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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 Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

70cl, 43%
Royal Spring

The Pepper surname goes back in the history of bourbon, reaching into the 1700s! Could it be this legacy that this bottle of Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is referencing with its…  More info

Old Pepper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$29.59

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 222

70cl, 63.4%
Blanton's

We're big Blanton's bourbon fans here at MoM Towers (and we know many of our customers love it too), so we're always happy to see more of them arrive in our warehouse. This one is from their Straight…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 222
$90.92

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish

70cl, 45.2%
Woodford Reserve

From the brilliant Woodford Reserve Master's Collection comes a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir finished bourbon! A previous release from the series experimented with a Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Chardonnay cask…  More info

Woodford Reserve Master's Collection - Sonoma-Cutrer Finish
$124.48

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
$45.88

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 643

70cl, 66.5%
Blanton's

Delicious cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range. This one was drawn from barrel #643, and has been bottled at 66.5% ABV. Absolutely superb stuff, this. Always a…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 643
$82.04

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
1
$161.50

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121

70cl, 64.1%
Blanton's

Another Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bourbon, which are bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration. This one was allowed to age in cask #121, which called the legendary Warehouse H…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 121
$90.92

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 591)

75cl, 49.5%
Ezra Brooks

A 12 year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from the Ezra Brooks range, produced at Heaven Hill. This particular bottling was drawn from a single barrel - barrel #591, in case you were wondering.  More info

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 591)
$74.64

Stetson Bourbon

70cl, 42%
Stetson

Named for John B Stetson and originally launched for the German market, this bourbon honours the chap who invented a stalwart in my "top 7 hats" list, recently knocked off the number 3 spot by the…  More info

Stetson Bourbon
$31.11

Jim Beam White Label

70cl, 40%
Jim Beam

Jim Beam bourbon undergoes distillation at lower temperatures and is distilled to no more than 62.5%, the White label is aged for four years and has quite a high percentage of rye in the mashbill.  More info

Jim Beam White Label
56
$19.02

Evan Williams White Label

70cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

A classic in every sense of the word, Evan Williams White Label Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a favourite of the back-bar around the world. Bottled at a higher ABV than the regular Evan…  More info

Evan Williams White Label
$31.07

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2015-02)

70cl, 63.7%
Booker's

Stunning cask strength Kentucky straight bourbon from the Booker's True Barrel series - a fantastic line from the Jim Beam range named after the one and only Booker Noe. This one has been bottled at…  More info

Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2015-02)
4
$64.55

David Nicholson 1843

75cl, 50%
David Nicholson

A somewhat seldom-seen (at least on these shores) brand of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, David Nicholson 1843 shows off a big, bold flavour profile and is bottled at 50% ABV.  More info

David Nicholson 1843
1
$41.44

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 923

70cl, 64.1%
Blanton's

Delicious cask strength, single cask bourbon from the brilliant Blanton's range. This particular bottling was drawn from cask #923 and bottled at a very generous 64.1% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 923
$90.92

John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon

75cl, 50%
A. Smith Bowman

Made to commemorate the brave soul that was John J. Bowman, who explored the American frontier in 1775, presided over Kentucky's first county court and was the great, great uncle of Abram Bowman,…  More info

John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon
1
$80.60

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1090) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 57%
Widow Jane

A 10 year old single barrel bourbon from Widow Jane, a Brooklyn-based outfit, presented as part of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations. This was a release of only 178 bottles.  More info

Widow Jane 10 Year Old (cask 1090) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$123.83

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon

70cl, 45%
A. Smith Bowman

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon, from the American distillery, A. Smith Bowman. Named after four Virginian Bowman brothers, John, Abraham, Joseph and Isaac. While that might sound like the…  More info

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
2
$66.87

Corner Creek

75cl, 44%
Corner Creek Distilling Co

An 8 year old bourbon from the Corner Creek distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. This is distilled from wheat corn and rye, and has a full bodied, round flavour. Made in small batches, each bottle…  More info

Corner Creek
2
$47.19

Parker's Heritage Collection 24 Year Old

75cl, 50%
Heaven Hill

The 10th release from Parker's Heritage Collection (unveiled yearly and always amazing) is a 24 year old bottled-in-bond bourbon! Very exciting and sure to be highly coveted by bourbon enthusiasts…  More info

Parker's Heritage Collection 24 Year Old
3
$311.14

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)
$64.55

Rock Town Fifth Anniversary Bourbon 37.5cl

37cl, 50%
Rock Town

A limited edition bourbon distilled in 2011, a year after this fantastic distillery was founded, and aged for four years in 53 gallon barrels before being bottled in bond to celebrate Rock Town's…  More info

Rock Town Fifth Anniversary Bourbon 37.5cl
$70.29

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon

75cl, 64.9%
Balcones

The Balcones distillery out in Waco, Texas, are well known for using blue corn in their spirits - they were the first to make a whisky using it! This right here is their very own bourbon,…  More info

Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon
1
$109.90

William Larue Weller (2016 Release)

75cl, 67.7%
William Larue Weller

The auction ended at 20:00 (GMT) Thu 22nd December with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) donated to Malaria No More UK. Here's the Buffalo Trace 2016 Release of William Laure Weller…  More info

William Larue Weller (2016 Release)
$133.76

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (70.1%)

70cl, 70.1%
Heaven Hill

This is a barrel strength bottling of Elijah Craig bourbon - these are very popular indeed, boasting a full-bodied flavour profile and very generous ABVs. Add a few drops of water to help unlock the…  More info

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (70.1%)
$93.31

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1180

70cl, 65.5%
Blanton's

Yet another top-notch bourbon whiskey from Blanton's selection. This Straight From The Barrel bottling features whiskey drawn from barrel #1180, bottled at 65.5% ABV. Please Note: Unfortunately,…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 1180
$90.92

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