Review #655 | /r/Bourbon Review #378 – Isaac Bowman Port Finished
The Schtick: This is a non-LE release of Bowman spirit, finished in port casks. I’m not sure if this product sees distribution outside of Virginia, at least at this time.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace (Bowman)
Bottler: Buffalo Trace (Bowman)
ABV: 46% ABV
Nose: Pepper, cocoa and some oak. Tobacco, faint fruitiness. Some weird new make notes. Overall, it’s not bad, but a hair muted.
Taste: Really apparent new make notes, which I find really weird. Corn syrup, wet cardboard. There’s faint cocoa and tobacco, without a lot of port character at all.
Finish: Short and astringent. I think it’s just young. Corn, pepper and some faint fruitiness. Faint raspberry.
Overall: I’m really not impressed with this given what I was expecting but I’m hoping to see some redemption in future releases with more maturation time. My hunch with this here is that it is young and spends a minimal time seeing any kind of port interaction at all. Hopefully both of those things can be addressed in future batches. I get that there would be some comparison with the past LE that was also port finished, but this just isn’t great as it stands right now.
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