John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Bowman

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: There is this sweet bakeshop meets rustic woodsy character to it that sits balanced and uniquely delicious. It’s like a French bakery in the woods.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Due to its hit or miss availability, it may not be a bourbon that you buy often. However when you do, you’re presented with a something that’s sure to satisfy any bourbon craving you have.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Everything persists to the finish, including the heat, leading to a twist of oak at the end. Manages to be big but light at the same time.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Nice and complex, definite improvement on the standard Buffalo Trace that’s available on shelves.
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  • Intro:

    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 its own special entity and, well, I wanted some brief relief before the next couple entries.

  • 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 dont 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 - its 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.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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