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 »
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.
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.
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.
A small batch single malt whiskey from Nashville's Corsair distillery, using malted barley smoked using cherry wood, peat and beechwood to create richly flavoured and complex spirit. Malt Advocate 19th Annual Awards: Artisan Whiskey of the Year
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.
A collaborative whiskey from High West, taking spirit from the USA and Scotland to produce a one-of-a-kind bottling. It's a blend of straight bourbon and rye, with high corn and rye mashbills respectively, with a peaty Scottish single malt. A fantastic combination of sweet corn, floral rye and smoky Scotch.
Considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of the Jack Daniels stable, Silver Select is bottled at a significantly higher strength, resulting in a greater intensity of flavour. A full-on Tennessee whiskey experience.
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