I bought my first bottle of Even Williams Single Barrel yesterday.
It is a pretty good bourbon I have to say.
It has a pretty good bottle design and I like how the dates are hand written on the back. But I'm not a big fan of cork tops. The mouth is always too big and you wind up getting runs after pouring. I like screw tops. Anyway, not a hill to die on.
I was a little disappointed with the nose. Everything I read lead me to believe that it would have a really good nose. Fragrant and heavy. But I found it to be pretty standard for a bourbon. It has a very standard "bourbon" smell about it. Corn and Charred Oak. Nothing that stands out about it too me.
The taste is pretty good. Pretty heavy on the charred oak though. I wouldn't say nearly as much as a Tennessee bourbon, not "charcoally" but there is a strong "burnt" taste to it. It is also sweet though, but I'm not sure if it's enough to round it out though for me. I have a big sweet tooth. There is not hint of ethanol, which is very good and I would say it has a mid-deep body. Nice color and a little depth. But not great character and depth.
The finish was a little disappointing. It was a little too short and hot for my taste. There was a little "stickyness" and a little tongue numbing and lingering after taste, but not as much as I would have liked. The predominant after taste is the burnt or charred Oak.
All in all, I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me, but for now, I'll stick with my Buffalo Trace.