Distilled in Kentucky
Old Evan Williams Distillery
Bardstown Distillery, Kentucky 40004
Barreled on 8.30.07
Bottled on 12.4.15
Price Range: $26-30
Age: 8+ years
Mash Bill: 85% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley
Color: Reddish Amber
Nose: Pleasant sweet oak with hints of cinnamon, cherry, and citrus. Notes of vanilla.
Taste: Soft and sharp at the same time. Velvety texture that continues to heat up on the finish. That familiar Evan Williams woodiness that prizes oak over corn
Value: Great value at this price.
Cut to The Chase: Great bourbon at a great price.
Evan Williams is not as sweet as the way many bourbons are moving. It has a more traditional oak flavor that emphasizes oak over corn. It's a great addition to any collection and should be present at any serious tasting. It's a great example of the wide range of bourbon flavors. While it's not as complex as many more expensive bourbons, at this price EW Single Barrel Vintage delivers on all fronts. Maybe a little too much heat on the finish which can make it feel a bit raw, but now I'm nitpicking. 86.6 proof is right in the pocket.
I haven't been drinking EW Single Barrel Vintage lately, but after enjoying this 2007 release, I will be visiting this much more regularly. 2007 Vintage is a great year and if you see one still on the shelves, grab it. Right now the 2010 Vintage are in the stores and I'm looking forward to opening it soon.
Reviewed by: Jack Epps, Jr.
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