This 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.
- 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 ModernThirst.com scoring system is a standard 100 point system based on 4 categories, taken in order.
- Appearance: 15 points
- Nose: 25 Points
- Palate/Taste: 35 Points
- 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