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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.

Medley’s Kentucky Bourbon 43% - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Medley Distilling Co.

Complete with stars & stripes and the red, white & blue, this bottle of Medley's Kentucky Bourbon is a real American hero. This bottling comes from the 1970s.  More info

Medley’s Kentucky Bourbon 43% - 1970s
$131.32

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 316

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Stone Cold Steve Austin would certainly approve of barrel 3(:)16 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon. Still produced in the famous Warehouse H. That's single 'H', not triple 'H'.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 316
$57.32

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 1st Release

75cl, 64.20%
Balcones

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER A special single barrel release from the craft distillery that brought us the first ever Texan whisky. This release marks 5 years since Chip Tate founded Balcones (which…  More info

Balcones 5th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon - 1st Release
$131.27

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage

70cl, 43.30%
Heaven Hill

Incredible value single barrel bourbon from Evan Williams. The single barrel in question was matured on the south side of the fifth floor of Heaven Hill’s Rickhouse R and proofed at 64.9% ABV before…  More info

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage
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$33.46

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (bottled 2005)

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER An intense 17 year old from Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare is much thicker than some of the other small batch releases from the distillery.  More info

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (bottled 2005)
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$132.74

Kentucky Colonel 4 Year Old - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Kentucky Colonel Distillery Co.

This is a rare 1980s bottling of Kentucky Colonel - a 4 year old bourbon from Kentucky. This is a collectible edition which was bottled especially for the Italian market.  More info

Kentucky Colonel 4 Year Old - 1980s
$105.06

William Larue Weller Bourbon 2013

70cl, 68.10%
Buffalo Trace

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Part of Buffalo Trace's 2013 edition of their Antique Collection, The William Laure Weller Bourbon doesn't fail to make an impression. Bottled at "barrel proof", a…  More info

William Larue Weller Bourbon 2013
$136.92

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 207

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

Single cask bourbon straight from the barrel! That'll do nicely thank you very much! These spicy Blantons releases are always something to look forward to and this 64.25% offering was dumped from…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 207
$87.70

Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Valdoglio

A seldom seen bottle of Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon, prdocued in the 1980s.  More info

Jeffrey 3 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon - 1980s
$78.79

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - early 1980s

70cl, 43.40%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey as it was enjoyed by good ole boys in the early 1980s. The bottle is in great shape which probably can't be said for the good ole boys themselves. The seal is intact.  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - early 1980s
$105.06

Jim Beam White Label 43% 1.9l - late 1960s

190cl, 43%
Jim Beam

Dating back to the late 1960s, this bottling of Jim Beam's classic white label is presented in a 1.9 litre bottle complete with handle for ease of pouring!  More info

Jim Beam White Label 43% 1.9l  - late 1960s
$393.96

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 201

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Colonel Albert B. Blanton was the first to bottle single barrel bourbon years and years ago for his own personal reserve. Luckily, now we can all pretend were are the Colonel. This bottle of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 201
$65.11

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 115 - 2005

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Barrel 115 of Blanton's Original Single Barrel was emptied in 2005! Somehow, this bottle has survived since then without being opened.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 115 - 2005
$65.66

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 200

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Happy 200th barrel, Blanton's! Yes, that's right, this bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon comes from barrel 200, which was matured in the famous Warehouse H. Nice!  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 200
$65.11

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 295

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's was originally introduced in 1984, and it's the first official single barrel bourbon. It is matured in white oak. It is produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery.  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 295
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$57.32

Jim Beam Beam’s Choice 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1979

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Although these days Beam's Choice is a 5 year old Kentucky bourbon, for a long time, it was an 8 year old. This bottle, which was released in 1979, features the 8 year old Jim Beam bourbon.  More info

Jim Beam Beam’s Choice 8 Year Old Bourbon - 1979
$157.59

Stillbrook 4 Year Old American Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1970s

50cl, 43%
The American Distilling Co

50cl of 4 year old Stillbrook Bourbon, distilled and bottled in Illinois. Not exactly the first place you'd think of for bourbon production, but they obviously had a pretty good thing going back in…  More info

Stillbrook 4 Year Old American Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 1970s
$85.36

Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon - late 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Old Taylor Distillery Co

A late 1960s release of Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon, in its classic bottle.  More info

Old Taylor Kentucky Bourbon - late 1960s
$196.98

Master’s Rare Bourbon - 1970s

75cl, 45%
Master's Rare Distilling Co.

The Master's Rare Bourbon brand was founded in 1836, although this bottling dates from the 1970s.  More info

Master’s Rare Bourbon - 1970s
$131.32

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

The chap riding the horse atop this bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel looks pretty excited, and we can't blame him. Who wouldn't be happy to see this brilliant bourbon from barrel 102?  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 102
$65.66

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 19

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, coming from barrel 19, which is the same shirt number that Tore André Flo had when he played for Chelsea F.C. in 1997. Why do we know this? We don't really…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 19
$65.11

Old Grand-Dad - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Old Grand-Dad

A 75cl bottling from classic Bourbon brand Old Grand-Dad, dating from the 1970s.  More info

Old Grand-Dad - 1970s
$157.59

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1967

71cl, 45%
Jim Beam

This bottle of Beam's Choice 8 year old bourbon comes from volume two of their collector's edition bottlings in 1967. The bottle features a painting of Georg Gisze by famed Renaissance artist, Hans…  More info

Beam's Choice 8 Year Old - 1967
$196.98

Old Forester Bourbon - 2000s

75cl, 50%
Old Forester

This bright, bonded bottle of Old Forester Bourbon was produced in the 2000s, before the brand had got its snazzy redesign. Saying that, these classic bottles are handsome in their own right. When it…  More info

Old Forester Bourbon - 2000s
$52.53

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon (75cl)

75cl, 49.50%
Smooth Ambler

A 7 year old straight Bourbon whiskey scouted out for bottling by the chaps at Smooth Ambler distillery in West Viginia. Made from a mashbill of 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malt, this top-quality whiskey…  More info

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon (75cl)
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