John J Bowman Single Barrel
Distilled three times on a pot still like an Irish whiskey, Bowman Distillery in Virginia has been quietly churning out elegant Bourbon whiskey for years. Purchased by Sazerac in 2003, the operation has slowly been revamped to accommidate the drinking desires of the entire country. The Single Barrel expression is richer and more intense than the Small Batch release and offers a spicier experience at 100 proof. Ultimately, however, the delicacy and lightness of the pot distilled whiskey is what stands out. The Bowman Bourbons are woody and rich, but they showcase the grain as well as the barrel.