

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
$127.61

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)
$112.40

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
$117.85

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%)
$98.51

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%)
$94.28

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
$79.36

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
$81.85

Echo Spring

75cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

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

Echo Spring

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

A 4 year old Jim Beam bourbon, this bottle of white label is a rare collector's piece, bottled during the 1970s.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 98

70cl, 66.30%
Buffalo Trace

Prepare yourself for hellz-a-poppin' good times, Blanton's Straight from the Barrel is the very finest thing there is in all of the world. Oh my. This stuff is a sour mash whiskey, distilled from a…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 98
$68.70

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old 75cl

75cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Eagle Rare is a great single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery. This 10 year old expression was very well-rated by Spirit Journal's F Paul Pacult.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old 75cl
6
$40.62

Old Grand-Dad 43%

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

Old Grand-Dad is a very highly regarded traditional style bourbon and this older bottling is 43% abv.  More info

Old Grand-Dad 43%
1
$27.55

Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon - early 1980s

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

Remember Rebel Yell back in the 1980s? Insert Billy Idol joke here. This rare bottling dates from when this delicious whiskey was only distributed below the Mason-Dixon Line! Already sold out? Not…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon - early 1980s
$105.82

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101 Proof - 1980s

100cl, 43.40%
Wild Turkey

A litre bottle of the glorious 101 proof, 8 year old Wild Turkey. This is a rare bottling from the 1980s - a collector's piece for sure!  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old 101 Proof - 1980s

Elmer T Lee Single Barrel

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

A single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery. This was named for Master Distiller Elmer T Lee, who joined the distillery in 1949.  More info

Elmer T Lee Single Barrel
10
$47.54

Golden Sun 6 Year Old Bourbon - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Golden Sun

The sun shines bright above Kentucky, just not all year round, which is why it's great for making whiskey. This bottle of Golden Sun 6 Year Old dates from the 2000s.  More info

Golden Sun 6 Year Old Bourbon - 2000s
8
$26.45

Kentucky Vintage

70cl, 45%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

A small batch bourbon made from only a select few barrels. This is aged longer than most standard bourbons, which gives it an extra dimension. Each bottle is hand numbered.  More info

Kentucky Vintage
4
$34.34

Jim Beam Black 8 Year Old - 2000s

70cl, 43%
Jim Beam

A collectible bottle of the well known Jim Beam Black 8 Year old, from the 2000s.  More info

Jim Beam Black 8 Year Old - 2000s
$39.68

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.1%)

75cl, 67.10%
Heaven Hill

A fantastic cask strength version of Elijah Craig's celebrated 12 year old small batch bourbon whiskey! Get it while you can!  More info

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof (67.1%)
7

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2012

75cl, 55.70%
Four Roses

A staggering bourbon from Four Roses, this is made by the Master Distiller who hand-selects four whiskeys from the company's ten different recipes and creates Small Batch. These bourbons are aged for…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2012
$127.40

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 32

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The horse atop the Blanton's bottle is almost as recognisable as the wonderful single barrel bourbon. Almost is obviously the major word in that last sentence, as Blanton's make some bloomin'…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 32
$57.74

Jim Beam Fleet Reserve Association 50 Years Decanter - 1974

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam honoured the first 50 years of the naval Fleet Reserve Association with this tasteful bourbon whisky decanter in 1974.  More info

Jim Beam Fleet Reserve Association 50 Years Decanter - 1974
$198.41

Jim Beam White Label - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This bottle of Jim Beam's classic White Label that dates from the 2000s.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 2000s
$26.45

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Four Roses

Wonderfully packaged, this 1970s bottle of Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon comes with a glass. A very collectible and rather useful gift pack from over 30 years ago.  More info

Four Roses 6 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1970s
$119.04

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Bourbon - 2000s

70cl, 45%
Old Rip Van Winkle

A 2000s bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Bourbon, still produced by the Van Winkle family today, although now they do so at the Buffalo Trace distillery. Their bourbon is made with corn,…  More info

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Bourbon - 2000s
$158.72

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