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Evan Williams

Jimmy Buffet Aug 15, 2007 07:14 AM

I have a friend who swears by Evan Williams whiskey. I have a stock that usually consists of Knob Creek and Maker's Mark but based on my friend's recommendation, would like to try a bottle of Evan Williams.

My pal buys Single Barrel. Comments? Is there a better horse in the Williams stable?

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    Mr Lee Ho RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 15, 2007 05:40 PM

    EWSB is excellent stuff. I've heard great things about Elijah Craig Single Barrel, but have yet to try it.

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      mojoeater RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 15, 2007 06:17 PM

      The EW black label definitely gets best in show in the cheaper bourbon category. The single barrel is very, very good.

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        redranger40 RE: mojoeater May 8, 2010 08:13 AM

        From what I've seen here in the chgo area though, ewsb is the same price as knob creek, and I loves me some knob creek...can I really put almost $30 in ewsb and enjoy it? Just asking, cause I've never tried it...I found the eagle rare 10 year here for $23.99, and is pretty damn tasty if I say so myself...

      2. bkhuna RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 15, 2007 08:24 PM

        Great stuff at a good price. I'll bet in a blind test, you'd like it better than Maker's Mark.

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          drinkslover RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 16, 2007 02:36 AM

          Evan Williams and Elijah Craig are both top quality. EWSB is up there with the best for that sort of money.

          1. ted RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 16, 2007 06:21 AM

            I'lll make yet another strong recommendation for the single barrel.

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              Jimmy Buffet RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 16, 2007 07:27 AM

              Thanks for the recommendations, chow colleagues. I think this may be a fun quest - I love a good cigar and bourbon and last night I got to thinking that I am going to expand this into trying to find the best tasting bourbon for the bucks. With that in mind, I have had the following suggested to me:

              Old Forester 86 proof
              Old Forester 100 proof
              Old Fitzgerald 1849
              Old Grand-Dad ...
              Jim Beam Black

              and will consider the alternative brands you guys have made as well.

              Again, thanks a million. Any others that I can add to my list would be appreciated.

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                healthyscratch RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 16, 2007 01:58 PM

                If you already stock Knob Creek, I think you'll have a hard time finding better for the money. It's the Padron 2000 maduro of bourbons, if you know what I'm saying.

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                  bkhuna RE: healthyscratch Aug 16, 2007 04:51 PM

                  Oh, I don't know about that, I was thinking more along the lines of the Hav-a-Tampa.

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                    Mr Lee Ho RE: bkhuna Aug 16, 2007 07:50 PM

                    Don't know if it is considered a "true" bourbon, but Bernheim Wheat is excellent stuff.

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                      healthyscratch RE: bkhuna Aug 17, 2007 07:14 AM

                      Not sure what I'd equate Hav-a-Tampas with in the bourbon world. Maybe Rebel Yell...but I'll drink Rebel Yell.

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                    inuksuk RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 16, 2007 07:54 PM

                    If you're willing to expand your palate just a smidge, the Jim Beam Rye Whiskey ( http://www.internetwines.com/mb310114... ) would be a bargain at twice the price.

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                      Jimmy Buffet RE: inuksuk Aug 17, 2007 07:45 PM

                      inuksuk I have never tried rye whiskey but a fellow chowhound and good pal - oneweinerhound - and I were just talking the other day about some so that might be on the horizon.

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                        JonParker RE: Jimmy Buffet May 12, 2010 10:58 AM

                        Second vote for the Jim Beam Rye. Compare it to the Old Overlholt Rye, which is also very good. Both are very reasonably priced.

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                      angs9 RE: Jimmy Buffet Aug 17, 2007 01:41 PM

                      Here are the "bang for the buck" entries I would vote for:

                      Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon -> $20
                      Eagle Rare Single Barrel -> $25
                      Old Rip Van Windle 10 Year -> $25.

                      A great place to search for spirit reviews is the Beverage Tasting Institute at http://tastings.com. The above were among the well reviewed there that I've tried

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                        davebough RE: angs9 Aug 29, 2007 11:41 AM

                        I like expensive bourbons, but think cheap bourbons are underrated. Old Crow says Bourbon to me and at $8.50 a fifth I've enjoyed it with a lot of cigars.

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                          Jimmy Buffet RE: davebough Sep 5, 2007 07:47 PM

                          I bought some Old Forester the other day and a bottle of Old Crow was really trying to catch my eye. Might go back for it.

                          Ditto some Ancient Age. I think I'll see if I can find some minibottles of the stuff before springing for something bigger.

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                        heWho RE: Jimmy Buffet Sep 7, 2007 12:28 PM

                        Evan Williams Singe Barrel is really a great deal for the money. It's one of my favorites in that price range, but for bourbon on the rocks I tend to favor Basil Hayden because I love its sweetness. I'd add that to your tasting list. It's especially good with a sweet flavored cigar.

