Abraham Bowman Sweet XVI Bourbon
Abraham Bowman // Virginia, USA
Abraham Bowman represents the experimental line released by the A. Smith Bowman Distillery and this bottling marks the 17th release in the line. Sweet XVI Bourbon is made from a selection of bourbons all aged for 16 years in new, charred American oak. The distillery experimented with different barrel entry proofs and for this bourbon they included 125, 114, 105, and 90 proof. The bottle includes the distillation date (April 16, 2002) and bottling date (April 26, 2018) along with the batch number and bottle number. Availability is limited with Virginia getting the bulk of it, but it will expand to a few other states in summer 2018.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The nose is syrupy and rich, with vanilla, caramel, barrel char, and hot cornbread with melting maple butter, as well as deep, leathery aromas. The palate is big, yet not hot given the proof, showcasing spicy oak, with molasses, sour cherry, and cloves, and a sweetness reminiscent of glazed donuts. The finish is long, with astringent oak balanced by spearmint and a thread of rich vanilla sweetness. An eminently sippable bourbon."