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Bottling NameEvan Williams Single Barrel - Vintage 1994
Bottled ByHeaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. Bardstown,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content86.6 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Unknown
Views (since 20080612) 4210
Bottling Info



Review from scubagirl (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1007, Created:20080131114352)
Purchased at:SWS
Purchased for:22.00
Info on this bottle:barrel 374 96749 75001 bottled 8/5/04
Proof Of this Bottle:86.6
Nose:carmel, oak, must be buttery maple smell, reminds me of syrup. Good aroma envelopes you to taste.
Taste:Buttery smooth, velvet vanilla, can't really taste oak at all, very smooth.
Finish:Left a good taste, kinda remined me of a smores after taste. Sweet.
Overall:Bought a case of this a gift box deal, good to give to family as gifts they will enjoy.
Good price for a smooth aged bourbon. Will buy again.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 656, Created:20061126125153, Updated:20061126191828)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:$23
Info on this bottle:Barrel on 7/24/94, bottled on 8/2/04, Barrel # 356
Nose:A rich nose with vanilla/cream, caramel, brown sugar, corn, a bit of char and a whiff of nuts and leather. Very pleasing. One hopes that the taste follows the nose!
Taste:Corn sweetness that is quite thick and creamy followed by nice peppery spice that is restrained. Not very complex, but still flavorful. A slight disappointment from the promise of the nose.
Finish:A short to moderate finish that leaves behind some nice creamy sweetness and just a tiny bit of spice.
Overall:A very nice bourbon overall, especially considering its price, but it lacks the complexity to be make it off the middle shelf. Still, it seems reasonably safe there.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 166)
Purchased at:Given to me at a bourbon function
Info on this bottle:50 ml bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:86.6
Nose:Corn and caramel with a hint of oak. A little pepper spice and floral tones.
Taste:Caramel candy corn with a bit of peppery spice and old leather. Not much of an alcohol burn or mouth feel.
Finish:Dry oak tannin finish with just a little sweet vanilla. Last a moderately long time and is pleasant.
Overall:The idea of a 50 ml single barrel bottle intrigued me and I had to do a tasting. I am suprised at just how consistant it is with the regular bottling on Evan William Single Barrel. It is a good product but not overly complex. It would go well in an old fashioned or sipping neat after a meal.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 119)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$22
Nose:Immediate smell of nuts, sherry-like, a touch of citrus, just the right amount of astringency, the slightest whiff of the wood and vanilla. A mellow nose overall, not assaultive in the least.
Taste:Silky smooth, things are in balance. The taste remains consistent front to back. Things harmonize as there is corn sweetness mixed with caramel and toffee, the alcohol barely intervenes.
Finish:Not a long finish, but satisfying none the less. The sweetness lingers as if you had eaten some very nice buttery candy.
Overall:A refined whiskey.......something you would slip the grandmother who has been sipping for years and prefers subtle flavors. This is also the whiskey you would sip when you are with your spouse on the back porch as the sun goes down, topping off a good day. Nice.......soothing. I like it a lot, it belongs in my liquor cabinet along with the other characters.

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Review from Brewer (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 58)
Purchased at:
Info on this bottle:Barreled on 7/22/94; Bottled on 4/21/04; Barrel number 147
Nose:Corn on the cob, with a good dose of pepper.
Taste:Wonderfully sweet chocolate covered cherries. There is a nice degree of complex sweet fruit flavors that mingle nicely with the sweet, buttery corn on the cob.
Finish:The finish is nice and smooth, with some rye spiciness working its way in to combine with clover honey. There's a creamy feel as the flavors linger. The finish is very enjoyable.
Overall:This is my favorite of the Evan Williams Single Barrel vintages thus far. I've had the '92 and '93, which don't equal the '94. I had an opportunity to have a taste of the '95 while at NYC WhiskyFest, and I'm hoping that it will be comparable to the '94.

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Review from Mark (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 52)
Purchased at:Langley AFB, VA
Purchased for:$18
Info on this bottle:Barreled on 7/22/94; Bottled on 4/21/04; Barrel number 147
Nose:Very nice barrel notes (oak, a bit of 'char') A little vanilla was present with minor pepper notes.
Taste:Very moderate spice, mellow, undertones of vanilla sweetness almost like vanilla marshmellows with a bit of rye spiciness added in. Very nice.
Finish:Smooth with a bit of spiciness that comes thru from the rye in the finish. Creamier than both the 92 and 93 Vintages.
Overall:Between the 92' 93' and 94' Vintages the 94' comes out a clear winner. The 93' is in the middle with the 92 last. Of the three I found the 94' to have the most balance with a nice uniform sweet vs spice flavor married well together.

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