Price Point: $60 – $70 for 750 ML
Distiller: A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Last week, I reviewed the “entry-level” craft expression from the A. Smith Bowman collection – Bowman Brothers. If you read the review, you will know that I enjoyed it, but there was some room for improvement.
John J. Bowman is the single barrel whiskey from the same distillery, which kicks the proof up to 50%, and in my opinion, the flavor as well.
The nose is a little more intense than the small batch. There’s less corn sweetness and substantially more oak. You can tell that you’re in for a treat!
Once you take a sip, you’ll realize that this is a significantly better bourbon than Bowman Brothers, and I really liked Bowman Brothers! It’s less sweet, but more big, bourbon flavor. Truly excellent!
This whiskey has the perfect bourbon finish; long and very enjoyable.
Rating & Recommendations
John J. Bowman is easily one of my all-time favorite bourbons, earning a 92 out of 100 rating.
It’s a little pricey for a bourbon, at least here in the States, but I think it’s worth every penny. If you can swing the price, pick up a bottle (or two!).