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Bourbon Whiskey

The quintessential American libation, Bourbon conjures images of corn fields and little streams cutting their way through Kentucky. Kentucky is Bourbon country in spirit and, indeed, in name. For when the American pioneers first colonized the country, they divided up the land and one plot, which covered much of what is now Kentucky, was named Bourbon, for the French Royal Family.

The county was formed in 1786. Originally part of Virginia, it was not until 1792 that Bourbon County was transferred to the new State of Kentucky. There was a great quantity of corn-based whiskey produced in the area, and it was shipped from a port on the Ohio River, which lay in Bourbon County. The barrels were stamped with their origin, ‘Old Bourbon’, and thus the name stuck. The principal distinction in Bourbon whiskey is the make up of the mash bill. The mash bill is the list of cereal grains used for distillation. Bourbon is distilled from 51% corn, differing it from other American spirits. Other grains are used including wheat, rye and barley.

Distillation is achieved in a pot still before ageing in new, charred oak barrels. The use of charred barrels is credited, by and large, to Reverend Elijah Craig. Such claims are not necessarily reliable, but the story is worth mentioning, for it is so oft told. The significance of this is decidedly great, for the Scotch whisky industry uses a proliferation of ex bourbon barrels, as do the rum and tequila fraternities. Elijah kept an outhouse, in which he stored his barrels and one day, a fire tore through the building, blackening his casks. The reverend filled his scorched barrels regardless, and found the charred inners imparted a vanilla sweetness and a rich hue.

Once a bourbon barrel has been emptied, it cannot be reused, thus they are shipped for use overseas. The spirit is aged for two years and bottled at a minimum of 40% alcohol by volume. There has been that more recent phenomenon of small batch and high end bourbons. The market for these is substantial and ever-growing, as consumers lean toward quality over quantity. Single barrel offerings and artisan products are of increasing popularity.

Old Crow Traveler - 1960s

75cl, 43%
The Old Crow

An interestingly shaped Traveler bottle of Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which we believe was produced in the 1960s. Highly sought after by collectors.  More info

Old Crow Traveler - 1960s
$290.12

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam White Label sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, produced all the way back in the 1970s. Jim Beam boffins would surely love this collectible piece.  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$217.59

Jim Beam White Label - 1978

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

This is a bottle of Jim Beam White Label, which we think was produced in 1978. A collectible antique for whiskey lovers, though unfortunately this bottle looks to have suffered at the hands of time,…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1978
$217.59

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982

70cl, 0%
Jim Beam

A bottle of Jim Beam White Label which we think was bottled way back in the '80s. 1982, to be specific. Oddly, the label doesn't seem to feature an ABV listing... Please note that the label does…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - bottled 1982
$174.07

Old Grand-Dad - bottled 1991

70cl, 43%
The Old Grand-dad Distillery Co

This is a collectible bottle of Old Grand-Dad Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, which we believe to have been bottled back in 1991. The brand is currently owned by Beam, and has made several TV and…  More info

Old Grand-Dad - bottled 1991
$145.06

Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old - 2000s

70cl, 40%
Ancient Old Kentucky

A collectible bottle of Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old Bourbon, bottled for Toorank in the 2000s. A rather decorative piece for collectors.  More info

Ancient Old Kentucky De Luxe 12 Year Old - 2000s
$217.59

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish

75cl, 45.10%
McLain & Kyne

Jefferson's Reserve finished for nine months in casks that previously held Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Groth Vineyards in Napa Valley!  More info

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish
$120.82

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's original Single Barrel is a must-try for American whiskey enthusiasts - each one is made with bourbon drawn from a single cask, not blended with any other whiskies. Well worth having a…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 540
$60.39

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Original Single Barrel harks back to the days when Colonel Albert B. Blanton bottled his own private reserve bourbon, drawn the whiskey from single barrels matured in the middle sections of…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307
$60.39

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 599)

