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    New bottles (Bowman)

    I was reviewing the Va ABC stores website as I always do at the beginning of the month and I am seeing two new bourbons that I have never seen before.
    The first is John J Bowman. It is listed at 100 proof and sells for 49.95. I looked around but all I could Find was a reference to John Jacob Bowman a early Kentuckian from the late 1700's.
    The second bottle was Bowman Brothers. It is a 90 proof selling for 29.95.
    I looked on A Smith Bowman's Website figuring that these were their products but did not see them listed.
    Anyone know anything about these?
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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Bowman's is a Sazerac brand. You'll also see the name under the Vodka, rum, tequila and gin listings.

    John J Bowman is a new Single Barrel 100 proof bottling, also owned by Sazerac.

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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    More importantly, has anyone tried it? I would imagine it's from the same mashbill as VG and at 100 proof, being a single barrel, it might be similar to RHF?
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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Based on the label Timothy posted, I think we can now officially put to rest the theory that Kentucky is the only state legally allowed to put its name next to "Straight Bourbon Whiskey"!
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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Quote Originally Posted by StraightBoston View Post
    Based on the label Timothy posted, I think we can now officially put to rest the theory that Kentucky is the only state legally allowed to put its name next to "Straight Bourbon Whiskey"!
    That myth dies hard. I saw a TV show where a bunch of bartenders were asked that question. They all got it right which was, of course, wrong.

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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Quote Originally Posted by StraightBoston View Post
    ...I think we can now officially put to rest the theory that Kentucky is the only state legally allowed to put its name next to "Straight Bourbon Whiskey"!
    You mean bourbon can come from more than just a few counties in KY
    Virginia is a budding distiller state with some new entries into the proof world. A Richmond company is producing a potato vodka that receives accolades. Some new companies are starting whiskey production but age is not there.

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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    John J. Bowman Bourbon is from Bowman Distillery. It's a 12 year old, 100 proof bourbon from barrels listing DSP-VA-25. When I visited Bowman earlier this year, the barrels were sitting out and Joe Dangler indicated the bottling would happen sometime in the fall.

    Joe has indicated that it's a really great bourbon. For the time being, it will only be sold in VA and 200 of the 300 ABC stores will carry it. It will be available within 2 weeks.
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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Joe may have understated it. There is currently no plan to sell these new products outside of Virginia.

    About the mash bill, we recently had a situation in which Mark Brown declined to characterize the two recipes as "low rye" and "high rye," preferring just to refer to them by number. It occurs to me that, really, those are misnomers. Recipe #1 is unusually low in rye content, but recipe #2 isn't really high, except in relationship to #1. It's more like standard, around 15%. A true high rye recipe would be like Old Grand-Dad or Bulleit, at about 30% rye.

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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Joe may have understated it. There is currently no plan to sell these new products outside of Virginia.
    I find it a little odd that these three products would only be sold in Va. I have long said that even for a control state we do get a good selection of bourbon but why not also send it to a few other markets like Kentucky.
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    Re: New bottles (Bowman)

    Quote Originally Posted by independant View Post
    I find it a little odd that these three products would only be sold in Va. I have long said that even for a control state we do get a good selection of bourbon but why not also send it to a few other markets like Kentucky.
    Perhaps the Virginia Dept of Tourism and Travel is giving them some kickbacks and hoping this will enoucourage more people to travel and shop in VA.

    Who in VA has got a guest room? I need to come get me some rye!
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