NEW RELEASE: A. Smith Bowman’s “CASK STRENGTH” Bourbon Annual Release

A. Smith Bowman Distillery "Cask Strength" Bourbon

A. Smith Bowman Distillery (Fredericksburg, VA), Virginia’s oldest distillery, announced this week the third annual release of its award-winning Cask Strength Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey,

A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon is the result of continuous year-long tastings to blend the best barrels available. Hand-selected by Distiller David Bock, this year’s release is 135.1 proof and aged a minimum of nine years.

“When tasting through our barrel inventory, the 9-year-old barrels had a wonderful complexity and sweetness that I wanted to incorporate in this blend,” said Bock. “We believe our Cask Strength Whiskey is about crafting the best possible cask strength whiskey we can provide from our stocks. I’m excited for fans to try this year’s release!”

Dave Bock. A. Smith Bowman Master Distiller. Courtesy

Tasting Notes (Brand Provided): Bottled uncut and non chill-filtered, this bourbon boasts aromas of candy apples and strong maple; the palate offers pronounced sweet raisins and vanilla flavors, followed by toasted toffy. The tasting experience starts with very soft notes that continue to build toward a strong crispy finish indicative of higher proof bourbon.

A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch #3 will be available in select markets in the United States, as well as through an online lottery. The online lottery will begin on January 3, 2024 at noon EST and ends January 10, 2024 at noon EST. The lottery is open nationwide, but winners MUST be able to purchase bottles in-person at the A. Smith Bowman gift shop within three weeks of winning.

Limit one entry per person. To enter, please submit a form here. Winners will be randomly selected January 12, 2024, and notified by email immediately following the selection. Bottles are packaged in 750 mL and available at a suggested retail price of $99.99 (local taxes and fees apply).  For more information, please visit  

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