Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon
Heaven Hill // Kentucky, USA
Beginning whiskey drinkers beware: this is a great entry-level bourbon, but the marketing is deceptive. The term "small batch" has even less meaning here than it usually does, and "extra-aged" (a term used in place of an age statement) is the kind of empty phrase that trades a perception of legitimacy for the real deal.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"If a street artist sketched a caricature of what bourbon is supposed to be, you’d get this whiskey. The nose promises what the palate delivers: lots and lots of caramel, vanilla and oak. A drop of water opens it up nicely, bringing out residual cola flavors that sound gross but work quite well. Easy drinking, light and sweet, Evan Williams 1783 offers up exactly what one expects from a bourbon without muddying the proverbial pond with additional layers of complexity. It's a fine choice for highballs, so feel free to add soda water or ginger ale."