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John J. Bowman Single Barrel - The Buffalo Trace you never knew

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  • barelfly
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    No I haven’t. Will let you know if I am able to find it. The port finish interests me though. I like the profile that provides to bourbon. Perhaps next week I’ll find this at my go to shop a few hours away from home!

  • au4stree
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    Thanks for sharing...... I'll have to search this one out. I too am one of the few that thinks Blanton's is over rated and often reach for Eagle Rare instead. I do however think BT is a fine bourbon, but that is why they make chocolate and vanilla, we all have a choice.

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  • Huskee
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    barelfly I have not. You?

  • barelfly
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    Huskee have you had the Isaac Bowman?

  • Huskee
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    I've also seen it as "Bowman Brothers". Which is the current name, do you know? Anyway, I'll watch for it, thanks.

    I agree Blanton's is a bit overrated considering its price and the fact that stores that do have it jack the price up even further making me turn my head further. But I think Buffalo Trace itself, for its price, is great. My personal favorite is EH Taylor, I just can't hardly every find it either. Can't wait to try this one.

    EDIT: I figured it out. Bowman Brothers is their small batch (blended), John J. Bowman is the single barrel, and Isaac Bowman is the port finished. Thanks again!

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  • klflowers
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    Thanks for the write up. I am a fan of Buffalo Trace (it isn't that expensive here either - around 22 bucks), but lately it is hard to find, so I moved on the Larceny as my daily go to. I'll take a look for this though.

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  • barelfly
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    Or the stores get them, but only a few bottles and never let them hit the shelf. it is a challenge to get some of these good bottles. There are a few places though, Cedar Crest has a spot that gets some usually, but now it’s harder with the quarantine.

  • barelfly
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    Thanks for the share. Will have to see what I can find on that. But Buffalo Trace is a different price point, at least here. $21-24 isn’t bad. Blanton’s I will pass on though, too expensive for what you get. I have a bottle boxed up in the cabinet, but my go to is a BT product, in that I really enjoy Weller.

    But, I’ll have to find this product. I do have a source in New Mexico that seems to get a better stock of these types of finds compared to Albuquerque.

    And I sure do enjoy your write ups on the various bourbons you come across! Thank you!

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  • Arsenlael
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    Well, add this to the list of adult beverages that NM distributors cannot (or are unwilling to) get - whatever "none of our distributors carry that" means. Regardless, I was intrigued by your write-up and was going to get some of this for a gift. Thank you for that!

    Alas, NM remains somewhat of a black-hole for liquor/beer distribution.
    Last edited by Arsenlael; August 3, 2020, 11:29 AM.

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  • BFlynn
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    I've been lucky to make a connection with a liquor store owner in Dallas that gets a lot of Buffalo trace allocated stuff.
    I do a monthly trek to restock

  • Bkhuna
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    Elmer T. Lee is my all time favorite. My liquor store gets 4 bottles a year. One is reserved for me.

    Weller is no longer available in my area. It's entire allotment is apportioned for one liquor store chain and it hasn't been in stock for at least 5 years. I should say, it's never been on the shelf. I'm not one of the lucky ones to schmooze with the manager.

  • Bkhuna
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    No age statement on the bottle but their press material says 9-10 years old. It is also reported that they source their distillate from Buffalo Trace.

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  • BFlynn
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    I'll try that out. I've been a big fan of a lot of the Buffalo trace stuff.
    Weller 12 year is a staple.
    Elmer T Lee is fantastic.

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  • rickgregory
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    How did you know I needed to restock bourbon??

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  • RonB
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    Friends and I went to the Bowman distillery several years ago. It was a neat trip although we didn't get to taste the top o' the line stuff.

    I'm not into the hard stuff, but I do believe their single barrel won top honors at either the US or world championships a few years ago, (see - I told ya I was not into that stuff ).
    Last edited by RonB; August 1, 2020, 10:54 AM.

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