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. These distillers gradually migrated to Kentucky, which is now the spiritual home of Bourbon. Read More »
Kentucky and Tennessee based Corsair's artisanal whiskies have been causing something of a stir. Made from 80% Rye, with the balance being a mix of chocolate malt, malted rye and red wheat, this is a rather chocolatey whiskey.
A rye spirit from the folks behind Wasmund's single malt. It's not allowed to be called whiskey in the EU as it's under 3 years old or in the USA as it's not been in a new charred American oak cask. Instead the rye heavy spirit has been matured in first and second fill bourbon casks along with new and used apple wood and oak chips to give a surprising amount of development in just 12 months.
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.
A 35cl bottle of the splendidly-named Hudson Baby Bourbon - the first legal aged grain spirit to be produced in New York since Prohibition ended over 75 years ago. Unusually for bourbon, Hudson's spirit is pot-distilled and is aged in small new oak casks. Please note that this is a 35cl bottle
Hudson Four Grain bourbon is made using the Tuthilltown distillery's unique recipe of the common grains used for a bourbon mashbill - corn, rye, malted barley and wheat. Like the company's flagship Baby Bourbon, Four Grain is aged in small casks to speed up maturation. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Bourbon No Age Statement
Hudson's Manhattan Rye is a long-overdue revival of a rye-making tradition that was deeply-embedded on America's east coast before the advent of Prohibition. As with the Tuthilltown distillery's other products, Manhattan Rye has been double-distilled and aged in small casks. Please note that this is a 35cl bottle
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
Smooth Ambler's distillery was built in 2009, so this bottling was blended from barrels chosen by the owners, rather than their own spirit. Made from 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley, this has spicy notes, both woody and almost chilli-like.
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.
A rye whiskey made to an old prohibition era recipe. This was allegedly Al Capone's favourite whiskey, back in the days when it was illegal to make it, and it's been resurrected for the 21st century. Made and bottled in small batches, it's an old fashioned whiskey with a little bit of history.
A litre bottle of Jack Daniel's 43% Master Distiller edition, released to honour the first of the (as of writing) only seven master distillers to oversee the making of their whisky, a certain Mr J Daniel.
A three year-old peated single malt from Portland, Oregon, McCarthy's has been picking up followers rapidly on this side of the pond in recent years. The Clear Creek distillery is one of the pioneers of US micro-distilling and this terrific single malt is testament to their hard work.