Spirit

Evan Williams 23 Year Old Bourbon

Damn, this is tasty bourbon.

The last of my delicious troika of wonderful whisk(e)ys from Master of Malt.

Evan Williams was the first man to set up a commercial distillery in Kentucky, to this day, on the banks of the Ohio River you can visit a marker erected to that effect. Since 1783, much water has flowed down that river, and much bourbon has been shipped from the Pioneer State to the rest of the world. Like his contemporary, Jack Daniel, Evan Williams was of Welsh descent, a primacy unknown to many who favour a sip of the spirit that comes from the Sour Mash. Evan Williams Bourbon is now bottled in Bardstown, at the Heaven Hill facility there.

Anyway, on to what is in the bottle.

Bottled at a cask strength of 53.50% it has a lovely sharpness and heat on the tongue, that doesn’t falter right the way through drinking it. Huge doesn’t even seem to be a big enough word to describe the spicy deliciousness and mile long finish on this great example of what happens if you leave bourbon for a decent rest. Cherries, cocoa, vanilla and coffee mingle sweetly together through the nose and palate. It really does need no ice or water, but a supplementary glass of good cold water will thin and spread this taste until you’re grasping at threads. Highly recommended for anyone who loves American Whiskey or was looking to buy me a present.

Jim Murray scored it 95.5 and named it Bourbon of the year for the 2011 edition of the Whisky Bible, in case my own platitudes weren’t quite enough.

You can pick up a bottle here. As for me, I want some more.

You can also follow Master of Malt on Twittter, here. If you’d like to be tempted by a constant flow of releases and special offerings.

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