Free Shipping – Helping Spread the Bourbon Gospel

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Next month is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Or as we like to call it – The Best Month Ever.

Once again this year we’ll be celebrating in style with lots of giveaways, special content and special offers on all things bourbon related. More details will be shared on September 1st. But we thought we’d go ahead and announce one of our surprises a few days early to help you prepare for National Bourbon Heritage Month.

We super excited to announce that effectively immediately all items available through the Bourbon & Banter Shop are available with free shipping.  That’s right – all items come with free shipping.

We hope this change will allow more of you to get your hands on some cool bourbon gear to help spread the bourbon gospel. Just to be clear, this is not only for National Bourbon Heritage Month. This is a permanent change.

Stock Up on Bourbon Gear Now

We hope you’ll take advantage of the free shipping and thank you for your continued support.


PS – Shipping is still limited to those in the United States. If you would like to purchase something and live elsewhere please drop us a note via the Contact Us page of the website. We can look at options for shipping to your location if needed.

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Summer Maintenance FYI


A quick note to let everyone know that we’re going to be doing some upgrades to our hosting environment over the next few days. Faster server, optimized hosting, etc. Our goal is to deliver an improved experience while switching to a hosting environment with more robust support for our growing community. We apologize in advance for any site issues you may experience as we move things around. We hope things will go smoothly but if it doesn’t at least we warned you. 😉

As for us we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and our glasses filled with bourbon to take the edge off.

Raise your glass and wish us a swift and pain free migration…Cheers!

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Bourbon Curious Book Review


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New Limited Edition High Rye Bourbon from A. Smith Bowman Distillery

For those of you that enjoy whiskey from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery you’ll be pleased to hear about this year’s release. Here’s some information straight from the brand. I’d love to get my hands on a bottle but they’ve made it pretty clear that unless you’re near to Virginia you’re SOL. Never good when that news is delivered as the 2nd line of the release title.

Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Limited Edition High Rye Bourbon
Release is Extremely Limited, Mostly Only in Virginia

A. Smith Bowman High Rye Bourbon BottleFredericksburg, VA.
(Aug. 6, 2015) A. Smith Bowman Distillery announces the latest release in its Abraham Bowman line of expressions, the Abraham Bowman Limited Edition High Rye Bourbon. Using a bold bourbon recipe that contains five times more rye than A. Smith Bowman’s standard bourbon recipe, this limited release was aged for seven years and nine months in Virginia before being deemed ready to bottle.  At 100 proof, it is a powerful whiskey full of flavor.

The aroma of slight peppery notes opens up to sweet vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak.  Honey, praline, and spice mingle with baked apples and cherry notes in the flavor. A long, slightly dry finish lingers on the tongue.

Master Distiller Brian Prewitt leads the whiskey experiments at A. Smith Bowman and is excited to release this high rye limited edition. “This high rye bourbon has such a distinct nose and taste profile that I think fans looking for a full-bodied bourbon with lots of spice will really enjoy.  It’s been fun to release experiments like these, and we look forward to creating even more interesting  expressions that are a good fit for our Abraham Bowman line in the future.”  

The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition High Rye Bourbon is part of a series of limited edition whiskies, named after Abraham Bowman, the commander of the 8th Virginia Regiment in the American Revolutionary War. Each edition of the Abraham line is a different expression and a new release is offered a few times a year.  This is the twelfth release in the Abraham line.  The Abraham Bowman Limited Edition High Rye Bourbon will be available at retail in August.  However, quantity is very limited and it will mostly be available only in Virginia.  It is 100 proof. Suggested retail pricing is $69.99.

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