Evan Williams Extra Aged

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and rich. There’s a heavy dusty corn note in the middle with vanilla, honey and liquor soaked cherries surrounding it. There’s a menthol note laying on top together with a hint of nail polish remover. The oak is kind of binding everything together and almost disquise itself. The honey note moves forward with time in the glass.

Mouth: A sour lemon note and some chili fruit spicyness arrive first. The vanilla and honey sweetness both take a step back. There’s a chalky note on top of the dusty corn. Beneath, it’s fruity with cherries and a hint of ripe bananas. The oak is still residing in the background. It brings a little bitterness to the mix, which makes the whole thing more interesting than if it was more dominant. There’s a tiny amount of the rye coming through (with mainly anis) within the spicyness. The whole thing is very corn dominant though.

Finish: The dusty and chalky notes flare up and together with the fruity and sweet notes it soon dies down. The oak takes a huge step forward. It’s a fresh, new cut rough oakiness. There’s a tiny amount of astringency. The oak just keeps on going long after the dram is finished. The rye note is still detectable almost as a white noise in the space behind the oak.

Additional information
This straight bourbon used to have a 7 YO age statement but now the age varies from 5-7 years. The mashbill consists of 75 % corn, 13 % rye and 12 % barley.

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