American Whiskey - Bourbon

John J Bowman Pioneer Spirit Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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

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93rd Percentile
This score falls in the 93rd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013
  • 2016

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John J Bowman bourbon is named for Colonel John J Bowman, one of four Bowman brothers who were regarded as American Revolution war heroes and early settlers of Fayette County, Virginia. This bourbon is considered a single-barrel bourbon (that is, taken directly from one barrel at typically higher strength rather than a blend of several).

In the 2013 Beverage Testing Institute, they suggested that it "rounded out beautifully with water."

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This bottle has 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
sixfoot sixfoot (4)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-10-29)
Amazingly complex but smooth! One of my top 3 favs.
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scollings scollings (97)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-10-17)
Another outstanding bourbon. Medium nose, mostly tobacco and vanilla. Not a lot of heat but an unusually long middle and a finish that lingers lightly on the back of the tongue and crisply and cleanly hits all the high notes. Not too sweet, no too hot. Just right.
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Memphis Memphis (13)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-07-12)
This is a smooth bourbon with a touch of sweetness in the front and very little spice in the back. There is spice, just not much. There is good nose, and not too much heat. I would say it was unchallenging, which could be good if that's what you want. I would like a little more oak that perhaps another year in the barrel would provide. I don't recall what I paid but my 3 stars indicate that a $30 price for this bottle would be fair, maybe a dollar or two more.
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