It has been a while since I last reviewed a bourbon. That is because I am finding that the Scotch Single Malt market has so much to offer in terms of variety. Anyway, I do enjoy drinking bourbon when I need a break from Scotch Single Malts and I have to say there are a lot of good quality bourbons out there. This Evan Williams is kind of an entry level bourbon and is sold almost everywhere in the US but over here in the UK you will have to go online or to a specialist whisky retailer to get hold of a bottle. The Evan Williams range is produced by Heaven Hill who also produce other top bourbons such as Elijah Craig. The Evan Williams range consists of a White Label, the 1783 and a Single Barrel. This Extra Aged bottle is entry level in their range and is bottled at 43%.
Whisky: Evan Williams Extra Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 43%
Nose: Nail polish, leather, vanilla, mixed berries, caramel
Taste: Alcohol, oak faint cherry, menthol, chilli, spice
Finish: Bitter oak, dark cherry, chilli
Summary: It is worth bearing in mind that this is competing with the likes of Jack Daniels and the various offerings from Jim Beam. The alcohol on this shows on the nose and taste which gives is a kick along with the spicy notes. I am surprised at how much of the alcohol comes through at 43%. The oak influence is heavy for my liking as there is a bit too much bitterness in the finish however. More often than not I find entry level bourbons a bit too sweet but this is quite the opposite and for that reason I think this makes a much better mixing bourbon than Jim Beam or Jack Daniel’s. Overall an OK bourbon but probably not worth going out of your way to get hold of a bottle.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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