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Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 1999 Vintage

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While Evan Williams may be best known for it’s $9.49 black label bourbon, the fact is the company makes a wide range of whiskeys spanning a range of price levels.

While not its most expensive concoction, this vintage-dated, single-barrel bourbon is near the top for the company, though at just $30 a bottle (sometimes less), it’s awfully affordable for what is the only vintage-dated single barrel Kentucky bourbon on the market.

EW’s been doing vintage single-barrel bourbon for at least a decade now, and the new 1999 bottling has yet to hit the market. I got a bottle from barrel #10, bottled on December 1, 2008.

The nose is immediately woody, a lumberyard aroma filling the room when you uncork the bottle. The initial taste bears that out as well, wood cut with some smokiness from spending almost 10 years in the barrel. More traditional bourbon character awaits underneath that thick layer of wood, with some light honey, vanilla, and even candy-like notes present. Still, this is a whiskey dominated by wood and smoke, and you’ll need to prepare for that accordingly. Some of that character fades as the whiskey opens up in the glass — improving the balance of the spirit considerably — so pour your after dinner quaff before you sit down to eat. It’ll be perfect by the time dessert arrives.

86.6 proof.

B+ / $30 / evanwilliams.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the creator and editor in chief of Drinkhacker.com, a veteran technology journalist, and the owner of Null Media, a custom blogging company.

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  1. David williams April 28, 2010

    where can i buy this bourbon,i tasted some at the bassmaster classic. but i can’t find it any where.Thanks

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  2. Anonymous April 7, 2011

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  3. Mike C June 15, 2011

    Really good stuff – and I can get it for 27.00 at my local safeway in Chandler, AZ. It’s in a whole other league from their other stuff, go figure. Great opening, woody from the start, hints of smoke and honey, then I taste carmel, oak, & oily leather in a really nice mid palate, fading to softer honey with a wee bit of spiciness… and it’s a long woody finish. Egads, I could drink barrels of this at that price, this is classic bourbon!

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  4. Christopher Null June 15, 2011

    This is OK but the 2000 is a masterpiece.

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