Evan Williams Single Barrel, Vintage 2000, 43.3% (Abv)/86.6 Proof, $25-$30
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)