Every year, Evan Williams puts out a single barrel edition of their famed bourbon. Each year has some subtle differences in taste (check out Bourbon Dork’s fantastic 12 yr vertical tasting), though they usually aren’t enough to greatly skew my perceptions of the brand as a whole. For the purposed of this review, I was drinking the 2000.
Evan Williams Single Barrel, simply put, is good but not great. It generally tastes like a bourbon that has spent a lot of time in a barrel and what you’re immediately hit with is the taste of said barrel. Not that this is a bad thing. It is what it is.
Unfortunately, the fine folks at Heaven Hill put out an Elijah Craig 12yr for a few bucks cheaper that is a lot better. Because of that, I don’t think I’ll pick up another bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel.