The Art of Bourbon Making: Celebrating the Success of A. Smith Bowman
The Gravity of A. Smith Bowman’s Double Gold Award
If you are a bourbon lover, chances are you have already heard the good news – A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon took home the Double Gold award at the North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition. For those who are less familiar with the bourbon world, let’s take a moment to appreciate the significance of this achievement.
To put it simply, the North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition is one of the most prestigious and competitive events in the industry. It brings together master distillers, judges, and bourbon enthusiasts from all over the world to evaluate and celebrate the finest bourbons and whiskeys. Winning a Double Gold award means that A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon was unanimously recognized as one of the best bourbons in the world, beating out hundreds of other entries in blind tastings by expert judges.
The Story Behind A. Smith Bowman’s Success
The story behind A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon is as rich and flavorful as the bourbon itself. The distillery, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was founded in 1934 by A. Smith Bowman, a descendant of Virginia’s pioneer families. Bowman started as a cattle farmer but soon developed a passion for distilling. He turned his farm into a small distillery, using the grains he grew on his own land to produce his first batches of whiskey.
Since then, the Bowman family has been distilling bourbon for generations. Today, A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon is crafted by Master Distiller Brian Prewitt, who learned the art of bourbon making from his mentor, the late Truman Cox. Prewitt, who joined the Bowman family in 2010, is committed to preserving the distillery’s rich history and traditions while also experimenting with new techniques and flavors.
The distillery’s flagship bourbon, the A. Smith Bowman Small Batch Bourbon, is made from a select blend of grains and aged in a variety of new, charred oak barrels. The result is a smooth, well-balanced bourbon with notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. In addition to the Small Batch Bourbon, the distillery also produces several other delicious bourbons, including the A. Smith Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon, the A. Smith Bowman Limited Edition Bourbon, and the A. Smith Bowman Isaac Bowman Bourbon.
A. Smith Bowman’s Commitment to Quality and Tradition
What makes A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon stand out from other bourbons on the market? In addition to its rich history and tradition, the distillery is committed to using only the finest ingredients and techniques to craft its bourbons.
For starters, the grains used in A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon are carefully selected from local farms in Virginia and neighboring states. This allows the distillery to have more control over the quality and flavor of the grains they use.
Secondly, the distillery takes a hands-on approach to barrel aging. Rather than relying on computerized systems to monitor the aging process, the distillery’s team of experts checks on each barrel regularly, tasting and testing the bourbon to determine when it is ready to be bottled. This ensures that each bottle of A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon is of the highest quality.
Finally, A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon is crafted with a lot of heart and soul. The distillery’s team of master distillers, chemists, and barrel masters are passionate about their craft and dedicated to producing the best possible bourbons. Each step of the bourbon making process is treated with care and attention to detail, from the selection of grains to the bottling and labeling of the finished product.
In conclusion, A. Smith Bowman’s Double Gold award at the North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition is a well-deserved honor for this remarkable distillery. The distillery’s commitment to quality and tradition, coupled with its dedication to innovation and experimentation, has resulted in some of the best bourbons on the market today. Whether you are a longtime fan of A. Smith Bowman’s Bourbon or a newcomer to the bourbon world, this award is a testament to the distillery’s excellence and a reason to raise a glass in celebration.