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Every Evan Williams Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Nov 16, 2020

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Evan Williams Distillery was founded in 1783 as Kentucky’s First Distillery. It was located on the banks of the Ohio River making transporting the whiskey easy. You can visit the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville. It’s a great tasting experience.

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Evan Williams Bourbon Review

Evan Williams Bourbon

Evan Williams Bourbon
Evan Williams BourbonDetails
Mashbill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle86 Proof
ABV43%
Age4 Years Minimum
Size750 mL and Up
Suggested MSRP$12.99
Parent CompanyHeaven Hill Distillery
DistilleryEvan Williams Distillery
Bardstown, KY
ProsOaky and Sweet, Great for Cocktails
ConsNot Complex
RatingBronze 83 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

Coats the glass. Medium viscosity. Copper color.

Nose – 82 out of 100 Points

As I’m examining the viscosity of the bourbon I’m already getting sweet oak notes. Nose in the glass and it’s definitely oak, burnt brown sugar, and caramel. I also get cinnamon rolls with raisins.

There’s an orchestra of flavors but they’re not always harmonious.

Taste – 84 out of 100 Points

The palate matches the nose. The sweet oak note is the major player. I get buttered raisin toast with cinnamon sugar followed by black pepper.

Finish – 84 out of 100 Points

Sweet oak, cinnamon, and black pepper. It’s a medium finish.

Verdict – Bronze 83 out of 100 Points

It’s a solid daily sipping whiskey. However, I prefer Evan Williams Bottled in Bond or the Single Barrel. All that being said, don’t hesitate to stock your collection with this bottom shelf bargain.

It would also be great in a cocktail as I mentioned above. The oak and cinnamon notes play well with traditionally sweeter cocktails.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Evan Williams better than Jack Daniels?

Jack Daniel’s barely squeaked out the win by one point in my review.

Is Evan Williams made by Jim Beam?

No it is not. It’s made by Heaven Hill. I also ranked it higher than Jim Beam White Label bourbon.

Is Evan Williams a Wheated bourbon?

No, it is not a wheated bourbon. Its mashbill is 78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye

Is Evan Williams bottom shelf?

Yes, it is bottom shelf bourbon, but still worth stocking as a daily drinker or for cocktails.

Is Evan Williams a good bourbon?

Evan Williams bourbon is good. I would recommend this as a great entry point for bourbons with oaky notes.

What is Evan Williams’ price?

Evan Williams Bourbon Price
Evan Williams Bourbon Bottle SizePrice
750 mL$12.99
1 Liter$14.99
1.75 Liter$19.99

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Evan Williams 12-Year-Old Review

Evan Williams 12 Years

Evan Williams 12 Year
Evan Williams BourbonDetails
Mashbill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle101 Proof
ABV50.5%
Age12 Years
StyleSmall Batch
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$129.99
Parent CompanyHeaven Hill Distillery
DistilleryEvan Williams Distillery
Bardstown, KY
ProsInteresting and Complex Finish, Great Legs
ConsThe flavor profile on Evan Williams can be muted
AvailabilityDistillery Gift Shop or Overseas Market
RatingSilver 91 out of 100 Points
InventoryTake the Tour at Evan Williams in Louisville and Taste First

Evan Williams 12-years-old is dark amber, and it coats my Glencairn whiskey glass with thick ribbons. After a gentle swirl, my glass looked like the mouth of the Mississippi River where old whiskey casks would float to New Orleans.

Nose  – 90 out of 100 Points

The nose is an oak lover’s paradise. The nose presents charred oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and spice. I also get subtle coconut notes. Maybe because I recently ate a donut. It reminded me of a cake donut with toasted coconut.

Taste – 91 out of 100 Points

The palate starts off with a creamy mouthfeel and vanilla and charred oak. It’s subtle vanilla pudding.

The oak starts at the tip of the tongue then silently moves to the back of the palate where marries with white pepper.

Finish – 93 out of 100 Points

The vanilla and oak are still present but I also get subtle grilled orange citrus notes. There’s also some savory cinnamon oatmeal as well.

Verdict – Silver 91 out of 100 Points

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I’ve had Evan Williams 12-year-old bourbon at the Evan Williams experience in Downtown Louisville, but it was sensory overload from day 1 on the bourbon trail. I enjoyed it more than I remember. The oak and vanilla were perfectly balanced with a nice creamy thoroughfare.

The Evan Williams 12-year-old bourbon reviewed was provided by Mike Outcalt of Po It Up Podcast at no cost for a no strings attached review.

Evan Williams Master Blend Review

Evan Williams Master Blend Select

Evan Williams Master Blend
Evan Williams BourbonDetails
Mashbill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
AgeNAS
StyleBlend of Black label, Bottled-in-Bond, 1783, Single Barrel, and 23-year-old
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$53.99
Parent CompanyHeaven Hill Distillery
DistilleryEvan Williams Distillery
Bardstown, KY
ProsCreamy and Refreshing with Strong Finish
ConsOne Note Nose
RatingBronze 83 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

EW master blend is a brass color in the glass. It’s a medium viscosity with droplets of whiskey after swirling in my Glencairn whiskey glass.

