American Whiskey - Bourbon

Bowman Brothers Pioneer Spirit Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Virginia, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Bowman Brothers Pioneer Spirit Virginia bourbon is named in honor of of the four brothers John, Abraham, Joseph, and Isaac who all served in the American Revolution. This particular whiskey is meant pay tribute "to these four heroic brothers." The mash bill contains a blend of corn, rye, and barley. It provides a taste that is "warm like the Virginia summer."

The 2012 Wine Enthusiast review suggesting letting it sit for a minute or so and open up with a little water before drinking.

A. Smith Bowman considers itself the oldest family-owned bourbon distillery in the United States having been founded in 1935 by Abram Smith Bowman. This until Sazerac purchased them very recently. They first began production on their family farm at the end of prohibition (and dare we speculate slightly before then end?). They moved to a larger facility (taking over a cellophane plant) in 1988. Today, they're one of the few bourbons made outside of the state of Kentucky.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (105) (2015-04-14)
My 2nd selection from my ABC store's upgraded Bourbon department. Really wish I'd opened my Drinkable app and checked the Rabble reviews first. Good looking bottle and labeling with heavy wooden stopper. Great nose, heavy with dried apricot, vanilla and old leather. Neat it enters butterscotch sweet with hints of dried fruit. Cinnamon with a peppery kick to the finish. Sounds great, right? Then the odd aftertaste hits. Hard to describe, but very unpleasant. This taste then hangs around long enough to ruin the next sip, and the next, and the next... Water or ice helps some, but the finish is just "off". I really wanted to like this one, and have tried letting it sit to open up. Tried water and/or ice, but it's just not getting there for me. This is the most disappointed I've been in a $30 bourbon since my decidedly "off" bottle of Eagle Rare.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-03-24)
heat in the mouth with some lingering funky aftertaste. It's not something I would care to try again.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2015-04-14):
Totally agree, and wish I'd read your review before plunking down 30 bucks on a bottle. I've had bourbons with an odd aftertaste, but don't think I've ever had one that lingered for so long.

derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-03-24)
3.5 stars. it has a little bit of a rough aftertaste but it's still pretty good.
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RebelRouser RebelRouser (1) (2013-01-15)
Absolutely love this bourbon! One of the best I have tasted and surprisingly its from Virginia. Great bourbon to drink neat, or any drink that brings out the flavor of a bourbon such as a old fashioned or mint julep.
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