If you’re a whiskey geek who spends their time listening to podcasts like Bourbon Pursuit, or reading up on Reddit, or whiskey blogs such as this very website, there’s a great chance you know a bit about Bowman’s distillate and that it is–at least in part–from Buffalo Trace. Having a separate brand outside of the Buffalo Trace Distillery utilizing their distillate opens some doors for a lot of conversation in terms of what the product tastes like, what it compares to, and the relative value. Checking out Bowman’s website we read:
Our John. J. Bowman Bourbon commemorates the great, great uncle of Abram S. Bowman, who founded A. Smith Bowman Distillery. We hand select some of the oldest barrels in the warehouse to produce a single barrel bourbon with hints of toffee, leather, figs, and almonds. John. J. Bowman was awarded World’s Best Bourbon in 2017.
So while they don’t go into detail on the mashbill, aging, or distillate in any way–we’re given some history on the brand and this particular expression from their portfolio. I guess the rest is up to us to determine on our own. Let’s grab a pour…