Distiller: Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, Kentucky/ A. Smith Bowman, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Style: High Corn Bourbon
Proof: 100 (50% ABV)
Note: Triple distilled. Twice (column & doubler) at Buffalo Trace and once (pot still?) at Bowman.
Appearance: Light copper with fairly thick legs.
Nose: Caramel, oak, woodruff, alcohol, grape hyacinth.
On the palate: Light bodied and dry. Oak, alcohol, toffee, tarragon.
Finish: Dry, but with a fruity note that slowly emerges as the taste fades.
Parting words: Bowman single barrel is a stylish whiskey worth seeking out. The Buffalo Trace grassiness is apparent but the oak and caramel sweetness do an excellent job of keeping it from overrunning the whiskey.
The first one of these I purchased shortly after its initial release. It was very light with a vaguely coppery taste and aroma. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t great. This one is very, very good. I have had a few other bottles recently including a couple private selections and they have all been good, so I either got a bottle from a mediocre barrel the first time, or the product as a whole has been improved. Whatever the case, John J. Bowman is now one of those whiskeys that I always pick up when I am visiting a part of the country in which it is sold. Bowman Single Barrel is recommended.