Bowman Brothers Small Batch Review


Name: Bowman Brothers Small Batch

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Nose: Light Fruit, Apples, Vanilla, Sweet Corn

Palate: Caramel, Apples, Light Fruit, Maple Syrup, Light Wood

Finish: Fairly long, with some more familiar fruit flavors and a hint of cinnamon.

Overall: Bowman Brothers Small Batch has a unique taste that I’ve yet to find with any other bourbon. The caramel flavor up front is mellow and allows the crisp apple flavors to come into play with some other fruit flavors in the background such as grapes, apricots, and pears. There is a touch of maple syrup flavor and a faint wood taste. The finish is fairly long and filled with fruit flavors. There is a slight touch of cinnamon at the very end as it the flavors fades. I thought this was a delicious whiskey. It has a soft mouthfeel and it is a light whiskey. There is almost no heat or burn with this one. It could have used a bit more in my opinion. Overall, this is a good whiskey that I will have no hesitation recommending to anyone who hasn’t yet tried it.

History: A Smith Bowman bought the Sunset Hills estate farm in 1927 and opened up a dairy and granary. The farm was so abundant that he needed a use for the excess grain from his fields. In 1935, after the repeal of prohibition in the state of Virginia, he built and licensed the distillery. His sons maintained that tradition, continuing to feed the distillers grains to the dairy cattle, which were known to be the most contented cows in Virginia.

In response to the rising real estate prices and property taxes of Northern Virginia, in 1988 the distillery was moved to the current location in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and American family owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. Distilled from the finest ingredients, the premium products created at A Smith Bowman Distillery honor the legacy and ground breaking spirit of Virginia’s pioneers.


Note: If you enjoy pairing your bourbon with a good cigar, John J. Bowman Single Barrel will match up perfectly with a puff from a Perdomo 20th Anniversary Champagne Cigar.  This medium yet complex stogie will bring notes of nuts and oak flavors to pair with the rich flavors that comes with this single barrel beauty.  Purchase Some Perdomo’s at Famous Smoke Shop Online.

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