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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 Special Reserve

75cl, 45%
William Larue Weller

Looking for a wheated bourbon? William Larue Weller is one of the big names you want to keep your eye out for. Now owned by Buffalo Trace, it's been a staple of wonderfully mellow wheated bourbon…  More info

William Larue Weller Special Reserve
3
$38.40

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof (2018 Edition)

70cl, 62.9%
Woodford Reserve

Part of Woodford Reserve's Master's Collection range, this Batch Proof bottling shows off the same mashbill as the classic Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon, but presented at a very generous 62.9%…  More info

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof (2018 Edition)
$103.88

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
35
$50.46
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Old Forester Statesman

70cl, 47.5%
Old Forester

You'd think the most impressive thing about the classic Old Forester brand's most recent release, Old Forester Statesman, was that it won the Master Award (the highest accolade) at the Spirits…  More info

Old Forester Statesman
5
$61.27

Maker's Mark Cask Strength

70cl, 55.5%
Maker's Mark

It's a wonderful cask strength bottling of Maker's Mark! Get your hands on some terrific cask strength bourbon whiskey from a world-famous brand. Ought to make for a great sipper over ice as well as…  More info

Maker's Mark Cask Strength
$67.51

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

70cl, 50%
Four Roses

Four Roses founder Paul Jones Jr. became undoubtedly smitten by a beautiful woman who he proposed to. She said she would let him know her answer later by attending an evening ball with a four rose…  More info

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof
46
$41.47
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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
53
$38.45
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Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 47%
Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig has long been a favourite bourbon of many whiskey enthusiasts - to the point where their stocks of 12 year old bourbon have been under a lot of pressure. The producers made the decision…  More info

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
12
$46.20

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
74
$30.03
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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
139
$35.33
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Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon

70cl, 47.2%
Michter's Distillery

10 year old single barrel bourbon from the Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. A brilliant expression - well balanced notes of dried fruit, oak-y spice and vanilla with a subtle herbaceous…  More info

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon
5
$145.46
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (58.4%)

70cl, 58.4%
Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey's Rare Breed Bourbons are bottled at cask strength, and are often absolutely staggering stuff. The bottles have had a little redesign recently, and look very stylish indeed - though the…  More info

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon (58.4%)
4
$54.30

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
27
$98.69
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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
23
$43.39

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
21
$33.21
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Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve

70cl, 45.3%
Rebel Yell

A small batch release from the bourbon brand once favoured by Keith Richards and Billy Idol. A wheated bourbon made to William Larue Weller's original recipe, this 'Rebel Reserve' is bottled at a…  More info

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve
1
$31.13

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
4
$55.95
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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
68
$25.93

Willett's Pot Still Reserve (70cl)

70cl, 47%
Willett Distillery

A 70cl bottling of the excellent Willet's Pot Still Reserve - not only is it a cracking small batch Kentucky bourbon, but it comes in bottles shaped like a pot still, which we love.  More info

Willett's Pot Still Reserve (70cl)
6
$68.27
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Four Roses Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Four Roses

A brand that dates back to the late 19 century. This Yellow Label bottling of Four Roses was released for the European and Japanese markets and is made up of whiskeys aged between 5 and 6 years of…  More info

Four Roses Bourbon
27
$23.29

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
13
$44.69
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Buffalo Trace

70cl, 40%
Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon for the eponymous distillery made from corn, rye and malted barley. It’s aged in new oak barrels in historic old warehouses. The award-winning bourbon is batched…  More info

Buffalo Trace
121
$24.93
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Widow Jane 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

An excellent 10 year old bourbon from the Widow Jane range. This expression is distilled in Kentucky and brought down to bottling strength in New York with water from the Widow Jane mine in…  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old
1
$72.75
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Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Rebel Yell

This famous bourbon brand, originally named after a Confederate war cry, has undergone a rebrand for a new generation of rebels. "Rowdy yet refined", this new look straight bourbon is the original…  More info

Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
13
$25.98
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Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl

70cl, 50.1%
Rowan's Creek

Rowan's Creek is a small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. This has a very smooth, rounded character with lovely spicy, fruity flavours.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl
1
$59.07
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