American Whiskey - Bourbon

Evan Williams 2003 Vintage Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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

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Tier 1
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2013

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Heaven Hill Distilleries was founded shortly after prohibition and in the height of the Great Depression with no brands and no ready available stocks of whiskey. Today, they claim an inventory of over 675,000 barrels. The company reports that it is "the largest independent, family-owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country." While Heaven Hill focuses on bourbon, it produces a wide array of spirits. 

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. 

Each year, the distillery releases a 10yr old limited edition, single-barrel bourbon, which we list separately. This is the Evan Williams 2003 Vintage.

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This bottle has 8 ratings and 7 reviews.
US Spirit US Spirit (47) (2015-11-30)
I had the same experience as kclarksville. My bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel was dominated, even overwhelmed by oak. It was so bitter, I found it to be virtually undrinkable. Ice did not help at all, no reasonable amount of water helped, even cola wasn't much help. Tasting notes were: oak, oak, and more oak. Nose was basically the same. 1.5 stars but I'm rounding up because unlike Jack Daniels Single Barrel (which was a very similar experience) this only cost me $25. I gave my bottle away. That being said, there can certainly be variation from bottle to bottle in a single barrel whiskey, and in this case Evan Williams also separates the bottling by year ie 2003, 2004, ect. so I would be totally willing to try this again... in a bar. As a bottle buy I'm done though. I'd much prefer Evan Williams 1783, Black Label, or even Old Heaven Hill Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003.
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-02-28)
It's a pretty good bourbon. 3.5 stars may be a better score for this. The thing that hurts this is that you can do better for around the same price.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-02-13)
I'd say more like 3.5 stars. It's good, but for the price, you could do better. It is pleasant in the mouth with a slow warmth going down. There is somewhat of a strong aftertaste, but nothing like Jim Beam brands' aftertaste.
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Straw Dogberry Straw Dogberry (1) (2014-02-01)
it still basically tastes like Evan Williams bourbon, although it doesn't have the "Oh boy, this is going to give me a headache" quality of the their standard cheap stuff. I wouldn't buy it again. I can't believe anyone would prefer it to Bulleit, Buffalo Trace, or even Maker's Mark. Live and learn.
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Dakota Dakota (136) (2014-01-14)
Xcellent
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kclarksville kclarksville (5) (2013-12-20)
I paid 23.00 for my bottle in TN which felt like a great buy. The price was right but not the taste. I may have gotten a bad batch but this bourbon taste so oaky it is unbelievable. It is ok if you feel like chewing on piece of oak , anyone else stay away from it.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-10-03)
3.5 stars but I'm rounding up... Great value, quality you get forthe price is solid... We tasted this alongside Jim beam black and I was surprised to find that this was clearly the second place bourbon... There are some really nice bourbons in the $20 range and this is definitely one of them.
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