JJB is the perfect jumping off point for any sojourn to discover great non-Kentucky bourbons. If there is any brand that is more almost Kentucky than JJB, I would be surprised. A double-distillate is sourced from parent company’s (Sazerac) Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, KY before being distilled a 3rd time in Virginia. Then it’s barreled in American Oak char #3 and aged upright in a brick building not far from the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. Although similar in latitude to Kentucky, JJB is different in that it is influenced by the sea air and less-volatile temperature swings the brick building yields. In another twist, the bottle’s namesake, John J. Bowman, was an important Kentucky frontiersman and the great, great uncle of the distillery’s founder, Abraham Smith Bowman. Finally, before it became a state in 1792, Kentucky was a county of the Commonwealth of Virginia. John J. Bowman Single Barrel is the tidewater cousin any Kentuckian would be proud to know.