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Newest Bourbon Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1999

September 16, 2011

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1999

The date is 9-15-2011 and this bottle was found at a local spirit distributor just a day ago. I have been in search of an older vintage for some time. I have not tasted the 1988-98 single barrels but, I have heard that they are very good. I also have heard that the newest vintages (2000, 2001) just don’t stack up to the earlier years. I have yet to try the 2000 and 2001 vintages but, they will be in a later tastings. The reason I really wanted this one is that it was the earliest vintage I could find and the fact that is was in the 1990’s is even better.

To the bourbon:

86.6 Proof Single Barrel

Aged about 9.5 years

Price $27.00

Bottel statments:

Barreled on – 3-22-99

Barrel No. – 35

Bottled on – 12-9-08

First notes:

The first thing I noticed is that the label is still the older one. The newest labels are not quite the same.


The next was the incredible color of it. It was a bold-dark amber for the age of the bourbon, clear of any particulate. My mouth waters for a bourbon that looks like this, especially from the age.

First nose:

A quick sweet corn and rye flower blossoms right out of the bottle.

Nose in a glass:

Again, sweet corn but, with a honey or light molasses and hint of nutmeg nose. Very inviting rye notes!


First small pop in mouth with a quick they rush of honey cinnamon sweetness with a small finish of oat. There is lingering caramel note on the palette.


This is not the most complex bourbon you going to find on the market. Yet, is a very nice one for the price. Something needs to be said for a bourbon that does not attack your mouth and throat. It can be asey for a bourbon to overwhelem you but, Evan williams has prefected the art of Bourbon making. This 1999 single barrel gives you just enough to keep going back for more.

This bourbon is best with a spot of water or a single ice cube. This very small amount of water chills the initial pop and blooms the flower peddles within. This is a great relaxing sipping bourbon that is meant to be shared (with your taste buds).  For the price of this single barrel I would and the fact that I may have opened the last bottle in the city, it was a great find and I would rank it high on the list of single barrels for the price.

Outsider review:

One word: mouthwatering. From the nose to the mouth, the rye is really nice here, finely tuned and layered with corn-oil-oak. The palate repeats what is first presented on the nose – in short, it tastes like it smells. It’s fairly rich in body, which suggests a sort of “hidden” or apparent sweetness; yet the finish is full of drying rye spice.

There will be a new review about every week. Stay tuned in for future reviews. Please write if you have a specific bourbon you would like a review on next!

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