Friday, 13 December 2013

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003 Vintage

Advent Calendar 12/24.  Midway through, a quite ordinary bourbon at first blush but does develop with some perseverance. 

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003 Vintage, 43.3% A-


Nose – Wooded honey, raisin, demerara sugar.  Depth is an issue – feels like its about to go somewhere but doesn’t get there.  Then some crayons and sherry depth.  Pleasant but ordinary.  The one-dimensionality that Smooth Ambler isn’t, but perfectly pleasant.

Body – Sweet, then rich, then perfumed, then spicy, then toffee malt, then sharp oak water.

Finish – Pleasantly spicy oak, washes away to leave very lovely, honeyed malt.  Great landing.

What's not good about it: Almost an ordinary bourbon.  Palate is unbalanced.

What’s good about it: Smooth, tasty, good finish.

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