A. Smith Bowman Distillery has announced the latest release in its Abraham Bowman line of experimental whiskey: Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon.
This limited release explores how barrel entry proof affects bourbon flavor profile over long aging periods, the company says.
The bourbon was allowed to age for sixteen years prior to bottling. This release is comprised of a recipe that was distilled to a typical distillation proof. It was then barreled in new charred American white oak barrels at four different entry proofs. The four entry proofs chosen for this experiment were 125, 114, 105, and 90 proof. Each of the barrel proofs were evaluated individually over the course of sixteen years before marrying the barrels together to comprise the Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI bourbon, which is 116 proof.
Tasting notes for this bourbon, as described by the company’s Master Distiller Brian Prewitt, are “sweet caramel, dried figs and cherry in the nose” with a taste that’s “wonderfully sweet with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and other brown spice in a pleasant and remarkable long finish.”
The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Sweet XVI Bourbon is part of a series 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 17th release in the Abraham line.
The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Sweet XVI Series Bourbon will be available for Virginia residents to purchase through the VA ABC Lottery, and will be available in the A. Smith Bowman Distillery Visitor Center starting Saturday, April 28. Quantities are very limited and most product will be available in Virginia, though limited amounts will be available in other states this summer.
The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.