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Evan Williams is produced at Heaven Hill who have been releasing a single barrel version every year since 1986. This particular version was distilled on 15 March 2001 and bottled on 6 December 2010 from cask no. 067. It was released in January 2011.
The nose is sweet, aromatic and spicy. I got flavours of fudge and burnt caramel first, followed by marzipan, toasted oak, cinnamon and a hint of nuts. This is a complex nose and the flavours are intense – great!
The palate is medium-bodied and just a little bit spicy. The flavours are pretty much the same ones that I got on the nose, only now they are fortified and are accompanied by notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Beautifully balanced, this is a sweet and enticing palate.
The finish is long and warming. There remains a good dose of wood spice that provides a proper ending to this tasting session. Some notes of black pepper and ground coffee.
This was my first ever Evan Williams bottling and I loved it, in particular because it boasts some rather big and aromatic flavours that are very well balanced. I enjoyed this very much and my bottle has been emptying quickly. Good job, Heaven Hill! About 60$ in Switzerland. A final word, perhaps, on the packaging: I have never seen a cardboard box-like wrapping like this for either bourbon or scotch before… it is neither aesthetically pleasant nor particularly practical, and I fail to see why Heaven Hill chose this for Evan Williams. Quite quirky, if you ask me.