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Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon is the most prominent style of whiskey produced in the USA, enjoyed in saloons around the world sipped neat or in brilliant bourbon cocktails. Back in the days of yore (around the late 18th Century, specifically), Irish and Scottish immigrants brought distillation to Kentucky. A farmer would whack a portion of their crops into their still and they’d have what we’d see today as the precursor to bourbon whiskey.

There are a few theories as to how the name for bourbon came around, but nothing concrete. It’s derived from France’s Bourbon dynasty, but no one is 100% sure where exactly the name for the spirit came from. Some people say it was named for Bourbon County in Kentucky, while others say it was from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. If you're a time traveller, do us all a favour and go find out, would you?

So, what is bourbon? Well, there are a few laws dictating how bourbon is made. Firstly, it must be made in the United States (and it is indeed made all across the USA - not every bourbon is a Kentucky bourbon!). The mash bill of a bourbon must be made with at least 51% corn (the most common others types of grain used in bourbon production are rye, barley and wheat). Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels (with no minimum specified ageing period - though if it has been aged for fewer than three years, it can’t legally be called whiskey here in Europe). The spirit can’t be distilled to more than 80% ABV, and bourbon must be bottled at 40% ABV or more.

If all that law learnin’ has made you mighty parched, we have many of the best bourbon brands in stock, including Blanton’s, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and more. And as for those aforementioned bourbon cocktails, you can’t go wrong with a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned.

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon

75cl, 50%
Smooth Ambler

A bourbon of two sides from Smooth Ambler. Their Contradiction Bourbon is made with a blends of two whiskeys - one is a rather young wheated bourbon distilled by Smooth Ambler themselves, the other…  More info

Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon
5
$78.28

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl

70cl, 50.1%
Rowan's Creek

Rowan's Creek is a small batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co. This has a very smooth, rounded character with lovely spicy, fruity flavours.  More info

Rowan's Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon 70cl
1
$63.60

Baker's 7 Year Old

70cl, 53.5%
Baker's

An excellent small batch bourbon, named for the grand nephew of Jim Beam, Baker Beam. This is a well-aged expression which makes use of a special strain of jug yeast which the Beam family have made…  More info

Baker's 7 Year Old
1
$51.07

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 58

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

The Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range is a favourite among the folks here at MoM Towers (we've also heard many of our customers are rather fond of it, too). The bourbons are drawn from single…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 58
$95.06

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 170

70cl, 66.3%
Blanton's

A brilliant bourbon from Blanton's, released as part of their Straight From The Barrel range. These whiskeys are bottled at cask strength (this one from cask #170 weighs in at a hefty 66.3% ABV - a…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 170
$95.06

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

35cl, 46%
Tuthilltown Spirits

Made with corn, rye, wheat and malted barley, this is a 4-grain bourbon from Tuthilltown Spirits, producers of the first legal pot-still whiskey in New York since prohibition! Each bottle is numbered…  More info

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
$39.45

Evan Williams 1783

70cl, 43%
Evan Williams

A superb Kentucky straight bourbon from Evan Williams, produced in small batches. The 1783 expression is named after the year that Evan Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River.  More info

Evan Williams 1783
11
$34.50

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon

70cl, 45%
Winchester

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon comes to us from South Carolina-based distillers, Terressentia. They make it using their own TerrePURE technology, which sees ultrasonic energy helping to develop the…  More info

Winchester Extra Smooth Bourbon
$37.26

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8

70cl, 40%
Benchmark

Benchmark by name, benchmark by nature. This really is one for the more well Bourbon producers to beat, and despite its status as an outsider, really warrants some attention - especially if cocktails…  More info

Benchmark Bourbon Old Number 8
15
$22.53

Fighting Cock

75cl, 51.5%
Fighting Cock

A well-known and particularly punchy bourbon from Heaven Hill, boasting quite a name indeed. It previously had an age statement, but in recent years it has lost it. Never-the-less, it remains a good…  More info

Fighting Cock
$39.10

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (67.4%)

70cl, 67.4%
Elijah Craig

A barrel proof bottling of hugely flavoursome 12 year old Elijah Craig Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Sitting at a sturdy 67.4% ABV, it's an intense bourbon, so perhaps a drop or two of water…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (67.4%)
2
$100.66

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 50%
James E. Pepper & Co.

