I’ve got some favorite labels when it comes to bourbon, and Bowman’s is one of ‘em. The Bowman Brothers Small Batch is a go-to. From the accessible to the “I’m only gonna get to try this once, so I’m payin’ for it,” I’ve never had a bad bourbon from the Fredericksburg, Virginia outfit. The Issac Bowman Port Barrel Finished is no exception. Generally, I don’t seek out “wine” barrel finished varieties– with very few exceptions, it’s not my thing. But the Isaac Bowman’s just called to me from the shelf, so I gave it a whirl. There’s no age statement, but it’s probably at least a 4-year-old bourbon that gets another 6 or so months in a port wine barrel. All the sour oaky, woodsy goodness you want from a bourbon but with some sweet and spicy fruit notes. I plan on enjoying a glass of the Issac Bowman’s outside once the weather cools off with a hardwood fire and a few friends to share it with me.