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                          Jimmy Buffet RE: heWho Sep 15, 2007 02:54 PM

                          I have heard good things about Basil Hayden. I'll give it a try.

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                        davebough RE: Jimmy Buffet Oct 1, 2007 07:05 AM

                        How's the experiment going? Give us a report.

                        1. JMF RE: Jimmy Buffet May 12, 2010 11:24 AM

                          The regular Evan Williams, at around $12-13 a bottle, has to be the best bang for the buck in Bourbons there is.

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                            StriperGuy RE: JMF Nov 25, 2013 10:31 AM

                            Just discovered this thread and bought a handle of EW...

                            Okay, totally agree, a LONG time Jim Beam fan, black or white label, and I have to say EW is absolutely the best budget bourbon I've ever tasted. Heck, I like it better then quite a few top tier bottles. The cost for 1.75L here in Boston is an insane bargain at $24.

                            Impressive stuff.

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                              sakeandgin RE: StriperGuy Nov 25, 2013 01:50 PM

                              Purchased a 1.75 in NH yesterday 19.99 along with a 3.00 rebate coupon. Bulleit Rye $22.99. The rye is 37.99 here in western MA. Plus every 150.00 you spent got a 25.00 gift card.

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                                StriperGuy RE: sakeandgin Nov 25, 2013 03:01 PM

                                Worth getting in the car, I'm in MA too.

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                                hawkeyeui93 RE: StriperGuy Nov 26, 2013 04:40 PM

                                I was afraid to admit this to others, but it is a very solid bourbon in the value price range.

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                                  ncyankee101 RE: StriperGuy Nov 27, 2013 01:27 AM

                                  I recently grabbed the Evan Williams BIB on sale here for $11.50, and also a bottle of the 1783 (black label) for about the same price. I haven't tried them side by side yet, but my first impressions of both were favorable. The BIB obviously is a little more intense, and I will dilute it a bit before comparing them.

                                  I consider my best bargain Bourbon to be Weller special reserve,. at the Atlanta area price of $12 (until recently $10). Of course, that price is considerably cheaper than the price I usually see of $15-18.

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                                    hawkeyeui93 RE: ncyankee101 Nov 28, 2013 01:42 PM

                                    I would buy a case of Weller at that price ....

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                                      ncyankee101 RE: hawkeyeui93 Nov 28, 2013 02:01 PM

                                      I stocked up with 6 or 7 bottles when it was $10 because I had a feeling it wasn't going to last.

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                                      JMF RE: ncyankee101 Nov 28, 2013 06:34 PM

                                      I'm using both the EW Black Label and the Weller 107 proof as well bourbon in the new bar I'm working with.

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                                        StriperGuy RE: JMF Nov 29, 2013 12:24 AM


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                                  CreoleCook RE: Jimmy Buffet Dec 9, 2013 11:49 AM

                                  I'll have to give that a try. Up to now, Elijah Craig 12 year has been my top pick among bourbons up to $35 a bottle.

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                                    ncyankee101 RE: CreoleCook Dec 9, 2013 12:01 PM

                                    Creole - the Craig is going to be tough to beat, and the fact that I can get a 750 for $20 or a handle of it for $40 makes it all that much better. There are cheaper Bourbons that are decent but I have yet to find one I like better.

                                    Really the only Bourbons I have had that I consider close in that price range ($20-25) are Old Weller 107, Weller 12 year, Elmer T Lee and Old Grand Dad 114. The EWSB is very good but just doesn't suit my flavor preference as much as those ones.

                                    If you go up to $35 there are a few I have had that are very good, but not much if any better than Craig. Four roses single barrel (on sale), Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Russell's Reserve 10 yr.

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                                    DavidT RE: Jimmy Buffet Dec 9, 2013 01:56 PM

                                    I can buy the Evan Williams single barrel for $23 or the Weller Reserve for $20. Aside from the extra $3 for the EW, any particular reason to buy one over the other?

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                                      carnicero RE: DavidT Dec 9, 2013 04:26 PM

                                      Is the Weller Reserve 107 proof, like the Old Weller Antique? EW Single Barrel comes in at 86.6 proof, if I remember correctly. If bottling proof is something that matters to you, there's something to consider. I personally tend to prefer higher proof whiskeys.

                                      Also, EWSB is stated as 10 years old. I'm not sure of the Weller Reserve, but Old Weller Antique used to carry a 7-year age statement. I've read that it may still be 7 years or even older, but they removed the statement to give them more batching flexibility.

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                                        ncyankee101 RE: carnicero Dec 10, 2013 02:11 AM

                                        Weller Special reserve is 90 proof.

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