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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.

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108

70cl, 64.6%
Blanton's

A cask strength bourbon from the Blanton's range, drawn from barrel #108, which was matured in the legendary Warehouse H. Yes, it's another fantastic Blanton's Straight From The Barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 108
$82.00

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)

75cl, 69.1%
George T. Stagg

A big, brawny Buffalo Trace bourbon which needs no introduction (but we'll give it one anyway, because we're nice like that), the 2014 edition George T. Stagg from the annually adored Antique…  More info

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2014 Release)
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$466.02

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646

70cl, 66.4%
Blanton's

Here's another cracking Blanton's Straight from the Barrel bottling, this time featuring bourbon drawn from barrel #646 - if that number holds some sort of significance to you, then this is your…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 646
$82.00

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1978

75cl, 50.5%
Wild Turkey

This Wild Turkey 101 Proof (50.5% abv), aged for 8 years, offers a window into the past. It is bourbon from nearly four decades ago!  More info

Wild Turkey 8 Year Old - 1978
$311.03

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 672

70cl, 66.4%
Blanton's

Blanton's Straight from the Barrel range is a well-loved range of cask strength bourbons which are drawn from individual casks and aren't blended with any other whiskeys. This one came from barrel…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 672
$82.00

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 101

70cl, 64.3%
Blanton's

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
$82.00

1792 Port Cask Finish

75cl, 44.5%
Barton 1792

Named after the year Kentucky became a state, this bourbon was spent a two year finishing period in Port barrels.  More info

1792 Port Cask Finish
$49.24

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon 1.97l - 1970s

197cl, 40%
The Old Crow

A 66 2/3 fl. oz. bottling of Old Crow straight bourbon whiskey thought to date from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this…  More info

Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon 1.97l - 1970s
$522.53

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 539

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Yet another superb single barrel bourbon from the Blanton's Original Single Barrel range. These handsome whiskeys are drawn from barrels which have been matured in the famous Warehouse H, and whiskey…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 539
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$47.06

Bowman's Classic Bourbon - 1990s

70cl, 40%
A. Smith Bowman

A collectible bottle of Bowman's Classic Bourbon from the 1990s. Very unlikely this was named after David Bowman from 2001: A Space Odyssey - more likely it was named after Abram Smith Bowman, who…  More info

Bowman's Classic Bourbon - 1990s
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$124.41

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 566

70cl, 65.7%
Blanton's

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
$82.00

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 541

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon are very much up our street - excellent bourbon, matured in the famous Warehouse H and each bottling is drawn from a single barrel. They're also very…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 541
$51.79

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 135

70cl, 64.3%
Blanton's

A bottle of Blanton's Straight From The Barrel bourbon - truly excellent stuff from Buffalo Trace. This one was drawn from barrel #135 and bottled at a very generous 64.3% ABV. Please Note:…  More info

Blanton's Straight From The Barrel - Barrel 135
$82.00

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 529

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

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
$51.79

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 558

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

This is a bottle of Blanton's Original Single Barrel bourbon, drawn from a single cask and not blended with any other whiskies. That cask in question this time is cask #558 - if that's your lucky…  More info

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 558
$51.79

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 595)

75cl, 49.5%
Ezra Brooks

12 year old single barrel bourbon from the Ezra Brooks range. They use heavily charred white oak barrels to mature their whiskey, resulting in plenty of toasty vanilla and cinnamon. These days the…  More info

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Old (cask 595)
$64.11

Old Grand-Dad - Bottled 1991

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

A collectible bottled of Old Grand-Dad Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey - 'The Head Of The Bourbon Family' as it's known to some. We think this one was bottled in 1991. A lot of good LPs came out…  More info

Old Grand-Dad - Bottled 1991
$124.41

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old

75cl, 45%
William Larue Weller

A 75cl bottle of Buffalo Trace's stunning bourbon William Larue Weller, named after the man famed for being the first to create "wheated bourbon", in which the spicy rye grain is substituted for…  More info

William Larue Weller 12 Year Old
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$37.72

Maker's Mark Gift Pack

70cl, 45%
Maker's Mark

A great gift pack containing a branded Maker's Mark tumbler, a spherical ice mould (complete with Maker's wax drip style design) and, of course, a bottle of the famous wheated Kentucky straight…  More info

Maker's Mark Gift Pack
$31.09

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
$124.41

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
$186.62

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
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$248.82

Blanton's Original Single Barrel - Barrel 307

70cl, 46.5%
Blanton's

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
$51.79

Rock Town Arkansas Sour Mash Bourbon

75cl, 46%
Rock Town

Made with 62.5% corn and equal parts wheat, rye and malted barley with around 30% of the mashing water carried over from the previous fermentation to start the fermentation of the new batch. A must…  More info

Rock Town Arkansas Sour Mash Bourbon
$52.70

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
$222.84

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