Newest Bourbon Review: Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch
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
Sour Mash Small Batch
No. 10 Brand
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.
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.
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.