Review #66: Evan Williams Bottled in Bond

I’m in Seattle this week for a work trip and good whiskey is stupid expensive here so it seemed like a good time to review something more affordable. Evan Williams Bottled in Bond seemed like the best bet so without further ado let’s get to the review!

Review

Age: 4 years

Abv: 100 proof

Color: A medium amber

Price: $21.99 (with all the crazy Seattle taxes)

Neat

Nose: Rich oak and caramel notes with peanuts and just a bit of harshness

Taste: More oak but a little too much with lesser caramel and vanilla notes. Oddly thin mouthfeel for 100 proof

Finish: Medium length and a little harsh with peanuts, oak and caramel

On a rock

Nose: The ice cures the harshness and leaves the caramel and oak notes intact

Taste: It starts reasonable but with an odd bitterness later on. Notes of vanilla and caramel

Finish: Shorter and oaky with just a bit of sweetness

With Diet Coke

Nose: Cola and oak with a bit of vanilla

Taste: Starts all cola which fades as the oak notes ramp up

Finish: A nice blend of cola and oak

Conclusion

The nose on this improved significantly with resting. When I cracked the bottle and poured the first dram it was very harsh. Overall I was all little disappointed with this one and found it bitter and a bit harsh. It makes an excellent mixer, especially given the proof and price.

Quality

3 - Better than not drinking whiskey but just barely

Value based on what I paid

Fair - Worth the money, happy with my purchase

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