Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is another of the black label bottom shelf whiskeys that finds its way into the “keep stocked” lists for many people. This whiskey does not have any fanciful story attached to it, only the claim of being founded in 1783 (though documentation proves that a bit early) by Evan Williams, and to be Kentucky’s 1st Distiller (possibly the first commercial distiller, but not the first). This bourbon is aged and charcoal filtered, and it is the second best selling bourbon in the world. Because of this, I always smile when someone says how under-rated this whiskey is. It can’t be that under-rated if it is the second best selling bourbon in the world.
Evan Williams is produced by Heavan Hill, and you can find out more about it and their other offerings at their website: heavenhill.com/brands.
AGE: NAS (5-7 years)
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Medium copper
Coats the glass well and slowly forms thick long legs.
NOSE: Rich caramel, a kiss of vanilla, some corn, ripe fruit (cherry?), licorice, some spice, a pinch of cinnamon, a touch of leather, and a sliver of oak.
PALATE: Smooth and oily. Sweet candy, caramel, vanilla, dark red fruits, a touch of pepper, corn, and a bit of oak.
FINISH: Medium finish with mild heat. Corn, oak, and mild sweetness linger with an ever so slight pinch of spice. Mouth waters, while there is an ever so slight dryness at the back corners of the mouth.
OVERVIEW: There is a reason this is the second highest selling bourbon in the world. It not only comes in at a very nice price-point, but it is a very enjoyable pour. It is not fantastic, nor has a lot of complexity, but it is solid and enjoyable. Sure, it could use some more heat, but I say that a lot. It is approachable and pleasant with no negative notes. Easy to sip, and easy to keep stocked. I would put this in my desert whiskey category. Definite thumbs up from me, and pour away.