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Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon is the most prominent style of whiskey produced in the USA, enjoyed in saloons around the world sipped neat or in brilliant bourbon cocktails. Back in the days of yore (around the late 18th Century, specifically), Irish and Scottish immigrants brought distillation to Kentucky. A farmer would whack a portion of their crops into their still and they’d have what we’d see today as the precursor to bourbon whiskey.

There are a few theories as to how the name for bourbon came around, but nothing concrete. It’s derived from France’s Bourbon dynasty, but no one is 100% sure where exactly the name for the spirit came from. Some people say it was named for Bourbon County in Kentucky, while others say it was from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. If you're a time traveller, do us all a favour and go find out, would you?

So, what is bourbon? Well, there are a few laws dictating how bourbon is made. Firstly, it must be made in the United States (and it is indeed made all across the USA - not every bourbon is a Kentucky bourbon!). The mash bill of a bourbon must be made with at least 51% corn (the most common others types of grain used in bourbon production are rye, barley and wheat). Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels (with no minimum specified ageing period - though if it has been aged for fewer than three years, it can’t legally be called whiskey here in Europe). The spirit can’t be distilled to more than 80% ABV, and bourbon must be bottled at 40% ABV or more.

If all that law learnin’ has made you mighty parched, we have many of the best bourbon brands in stock, including Blanton’s, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and more. And as for those aforementioned bourbon cocktails, you can’t go wrong with a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old

75cl, 45%
William Larue Weller

A 75cl bottle of Buffalo Trace's stunning bourbon William Larue Weller, named after the man famed for being the first to create "wheated bourbon", in which the spicy rye grain is substituted for…  More info

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old
3
$44.55

Blanton's Gold Edition

70cl, 51.5%
Blanton's

A superb single barrel bourbon. Blanton's Gold is distilled from a mashbill of corn, rye and malted barley. Each bottle is hand filled, sealed, labelled and individually numbered. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Gold Edition
41
$73.55

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1660

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

A bottling of Blanton's bourbon, release as part of their Original Single Barrel range - which reference that Blanton's was one of the first (if not the first) to present single barrel bourbons to…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 1660
$55.70

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2017-01E)

70cl, 62.7%
Booker's

Another batch of the always incredible Booker's True Barrel Bourbon! This one is batch 2017-01E, and was bottled after 6 years and 1 month of maturation at 62.7% ABV.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2017-01E)
6
$72.29

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Four Roses

A great single barrel bourbon from Four Roses. Plummy and fruity with lots of character and at higher strength. This won Whisky Magazine's 2008 Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age award, as well as a host of…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
36
$44.27

Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

The new edition of the classic Kentucky straight bourbon, Buffalo Trace. A great whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.  More info

Buffalo Trace
96
$27.27

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1628

70cl, 65.1%
Blanton's

If you love your bourbon to be full-bodied and flavoursome, look no further than Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. These single barrel expressions are bottled at cask strength without any…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1628
1
$94.74

1792 Small Batch

75cl, 46.9%
Barton 1792

In the year 1792, Kentucky became a state. 1792 Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is named after that wonderful year. It's a spicy, rye-rich bourbon which is just asking to be enjoyed on a sunny evening with…  More info

1792 Small Batch
20
$43.44

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Basil Hayden's

Basil Hayden's Bourbon dates back to 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains with the mash. A Kentucky straight bourbon with plenty of rye at…  More info

Basil Hayden's Bourbon
8
$44.55

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Four Roses

The Small Batch bottling is one of the select few releases from Four Roses. This edition was given a Five Stars in 2007 by Spirit Journal as well as a Silver Medal at the 2007 International Spirits…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
17
$31.49

Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel

75cl, 50%
Rebel Yell

A 10 year old single barrel variation of Rebel Yell bourbon, made with a mashbill that incorporates a hearty portion of wheat. Impressive stuff, this.  More info

Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel
$78.08

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Eagle Rare

10 year old bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery in a new 70cl bottle. This stuff is great and good value for money too.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
37
$41.21

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

The mashbill for Woodford Reserve features a high percentage of rye: 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malt. Unusual also for being triple distilled and having the lowest proof upon entering the barrel where…  More info

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon
103
$35.63

Stagg Jr. (65%)

75cl, 65%
George T. Stagg

Buffalo Trace's Stagg Jr. release share characteristics with their George T. Stagg expressions (released as part of the annual Antique Collection), in that they're intense, full-on bourbon whiskeys.…  More info

Stagg Jr. (65%)
$85.13

Maker's Mark 46

70cl, 47%
Maker's Mark

The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This was not intended to compete with the core expression,…  More info

Maker's Mark 46
18
$44.55

Michter's US*1 Bourbon

70cl, 45.7%
Michter's Distillery

The US*1 Bourbon from Michter's Distiller in Louisville, Kentucky, is made in small batches, typically comprised of no more than two dozen barrels. Top quality stuff, brimming with caramel, vanilla…  More info

Michter's US*1 Bourbon
3
$60.04

Bulleit Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Bulleit

Enjoy Bulleit Bourbon like the Americans do! Previously it has been bottled at 40% abv for the UK market, but now you can get the Frontier Whiskey at 45% abv, just like they have in Kentucky. A…  More info

Bulleit Bourbon
51
$27.54

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)

70cl, 56.4%
Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey Rare Breed bottle has received a little bit of a redesign, it has! The shape is the same as before, but the label is new and shiny, as is the presentation tube (with focus on the…  More info

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (56.4%)
6
$57.47

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
Knob Creek

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an utter classic small batch bourbon from Jim Beam, first created by Booker Noe and introduced in 1992. It was named after the creek which flows near…  More info

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
16
$32.35

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

70cl, 43.2%
Woodford Reserve

It's finally here - the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This expression begins life being aged in the same way as the classic Woodford Reserve, but following this, it…  More info

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
17
$57.02

Wild Turkey 101

70cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This bottling of Wild Turkey has been aged for at least 6 years before coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, it is only diluted slightly before bottling at 101 proof with plenty of pep.  More info

Wild Turkey 101
46
$35.50

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (68%)

70cl, 68%
Elijah Craig

A Barrel Proof bottling of Elijah Craig bourbon from Heaven Hill, bottled at a robust 68% ABV. Top stuff, though it does need a drop of water to help the deeper flavours get to the fore.  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (68%)
$89.16

Maker's Mark

70cl, 45%
Maker's Mark

Maker’s Mark maintain that they distil their bourbon to the lowest proof of any US whiskey distillery. This proffers a bourbon that retains a rich flavour. Developed by Bill Samuels Sr, he replaced…  More info

Maker's Mark
68
$27.82

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (64%)

70cl, 64%
Elijah Craig

This batch of 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey was bottled at a barrel proof (or cask strength) of 64% abv. A truly stunning expression, with everything you want from barrel…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (64%)
$89.16

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

75cl, 50%
Colonel EH Taylor

This small batch bourbon is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, an incredibly important figure in bourbon's history from the 1800s who owned a whole host of distilleries and innovated…  More info

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch
21
$106.13

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