John. J. Bowman Single Barrel

John j bowman

The bottle says “Virginia” Bourbon, but considering the first two distillations are done in Kentucky by Buffalo Trace I feel that it’s a bit dishonest. The third distillation is a bit unusual in bourbon, and something seen more often in Irish whiskey, making a “smoother” easier drinking profile.

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace & A. Smith Bowman / Sazerac

Region: American

50% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mash Bills # 1 & 2

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred American oak (stored upright)

Chill Filtered: Yes



Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sweet vanilla sugar, maple syrup, caramel, bubblegum, and banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, caramel, maple, oak, and leather.

Finish: Warm and medium length. Cinnamon, caramel, and oak notes.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this and find it to be above average, if a bit simple. Not too thrilled that I had to dig to find out that it was actually born in Kentucky.

Score: 84 out of 100

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