American Whiskey - Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2008
  • 2012
  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2004

Proof66 Notes

Evan Williams claims to be the second largest selling brand of bourbon in the US. The brand itself is named for the reputed "first distiller" in 1783. We consider it a remarkably inexpensive bourbon.

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This bottle has 18 ratings and 18 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 3.7 (2016-10-12)
Really enjoy this in an old fashioned and mint julep. Very impressed with it neat as well but thought it was bitter when poured straight over ice cubes. Very affordable and a great value at $17.
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Tango Tango (120)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-09-28)
Evan Williams 1783 nose is oak, leather , pipe tobacco, spice with hint of mint. The entry is ultra smooth with leather ,honey , spice, menthol ending with finish of menthol and spice. it is no longer 10 years old and has less oak and more sweetness than previous !0 year old Evan Williams Bourbon 1783.It has too much sweetness now and is not as good as Evan Williams Black Label or Ezra Brooks 90 Proof .
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exploreblog exploreblog (8)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-06-01)
I had been looking forward to trying Evan Williams 1783 and it did not disappoint. The smell set me off at first with some oak, caramel, and something else I couldn’t quite place. Much to my pleasure, the taste was a whole different story. I picked up corn, black pepper at the back of my throat, maybe a little caramel and oak making it sweet, and a hint of black cherry. The flavor does not linger as long as I would like, but the rest of the experience is wonderful. In my opinion, Evan Williams 1783 is one of the best value bourbons around. Check out my full review at exploreblog.net.
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Cranecreek Cranecreek (149)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-02-08)
Really- Heaven hill produces a bourbon without a hint of bitterness?? Well that's what I found and Thank You reviewers for steering me on to this "1783". This is so much better than the "Black Label" I can hardly believe they are from the same distiller. So it's out with the Black and this "1783" will take its place along with OGD 114 as "table bourbons" for now. A little shy in the rye department as Muncher mentioned but overall it delivers classic bourbon flavors. And for the price ($14.99 in Wi.) its a bargain bourbon. An attribute that stood out for me was the "creaminess" of the flavors, but hinting on complexity at the same time. 4 star based on taste plus value.
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  • - Tango up voted your review on 2016-09-15.

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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-02-02)
I agree with BDanner and tdwester's reviews on this bourbon. Interestingly, the flavor seems to have degraded in the couple of weeks that my bottle has been open. It's still quite an enjoyable pour, especially when I factor in the price ($17.99). On the nose I get caramel, lemon juice, alcohol, and dusty oak. The palate is similar to the nose, but it's not as "boozy" as I was expecting after detecting that noticeable dose of alcohol on the nose. I wish it had a little more rye spice; it's good for adding another layer to the flavor profile while also hiding (or partially hiding) some imperfections and youth. The finish leaves a burnt caramel flavor for a few seconds. I think I like the Old Grand Dad BiB better, but the 1783 is definitely in my top 5 or top 3 for sub-$20 bottles.
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US Spirit US Spirit (74)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-12-03)
This is a perfectly decent, but unremarkable bourbon, at a very reasonable price point. Where I am this is maybe $2 more than Evan Williams Black Label still under $20. Flavor-wise I almost feel like I could duplicate 1783 by blending their regular Black Label with the bottle of 2003 vintage Single Barrel I had. It's more interesting than regular EW Black, but more bitter, yet far less bitter than the 2003 Single Barrel. Overall, I'd say that makes this my favorite of the 3 EW branded whiskies I've tried. It also tastes better than Old Heaven Hill, though I think Old Heaven Hill is a better deal (a little over half the price). Given the price and the fact that I thought this was drinkable, I'd definitely try this again (most likely if its on sale). That said, I sampled this side by side against my everyday mid-shelf staples (Jack Daniels, Old Forester, Jim Beam Black, and Wild Turkey 101), and in each case I not only decided I preferred my usual mid-shelf staples, but preferred them enough to spend some extra money on them. This is still easy for me to recommend though, its worth drinking (even neat) is cheap enough to mix without feeling guilty, and the last I saw (1783 isn't always easy to find around me) it was maybe the cost of Beam White Label if that. Would try again on sale or in a bar, but I don't feel the love some people are showing this spirit here. I'm going to say 3.25 stars.
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tdwester tdwester (20)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-11-14)
This is a hidden gem. Has all the classic bourbon note carmel, char, brown sugar and a hint of mint. Great introduction into the world of bourbon and that one guy that insists on mixing it with coke at $15 let him.
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spezbaby spezbaby (36)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-09-10)
May have been the food pairing
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BDanner BDanner (257)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-01-23)
I tried the Black Label Evan Williams and was not a fan, but vowed that based on that I would give some other Heaven Hills products a try. After trying and liking the EW Single Barrel I decided to give the 1783 a shot at becoming my "Bargain Borboun" (a position currently held by Benchmark). This goes for $14.50 at my local store. I keep seeing this referred to as a 10 year old bourbon, but there is no age statement on the bottle or website anymore. This has a light golden color. The nose is Sweet Caramel with light alcohol. Drinking neat the caramel from the nose is there. A nice earthy, dusty note from the rye and char. Mild finish, with the earthy sweetness lingering. With a couple ice cubes the char comes forward. Some light citrus . Dry or honey roasted peanuts? Finish is a little sweeter. I enjoyed this! Miles ahead of EW's standard offering. I think this is slightly ahead of the Benchmark and only about $3 more. I will buy this again!
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  • - Tango up voted your review on 2016-08-13.

