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Abraham Bowman Rum Finished Bourbon

CAPSULE REVIEW

Classification: Bourbon Finished in Rum Casks

Company: A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Distillery: Undisclosed

Release Date: December 2021

Proof: 100

Age: NAS (Aged for 9 years in American white oak and then finished for an additional 6 years in rum casks per company press release)

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Red Amber

MSRP: $70 (2022)

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NOSE

Dark fruit | Cherries | Vanilla custard | Raisins | Leather | Dry | Unique & inviting with perfect intensity

palate

Molasses | Caramel chews | Cigar box | Toasted marshmallows | Aged leather | Musty oak

finish

Dash of black pepper spice | Dark fruit | Rum soaked raisins | Leather | Toffee | Walnut | Long & complex

uniqueness
value
overall

Part of the ongoing limited edition Abraham Bowman series of experimental whiskeys, Rum Finished Bourbon was released on December 18 at the Virginia distillery and then through the Virginia ABC board lottery.

First aged for 9 years in white oak and then finished for an additional 6 years in rum casks (a total of 15 years), I expected an overwhelming rum influence. Instead, the rum flavors fuse almost perfectly with aged bourbon flavors, resulting in a base of aged bourbon complemented in all the right ways by sweet rum notes. At first its 100 proofpoint felt a little light, but after a few pours it opened up, revealing a complex and nuanced sip that benefits from its lack of heat and spice. Overall, it’s very well done, and there isn’t anything else that marries rum and bourbon so well while still maintaining a solid bourbon base quite like it.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick

January 10, 2022
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