The Pepper name goes way back in terms of bourbon production, back to 1776. Even James E. Pepper nick-named the whiskey 'Old 1776'. However, in the latter half of the 1900s, the James E. Pepper name,…  More info

1776 Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$59.03

Early Times Old Reserve

70cl, 40%
Early Times Distillery

Early Times Old Reserve Kentucky bourbon - a tasty expression from a very long-running brand. Interestingly, Early Times have their own cooperage to create the barrels that their whiskey ages in! A…  More info

Early Times Old Reserve
$23.08

Marshall's Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 40%
De Luxe Distilling Company

Marshall's is a good value for money Kentucky bourbon, evidently produced in Bardstown since 1935 (a few years after Prohibition was repealed).  More info

Marshall's Bourbon Whiskey
$25.74

Woodward Bourbon

70cl, 44%
Valentine Distilling

Woodward Bourbon comes to us via Michigan's Valentine Distilling - though it has since been rebranded as Mayor Pingree Bourbon (which is more fun to say, we will admit).  More info

Woodward Bourbon
$50.30

Whiskey Thief

70cl, 40%
Whiskey Thief

It's whiskey with a mask! Is it super whiskey? Whiskey Thief, you say? Well I'm sure he only robs so you can enjoy this straight bourbon, like some kind of Robin Zorro. It's matured in fresh oak…  More info

Whiskey Thief
$29.32

Jefferson's Bourbon

70cl, 41.2%
McLain & Kyne

Jefferson's Bourbon is made in small batches with a mashbill of 60% corn, 30% rye and 10% malted barley. Interestingly, it's aged in lightly charred barrels, which imparts a distinctive flavour…  More info

Jefferson's Bourbon
1
$38.49

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea

75cl, 45%
McLain & Kyne

An exciting release from the Jefferson's range, this bourbon is initially matured on land for the lion's share of its maturation, before embarking on a sea-faring voyage, crossing the equator 4…  More info

Jefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea
3
$108.28

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old 50/50 Bourbon

35cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

4 year old bourbon from Widow Jane in Brooklyn, New York, made with a core of Wapsie Valley corn. The rest of the mashbill is made with 15% malted barley and 15% rye. It was bottled for La Maison du…  More info

Widow Jane Wapsie Valley 4 Year Old 50/50 Bourbon
$100.38

Kings County Barrel Strength

20cl, 62%
Kings County

Barrel Strength bourbon from the Kings County distillery in New York using corn grown in the state and malted barley from the UK. Intense though buttery, with a good kick of spice coming through.…  More info

Kings County Barrel Strength
$44.57

Kentucky Vintage 75cl

75cl, 45%
Kentucky Vintage

Kentucky Vintage is a delicious small-batch bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. It's a classically styled whiskey with a lovely flavour. We can see it working very well in an Old-Fashioned.  More info

Kentucky Vintage 75cl
2
$44.70

High West American Prairie Reserve

75cl, 46%
High West

American Prairie Reserve is named after the impressive 5,000 square mile wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana, the largest in the lower 48 states. High West are also donating 10% of post tax…  More info

High West American Prairie Reserve
$49.50

Bib & Tucker 6 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Bib & Tucker

A 6 year old bourbon from the Bib & Tucker range. For those unfamiliar - "bib and tucker" is an olde time-y phrase meaning "wearing fancy clothes". This expression features a rather high corn portion…  More info

Bib & Tucker 6 Year Old
1
$60.38

David Nicholson Reserve

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A spicy bourbon from the David Nicholson range, featuring a generous portion of rye within the mash-bill. Tasty stuff, suitable for sipping over ice or in cocktails.  More info

David Nicholson Reserve
1
$51.42

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Ezra Brooks

This is the entry level bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range, which was first produced back in the 1950s. These days it's produced by Heaven Hill in Kentucky. Good value for money, this one, and well…  More info

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon
1
$29.46

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