Review of Marks & Spencer Bourbon Biscuits

ok, so I have a not so secret obsession with bourbon biscuits. They have always been my favourite biscuit of choice and my guilty pleasure in life. Earlier this year when we had a national biscuit shortage in the UK when the factory flooded I have to confess to panicking. I could not get any bourbon biscuits which were dairy free anywhere. The only comforting thought was that I knew that I was not alone and that they would be available again soon. I happened to pop into Marks & Spencer and found myself picking up their own brand of bourbon biscuits. I am not sure why I did this as they were previously not been suitable for me. To my surprise they were indeed dairy free, I can’t tell you how many times I checked this just to make sure. I couldn’t believe my luck and of course I had to buy these. I couldn’t wait to get home and try them with a nice cup of tea as I still hadn’t been able to get my Tesco’s or Waitrose bourbons.
Oh I have mentioned the packaging I liked its simplicity and the multitude of bourbon biscuits to the front just made me want to dunk one in a cup of tea. The allergens listed on the ingredients list are gluten and wheat. It also states that they are not suitable for nut and sesame allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods. They are also labelled as being suitable for vegetarians.
On opening the packet the bourbons were neatly packed in and looked just like any other bourbon biscuits that I have tried, just a little lighter in colour. There was still a good portion of cream in between both biscuits I didn’t really note any aroma coming from the packet on my close up sniff test there was a subtle hint of cocoa. On biting into the biscuits there was a nice crunch noted but the biscuits were slightly grainy and hard in texture. This was followed by the smoothness from the cream in the middle of the two biscuits. The flavouring of these bourbon biscuits seemed to be slightly different. They appeared to be lacking in the traditional bourbon biscuit flavour that I remember enjoying.
So would I recommend these bourbon biscuits, yes I would. Although they were not as nice as I had hoped I would still buy these biscuits again. It is a long time since I have enjoyed a bourbon biscuits and I may have held my expectations to high. To be fair to Marks & Spencer I need to now buy and retry both Tesco’s and Waitrose’s bourbon biscuits to compare the three. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing another dairy free bourbon biscuit that I can have. If you follow a dairy free diet or are a vegetarian why not give these a try to see what you think.


  1. June 24, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    We have M&S in Finland but the food section I only has teas, biscuits and sweets. Perhaps I will have a look next time for these cookies ?

    • June 24, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Hi, I hope you find these bourbon biscuits next time you pop into M & S and give them a try. I think that you will enjoy them, Chloe.

  2. June 24, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    These are my favorite biscuits! Can’t get M&S in the US where I live so I wait until my summer hols back in England to get them!

    • June 24, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      You can’t beat a bourbon biscuit. Make lots of space in your suitcase so you can take lots back. Oh and have a few on the way home. I always have bourbon biscuits on my way to the US and on the way home on the plane, Chloe.

      • June 24, 2016 / 7:15 pm

        Yes I will – that’s good idea as I hate plane food! Thanks and have a nice weekend, Shadee

  3. June 24, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Bourbons are too addictive, I adore them! 🙂 xx

    • June 24, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      I know they are my weakness especially with a nice cup of tea.

  4. June 25, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    I used to love Bourbon Biscuits! Too bad we no longer have Marks & Spencer here in Canada 🙁

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      They are my favourite biscuits it’s a shame no can longer get them. I was lost not being able to have them for just a few months.

  5. July 5, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Um… i know i could ask google and all but… whats a bourbon biscuit?

    • July 6, 2016 / 7:04 am

      Oh to describe it briefly 2 small slightly flavoured chocolatey biscuits with a lovely chocolate cream filling.

  6. July 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    I haven’t had bourbons in years, I had no idea there were dairy free varieties!Your blog rocks, thanks for this post ??

    • July 15, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Hi Amy, thank you for taking the time to read my biscuit review. Gosh I struggled with a couple of months not being able to have them when we had a national biscuit shortage. Only a few brands are dairy free. I can’t imagine not having them for a couple of years, Chloe.

    • July 15, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Oops I forgot to add thank you so much for your kind comment about my blog, much appreciated ?.

  7. Corinne & Kirsty ? (@corinnekirsty)
    May 8, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    So I just got back from work and I am staaaaaarving! And I read a post on biscuit…now it’s even worse! too bad i don’t live by a marks & Spencer ahah! xx corinne

  8. salma
    September 23, 2017 / 8:21 am

    I tried to find out some dairy free biscuits for my daughtet and I bought a tesco bourbon biscuits .But I found the flavouring in ingredients that it is from dairy product !!!

    • September 24, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Hi, have you tried Waitrose ones they are delicious.

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