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    Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Has anyone had both of these (also- has anyone had barrel #5 and the single barrel rye)? Do you have a favorite? Opinions and details also welcome.
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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpstylz View Post
    Has anyone had both of these (also- has anyone had barrel #5 and the single barrel rye)? Do you have a favorite? Opinions and details also welcome.
    I've had both and, IMO, the Bowman is way better than the Handy.

    Nuff said !
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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Quote Originally Posted by jburlowski View Post
    I've had both and, IMO, the Bowman is way better than the Handy.

    Nuff said !
    Same here and Nuff said too!
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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Correct...you're talking about esentually the same whiskey with an additional 3-4yrs of age on it depending on the year of Handy that you're talking about. Typically Handy's are 6 to 7yrs where the Bowman is 10yrs.
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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Bowman vs Handy?


    tell me where you can find handy for ~70 bucks these days.
    tell me where you can find a 10 year old, barrel proof rye for ~70 bucks.

    Better or worse than Handy? I don't know. it's got more age. It's spectacular whiskey. Primarily though, it's the price-to-age ratio that blows handy out of the water.
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    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    I have both on my bar and I think the Bowman is somewhat better than Handy but then it is older. I like them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hectic1 View Post
    Correct...you're talking about esentually the same whiskey with an additional 3-4yrs of age on it depending on the year of Handy that you're talking about. Typically Handy's are 6 to 7yrs where the Bowman is 10yrs.
    Bob, can you elaborate how they're essentially the same? Aren't they produced at two different distilleries? Same mashbill?


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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Quote Originally Posted by MacinJosh View Post
    Bob, can you elaborate how they're essentially the same? Aren't they produced at two different distilleries? Same mashbill?


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    I can't seem to find the link anymore (I'm pretty sure it was here though), but I remember reading that A. Smith Bowman sources their distillate from BT, which only produces one rye mashbill. Ageing is sometimes done in KY, sometimes in VA, and sometimes in both states.

    For what it's worth, Wikipedia mentions that Bowman is actually a part of Sazerac.

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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Josh, bowman apparently takes bt distillate and distills it one additional time in va. Other than that this is bt juice aged art another home. And considering its a rye, its possible our was simply aged at bt with no additional distilling.
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

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    Re: Thomas handy vs Party Source's A Smith Bowman

    Quote Originally Posted by MacinJosh View Post
    Bob, can you elaborate how they're essentially the same? Aren't they produced at two different distilleries? Same mashbill?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ErichPryde View Post
    Josh, bowman apparently takes bt distillate and distills it one additional time in va. Other than that this is bt juice aged art another home. And considering its a rye, its possible our was simply aged at bt with no additional distilling.
    Truman Cox has related that the barrels making up the limited edition rye were not redistilled and just transferred around the 6 year mark to age for 4 more years at Bowman in Virginia. He believes the change in climate, rick house and 4 years of age are what makes the difference. Sazerac bought the Bowman distillery in 2003 and our own Truman Cox was made master distiller this year.
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