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 »
McAfee's Benchmark is a rye-recipe Kentucky straight bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery, awarded 90 points by Wine Enthusiast and a former Gold Medal and Trophy winner at the International Spirits Challenge.
Somewhat obscure, but very good value sourmash Kentucky straight, first produced as far back as 1836. Named after Joseph Washington Dant, a Kentucky distilled from the 1830s, who used a tree trunk as a still, rather than a copper one.
An 81 proof (40.5%ABV) bourbon crafted by Wild Turkey associate distiller Eddie Russell, son of master distiller Jimmy. It's a high rye mash matured in heavily charred casks for big flavour at a more approachable ABV than the 101.
Jim Beam Black, the 'triple-aged' statement refers not to three different types of cask (as that would not be allowed under bourbon regulations) but to the 6 year old age statement, which is three times the minimum maturation period for straight bourbon.
Buffalo Trace is a really classy bourbon from the eponymous distillery that has been responsible for some truly outstanding products in recent years. A must-stock for any bar worthy of the name and probably the best all-rounder around twenty quid.
A solid bourbon produced by, strangely, the folks of the Florida Caribbean Distilling company. They make rum and other spirits at their distillery in Florida, but this is made in Kentucky and selected by the company.
A devilish twist on Jim Beam's regular bourbon, blending their 6 year old whiskey with spirit extracted from the wood of the cask itself, where it's soaked in over the years of maturation. This gives us a robust and hefty bourbon with a nice added chunk of woody richness.
A terrific small batch bourbon from Four Roses - and in this case, Small Batch means just that - only four casks are used in the construction of each release. Sweet and spicy, with a generous dash of vanilla, this is a treat.