March 1, 2006

Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon Review

Evan Williams 1783
Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
10 Year Old Sour Mash
Typical Price: About $11 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon1783 was a pretty big year, in terms of American history. For one thing, Washington Irving was born. OK, so Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman isn't enough for you? It was also the year the Revolutionary War ended! Is that a big enough deal for you? Of course, good things happen in threes, so the other important event is that Evan Williams started distilling his Bourbon in this prestigious year. We've just tried the Evan Williams 1783 expression and we have to say - we're glad he did.

The Color: Brown!
Surprise, surprise.

The Nose: Big and Rich
This one has a very subtle and rich smell, with hints of vanilla and a tiny rye bite. If you ask us, this is what Bourbon should smell like.

The Flavors: Nice and Smooth
Very smooth, and not the slightest bit harsh, sweet as it hits the tongue. When we swished it around our mouths we felt an herbal, almost minty twinge, without much alcohol burn as we swallowed. The finish wasn't too aggressive, and we really liked the balance between the sweetness of the corn and the quick bite of the rye.

The Recipes: Go On and Mix It
This stuff would be great in any whiskey drink you can think of, and for the price, you don't even feel guilty about mixing it. We still liked it best with just a splash of water, though.

The Verdict: Tall, Dark and Handsome
This is the way it should be - top notch Bourbon for a bottom shelf price. We were floored by the fact that an $11 Bourbon could taste this good. We recommend heading out to find a bottle, and keep in mind that you can probably buy three of them for the price you'd pay for another bottle with comparable quality.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at March 1, 2006 7:44 AM
Recent Comments

I'm in the US, and it costs about $11-12/750ml.

In North Carolina, anyway.

Posted by: Jeff Albertson at August 26, 2010 8:08 PM

Um, $11 a fifth? In what currency? It is a WHOLE lot more expensive than $11 is in US legal tender around here. If it were $11 I'd love it, but it isn't.

Posted by: farty mcstinkerson at June 12, 2009 12:45 AM

The above poster is the sheer example as to why some people should not be allowed to reproduce.

Posted by: Trey at October 23, 2008 8:20 PM

I had someone go out and get me a 1.75L of even williams but they got the golden cap 1783 10 yo. by mistake I like it, added smoothness and a couple more in the proof % too ^^...not that there is anything wrong with the original...a triple of evan willians and a tiny splash of diet coke...
my favorite.

Posted by: Joe at April 23, 2008 7:37 PM


Posted by: Roger at December 4, 2006 7:15 AM
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