David Nicholson bottles
The David Nicholson legacy lives on ...unchanged, unfettered and unmatched.


In the private back room of a grocery store on North 6th Street in St. Louis, Missouri, unbeknownst to its forefather, a legacy was born. The store's owner, David Nicholson, created the famed ‘43’ bourbon recipe. Little did he know that his recipe would be passed on and passed down, remaining unaltered for almost two centuries.

Still possessing the outstanding character for which it earned its original popularity in 1843, the David Nicholson legacy lives on unchanged, unfettered, and unmatched.


David Nicholson 1843

A ‘wheated’ bourbon that provides an exceptionally smooth flavor and finish. Winner of the Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits competition, 1843®'s award-winning taste is appreciated from coast to coast.


Rich scents of honey and butter are followed by subtle hints of vanilla and oak.


Exceptionally smooth to start, followed by woody, smoky overtones, with a long, warm finish with a touch of spice.

David Nicholson Reserve

An extra-aged ‘ryed’ bourbon that provides full-bodied flavor and a distinct, spicy taste.


Notes of honey and vanilla with smoky undertones.


The woody, smoky tones you expect, followed by an exceptionally smooth finish with undertones of oak and mild spice.

  • 1843, one of the world's few, elite wheated bourbons.

  • A proud, storied history. A smooth, premium taste.

  • Relish the fine, deep flavor of one of America's most authentic bourbon whiskeys.

  • The David Nicholson legacy lives on unchanged, unfettered, and unmatched.

  • Passed on and passed down, remaining unaltered for almost two centuries.


    • Old-Fashioned
      • 1.5 oz David Nicholson 1843®
      • 2 dashes of bitters
      • 1 sugar cube
      • 1 dash of water
    • Directions:

      Place sugar cube in old-fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of water. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice and a cherry.

    • Mint Julep
      • 2 oz David Nicholson 1843®
      • 2 tsp water
      • 1 tsp powdered sugar
      • 4 mint leaves
    • Directions:

      In a highball glass, gently muddle the mint, sugar and water. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.

    • Kentucky Mule
      • 2 oz David Nicholson 1843®
      • ½ oz fresh lime juice
      • ½ oz ginger beer
    • Directions:

      Fill highball glass with ice and add bourbon. Top with ginger beer, add mint sprigs for garnish.

    • Manhattan
      • 2 oz David Nicholson® Reserve
      • ¾ oz Stock® Sweet Red Vermouth
      • 1 dash of bitters
      • Maraschino cherry
    • Directions:

      Stir ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled glass, serve straight up garnished with a cherry.

    • Hot Toddy
      • 1 oz David Nicholson® Reserve
      • 1 tbsp mild honey
      • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
      • ¼ cup boiling water
    • Directions:

      Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6–ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.

    • Sazerac
      • 1.5 oz David Nicholson® Reserve
      • ¼ oz Absinthe
      • 1 sugar cube
      • 3 dashes of bitters
    • Directions:

      Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice, set it aside. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and set it aside. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Add lemon peel for garnish.


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