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Evan_WIlliams_Single_Barrel_Bourbon_2004 brings you our review below of Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 along with a question: Do you think this release is too sweet or just right? After tasting it, tell us your thoughts under comments linked here.

Heaven Hill Distilleries annually releases what has been called “the world’s only vintage dated single barrel Bourbon.”


Within the candied notes, the sweeter pronunciations are elegant. This is somewhat “Cognac like.”

The strong dessert flavors of freshly baked pralines make make it easy to pour another glass.

Unlike some annually released more limited edition Bourbons, it has stayed a consistently a good buy around $25 a bottle.


For some enthusiasts, the 2004 Vintage could be too sweet. Some consumers may long for more barrel flavors they tasted in past releases.

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004Overall

This Bourbon articulates the variety of flavors in the Heaven Hill Distilleries warehouse stock.

That is part of the point of releasing vintage dated release, isn’t it?

If you prefer yours neat, it will best be served as an “after dinner” sipper by itself or with a creamy pairing like cheesecake.  Used in a cocktail, this could be a good choice to brighten the flavors.


3.5 out of 5.

Good value for the price point. Add to your collection of other Evan Williams Single Barrels and compare side by side.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 Vintage Bourbon Review


Evan williams labelBourbon: Evan Williams Single Barrel 2004 Vintage

Distillery: Heaven Hill Distilleries

Proof: 86.6 proof, 43.3% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Age: 9 years, 8 months

Color: Medium amber

Nose: Vanilla butter, small hint of cooperage and cinnamon sugar.

Taste: Candied carmel against pecans. Mid-palate taste is an orange marmalade note often found in Scotch. The strongest note is praline.

Finish: Dry and light nuttiness of the pecan notes, with a slight touch of barrel.



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