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Newest Bourbon Review: Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch

November 3, 2011

Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon

Evan Williams has a very long and proud tradition for bourbon making. This Small Batch represents a multitude of that long heritage. The Evan Williams distillery was established in 1783 and is now the Heaven Hill distillery. This particular Evan Williams expression is a Sour Mash No. 10 Brand Bourbon whiskey. It is ten (10) years old and is one of the lowest priced 10 year old bourbons that you will be able to find on the market today. Yet, just because it is priced economically does not mean that it taste that way.

To the bourbon:

86 Proof Small Batch

Age: 10 years

Bottle Statements:

Sour Mash Small Batch

No. 10 Brand

First notes:

The presentation of this bottle on your shelf will be very nice even though it has a screw cap. It is black and is not as noticeable as other caps. The label is crystal clear so that you can see the splendor within.


The color has a deep coppery hue to it with a very slight hit of rubicund tones.

First nose:

The first nose right out of the bottle is one of light corn.

Nose in a glass:

This bourbon has the distinctive nose that of many other Evan Williams bourbons. Light char and oakyness appears on the front while fresh bread and caramel rounds things off.


Very easy to enjoy! This is a very nicely balanced Small Batch. Some earthy coco, leather and apple undertones come out at the end. There is almost zero plate intensity. Just a twinge of pepperiness that presents itself on the roof of your mouth. Very easy drinking yet, it still has just enough flavor to last from sip to sip. Char, burnt sugar beans and very mild oakyness is one of the finial flavors that present itself. This is one bourbon that I do not recommend putting water in. Some bourbons respond well to water (mainly peppery, dryer and higher rye content mash bills) by opening up the nose or flavors within. This is not one of them. It is great neat or from the freezer, if you like it cold (which I do). Although, it is OK to add ONE (1) ice cube. This won’t add much water and will slightly chill your expression.


This is another bourbon that is Very, Very smooth from front to back. This is an 86 proof that has enough age that could be in the 90’s somewhere (wishful thinking). This bourbon is the same stuff that the Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbons are drawn from yet, these barrels were joined to make this Small Batch. Small Batches are supposed to round the palate flavors and intensity and Mr. Williams got this one dead-on. For the age and the price, you cannot beat this No. 10 Small Batch Bourbon.

Outsider review:

Evan Williams 1783 No. 10 is a straight forward bourbon that shows a bit of chocolate and dark spice on the nose that leads to a spicy, nutty finish. This bourbon is made up of a very limited number of barrels that are specially chosen and mingled together, making this genuinely classics-smooth, rich and bourbon that is worthy of its name.

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!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2013 10:03 pm

    When did Maker’s Mark vacate Heaven Hill?
    I’ve been enjoying Evan Williams for several years now, and I just found the 1783 small batch.
    My sons tell me that Evan Williams is Jack Daniels’ retarded cousin. What do they know? They obviously don’t know the difference between a Kentucky bourbon and a Tenessee sour mash whisky, (sigh) I have much work to do to educate them.
    Bravo Evan Williams. The 1783 small batch won’t be used for my Manhattens, but it will have a place on my bar for sipping.

    • April 11, 2013 11:36 am


      Thanks for checking out SHW. I am not sure that Maker’s Mark was ever affiliated with Heaven Hill but, they are currently owned by Jim Beam. Yet, a small world has it, the master distiller of Heaven Hill is a Beam.

      Also, all whiskeys are welcome here but, ask your son to start enjoying some from the more northern portion of the aquifer.

  2. March 15, 2014 2:20 pm

    I can’t enter those comments that most connoisseur’s make when it comes to those specific undertones of flavor. I would like to say I do appreciate Evan Williams product and this is the first time I purchased a bottle of the 1783. I enjoy the lasting robust flavor to the palate and I found humor when I read only one cube should be used versus the six I just added before reading this article. I will in the future be sure to use only one cube. Thanks for a good product.

    • March 17, 2014 8:01 am


      Thank you for your interest in SHW:

      Of course, you may enjoy your libation any way you prefer (one or more ice cubes). I’m simply a making a suggestion. Most of Evan Williams brands present themselves well and most of them can fit into anyone’s budget. Feel free to explore the rest of the line and tell me about them. If you would like a review on something specific, it’s very possible I have it here and I will do my best to present a review on it.

      Thank you very much for your time.


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