Isaac Bowman Port Finished Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Isaac Bowman Port Finished

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Isaac Bowman

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: For anyone wary of port-finished bourbons or other whiskey becoming too sweet, this one draws on some of the boldness and character of port without becoming overly saturated.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long with lingering spices and a hint of baked fruits. Overall, there’s good complexity and balance.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The palate is largely in line with what’s come before the mint and chocolate really taking the full focus of the experience, with a melange of character picking up on the back end — cloves, honey, and an amaro-like bitterness that takes the finish into a surprising (and welcome) slightly brooding territory.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Adding a splash of water snaps it into focus, suggesting a slice of cherry pie topped with caramelized brown sugar and maple.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: Solid, if uninspiring. The finish is the star here, but the subtle port finish is a solid application of barrel finishing, allowing the youthful whiskey to remain the center of attention.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 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.
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  • Intro:

    This is a non-LE release of Bowman spirit, finished in port casks. Thanks to /u/deathsnuggle, from the Whiscord Discord server for this sample. I'm not sure if this product sees distribution outside of Virginia, at least at this time.

  • 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.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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