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 »
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 limited edition of Jack Daniel's bottled in honour of the birthday of Angelo Lucchesi, the first JD salesman. He started back with the company in 1953 and turned 90 on Christmas Eve 2010 - top work, sir.
A slightly different addition to the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection - a pair of rye whiskies, one aged in a new American cask (like almost all other American whiskies) and the other in a refill cask that once held bourbon. The former shows off the casks flavours and the latter those of the spirit - an interesting examination of maturation process.
Another experiment in the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection, this 1838 Sweet Mash expression is made with entirely fresh ingredients - eschewing the addition of 'Sour' mash from the previous fermentation (as is standard practice across the industry).
A great idea from the folks at Wasmund's - a 2 litre new charred oak cask, two 70cl bottles of their single malt spirit and the challenge of maturing your own 'whisky'. It'll pick up flavour quickly in a barrel this small so it's perfect for experimentation.
A special edition from Jack Daniel's, celebrating one of the whiskey's biggest fans - Frank Sinatra. For over 50 years JD was a firm favourite of Ol' Blue Eyes, regularly appearing in his hand as a tipple of choice. This release is not only bottled at a stronger 45%, but is also partly matured in 'Sinatra barrels', grooved on the inside to allow more wood/spirit interaction, developing deeper and more intense flavour.
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..