Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Review

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Review - 270

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 is next up in the EW SiBV lineup we’re running through this week on TWJ. I have 2 different bottles from 2 very closely related barrels (the other is #268), but I won’t be posting both this week. I thought about it and decided to kick it aside for a later date and put something else into the lineup for Bourbon Heritage Month.

Tomorrow we’ll be doing a 2005 bottle so we can complete the picture and get a sense of the last 3 years of Evan Williams Vintages. Though, as a reminder, because these are single barrels unless you get the same barrels I do our experiences are going to be different. Which is also what makes SiB bottlings so much fun.

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Info

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Heaven Hill
Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley
Cask: new charred oak
Age: 9 years (4/5/04 – 2/5/14)
ABV: 43.3%

Barrel: 270

Price: $23

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Review

EYE
Dark amber

NOSE
Rich dark fruit, caramel, cinnamon heavy baking spice, vanilla wafer, graham crackers, toasted nuts and a solid wooden flooring. It’s dense, heavy and has a fantastic overall character to it.

PALATE
Dark fruit, caramel, wood, toasted corn, vanilla, a whole rack of spices with nutty overtones and biscuity undertones. A richer bit of dark sweets kicks up toward the end and pushes the complexity of this whiskey up a notch.

FINISH
Caramel, wood, dark fruit, dusty corn and a bit of citrus on a long lingering fade.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Great balance, full body and a heavy syrupy texture.

OVERALL
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004, Barrel 270, is a tasty bourbon with a lot to offer in the aroma and flavor departments. Overall there is a warm full quality and has a solid bourbon character. A great representation of Evan Williams.

SCORE: 88/100

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 89
  • Palate - 87
  • Finish - 88
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 88

Value

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 bottles are a great value. Good whiskey at a great price.

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Label- 270

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4 Responses to Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 Review

  1. I was lucky enough to find a 2004 dated bottle at the back of the shelf at my local Beverages and More today and priced at $24. It was the only 2004 dated bottle in a platoon of 2005s and is from barrel #1143 which was bottled on 8-29-14. The 2003 was defiantly superior, but it is long gone, while the 2005 comes up short on flavor.

  2. The 04 was delicious. The only other bottle I’ve had is an 05, and meh is right. Good flavors, just way too muted.

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