Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML
Distiller: A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Back in December of last year, I wrote a blog post about my first trip to a distillery. If you recall (or you just clicked my link), my travels brought me to the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This was truly an enlightening experience as I had seen the tip of the iceberg that is whiskey knowledge.
Of course, I had to pick up a few bottles while I was down there. The first I will review is A. Smith Bowman’s “entry-level” craft expression, Bowman Brothers. Next week I will review the single barrel expression (John J. Bowman), and the week after that will be the limited edition barrel proof bourbon (Abraham Bowman).
The nose opens up with a familiar bourbon sweetness. There is a fair amount of rye, along with a nice oak balance.
Sweet corn bourbon taste comes out in full force. Fair amount of oak here – a very tasty bourbon. Hard to believe this stuff comes from the same distillery as Virginia Gentleman.
Pretty decent length on the finish. A little charcoal smoke to round out a fairly standard bourbon.
Rating & Recommendations
Bowman Brothers is a very nice entry-level bourbon from A. Smith Bowman, earning a rating of 85 out of 100.
It can be a little pricier than other opening expressions from other distilleries, but this one is certainly worth trying.