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 »
The fourth in Woodford Reserve's Masters Collection, Seasoned Oak Finish has been finished in barrels that have been seasoned (ie left outside) for three to five years (rather than the usual three to five months). This process of seasoning changes the wood by reducing tannins and ultimately creates a new range of flavour compounds, and the resulting whisky is proclaimed by Woodford to be their 'most robust whiskey yet'.
The Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project is one of the most ambitious releases of whiskey that we've ever seen. 192 different whiskies each made by varying 7 of the elements of the recipe to give a range that shows the effect of each factor: Where in the tree the barrel wood comes from; thickness of wood grain; stave seasoning time; level of char; mash bill; barrel filling proof; and position in the warehouse.
A bottle of I W Harper Gold Label bourbon which, we estimate, dates from the 1970s. The historic and now-defunct brand was created by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim back in 1896 and was one of the best selling bourbon brands in Japan.
A bottle of 8 year old Old Boone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The brand was, at the time of bottling, produced at the Dant distillery in southern Jefferson County, though nowadays is owned by Heaven Hill. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1960s..
A large bottle of Jim Beam White Label from the 1970s. The bottle has a handy carrying handle built into it. This is a rare version, in that it's been aged for an extra year, taking it to five and is at 43% rather than 40%.
A very old bottle of Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Produced at Berheim distillery and bottled in 1943. This Old Timbrook 5 year old comes in a US Quart-sized bottle, which makes it just under a litre of very rare, vintage bourbon.
A large bottle of Bonded Beam bottled in 1943. The term "bonded" originally referred to the laws that governed the warehouses used to age the whiskey, but has over time become used to mean 100 proof (or 50% ABV).