Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon, 50%

Price: $70 Issue: Spring 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

One of the debut whiskeys at WhiskyFest New York 2012, this was finished in a barrel that held Virginia-made port…after it was used to age Bowman whiskey, a boomerang finish. The nose gives baking chocolate, tropical flowers, and yes, some of that port. Peppery and port-edged on the tongue, solid fire from the 100 proof, fat corn and fruit in the middle of the palate. Busy, but purposeful. There's a lot here and it's all working together.