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A. Smith Bowman Distillery "Bowman Bros" Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1176665 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Though it needs a little coaxing, this small-batch Bourbon is a fitting tribute to the four Bowman brothers, Virginia militia officers in the Revolutionary War. Give it some time and a splash of ice water, and the aromas and flavors open up. Look for sweet notes of almond, cocoa and caramel, plus the clove and nutmeg notes that build on the finish. Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Distilled three times on a pot still like an Irish whiskey, Bowman Distillery in Virginia has been quietly churning out elegant Bourbon whiskey for years. Purchased by Sazerac in 2003, the operation has slowly been revamped to accommodate the drinking desires of the entire country, which is why we're finally seeing some Bowman whiskey here on the West Coast. The Small Batch release is a 90-proof expression that offers plenty of charred wood character, but is decidedly lighter and more elegant than the standard distilled Kentucky cousins. The Bowman is ultimately less sweet and more focused on the grain. This unique whiskey is fermented and distilled twice in Kentucky before being shipped to Virginia as new make for a third distillation in pot stills. It's then aged on site at Sazerac Co.'s experimental craft distillery in Spotsylvania County, VA.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2017 | Send Email
The wonderful Bowman Bros Bourbons are an odd thing. This is one of the only triple distilled bourbons out there and it starts with distillate from Buffalo Trace (mashbill #1 & #2) being trucked out to the Bowman facility in Virginia. It's distilled a third time (the continuous still and again on the doubler at BT should count as two) on the Bowman's pot still, which looks as though it might be a component on a space rocket built in the 1800s. The resulting distillate is rich and supple, unique, but familiar. The small batch is a great balance between the sweet Bowman's style and some nice rye spice. An easy going whiskey at a great price that hints at the potential of some of Bowman's higher-end offerings.

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