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Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2000

Evan Williams Single Barrel, Vintage 2000, 43.3% (Abv)/86.6 Proof, $25-$30
Bottle #367
The nose opens up with Honey, Vanilla, some sweet spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) with some toasted oak and light barrel. First sip reinforces those flavors with ample measure. Honey immediately on the front of the tongue, prickly spice (mint/cinnamon), some citrusy/acidic notes, then toasted oak and vanilla on the back of the palette. This bourbon is medium bodied in the mouth with a spicy, minty finish that lingers moderately with some leftover sweetness and oak. A fantastic bourbon with layers of flavor. Extremely lively, balanced, and well crafted.

Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 9.3 (Superb/Outstanding)

16 Comments

  1. KipFromMI says:

    Great review Jason. I really enjoyed it. I’m new to bourbons and haven’t really tried many (2 to be exact). I’ve had Jim Beam White Label (4 years) and I currently have a bottle of Jim Beam Black Label (8 years). From my experience w/ these two, JB White is a much lighter, sweeter bourbon while JB Black is a “heavier”, more complex bourbon, not as sweet but much more smooth (which I really like).
    I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of a good bourbon to try next. I’ve been leaning towards an Evan Williams or an Elijah Craig, but I’m not sure. Any suggestions would be welcome. Keep up the good work!

    Kip

  2. Kip, thanks for visiting. I love these kinds of questions. And I’m a tad envious you get to try all these great whiskeys for the first time. And you are spot on with the JB vs. JBBlack. The black just has so much more depth and character. It’s a very solid whiskey.

    I’m going to go ahead and give some recommendations based on the price ranges you’ve been moving to already. Feel free to reply back if you have a more specific price range.

    One bourbon I always recommend of late is the Evan Williams Single Barrel vintage 2000. There’s still plenty on the shelves to procure before the 2001 series starts slowly hitting this coming month (it was recently unveiled in late October). The 2000 vintage is one of the most drinkable and balanced whiskeys for the money. It’s approximately $28-30.

    You already hit on one great one in Elijah Craig. I’d recommend the 12 year. Fantastic value at $25-27. It’s dryer and woodier than the Evan Williams Single Barrel. That’s certainly due to the additional age. Both of these will give you a great comparison.

    Another fantastic whiskey is Elmer T. Lee. More Rye forward than the two above, but done so well it still has unbelievable richness and depth. It’s certainly a favorite of mine in that $30 and under category.

    George Dickel No. 12 is a Tennessee WHiskey but I think one of the best values on the planet at under $20.

    Give these a try and let me know what you think. Take care!

    -Jason

  3. KipFromMI says:

    Thanks for the tips Jason! I will definitely be looking into these whiskey’s in the coming days, especially since the Christmas holiday is right around the corner. Thanks again!

    Kip

  4. Greg G. says:

    Jason,

    I agree with your completely that this is a great bourbon, especially for the price. I am new to the bourbon world but this is the first bottle that i have finished in my small collection so far. Fortunately I had the foresite to pick up 2 more bottles before my local stores ran out. It obviously has been by go to bourbon. Thanks for your review. Keep up the great work. By the way, when are you going to review Rock Hill Farms. You have mentioned them in the past. Just interested in your opinion vs other bourbons.

    Greg G.

  5. Greg, I’ve got this 3-way review of Rock Hill Farm, Blantons, and Wild Turkey KY Spirit in the queue. I moved it back in favor of the new one from Bulleit, Buffal Trace, and a comparison between Weller 12 and Van Winkle 12. The later two will hit next week. The week after that I’ll get this single barrel face off out.

    And yes, I love Evan Williams SB 2000. Great whiskey.

  6. Greg G. says:

    Jason,
    Wow. I look foreward to those reviews. Keep up the great work.

    Greg G.

