Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2005

Found this guy at a liquor store when we were in Colorado on vacation and I couldn’t pass it up. Definitely, had to buy it and see if/how it is different that the 2006 Vintage.
This bottle was barreled on 2-17-05, barrel no. 460, and bottled on 2-23-15.

For more info on the distillery or the 2006 Vintage, you can find that information, here.

Company: Heaven Hill

Distillery: Old Evan Williams Distillery

Location: Bardstown, KY

Mash Bill: 75% corn/13% rye/12% barley

Age: 10 years, 6 days

ABV: 43.3% (86.6 proof)

Released: Annual release, ongoing

Price: $30

Color: Golden Amber Lady

Nose: Vanilla, green apple, caramel, butterscotch. Fairly similar smell to the 2006 Vintage.

Taste: Bitter green apple with a hint of caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, and light oak. Tastes a very young and dry. This one has more of a bitter kick than the 2006.

Finish: Short burst of a finish, very bitter, little heat that sticks around a bit, dry finish.

Overall: Both the 2005 and 2006 Vintages are very similar. They could be brothers, but I learn more towards the 2006 Vintage. I think it’s balanced slightly better than 2005, and balance is very important in a Bourbon. (In my opinion.) I think both of these options would be fantastic in a mixed drink because of their lack of sweetness. A lot of the time mixed drinks tend to be too sweet and a dryer Bourbon or Rye makes a huge difference in the overall balance. I don’t necessarily think this will be a Bourbon I pour for myself regularly, but once again, it’s a nice one to have on hand for the price.

Rating: 3/5


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