The Whisk(e)y Chronicle #3

Evan Williams Single Barrel:

Style: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Produced by: Heaven Hill
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Proof: 43 (86%)
Age: NAS Technically. Age of barrels vary, this one is 8 years.
Price: $26 (Oregon, USA)

Other Information:
Barrel #407
Barreled on – 1-25-2012
Bottled on – 2-14-2020

Tasted neat in a Glencairn:

Aroma: Heavy vanilla, light brown sugar, light honey, slight alcohol burn.
Flavor: Heavy brown sugar up front, light vanilla, cherry/dried fruit on finish. Lingering heat. Oaky/wood lingers in the mouth.

Tasted with a splash of water:

Aroma: Honey, brown sugar. Alcohol burn intensified, which is unusual.
Flavor: Muted sweetness, heavy alcohol burn. Not better with water.

Verdict: 4 stars. Like the EW Cherry, this whiskey suffers from the addition of water. It’s actually much better on it’s own. This is perfectly good to drink on it’s own, but it does make a killer Old Fashioned. At this price point, this certainly could become a regular on the bar. Very good for it’s price. Pricewise it’s in line with the likes of Makers Mark and Jack Daniels Black Label, which are also good, but this is a slight step above. Makers and JD I’d be much more likely to mix, rather than drink neat.

Whisk(e)y Chronicle #2

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Evan Williams Cherry Reserve:

Style: Flavored American Whiskey (Kentucky Bourbon and Cherry Liqueur)
Produced by: Heaven Hill
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Proof: 70 (35% ABV)
Age: NAS
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.