John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at ultimate spirits challenge – American Whiskey News

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John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon named “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist” at ultimate spirits challenge  

Fredericksburg, VIRGINIA (April 20, 2017) Judges awarded four spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named one a Chairman’s Trophy Finalist.

John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named a “Chairman’s Trophy Finalist,” and was awarded “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation.” John J. Bowman was also deemed to be a “Great Value.”

Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey was awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended.”

This competition, in its seventh year, is judged by a panel of the spirit industry’s most renowned judges including award-winning authors, buyers, journalists, educators and bar owners, who rate each spirit on a 100-point scale.

Complete results for the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge can be found at

About A. Smith Bowman

  1. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. Its various brands have won more than 100 awards in the past five years, including “World’s Best Bourbon” in 2016 for its Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon and again in 2017 for its John J. Bowman Single Barrel at the World Whisky Awards.  For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit

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