Nose  – 88 out of 100 Points

The nose is all cinnamon raisin oatmeal drizzled with maple syrup with oak overtones.

When I came in for a second smell I got just hints of cherries and strawberries. It was a subtle whiff.

Taste – 89 out of 100 Points

EW Master Blend is a refreshing bourbon. The tip of the tongue is creamy oatmeal with cinnamon and nutmeg. The back of the palate is oak, black pepper, and more baking spice. The creaminess reminds me of a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

Finish – 91 out of 100 Points

The finish doesn’t punch you in the throat but it lingers with creamy charred oak and white pepper as the prominent players.

Verdict – Silver 89 out of 100 Points

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EW Master Blend Select is a great value at $50. If you’re in Louisville it’s worth grabbing two to three of these for your bourbon collection.

The Evan Williams Master Blend bourbon reviewed was provided by Mike Outcalt of Po It Up Podcast at no cost for a no-strings attached review.

Evan Williams Single Barrel Review

Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon

Evan Williams Single Barrel
EW SiBDetails
Mashbill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle86.6 Proof
ABV43.3%
AgeNAS
StyleSingle Barrel
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$23.99
Parent CompanyHeaven Hill Distillery
DistilleryEvan Williams Distillery
ProsPerfectly Balanced, Great Complexity
ConsNose Is Meh for Me
RatingSilver 90 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

EW SiB is oily fully coating my Glencairn whiskey glass. The color is bronze.

Nose  – 88 out of 100 Points

The nose is savory. The prominent flavor is leather with background notes of clove, roasted peanuts, and brininess. I get hardly a sweet note. If I’m honest, it’s not my preferred flavor profile but it’s also balanced and complex which I can respect.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

The palate is what I’d expect from an Evan Williams bourbon. It has oak, leather, clove, and cinnamon. Oh but the sweetness finally shows. The front of the palate has a thick, rich salted caramel. And it’s perfectly balanced and sufficiently complex. That bit of sweetness drags me into its corner.

Finish – 90 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium to long but it’s back to mostly savory — clove, charred cinnamon, oak, and leather.

Verdict -Silver 90 out of 100 Points

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Evan Williams Single Barrel is a bourbon cabinet staple. I very well could’ve said Evan Williams but the single barrel has the braggadocio to hit way out of its league depending on the vintage. And did I mention it’s under $30 and widely available across the U.S.?

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond White Label Review

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond
EW BiBDetails
Mashbill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle100 Proof
ABV50%
AgeNAS
StyleBottled in Bond
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$15
Parent CompanyHeaven Hill Distillery
DistilleryEvan Williams Distillery
ProsBold and Brash
ConsRough Around the Edges
RatingSilver 85.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

Nose – 86 out of 100 Points

The nose is savory. I get banana bread with walnuts and cinnamon. The banana is subtle. It’s a no non-sense nose.

Taste – 86 out of 100 Points

The front of the palate is creamy vanilla, followed by baking spice and the classic Evan Williams oak note.

Finish – 85 out of 100 Points

The finish is brash and bold with some rough edges. There’s a sweet vanilla oak note with black pepper.

Verdict – Silver 85.6 out of 100 Points

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In the glass, EW BiB offers high viscosity and long, dreary legs. The value is off the charts at $15 bucks for a bourbon that packs as much flavor as this does. It has some rough edges but what it lacks in these areas it makes up for with bold flavors.

Evan Williams Green Label Review

Evan Williams Green

Evan Williams Green
Evan Williams GreenDetails
Mash Bill78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, and 10% Rye
In the Bottle80 Proof
ABV40%
Age4 Years Minimum
Size750 mL and Up
Suggested MSRP$10
Parent CompanyHeaven Hill Distillery
DistilleryEvan Williams Distillery
528 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
ProsI enjoyed the nose. A bit different than the other EWs IMO
ConsShort Finish
RatingBronze 80 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker or Mixer

Nose – 82 out of 100 Points

The aroma is sweeter and less oaky than the other Evan Williams bourbon. I get caramel and vanilla and lightly toasted oak. More youthful oak than a charred one.

Taste – 80 out of 100 Points

Ahh there’s that classic Evan Williams oak. The front palate has some sweetness but it’s there and gone. It moves quickly into oak.

Finish – 78 out of 100 Points

A pop of black pepper and oak on a short finish with undertones of vanilla.

Verdict – Bronze 80 out of 100 Points

This is a basic bourbon. It lacks depth and complexity but on the other hand, it’s pleasant to drink. There’s nothing offensive. I wouldn’t buy to drink neat. This is a mixer for me.

Evan Williams 1783 Review

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Evan Williams 23 Years Old Review

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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