75cl, 49.50%
Ezra Brooks

Ezra Brooks single barrel bourbon, produced at Heaven Hill, matured for 12 years in heavily charred cask (#599) and bottled at 49.5% abv.  More info

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 599)
$63.12

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014

70cl, 55.90%
Four Roses

This is the 2014 release of Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength, made with barrels which were specially selected by the master distiller, resulting in a spectacularly flavoursome bourbon with…  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2014
$107.58

Blanton's Gold Edition

70cl, 51.50%
Buffalo Trace

A superb single barrel bourbon. Blanton's Gold is distilled from a mashbill of corn, rye and malted barley. Each bottle is hand filled, sealed, labeled and individually numbered.  More info

Blanton's Gold Edition
16
$71.27

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

An 18 year old single barrel bourbon named after the Reverend Elijah Craig, credited with discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred barrels. This is a rich and delectable whiskey, the…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 18 Year Old
2
$188.20

Stagg Jr. 66.05%

75cl, 66.10%
Buffalo Trace

'Like father, like son.' Stagg Jr. bourbon features many of the characteristics of one of Buffalo Trace's most sought after expressions, the George T. Stagg. It's big and bold with a high ABV, though…  More info

Stagg Jr. 66.05%
2
$90.60

Noah's Mill

75cl, 57.20%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Noah's Mill is an outstanding old small batch bourbon, containing whiskeys between 4 and 20 years old. Quite rare this, and very enjoyable in an old-fashioned.  More info

Noah's Mill
38
$65.92

Heaven Hill Bourbon

70cl, 40%
Heaven Hill

A classic Kentucky straight bourbon from Heaven Hill, aged for around four years. This is quite a smooth and easy style of bourbon.  More info

Heaven Hill Bourbon
17
$23.98

1792 Small Batch Bourbon

75cl, 46.90%
Barton Distilling Company

In the year 1792, Kentucky became a state. 1792 Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is named after that wonderful year. It's a spicy, rye-rich bourbon which is just asking to be enjoyed on a sunny evening with…  More info

1792 Small Batch Bourbon
6
$70.27

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015

70cl, 54.30%
Four Roses

2015's limited edition release, from barrels selected by the Master Distiller is barrel strength and non-chill filtered as always. Some of the best whiskey available from this distillery.  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2015
1
$100.27

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 529

70cl, 46.50%
Buffalo Trace

Yet another gorgeous bottling of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon - a favourite of ours here at MoM Towers. As ever, this tip-top bourbon was drawn from a barrel (#529 this time) which was…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 529
$60.39

Kentucky Vintage 75cl

75cl, 45%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

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
$38.91

Rock Town Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 57.40%
Rock Town

Another of Rock Town's well-regarded single barrel bourbon releases, which have received scores as high as 96.5 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible! Milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, aged,…  More info

Rock Town Arkansas Single Barrel Bourbon
$81.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101

70cl, 64.30%
Buffalo Trace

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range shows off the excellent bourbon at a full-on ABVs. This one, coming from Barrel 101, was bottled at a very generous 64.3% ABV.  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101
$95.61

Willett's Pot Still Single Barrel 1.75l

175cl, 47%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Willett's Pot Still Single Barrel is a massively popular single barrel bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. If you're a big fan, why not get a big bottle of it? This right here is a 1.75 litre…  More info

Willett's Pot Still Single Barrel 1.75l
2
$132.32

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566

70cl, 65.70%
Buffalo Trace

A Straight From The Barrel bottling of Blanton's excellent bourbon. This one was matured in barrel #566 and bottled at 65.7% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566
$95.61

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Year Old

75cl, 45%
Heaven Hill

As the years go by, the Single Barrel releases from Elijah Craig seem to get older too. It makes sense, doesn't it? And let us tell you - sense tastes like awesome 23 year old Elijah Craig bourbon,…  More info

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 23 Year Old
$259.83

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