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1792 Bourbon 12yr 750ml

“Super-complex up front aromas,” said Barton 1792 Master Distiller Danny Kahn in a prepared statement. “The first thing that hits the palate...
$25.88
$28.44
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1792 Bourbon Small Batch 750ml

Rated 94 - Sweet maple and caramel cream are pungent in the nose. In the mouth it is thoroughly imbued with nutmeg, coffee and hints of red fruits...
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$33.54
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A.D. Laws Bourbon Four Grain 375ml

Rated 91 - Look for an enticing vanilla scent with a hint of almond extract. The palate opens with vanilla and oak, then dries to dark toffee and...
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A.D. Laws Bourbon Four Grain 750ml

Rated 91 - Look for an enticing vanilla scent with a hint of almond extract. The palate opens with vanilla and oak, then dries to dark toffee and...
91WE
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$68.34
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A.H. Hirsch Bourbon High Rye 8 Year 750ml

The modern Hirsch whiskey brand is an inspired reflection of the legendary A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old that many consider to be the best...
$37.75
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Angels Envy Bourbon 750ml

Rated 93 - Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey finished in a port pipe. This is veteran master distiller Lincoln Henderson’s newest creation,...
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Bakers Bourbon 7 Year Old 750ml

Rated 93 - Lean, dry and spicy, this seven-year-old small-batch Bourbon may be reminiscent of of rye whiskey. It has a mild maple scent and complex...
93WE
$80.34
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Basil Haydens Bourbon 1.0Ltr

Rated 93 - Complex and balanced, this go-to Bourbon features vanilla aromatics with a touch of fresh apple. On the palate, it's light at first,...
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Bourbon

Bourbon has survived all manner of difficulties and restrictions to become one of the world’s best selling and most recognizable spirits. This unique and distinctly American whiskey came from humble origins, allowing poor farmers in the fields of Pennsylvania and Maryland to make a living from their crops. Prohibition, temperance movements and conflict continuously threatened to wipe Bourbon from existence, but today the drink is stronger than ever and has a global audience of millions. Over time, it has become more refined, and innovation and experimentation has set modern Bourbon apart from other whiskey styles.

Today, the Bourbon heartland and spiritual home is in Kentucky, where the whiskey producers of northern states traveled to seek a new home, free from oppressive tax regimes in the early days. It is now far from the rough and ready spirit of yesteryear, governed by strict rules and regulations to maintain standards and keep quality high. Modern Bourbon must be made from a mash which is no less than 51% and no more than 80% corn (the rest of the mash being made from rye, wheat or barley), giving it a distinctive sweetness, and it must be aged in charred, white oak casks with no other added ingredient but water.

The varied flavors of different Bourbons come about mainly from the different quantities of the permitted grains in the mash. A larger proportion of rye will produce a spicy, peppery whiskey, whereas more wheat will result in a smoother, more subtle drink. Ageing and water quality, as well as the expertise and vision of the craftsmen who distill it, will also make a difference, meaning there is much more to Bourbon than might first meet the eye.