Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Gets New Look, Earlier Ship Date.

The annual release of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage is coming early this year. It usually doesn't ship until after the holidays. “We have dumped and individually bottled over 700 ‘honey barrels’ for the 1999 vintage," explained Master Distiller Parker Beam, "more than any other prior year, and we feel like we need to switch over to the next vintage a bit earlier than in the past to account for the growing demand.”

The new vintage is shipping now.

Fans of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage will also notice a new label, intended to better align the Single Barrel's look with the flagship Evan Williams Black Label, the world’s second-leading selling Kentucky Bourbon.

This is year 15 of the series, which is always a 9-year-old, rye-recipe bourbon, named for its distillation year. As in the past, each bottle is marked with the exact entry date and bottling date, as well as the barrel serial number. It is bottled at 86.6° proof (43.3% ABV). Suggested retail price is $25.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Heaven Hill Distilleries, which produces the Evan Williams brand, makes a lot of whiskey. The Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage series can be viewed as the companys "best foot forward." Every year, they pick the very best whiskey they have available at that age and bottle it. Because it is a single-barrel and a vintage, it varies from bottle to bottle and year to year, but is invariably excellent.

For anyone who is just starting to explore American whiskey, especially the more esoteric bottlings prized by enthusiasts, Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage is an excellent place to start.


Oscar said...

If they dumped 700 barrels why do they call it a "Single Barrel"?

John Q. said...

All 700 barrels aren't mixed. The contents of a single barrel gets put into 240 or so bottles, right?

Chuck Cowdery said...

They dump the barrels, one at a time, into a small stainless steel tank. Bottling is done by hand. When the tank is empty they rinse it out and dump another barrel. They're adding water to bring it down to 86.6 proof, so it's hard to estimate yield per barrel, but 240 is in the right neighborhood.