I’ve written about Evan Williams a few times now after seeing the brand rank highly in taste-tests of inexpensive booze. Widely regarded as the best “cheap bourbon” on the market, I figured I’d pick up a bottle and try it myself, tasting it as seriously as I would a $300 Scotch.
The price of this bottle of Evan Williams Black? $9.49.
Alas, old Ev Black is not as smooth as some might make it out to be. Though 86 proof, it feels watery, yet it packs a rye-like kick as you sip. Citrus is the predominant flavor here, which is another oddity, with a smoky finish that really just hints at bourbon’s characteristic vanilla.
Could I put this in Coke and be happy as a clam? Sure, but for straight bourbon drinking on a strict less-than-75-cents-a-shot budget, I’ll stick with Jim Beam.