Strength: 45% ABV (90 proof). Age: estimated at 6 to 7 years new American Oak. Notes: Triple distilled in copper pot still.
Description: In 1934, A. Smith Bowman built a groundbreaking distillery on the farm land in Fairfax County (currently moved to Fredericksburg) and turned it into a family-owned business. With the help of his two sons, he produced the first ever batch of Virginia Gentleman. Up until the 1950s, A. Smith Bowman Distillery was the sole producer of legal whiskey in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently this small batch whiskey is distilled and aged in Virginia but the source of the mash bill may come from Kentucky.
The aromas of clove, dates, curacao orange, and toffee are upfront and present after the pour. The palate displays a light ethereal character upfront that packs some heat and spice. This soon mellows out into a sweet toasted oak and orange-citrus peel character. As you continue to sip neat you will find the essence of peach cobbler (cinnamon, nutmeg, cooked peaches, and pie crust). One thing we noticed was the water element seem to be clean and soft. This will make a great mixer because the heat of the alcohol will create a perfect cocktail.
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