Price Point: $20 – $30 for 1.75 L
Distiller: Old Evan Williams Distillery
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.
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).