glencairn-amazonThis truncated review was originally posted as part of the  Budget Bourbon Battle Royale.  See the original post here.

What it is:

Evan Williams White label is a 4 year old Bottled-in-Bond bourbon produced by Heaven Hill’s New Bernheim distillery in Louisville, KY.  It can be found in most markets, and is priced under $15.  It is bottled at 100 proof.

EW White Label BiB

  • Appearance: Deep amber.
  • Nose: Corn, Bakery Goods, Vanilla
  • Taste: There are some early fruits, including apricot and banana, but they give way to traditional smoother bourbon flavors of vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, and oak.
  • Finish: Surprisingly long and smooth, with black pepper and cloves.
  • Score: 86/100.


Evan Williams White Label clearly blurs the line between a budget bourbon and a premium.  In fact, I’d wager that most palates would have a hard time declaring this a budget bourbon at all.It is smooth, flavorful, and worthy of a sip.  At under $15, it may be among the best values in bourbon today.

The scoring system is a standard 100 point system based on 4 categories, taken in order.

  1. Appearance: 15 points
  2. Nose: 25 Points
  3. Palate/Taste: 35 Points
  4. Finish: 25 points
  • 95+        Epic
  • 90-94     Excellent, Good representative of its style
  • 85-89     Solid sipper
  • 80-84     Drinkable, but potentially flawed.
  • 75-79     Low quality, flawed, use as a mixer only
  • <75        Rot Gut, avoid