  7. Josh says:

    Hey Jason:

    After seeing this review a few months ago I went on a search for the 2000 release with no luck at all after going to probably 10 different stores. All I could find was the 2001 release. I figured I was a day late and dollar short. I just happened to pop into one my regular stores and I couldn’t believe it, the entire stock of EWSB was the 2000 vintage (15 bottles). I was just there 2 weeks ago and all they had was the 2001. I thought that it was very strange, maybe they found a few cases sitting in the back corner collecting dust?? This store goes through crazy volumes of alcohol so that is what was so bewildering. Anyways, I picked up 1 bottle to open this weekend. I am not a big hoarder,but I do have a nice stash of pappys and staggs. At $25/bottle, would you recommend picking up a few more bottles for a rainy day, if it indeed that great of a
    year for the EWSB? I believe all the bottles came from Barrel 509 (not sure if that really matters).

  8. Joel says:

    Hey Josh:

    I did the same thing as you, I heard tons of great reviews about this whiskey so I set out in a quest to find a bottle. I had some difficultly finding it, and was even told “Good luck! It’s pretty rare to find now.” which irritated me a bit since it wasn’t a helpful statement.

    Needless to say at one of my local favorites small stores I found a few dusty 2000 vintage bottles. I bought one and I fell in love with it so I’ll certainly be picking up more.

    I suggest that you buy at least one to see if it suit your taste since every has a different opinion, then if you like it run back to grab more!

    P.S. The barrel numbers matter some, but it’s really the year that makes the big difference.

  9. Joel and Josh – agreed – I enjoy the 2000 a lot. Pick an extra up for sure. Hold it and come back in a few years and try it again. CHeers!

  10. Chris the Greek says:

    Jason,
    Thanks to your outstanding website and video reviews! I’m a whiskey greenhorn always preferred the clear liquors but now starting to get into the darkside. I enjoy Gentlemen Jack so after watching your review I figured I would try George Dickle barrel select or Evan Williams Vintage 2000. Well George Dickle barrel select is quite impossible to find in my area. However, after 6 trips to various stores to find the Vintage 2000, I did find some Evan Williams vintage 2001. While on lunch break today I decided to hit a small liquor store in the middle of town across from my fav lunch spot hoping to find George Dickle, but behold there was a bottle of vintage 2000 staring at me. Needless to say I bought it. I look forward to comparing the 2001 and 2000 tonight. Hopefully one day I will find some George Dickle barrel select. Keep Video Reviewing!
    Yours in Bourbon,
    Chris

  11. Thanks Chris – CHeers!

  12. Chris the Greek says:

    Thanks to Jason for the reviews!!! I wouldn’t have even know these Bourbons were out there if it were not for them. My Greenhorn preference is George Dickle Barrel Select ( yes I did find a bottle) then the Vintage 2000 followed close by the Vintage 2001. Now on to some Ryes.. Thanks Again Jason
    Yours in Bourbon

  13. Chris, I am glad the reviews are helpful. Cheers!

  14. Josh says:

    Hey Joel:

    I went back to score another bottle of the 2000 “if” there was any still on the shelf. Low and behold there was 1 bottle left and this bottle actually came out of barrel 37 and was barreled on my birthday, pretty cool! I asked the manager how in the world the 2000 vintage randomly ended up on their shelf. He said they recently purchased a small mom and pop store down the street and it was a part of their inventory that they were tying to get rid of. I did see a 2002 vintage on the shelf behind it. Had anyone tried it and if so, how does it compare to the 2000 and 2001?

  15. Drew says:

    Hi Jason,
    I just recently started getting into Bourbon after a long courtship with Tequila. I just wanted to say that I enjoy your site immensely and it’s been a huge help in guiding me towards my first initial purchases. Carry on with the great reviews, as I open a bottle of EWSB 2000 that I luckily stumbled upon today. I can’t wait to compare it to the 2002, which I picked up last week and absolutely love.

    Cheers!

  16. Bill Harmon says:

    Jason,
    Enjoy all your reviews and post. Along with the Evan Williams Family, I’d be interested to know if you’ve tried their 1783 brand. I contacted the company and as a small batch they estimate the age is approximately 7 years were as the black label comes in at about 5 (neither have an age statement) so it fits nicely between the black label and their Elijah Craig 12 year product. I’m a fan of each but haven’t seen a recent review on the 1783. Wishing all the best.

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