Although bourbon knowledge is becoming increasingly widespread, I still meet fellow Bourbonites who refuse to drink anything but Kentucky bourbon. While it is true that Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon, there are some great brands popping up all across the United States. One of these great brands in John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon.
There’s a solid reason for the success of the Bowman brand: Sazerac.
Sazerac is the parent company of Buffalo Trace distillery, and purchased the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in 2003. Not only did Sazerac invest in Bowman Distillery, the company also lent the talent of one Truman Cox, a ‘mad scientist’ from Buffalo Trace who became the master distiller.
According to Chuck Cowdery (author of must read ‘The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste‘) Bowman bourbon is twice distilled at Buffalo Trace. Once the new make is ready, it is sent to Virginia where it is distilled a third time, aged for 10 years, and bottled.
Unfortunately, Truman passed away in 2013, leaving things to current Master Distiller Brian Prewitt. Mr. Prewitt has inherited an outstanding operation with proven brand leadership and a legacy of successful experimentation by his predecessor.