GSN Review: Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch

Evan Williams Bourbon, recently announced a major redesign of Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch. Named after the year Evan Williams first opened his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River, the Bourbon’s new package celebrates Kentucky Bourbon’s first licensed endeavor. Returning to the original 90 proof, the small batch Bourbon is the second highest proof in the Evan Williams Bourbon family.

Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch is in a new proprietary glass bottle with the Evan Williams signature blown in across the top. ‘1783’ is prominently displayed in gold foil accent across the top label, as well as ‘small batch’ to signify the Bourbon inside is a mingling of 300 barrels or less. The bottle is crowned by an upgraded capsule finish featuring the same Evan Williams signature repeated in the background. Crafted with Heaven Hill Distillery’s traditional Bourbon mashbill of 78% corn, 12% malted barley, and 10% rye, Evan Williams 1783 also retains an extra-aged quality as it is a marriage of barrels aged six to eight years.

Evan Williams, who also served as an early Trustee of the City of Louisville, served as wharfmaster, and built the first county clerk’s office and city jail, set up his early distillery in 1783. As the first licensed commercial distiller in Kentucky, Evan Williams laid the initial groundwork of entrepreneurial success for the Kentucky Bourbon industry. The award-winning Evan Williams Bourbon Experience invites hundreds of thousands of visitors to Downtown Louisville each year to walk through the same hand-crafted process Evan Williams began in 1783.

GSN’s Remarks: What we’ve always loved about Evan Williams has only become better. The sweet corn character, the slight pop of rye on the tongue, and the smoothness of the malt are showcased through the higher proof. Folks, this has been one of our “go to” bourbons on our speed rail for years. You really can’t do better at this price point. We applaud Heaven Hill for recognizing that this spirit deserves to be dialed up to 11. Great stuff. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Heaven Hill Distillery

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