With its name derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, this American style of whiskey is barrel aged as are the older styles of Scottish and Irish whiskies.
Although Bourbon can be produced in any state in the US, where production of spirits is legal, Kentucky is the state that has the most historical connection with this beverage and around 95% of Bourbon production occurs there.
Well known brands are Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Makers Mark. Ask your wine supplier about the varieties available in the UK.
Bourbon is a key ingredient in the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned, whiskey sour and mint julep.
In cooking terms it is a subtle flavouring that can be used in desserts and partners well with maple syrup, chocolate or apples, as well as savouries such as barbecue sauces, ketchups and glazes.