Bourbon is an American Whiskey produced mainly in Kentucky, although there are notable bourbons from other US states. Bourbon has been a part of American culture since the late 18th century, when poor farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania began distilling their excess grain crops. Read More »
Aged for five years in new American white oak barrels, Cyrus Noble Bourbon is produced in Nelson County, Kentucky. A historic brand which was once the world's most sought after Kentucky Whiskey in the mid 19th century, it is still craft distilled in Kentucky today.
A 100 proof rye whiskey bottled under the reinvigorated James E Pepper label. James's grandfather has a claim to having opened the first Kentucky Distillery in 1776, but the James Pepper brand really hit its height in the early part of the 20th century, although it had disappeared by the latter parts. It's now back with this bourbon-esque, fruity rye whiskey.
Named after Ancient Age's master distiller, who selects the bourbons for this storming effort: baked fruits with deliciously smooth, rounded vanilla and spice notes. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whiskey - USA
Blended from barrels of 6-12 year-old bourbon and bottled at barrel proof with no added water, Rare Breed has a rich, yet mellow flavour despite its high alcohol content. IWSC 2012 - Gold Outstanding Medal - Whiskey - USA
A short-lived edition of Maker's Mark. Released with the ABV reduced from the usual 45% in an attempt to avoid stock shortage issues, it invoked an outcry and Beam Inc reversed their decision within a week. A few of these rare bottles got into stores and we've managed to acquire a few.
A bottle of Old Forester Classic 86 Proof bourbon, the recipe of which is in keeping with the style of when it was first introduced by George Garvin Brown in 1870. High in rye content, this is full bodied and rich.
Created in 1796 by Basil Hayden, who went against the grain (no pun intended) by adding in rye into the traditional corn-based mashbill. It was a huge hit and today is one of Jim Beam's 'Small Batch' range of bourbons.
An interesting small batch whiskey from the A Smith Bowman distillery in Virginia. Bowman Brothers is made by redistilling spirit from the Buffalo Trace distillery, before filling it into casks and ageing it. The result is a rare and much sought after Virginia bourbon whiskey.
An 8 year old bourbon distilled in Bardstown and named for the year that Kentucky became a state - 1792. Ridgemont Reserve is a bit of a hidden gem, with a very low profile despite a huge 94.5 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013. Whisky Bible Awards 2013: 9 Years & Under; 94.5 Points
A bourbon from Californian distillers St. George, although not distilled by them. They've trawled the warehouses of Kentucky's finest distilleries and blended together a selection of about 80 'plundered' casks to create this intense and complex bourbon.
Bernheim Original is made by Heaven Hill and is the only straight wheat American whiskey available. A winner of the Gold 'Editor's Choice Award' from Whisky Magazine, Bernheim is 51% winter wheat, 39% corn and 10% barley malt. A soft, mellow, fruity palate with gentle vanilla notes. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Non-Bourbon No Age Statement
The first new Makers Mark recipe for at least 50 years, Maker's 46 is named for the number of different wood 'recipes' they tried before getting it right. Bottled at 47% it is matured in part in barrels containing a 'ladder' of toasted new French oak barrel staves to give more spice, sweetness and vanilla. Limited to 1 bottle per customer.
A ready made cocktail, sort of, from Maker's Mark, infusing mint flavours into their regular whiskey along with adding a touch of sugar to produce a spirit that only needs mixing with a silver cup of crushed ice to produce a refreshing julep.
A single barrel bourbon from Virginia's A Smith Bowman distillery - John J Bowman, named for an early pioneer and Kentucky settler. They redistill spirit from Buffalo Trace's distillery in their large pot still before ageing and bottling, for a clean and richly flavoured whiskey.
A barrel proof (cask-strength) bottling of Elijah Craig, at a whopping 67.1%. Originally only available at Heaven Hill's Bourbon Heritage Centre, this is now allowed to be exported and we gratefully snapped some up.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
An interesting bourbon with a unique twist - after the initial maturation it takes a leaf out of Scotch Whisky's book and spends between 3 and 6 months finishing in port barrels. The more experimentation the better, we reckon, especially when it turns out something like this - marrying the sweet caramel and grain of bourbon with the rich sticky wine flavours of a port cask.