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This is a sample of a single barrel from Evan Williams, a Heaven Hill expression. Barreled on August 8th, 2011 and bottled on June 15th 2018, from dumped barrel #889. I tasted this initially while comparing some other Evan Williams expressions on a stream with a friend, then circled back for a full review the following day. It's been a while since I've had some of these, but they've always been an excellent value, so I'm looking forward to trying a few more soon. Let's dive in.
A bit light on the nose but loaded with toffee, some nice oak, a hint of musty tobacco. Rich compared to other EW in this price range, and a bit of an upgrade on the nose as well.
Thin to medium on the palate but entirely pleasant. Rich brown sugar, really delicious nougat, some toffee, light honey and some tobacco here as well. Faint fruits like raspberry.
Short and a hair hot, but complex with lots going for it. Finish is more like raspberry and cocoa, with a hint of vanilla and some toffee.
Really interesting single barrel, and really quite good. Very good. Delicious single barrel here, with much more going on than expected.