Evan Williams Cherry Reserve:
Style: Flavored American Whiskey (Kentucky Bourbon and Cherry Liqueur)
Produced by: Heaven Hill
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Price: $11.95 (Oregon, USA)
Tasted neat in a Glencairn:
Aroma: Strong cherry aroma and hot alcohol. Burns the nose slightly. Touch of oak, light brown sugar and vanilla.
Flavor: Again, cherry dominates. Brown sugar, oak in the finish. Very light vanilla/marshmallow. Sweetness lingers, as does heat.
Tasted with a splash of water:
Aroma: Sweet cherry and vanilla dominate, alcohol heat still present.
Flavor: Sickly sweet cherry, like cough syrup with alcohol. Was better neat.
Verdict: 2 stars. Solid 2 star. Good enough to drink on it’s own (but apparently not with water), but pretty much designed to mix with soda or soda water. It’s flavored whiskey, so basically it is what it says it is. It’s cherry. Mix with Coke or 7Up for an adult Cherry Coke/Shirley Temple. It’s sneaky at 35%. Goes down way too easy.