A. Smith Bowman Distillery has announced the latest release in its A. Smith Bowman Experimental Collection, Cane and Coffee. This cane spirit originated in 2017, when a blend of black strap molasses and evaporated cane juice was co-fermented with a custom selection of roasted coffee, then additional coffee beans were added to the botanical basket of the still and the coffee bean essences were vapor extracted in the recovered spirit. The spirit was then left to rest in used bourbon barrels.
“We had an incredible opportunity to work with our good friends at Virginia Commonwealth Roasters and hand selected and custom roasted Peruvian coffee beans,” said Master Distiller Brian Prewitt. “This brazenly smoky cane and coffee spirit starts off with the aromas of freshly roasted coffee, with hints of the floral overtones from the coffee bean mingling with the sweet roasted notes of buttery caramel and a touch of maple. The flavor is slightly sweet with a medium body and a dry finish that leaves a lasting impression on your palate.”
The A. Smith Bowman Experimental Cane and Coffee will only be available through the A. Smith Bowman Distillery gift shop, both online and in-person, online shipping is to Virginia residents only. Bottles are packaged in 375mL (45% ABV) for $29.99, and fans can expect this limited-edition cane spirit with natural coffee flavors to be available after May 1, 2021. For more information, head over to the A. Smith Bowman official website.
The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is also responsible for George Bowman Colonial Era Dark Caribbean Rum, which won a Chairman’s Trophies and was ranked as one of the top two spirits at the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. It and the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight American Rye Whiskey were awarded 99 point ratings and were acknowledged as the top spirit in their respective categories.