  • - Muncher up voted your review on 2016-01-23.

  • - tdwester up voted your review on 2015-11-14.

  • - Filthee up voted your review on 2015-06-30.

  • - jaketaz up voted your review on 2015-03-28.

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Review Comments
Proof66 Staff (2015-01-24):
Site editor here... you are quite correct! It appears that the 10yr statement was dropped in 2007 (we're trying to confirm with Heaven Hills directly). We've updated our database to also reflect the loss of the 10yr age statement and made a note of it in the text. Thanks for pointing that out!

Muncher (2016-01-23):
Just bought a bottle and I'm trying it as I read your review, which nails it pretty well. I just had to comment because I think this might be the first time that your price was better than what I could find! The best I can find with this is $17.99.

BDanner (2016-01-25):
Yeah...Turns out that $14.50 was a sale price. It normally goes for around $18 here as well. Still a decent buy, but right now I'm all about the EW Bottled in Bond for $15 or chipping in a couple extra bucks for the OGD Bottled in Bond.

Cranecreek (2016-02-07):
Based on your review BD I have kept watching for this. Finally found it at an out of the way store. Like you I am looking for a couple of "table bourbons". My review will come shortly. That Old Grandad 114 you commented on is kind of obscure here in Wi. to. Mine I found as the single one on the shelf in a little liquor store. It was in a box. It is worth looking for!

BDanner (2016-02-08):
Hope you enjoy...Looking forward to your take!

jaketaz jaketaz (210)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-12-17)
I find regular Evan gross and was almost unwilling to give the brand another chance, but this might become my standard non-mixing bourbon. Drinking it right away you get a lot of sweet corn, brown sugar, and even some milk chocolate flavors - but after aerating for 10 minutes or so it kinda takes on a little of the peaty, barfy taste of bad scotch. Overall a great bargain, mo complex than other value bourbons like Four Roses and maybe Buffalo, almost as good as Elijah Craig 12 year for half the price.
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Dakota Dakota (132)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-03-12)
Aged 10 years small batch for under 20 bucks. Probably the best buy in all of bourbon.
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monkeyxx monkeyxx (47)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-08-24)
About as good as cheap liquor gets. It's got the same slightly sophisticated but not quite powerful profile as most of my favorite bottom shelf liquors. Kinda sweet but not too much, slightly fruity balanced by bitter and oak wood, not too burning. If you want more burn check out Early Times 354, it's a little bolder in that regard (and a little milder on the flavor front).
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riogib riogib (4)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-07-10)
Nice flavors, little bite. A very good choice for regular enjoyment plus it is modestly priced.
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (68)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-09-30)
The aroma of Evan Williams 1783 is succulent, full of sweet corn and vanilla. The flavor matches the smell, sweet and caramel-like, with some oak, a slight toastiness, and a touch of spice. You can taste the extra aging that this expression gets over the Black Label. It's very smooth, especially for 86 proof, and goes down especially easy with a couple of ice cubes.

Some whiskey drinkers will likely find this too sweet and lacking in the big, bold quality that many bourbons have. But there's so much flavor here, especially for the price, that it demands to be tried at least once. Note that while this bourbon was once bottled at 10 years old, it's now being produced "NAS" (no age statement). The version I reviewed is the current NAS one. For the complete review, and more like it, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.

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StanMemTn StanMemTn (135)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-09-09)
Easy. Great mixer bourbon that like Old Charter 10 yr, can be drunk neat or with ice. If you think you'll be drinking it by itself, you'd do well to pay a bit more for Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace, or Wild Turkey 101 (which actually isn't really more expensive).
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Storcke Storcke (39)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-09-04)
I had heard nice things about this stuff, but nothing great, so when I tried it I got a wonderful, unexpected surprise. Very full, rich, mellow set of flavors, no harsh bite or bitterness at all. Not too sweet, not too dry. The words that come to mind are "comfortable" and "delicious." In every way, this puts most $20-30 bourbons to shame, and I got it for $11. Four stars for flavor, and the fifth for price.
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boatwric boatwric (3)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-07-23)
Wine Enthusiast summed it up like this: "The best whiskey value in the world, bar none." They weren't kidding. If this bourbon was a woman, she would bear my young. No matter how many bourbons I try, this is the one I ALWAYS come back to. Here in South Carolina a fifth costs about $12, a handle about $25. Inexpensive, certainly, but with class and flavor that puts $30 bottles to shame (I'm talkin' to you Maker's Mark, Jefferson, Four Roses, and Woodford). Pretty simple tastes, but spry enough for all but the snootiest (and fakest) palates. Good wholesome vanilla and cinnamon fare, with a bit of banana zing. Everyone I've ever given a nip has sung its prasies, and you will too. No excuses now, GET YOU SOME.  
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jfatt340 jfatt340 (11)
Rating: 5.0 (2010-08-05)
For $15 (NJ) pour this into a decanter and tell'em it's the good shit. No one will be the wiser. Great flavor, excellent value.
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