As heroic pioneers, the Bowman family helped settle the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as well as parts of Kentucky. This single barrel bourbon whiskey commemorates the spirit and bravery of American pioneer John J. Bowman. He first explored the American frontier in 1775 and presided over one of the earliest county courts in Kentucky. He was also appointed as the first military commander and governor of Kentucky County. He was the great- great uncle of Abram Bowman, founder of Virginia’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery.