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Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon Review

Company on Label: Old Evan Williams Distillery

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 86.6°

Age: 7 years

Further identification: Barreled 11/21/12 in barrel no. 1484 and bottled on 9/15/20; it was put into my glass on 7/7/2021


Nose: Nice cherry forward start. Caramel with some slightly metallic spice. Sort of a copper pot kind of smell similar to an Irish whiskey presentation. Nice rye spice going on. Dry paper & vanilla. A very suppressed lemonade sweetness is really trying to escape the glass, but it's held down by the heavy salted caramel & molasses. Hmm, strange (very quick) soap note just came out, maybe an artifact of a unique mix of citrus, mint & that dry paper note from before. A few hints of chocolate throughout; like a floral, candy perfumed chocolate though. Kind of reminds me of a Valentine's day heart shaped assortment kind of smell. The final array of smells as the glass settles is both unremarkable and enjoyable. The empty glass is a thin salted caramel.

Palate: Thin to start, but led by citrus & cherry. Mouth coating is sparse, but up around the gums a dry, sour molasses sticks around. Very drying with a paper and oak flavor being dominant. Hints of the citrus and mint are fleeting on the edges. The copper pot aromatics of the nose also factor into the molasses delivery. It does not have the oily/creamy texture of an actual copper pot whiskey however. Very mellow at its exceptionally low presentation proof, this is a pour many could relax to.


Rating: 3/5

I think if I was really tired from a long day of exertion, this pour would be more of a hit. For my palate tonight however, I think I will use this as a hiking / camping / backpacking bring-along rather than a regular sipper.


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