Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Evan Williams: Black, White,1783, bourbonboomed has got your back!!



I am of the adage that anyone that says anything bad about anything in a Evan Williams bottle is an idiooooooooot, a fake, a fugazi, and you can't slug bourbon!!! Get over yourself brooooooo, we all can't drink Pappy, Four Roses Limited Editions, and Willet 25 everyday....

Except for EW Green, Green is garbage, I don't know how anyone could drink it, or why...

But, Evan Williams Black, Evan Williams White, and Evan Williams 1783 are studs lingering on the bottom shelves that have a ton more flavor, age, quality, and way better bourbon per dollar value compared to many higher priced-lower quality bourbons and whiskeys...

It's like a Copenhagen dipper that says they "can't, don't, or won't" lip Grizzly or Stokers...

Most people scoff at these 3 Juggernauts of bourbon because of various reasons, some include:
  • all 3 sit on the bottom shelf 
  • they drank a ton in high school and or college, or out back at the camp fire during their country bumpkin days...
  • too hoity-toity or into themselves for not recognizing solid bourbon at a great value
Whatever it may be, you are wrong, and you let pre-conceived bourbon notions deter bourbon reality, and you need to taste these 3 blind, and you need to develop your palate more, and you need to stop being a egotistical bourbon moron!!!

I suppose ya'll run and hide from the thought of Wild Turkey 101 and any of the other great bourbons Jimmy and Eddie create on the regular....BLASPHEMY!!!!

Honestly, Sorry, Love bourbonboomed!!!

Many people only drink Evan Williams Single Barrel out of the Evan Williams family which is obviously released in annual vintages....

Whelp, to me EWSB is just ok, I don't really see the draw in quality and value with similarly aged/priced/higher proof options equally being better, to me...

I've had some good bottles of EWSB and I've had some awful bottles of EWSB. Obviously, it depends on the year I guess, but I never want to buy nor want to drink EWSB myself..

Personally I think Evan Williams Single Barrel pales in comparison to it's cousin-brother
Henry Mckenna 10 yr BIB, which is a post for another day!!!

Evan Williams Black:

On the Nose: Vanilla, caramel, maraschino cherry juice, dark fruits, toasted oak, cinnamon potpourri, flat cola pop...

Palate and Flavors: Sweet-sweet-sweet bourbon, maraschino cherry, heavy-handed on the sweet vermouth Manhattan, caramel, vanilla, flat Dr Pepper, delightful hints of coconut, buttered corn, and a pleasant oak presence that is body rock'n all throughout...

Overall: So simple to drink, so easy to sip, too easy to chug, and extremely enjoyable at any price point in my honest opinion...

Rumored to be 5-7 years old at 86 proof

Evan Williams 1783:

On the Nose: Cinnamon hard candies, cinnamon gum, vanilla, caramel apples, canned apples,  extremely ripened apples with brown spots, lightly-soured oak,

Palate and Flavors: Cinnamon hard candies, cinnamon gum, vanilla, caramel apples, apple strudel, apple pie, canned apples, extremely ripened red apples with brown spots, moderatly-soured oak, candy corn

Overall: Tastes exactly how it smells to me, very smooth...

Originally held a 10 year age statement until recently, rumored to be at least 8-10 years old, some believe its how Heaven Hill dumps "old and older barrels" that weren't up to snuff, 86 proof...

Evan Williams White:

On the Nose: Banana Split, caramel sauce, french vanilla coffee creamer, cinnamon, creamed corn, banana taffy, light tobacco leaf, light tea leaf, very light leather, light oak, really ripened bananas..

Palate and Flavors: Banana everything, bananas foster, banana cream pie, banana fudge, peanut butter, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, caramel, french vanilla coffee creamer, vanilla fudge, whipped cream, fruit cup from a breakfast diner(overly ripened bananas, strawberries, and kiwis), light oak, light leather, light tobacco leaf, light tea leaf, the biggest handful and mouthful of candy corn possible...

Overall: To me, Evan Williams White is a must have, great bourbon, amazing value...

Its bottled in bond so at least 4 years old from the same year and exactly 100 proof...

Although the youngest of the 3, the proof really helps in providing the sharpest and most distinct flavors although heavy on various banana desert formats, in which I am a fan of, also the most corn pronounced of the 3 due to the younger age...

What all this Evan Williams Blah-Blah-Blah means to bourbonboomed: 

Evan Williams produces some damn fine bourbon, at some damn fine price points, and from my understanding, the Evan Williams mash bill is the same mash bill in all Elijah Craig offerings and most elevated Heaven Hill Age offerings...

Evan Williams gets a bad rap, a lot of people are too cool to drink EW,  I guess I'm the schmuck thats not too into myself to drink the hell out of Evan Williams...

I wouldn't mix any of these personally, I think they all are good enough to enjoy neat... They'd all be good with some pop, if you are into that type of thing, but I think all would get lost and mushy in a Manhattan or any other classic style cocktail...

The Evan Williams Line equals Win-Win on all fronts for the bourbon quality to price point value spectrums in my honest opinion...

If only you can now just look beyond all the allocated release dates of todays elusive white unicorns in the bourbon game, and realize some really good bourbon resides below your typical eyesights on the liquor store shelves!!!

If I had to rate these 3 Evan Williams for my personal palate:
  1. EW White - $22.99
  2. EW Black - $19.99
  3. EW 1783  - $24.99
(All prices are for what I personally pay for 1.75L in the Boulder/Denver surrounding areas)
  • 3 separate Kentucky Straight Bourbons, 3 separate flavor profiles, 3 various age ranges, 1 mash bill, 3 exceptional prices!!
  • If I was part of The Evan Williams Brand and marketing team, I would only sell these 3 EW's in 1.75L and 375ml form... Get rid of the 750ml and Liters and just market great handles of Kentucky Straight Bourbon economically and 375ml trendy-cool mini flasks for on the go that can be re-used to re-fill with your handles, make special edition flasks to collect and so everyone is constantly buying them up at great prices, just saying...
If anyone has access to sell, trade, or let me sample any rare Evan Williams releases, 200th Decanter, any cask strength Evan Williams, super vintage Evan Williams releases, or anything of the sort, email me at bourbonboomed@gmail.com

Cheers and Happy Hunting,

Alex @bourbonboomed