Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight, 45%

Price: $35 Issue: Fall 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

Candied on the nose, with saltwater taffy, bubble gum, sweet watermelon, cherry ganache, and cinnamon French toast, along with earthy aromatics of leather and dried grass. Chocolate-covered cherries, orange tart, vanilla cream, and mint on a palate that shows lots of berried sweetness, savory spice, and well-integrated oak. Cinnamon coffee cake and vanilla-almond ice cream anchor the finish. Shallow but pronounced flavors.