Bowen's Spirits // California, USA
Bowen’s Whiskey spins a yarn about its founder meeting a 5th generation moonshiner named "Bud" with an old family recipe and is one of the only distilleries in southern California (Bakersfield, to be exact). It's a small-batch 100% corn whiskey aged for an undisclosed amount of time in barrels made out of fire-damaged oak trees from the Piute Mountains.
CornMash bill at least 80% corn, no requirement to age, but if aged, must be in either new un-charred oak barrels or used oak barrels.
Cask Typefire-damaged oak
"A lot of raw wood and oily corn sweetness up front, and something like Elmer's Glue on the nose. There's also a bit of rosewater, juicy fruit, caramel, and marshmallow. Smoke makes itself known on the palate, but it's more like Liquid Smoke rather than the real deal. Also found were notes of mocha, nuts, petrol, marzipan, mint, and lots of unrefined wood. The flavors are inharmonious, and there's an oily, unpleasant aftertaste, like someone didn't cut the heads and tails properly. "