A. Smith Bowman Distillery has announced the latest release in its Abraham Bowman line of expressions: the Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Gingerbread Cocoa Finished Bourbon.
This bourbon was aged in a batch of barrels used by A. Smith Bowman Distillery and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Virginia. The barrels originated at A. Smith Bowman in 2010, the company says, where they aged bourbon for four and a half years. The barrels were emptied and sent to Hardywood Park Brewery to be filled with two beers: six barrels aged Gingerbread Stout and four barrels aged Foolery Imperial Milk Stout.
Both beers sat inside these barrels for eight months before the barrels were emptied again and sent back to A. Smith Bowman in December 2015. They were then filled with bourbon that had aged for nine years inside of new charred white oak barrels, the company reports. This bourbon was distilled in December of 2006 and was allowed to finish for 17 months inside these barrels.
“This bourbon tastes of ginger, vanilla, and cinnamon topped off with notes of cocoa,” says Master Distiller Brian Prewitt in a press release. “The gingerbread spice aroma gives way to caramel and toasty oak and finishes with a smooth and pleasant finish.”
The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Gingerbread Cocoa Finished Bourbon will be available in the A. Smith Bowman Distillery Visitor Center starting Oct. 1st. It will also be available in limited amounts in other states starting in mid-October. Quantities are very limited and most product will be available in Virginia.
The age of this bourbon is 9 years and 8 months and it is 90 proof. It is available in a 375-ml. only and suggested retail pricing is $39.99.
The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Gingerbread Cocoa Finished Bourbon is part of a series of limited edition whiskies, named after Abraham Bowman, the commander of the 8th Virginia Regiment in the American Revolutionary War. Each edition of the Abraham line is a different expression and a new release is offered a few times a year. This is the 15th release in the Abraham line.