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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.

Johnny Drum Black Label

70cl, 43%
Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Co

Johnny Drum Black Label has been made by a method that has remained unchanged for 5 generations of master distillers.  More info

Johnny Drum Black Label
$28.86

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey

75cl, 46%
Rock Town

From the Rock Town Distillery in beautiful Arkansas, comes their Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey (previously known as the Arkansas Young Bourbon, which won Double Gold in the Small Batch Bourbon 10 Years…  More info

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey
6
$51.30

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101

70cl, 50.5%
Dry Fly Distilling

A flavoursome bourbon from Dry Fly Distillers in Spokane, Washington, which was "100% hand crafted in the Pacific Northwest with real hands", as the label proudly proclaims. It's presented at 101…  More info

Dry Fly Washington Bourbon 101
$71.08

Images of Bardstown (Malts of Scotland)

70cl, 53.2%
Malts of Scotland

An independent bottling of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from an undisclosed distillery. Rather rare to see indie bottling of bourbon - this one comes to us via German bottler Malts of Scotland…  More info

Images of Bardstown (Malts of Scotland)
$55.54

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s

Jim Beam

A large 1970s bottle of Jim Beam White Label Bourbon, which is aged for four years before it's bottled. Unfortunately, while this bottle is bigger than your average one, they didn't actually put its…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1970s
$188.65

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Kentucky Boat

This is an ancient bottle of Kentucky Boat Bourbon Whiskey, produced over 30 years ago in the 1970s. Is the name (and the wonderful label) a reference to how bourbon used to be transported from…  More info

Kentucky Boat Bourbon - 1970s
$150.92

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
$188.65

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
$188.65

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1979

94cl, 40%
Hiram Walker and Sons

Ten high is not a great poker hand, but this bottle of Hiran Walker's Ten High is an awesome antique! This particular 94.6cl bottle of Ten High was produced back in 1979... This bottle was part of…  More info

Hiram Walker's Ten High - 1979
$226.38

Jim Beam White Label - 1995

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Dating from the 1990s, this is a bottle of Jim Beam's classic White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - 1995
$100.61

Jim Beam White Label - Early 1980s

75cl, 40%
Jim Beam

We believe that this bottle of Jim Beam White Label bourbon was produced back in the early 1980s. Sadly, the label looks to have suffered some water damage over the years, but never-the-less, this is…  More info

Jim Beam White Label - Early 1980s
$188.65

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995

100cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam's famous White Label is distilled from a mashbill with a high rye content. The result of this is extra spice notes. This stuff would work well in an 'old' Old Fashioned cocktail! This…  More info

Jim Beam White Label 1l - 1995
$150.92

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 958

70cl, 46.5%
Buffalo Trace

It's a single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's range! This particular bottling was drawn from cask #958 which matured in the legendary Warehouse H, before being bottled at 46.5% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 958
$52.36

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 918

70cl, 64.1%
Buffalo Trace

Single barrel bourbon, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever - that's what the Blanton's Straight From The Barrel range is all about. This particular bottling was drawn…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 918
$91.86

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 922

70cl, 64.1%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottling, drawn from barrel #922 and bottled at a full-on 64.1% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately, the gold wax atop these Straight From The Barrel bottlings is…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 922
$91.86

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

We love these Blanton's Straight from the Barrel release - each bottling is drawn from a single barrel (matured in the renowned Warehouse H) and bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration.…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 262
1
$91.86

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Buffalo Trace

Single barrel bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery in a new 70cl bottle. This stuff is great and good value for money too.  More info

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
18
$38.72

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

A Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon. These are drawn from a single barrel (in this case, barrel #265) and are bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration whatsoever. Absolutely…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 265
$91.86

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2016

70cl, 55.6%
Four Roses

This is the 2016 edition of the Four Roses Small Batch Barrel Strength! These are always hotly anticipated by bourbon fans every year, and with good reason. This year, it's been bottled at 55.6% ABV.  More info

Four Roses Small Batch - Barrel Strength 2016
1
$101.61

Jefferson's Groth Reserve Cask Finish

75cl, 45.1%
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
$104.75

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2016-01E)

70cl, 63.9%
Booker's

Another brilliant batch of Booker's Bourbon! This one came from batch 2016-01E and has been bottled at a full-bodied 63.9% ABV. Always exciting to get these in here at MoM Towers.  More info

Booker's True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2016-01E)
$65.22

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263

70cl, 62.8%
Buffalo Trace

Here's another one of those very popular Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bottlings! These are all drawn from single barrels (in this case, it was drawn from barrel #263) and bottled at cask…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 263
$91.86

Evan Williams 1783

70cl, 43%
Heaven Hill

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
5
$29.29

Koval Bourbon

50cl, 47%
Koval

Koval bourbon is made with 51% corn (the minimum required for a bourbon) with the rest of the mashbill being made up by millet. This unusual choice, used to make distilled spirits in Nepal, is…  More info

Koval Bourbon
$43.97

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1086) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 45.5%
Widow Jane

One of a pair of 10 year old bourbons released for La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations from Widow Jane. This one features a high-rye content in its mash-bill, and has been bottled at…  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1086) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$128.21

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