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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Tasting: Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we sample Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002.

Vintage and special release Bourbons are some of my favorite spirits. Distillers bring out the best and rarest from their rickhouses. The results are often spectacular and seldom fail to deliver something memorable.

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2002 is a rich amber copper color. There is an inviting maple note to the aroma. The flavor has more of the maple at the outset, but evolves with a nutty character and some nice raw oak edges. The finish has bits of spice.

This is the 17th vintage in the Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon series. Bottled at 86.6 proof cut from the 129.8 barrel strength, the whiskey is smooth and inviting. Priced at $25.99, the is a great bargain. The release is expected to hit the market at the end of January 2012.

The bottle sent to me as a sample was from barrel number one, put in the barrel on June 7, 2002. It was bottled on November 1, 2011.