American Whiskey - Bourbon

Evan Williams 2005 Vintage Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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

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Each year, the Heaven Hills releases a limited edition, single-barrel bourbon, which we list separately. This is the Evan Williams 2005 Vintage, which is aged between 9 and 10 years. For the 2005 vintage, they released a single barrel, 100 proof edition celebrating the 1yr anniversary of its new bourbon experiene tour.

Heaven Hill Distillerieswas 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.

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This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (105) (2016-08-09)
Just like KaiserSoze, my review is for the standard issue 86 proof and not the 100proof special edition. My first taste of this I was immediately reminded of Henry McKenna 10yr SiB BIB. The same flavor profile, but muted due to it's lower proof and slightly younger age. Vanilla/toffee backed up by an incredible musty oak and leather. You can definitely tell that these two bourbons are closely related in mashbill and age. Throw in a couple extra bucks and get the McKenna at 100 proof to get the best out of this flavor profile.
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Cranecreek Cranecreek (51) (2016-01-21)
I guess at this point the cat is out of the bag. This is outstanding Bourbon at a ridiculously low price. Whiskey Advocate Magazine (Fall issue) voted this Bourbon best value under $100.00. I could not agree more. I have seen this Bourbon on sale for as low as $20.00. The hand numbered dates of barreling and bottling are a cool touch. I have had bottles from Barrel #95 and barrel #475 and they had identical tastes. Very complex layers of dark fruit-Fresh baked bread-Smore's-Vanilla bean and sweet oak. Nicely spiced, and being 86 proof provides the ability to stand up to a cube or two of ice. (my preferred drink) There is an especially haunting taste/aroma that reminds me of an old shoe repair shop. If that sounds strange to you, one of the exotic tastes sometimes identified in rich Bourbons is " Saddle Leather" or "Saddle Soap." Not overly sweet but more creamy in character. Nice long finish ! Get this while you can ! As this is Vintage Bourbon each years release can be very different. The 2006 was not as complex or rich. The 2007 is available now-At Costco $20. Will review in the near future.
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (125) (2015-10-24)
Please note that this review is based on the standard 2005 at 43.3ABV, not the commemorative 100th year special edition. I'll cut right to the chase...the first 2/3 of this bottle was nothing but a HUGE disappointment after reading all the reviews and hype of how great EWSB is. Wasn't bad, just nothing special - very similar profile to Basil Hayden's. The last 1/3 of the bottle was as good as anything I've ever had; right up there at the top with Blanton's and ETL. I'm not sure if the 2 weeks that had passed since opening the bottle helped open it up, but whatever is was, it felt like I had just experienced 2 completely different bourbons. I paid $28 for my bottle and based on the last 1/3 of the bottle, I definitely give it a "5"!
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jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-07-09)
It's almost exactly the same as Evan 1783, which sells for about HALF the price of this. The 1783 and this are both a huge step up for the standard Evan, and either would do just fine as your standard daily bourbon. I prefer bourbons with higher proof for mixing, and again you can get something very comparable for half as much, some of the older vintages of EW Single Barrel are better. This tastes like sweet corn, brown sugar, and even some milk chocolate flavors - but don't let it air out too much or it takes on a harsh, charred, acidity. Overall an ok spirit, but ten out of ten times I'd rather shell out 3 more bucks for the great Elijah Craig 12 year.
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