I've had an odd sort of relationship with Evan Williams Single Barrel over the years. It isn't really a love/hate relationship as much as it is a like/meh one. In my experience, they are never really bad, not even in an off-year. Instead, they are just sort of...meh. Not bad. Not great.
I used to really like them. I'd pick one up every year. But then we had a string of forgettable ones. So much so that even though I liked 2006 (the last one I bought), I forgot to try 2007 or 2008. But it is quite amazing what seeing a good price on the sign will do toward reminding you, especially when there is an open spot on your shelf just begging you to fill it.
Evan Williams Single Barrel, 2009 Vintage
Purchase info: 19.98 for a 750 mL bottle at Ace Spirits, Hopkins, MN
Details: 43.3% ABV. Barrel #: 367. Barreled on July 30, 2009. Bottled on January 31, 2017.
Nose: Honey, wintergreen, sugar cookie, and almond.
Mouth: Nice thick mouthfeel with vanilla, ginger, wintergreen and sugar cookie.
Finish: Warm with a medium length. Lingering spice, mint, and sweetness.
Thoughts: I like this one a lot. It's very tasty, especially for the price. I may have inadvertently taken a break from this product, but that will have to stop. Good solid bourbon at a good price is nothing to take for granted these days.
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