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Apr 21

Virginia Gentleman Bourbon – Review

Virginia Gentlemen BourbonVirginia Gentleman Straight Bourbon Whiskey

80 Proof

Price Point: $10 – $20 for 750 ML (1.75 L shown in picture)

Distiller: A. Smith Bowman Distillery

 

Background

As you may or may not have noticed, I review a lot of premium whiskeys.  Probably because I like to drink premium whiskeys – go figure!  But once in a while, you need a well-whiskey to fill in the gap between the “complex nosing whiskey” and the “only touch this stuff if you’re mixing it with Coke”.  I wouldn’t call Virginia Gentleman a bad bourbon, just not one I find myself drinking out of a snifter.

Many of you will ask “why is this considered a bourbon if it is from Virginia?”  Well, if you recall my introduction to bourbon, there is nothing in the regulations about location of distillation, although the vast majority of bourbons are distilled in Kentucky.  To be fair though, Virginia Gentleman is distilled in Kentucky at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and then shipped off to the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia where it is distilled again and then aged.

 

Review

The nose on this stuff is less than remarkable.  It’s very sweet, but not necessarily in a good way.  In a word, it smells cheap.

The taste is a little better, with some notes of oak coming through despite its youthful age.

The finish is brief, and not very exciting.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Virginia Gentleman is a step or two above a well whiskey, but not much more than that.  I rate it a 65 out of 100.

Enjoy this stuff with some Coke or Ginger Ale.  Don’t waste your time treating this like it’s worth drinking neat.

This stuff serves its purpose, and is certainly not representative of the whiskey portfolio of the A. Smith Bowman Distillery.  In the coming months, I’ll be reviewing their three main craft expressions, which all rank much higher than Virginia Gentleman.

 

-Ryan

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  1. Daniel G. O'Colgan

    “To be fair though, Virginia Gentleman is distilled in Kentucky at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and then shipped off to the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia where it is distilled again and then aged.”

    Actually, to be fair Virginia has as much legitimate claim to bourbon whiskey (if not more) than even Kentucky does. Elijah Craig: Virginian. The Boehm family (Beams): Virginian.

    Brush up on your history and you’ll find that most all “Kentucky Bourbons” were made while Kentucky was nothing more than a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    1. Ryan

      Daniel-

      Right above the sentence that you quoted was a link to a blog post a wrote about bourbon. I’m linking it below again in case you missed it.

      http://whiskey-reviews.com/2011/11/what-is-bourbon/

      I never claimed that all bourbon was made in Kentucky. Simply that this product is called “VIRGINIA Gentleman”, yet its roots are in Kentucky.

      Thanks for the comment.

      -Ryan

  2. David Collins

    Virginia Gentleman Bourbon-How do I buy some, online?

    1. Ryan

      I’m not sure, David. It really depends where you live, I suppose.

      -Ryan

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