Review #820 | /r/Bourbon Review #444 – John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon
The Schtick: This is a release from the Bowman line, which is Buffalo Trace distillate that is repeat distilled at the Bowman facility. This is a single barrel offering from them. I included this in the the Craft Whiskey Crackdown because most unassuming purchasers tend to think Bowman is it’s own special entity and, well, I wanted some brief relief before the next couple entries.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace / Bowman
ABV: 50% ABV
Nose: Rich, cocoa, caramel, oak, vanilla, cream, tobacco.
Taste: Medium, sweet clove, caramel, toffee, creamy, tobacco. For the healthy proof, the heat is very much restrained. The palate is nice and complex and delivers some notes I often don’t find in Mashbill #1 or Mashbill #2 from Buffalo Trace. Really nice stuff here.
Finish: Medium, complex, rich, caramel, vanilla, cocoa. Lots going on.
Overall: Very nice. Complex and rich, well balanced. I’m a fan – it’s well made and well proofed and has the age to back it up in the palate. I never see this around the Midwest, though, which is sort of a bummer but I guess that’s Buffalo Trace distribution for ya.
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