Yesterday was a Whisky Wednesday, kids!!
And what better way to celebrate it, than with a head to head to head tasting of good bourbons. I poured them early in the evening, added a couple teaspoons of water and put a plastic lid on top to keep the flavors from evaporating.
First up is one of my favorites...Evan Williams Single Barrel. This is a barrel that was chosen specifically for the bottle shop I frequent. This is the 2nd barrel that they've bought. I really enjoy this whiskey...it has always been one of my favorites.
Next one is a favorite around here...a solid, jobbing whisky...Buffalo Trace. Good flavor, great price point...a good consistent bourbon. Tasty enough to sip on its own with some ice...but economical enough to use in a cocktail. I love to use good bourbon to make a great cocktail.
Last is a more up market offering from the same distillery as Buffalo Trace...Eagle Rare 10 Year Old. I've wanted to taste them two side by side for awhile. However, my bottle shop hadn't stocked Eagle Rare in awhile. They just recently got a few cases in...so I figured I'd better seize the opportunity.
The Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace taste spicy compared to the Evan Williams SB. I'd say that's from a greater/different rye content. It's that flavor that I get when I drink rye whiskey...a super sweet, almost bubblegum flavor. You can tell these two whiskies are related. Buffalo Trace is good, but then having the Eagle Rare...it tastes so much more rounded and finished out. You really appreciate the extra years of maturation and care this bourbon has received.
Evan Williams is right on par with the Eagle Rare...it's a big, well made whiskey. It's got a softer, milk chocolate taste at the start, but with a gentle finish that is not at all rushed. A great whiskey moment.
If I had to pick a favorite?
...Evan Williams Single Barrel, it is a pleasing, sweet, flavorful bourbon that always makes me savor every sip and sad when the bottle is getting low. Thankfully, my bottle shop is not going to run out anytime soon.