Nov 17

Evan Williams Bourbon – Review

Evan Williams BourbonEvan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

86 Proof

Price Point: $20 – $30 for 1.75 L

Distiller: Old Evan Williams Distillery

 

Background

No matter your budget or your taste buds, you can’t drink top-shelf whiskey every night.  Sometimes your palate (and wallet) crave something simpler and cheaper.  Or maybe you prefer to have a refreshing bourbon on the rocks, but (like me) you can’t force yourself to water down the higher end stuff on your shelf.

Meet Evan Williams.  He’s cheap, he tastes good, and he’s not watered down to 40% like many of his bottom-shelf counterparts.  This is the whiskey you pull off your shelf when you don’t want to analyze too hard what you’re drinking.

 

Review

The nose on Evan Williams is very light with a lot of corn and a little bit of rye.  Pretty much a bare-bones bourbon, but what did you expect?.

Evan Williams tastes slightly better than your average bottom-shelf bourbon.  Probably because it’s 43% ABV instead of 40%.  However, it’s still very light in consistency and flavor – similar to Benchmark in a lot of ways.  I do enjoy the nice bit of vanilla that kicks in with this stuff.

There’s a good bit of caramel and vanilla on the finish, which I never complain about.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Evan Williams is just fine for its purpose, which is why I rate it a 79 out of 100.

This is a nice, readily-available bourbon.  Perfect for sharing with friends (especially when money is tight).

 

-Ryan

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    • Paul Williams on November 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm
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    Why don’t you review Woodford Reserve? I find it very drinkable.
    Nice caramel color and flavor. Smooth all the way through. The
    bottle. . . if one were to review bottles as well. . . is nice and smooth
    as well; like a flask. This product appeals to all the senses.

      • Ryan on November 18, 2012 at 9:49 am
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      I’ve actually never bought a bottle of Woodford Reserve – have only had it in bars. I’ll get around to it eventually. There’s a lot of whiskey out there!

      -Ryan

    • Charles Shaulis on March 1, 2013 at 12:56 am
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    After you’ve been havin’ steak for a long time
    Beans, beans taste fine
    An’ after you’ve been drinkin’ champagne and Chivas
    You’re gonna settle for Thunderbird wine

    – Shel Silverstein

    • Lee Gaudin on July 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm
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    *I sort of consider myself a reliable judge of affordable bourbon. I agree, Woodford Reserve is by farrrr the best Kentucky bourbon I can afford to taste. Makers Mark is a close second. Jim Beam, not so good. Evan Williams, to my palate is the very best of the completely affordable bourbons. Maybe it’s because of the higher than 80 proof, I don’t know. It’s my favorite of the cheaper bourbons.

    • Eugene Lee Barinaga on September 3, 2013 at 11:47 am
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    As a novice whiskey drinker, I rely on the Net for information on choosing wines. I also listen to friends who have more experience on anything with alcohol in it. Johnnie Walker Double Black sort of initiated me to the joys of whiskey drinking. I am also partial to Johnnie Walker Red which perplexes most of my drinking buddies; they say it tastes terrible.
    Anyway, I came across Evan Williams in a newly opened S&R here in Davao City. The price of $10 a bottle sure grabbed my attention. I tried it neat, but found it too strong. Tried it on the rocks and it went down smoothly, i daresay it tasted better than Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. A couple nights later, I wanted to make a cocktail with this whiskey. Went through what I had at the time. Here’s what I came up with:

    1 shot Evan Williams (freezer cold)
    125 mL Canada Dry Ginger ale (last to be added)
    2 pinches Grated orange peel
    Juice from half an orange
    crushed ice.

    My friends loved it. Still thinking of a name to christen it with. Hope you can try it and critique it. Thanks.

      • Michael Bourbon on August 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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      Sorry for being nearly a year late, Eugene….

      How about “Evan’s Rind”? = )

      Sláinte

    • Johnnie Hunter on December 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm
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    My husband loves your eggnog, but the bottle we got this year is very runny. Have you changed the recipe?

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