Evan William is the second best selling bourbon brand with annual sales of 2.4 million cases (2017); the leader in that category, Jim Beam sells 8.9 million cases. Heaven Hill launched the brand in 1957, more than 20 years after the company’s founding.
Evan Williams is distilled from mash composed of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. It used to be bottled as 7 years old, few years ago the company dropped the age statement and according to the press release is now bottled after 5 to 7 years of aging. The bourbon is named after Evan Williams, a serious contender to “the First Commercial Kentucky Distiller” title; it is no secret that Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River back in 1783, nine years before Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union.
Nose: vanilla, caramel, black cherries, plums, red apples, licorice, cornflakes, dash of pepper and charred oak.
Palate: smooth, caramel, vanilla, overdone toast, prunes, cocoa powder, pepper, cinnamon and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of caramel, dark dried fruits, pepper and oak.