Review #1604 – Evan Williams Single Barrel

The Schtick: This is a sample of a single barrel from Evan Williams, a Heaven Hill expression. Barreled on August 8th, 2011 and bottled on June 15th, from dumped barrel #889. I tasted this initially while comparing some other Evan Williams expressions on a stream with a friend, then circled back for a full review the following day. It’s been a while since I’ve had some of these, but they’ve always been an excellent value, so I’m looking forward to trying a few more soon. Let’s dive in.


Review #1604 | Bourbon Review #683

Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: Heaven Hill

Brand: Evan Williams

Selection: N/A

ABV: 43.3% ABV

Age: 7 Years 10 Months


Nose: A bit light on the nose but loaded with toffee, some nice oak, a hint of musty tobacco. Rich compared to other EW in this price range, and a bit of an upgrade on the nose as well.

Taste: Thin to medium on the palate but entirely pleasant. Rich brown sugar, really delicious nougat, some toffee, light honey and some tobacco here as well. Faint fruits like raspberry.

Finish: Short and a hair hot, but complex with lots going for it. Finish is more like raspberry and cocoa, with a hint of vanilla and some toffee.

Overall: Really interesting single barrel, and really quite good. Very good. Delicious single barrel here, with much more going on than expected.

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Rank: 6


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Decoded:

0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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