Distiller: Old Evan Williams Distillery
Bourbon: Evan Williams Single Barrel
Region: Bardstown, Kentucky
Age: 8 years
The Barrel Cellar Score: 88 Points
Review Date: 09/01/2020
About the Bourbon: In the day of overpriced and over sought-after bourbons, Evan Williams Single Barrel is often overlooked. It’s hand-picked by their master distiller, and while every barrel will be different, every bottle I’ve ever had has been a quality drink. The age statement on the bottle I’m drinking today is around 8 years, but I have in the past found them with statements of 10 years. Good bourbon doesn’t have to be rare or expensive and this is an example of that.
I enjoyed the whiskey for this review using a set of Prestige diamond whiskey glasses.
Color: Golden brown
Nose: Cola, leather, vanilla, toasted coconut, cherrywood.
Taste: Leather, fresh Jalapeno, and cinnamon. Drop a couple of ice cubes in and notes of brown butter and lime citrus emerge. Finish: Black pepper and charcoal
Assessment: This single barrel has a medium body , it’s fair to draw comparisons, in both body and mouthfeel to some of Heaven Hill’s other brands (McKenna for instance). The body does struggle a bit to hold back a slight burn but shouldn’t discourage you from enjoying a glass either neat or on the rocks. Once my palate had the time to adjust, I really appreciated the near immediate taste of fresh (green) Jalapeno, somewhat unique to a bourbon. The flavor profile however is dominated by oak and leather, which throws the balance off a bit. I found that adding a couple of ice cubes, improved the flavor profile and smoothed out the texture of the bourbon.
Overall I enjoyed the bourbon, I think it could have benefited from a few more sweet notes and perhaps a little more heft on the body, but considering the price/quality ratio this is a winning choice for a bottle of whiskey.
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon is a good bourbon and a great value 88 points.
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