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Bourbon Whiskey

History of Bourbon Whiskey
According to legend, Baptist minister and distiller, Reverend Elijah Craig was the creator of bourbon whiskey, although distilling probably was brought to Kentucky in the latter part of the 18th century by the Scots. The spirit they made evolved due to the availability of grain in the area, and eventually became known as bourbon in the early 19th century as a result of its association with the geographic area known as ‘Old Bourbon’.

In 1964, the US government took the steps to declare bourbon as a "distinctive product of the United States," asking "the appropriate agencies of the United States Government... [to] take appropriate action to prohibit importation into the United States of whiskey designated as 'Bourbon Whiskey. From this date, bourbon was legally an entirely American product. Most bottles of bourbon come from a blend of batches that may range in age by several years.

What is Bourbon?
Bourbon is quite a specific classification, marshalled by strict US laws. Whilst the process of making bourbon is very similar to Scotch, it does, by law, have to be made in the US and contain a mash bill of at least 51% corn. It must also be stored in charred, new American white oak barrels for at least two years.
What really sets bourbon whiskey apart is the level of corn used. The corn combined with the new charred oak barrels, after being left to age, is how bourbon attains its unique flavor.

Over the course of those years the char interacts with the spirits, which pull alcohol soluble compounds out of the wood. The time is necessary because it is during this process that the robust and complex flavor is developed, as well as the traditional caramel color.
There aren’t any defined geographical areas for bourbon, yet the only spirits with this classification are made in Kentucky.

How is Bourbon Whiskey Made?
Around 95% of all bourbon whiskey is made in Kentucky, with the nine Kentucky bourbon distilleries lying only within about 40 miles of each other. The reason behind their location is the limestone-rich waters surrounding Louisville. The limestone naturally filters the water, reducing minerals and salts and providing a perfect, sweet tasting base for the spirit.
In a similar process to Scotch, bourbon whiskey begins with grain being ground and mixed with water. Americans are actually the only distillers to cook these different grains together, with other whiskey makers choosing to blend the different spirits after distillation.
The mixture is heated to break down the starch in the grain to create fermentable sugars. (Some distillers add enzymes at this stage to ensure the best possible conversion to sugars). After cooking, the mash is placed into a fermentation vat where yeast is added along with the essential ‘sour mash’ This ingredient is mash remaining from the previous distillation and is added to ensure consistency of flavour.
The mash is then distilled – usually twice – and then aged in oak barrels for at least 2 years. Whilst most distilleries use white American oak, no particular type of oak is actually specified in the law. With this freedom, some distilleries have recently begun experimenting with French oak casks to establish a different end flavour profile.
The aging process is paramount to a good bourbon, and each distillery handles it differently. Some will move barrels between floors of their rick houses to help balance the effects of temperature on the whiskey. After aging, the bourbon is briefly chill-filtered to remove proteins and give the spirit a clear consistency.
Bourbon is usually blended from over 100 casks, each drawn from different floors of the rick house. It’s the job of the Master Blender to find, in each case, the perfect blend of casks to produce an outstanding bourbon.
You will sometimes see terms such as small batch or single barrel in relation to bourbons. This usually means that the bourbon has been blended from a limited number of barrels and single barrel means that it has been made from a single barrel of whiskey, hence is similar to a pure malt.

Recommended Bourbons
Here at Frootbat, bourbon whiskey is one of our favourites. If you’re interested in seeing what the Deep South of the USA can offer, why not start with some of our personal recommendations. Whichever you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy the slightly sweet, caramel and oaky profile of these delicious whiskies.
FROOTBAT HAS 372 Bourbon Whiskeys AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Handmade 107 Proof 10 Year Old Bourbon
Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade 107 Proof 10 Year Old Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$449.995 buying options
Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$76.9918 buying options
Pappy Van Winkle's 15 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon
Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle's 15 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$979.996 buying options
Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
W. L. Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.998 buying options
Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey 1.75lt Bottle
$39.9911 buying options
Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 1 Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 1 Tennessee Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$49.992 buying options
23 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Elijah Craig 23 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$454.992 buying options
Master's Keep 17 Year Old Bourbon
Wild Turkey Master's Keep 17 Year Old Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$149.994 buying options
Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Willett Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$38.6721 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$2.258 buying options
Small Batch Barrel Proof Bourbon
Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$59.9518 buying options
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B Bourbon
Old Rip Van Winkle Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$589.992 buying options
Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey 1lt Bottle
$129.999 buying options
True Barrel Small Batch Straight Bourbon
Booker's True Barrel Small Batch Straight Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$59.995 buying options
12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$164.807 buying options
No. 8 Tennessee Whisky
George Dickel No. 8 Tennessee Whisky 750ml Bottle
$14.9915 buying options
Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 2 Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 2 Tennessee Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$34.992 buying options
Single Barrel Bourbon
Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$129.002 buying options
12 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon
Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$19.9529 buying options
Original White Label Bourbon
Jim Beam Original White Label Bourbon 1lt Bottle
$21.999 buying options
Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$13.9913 buying options
Forged Oak 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$99.9513 buying options
Barrel Proof Bourbon
Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$69.992 buying options
7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Baker's 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$36.9921 buying options
25th Anniversary True Barrel Small Batch Bourbon
Booker's 25th Anniversary True Barrel Small Batch Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$849.992 buying options
Small Batch Bourbon
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$39.997 buying options
Old No. 7 Green Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Green Label Tennessee Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.9912 buying options
Dual Cask Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Filibuster Dual Cask Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.0011 buying options
Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$47.9912 buying options
Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Bourbon
Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$37.9710 buying options
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.9930 buying options
No. 12 Tennessee Whisky
George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky 750ml Bottle
$16.9919 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey 200ml Bottle
$8.493 buying options
Cask Strength Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Angel's Envy Cask Strength Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$209.9919 buying options
Barterhouse 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon
Orphan Barrel Barterhouse 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$199.994 buying options
8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Basil Hayden's 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.9751 buying options
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
George T. Stagg Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$499.879 buying options
Rare Breed Bourbon
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$35.1718 buying options
Original White Label Bourbon
Jim Beam Original White Label Bourbon 375ml Bottle
$10.996 buying options
Diamond Anniversary Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$119.9510 buying options
Bourbon
Maker's Mark Bourbon 200ml Bottle
$9.998 buying options
46 Bourbon
Maker's Mark 46 Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$29.9914 buying options
101 Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$19.999 buying options
Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey
A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$62.003 buying options
10 Year Old Bourbon
Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$34.9932 buying options
Small Batch Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select Bourbon
1792 Small Batch Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$23.9940 buying options
Small Batch Straight Malt Whiskey
Westward Small Batch Straight Malt Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$49.993 buying options
Original Sour Mash Bourbon
Kentucky Vintage Original Sour Mash Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$24.9514 buying options
1st Edition 11 Year Old Cask Strength Bourbon
Parker's Heritage Collection 1st Edition 11 Year Old Cask Strength Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$349.994 buying options
1870 Original Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$42.8923 buying options
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